I always write from the heart and from experience. Saturday is usually when I write about what should be in your shopping cart (today it's Butternut Squash). But as I was preparing for today's article, I felt a strong calling to write about something else and so, I am going in that direction. I feel that someone else needs the encouragement just as much as me. This week I've been reminded by observation (and personal life) that life becomes way more than you bargained for. At some point you just want to breathe and not feel like your suffocating. So the question becomes do you give up or do you keeping fighting the battle? As hard as it may be, you HAVE to keep fighting the good fight. And pray for the strength, grace and peace to carry on.

Read these lyrics of one of my favorite bands, Jars of Clay and their song titled "Flood". (In fact I have a Pandora station titled "Jars of Clay" because I love them so much!)

Rain, rain on my face It hasn't stopped raining for days My world is a flood Slowly I become one with the mud

But if I can't swim after forty days And my mind is crushed by the thrashing waves Lift me up so high that I cannot fall Lift me up Lift me up - when I'm falling Lift me up - I'm weak and I'm dying Lift me up - I need you to hold me Lift me up - Keep me from drowning again

Downpour on my soul Splashing in the ocean, I'm losing control Dark sky all around I can't feel my feet touching the ground

Calm the storms that drench my eyes Dry the streams still flowing Cast down all the waves of sin And guilt that overthrow me

Feeling like this? Me too. You aren't alone. Know that whatever you are facing, God already knows about what you are going through. And He knows the outcome too. I can rest in peace and comfort with this promise. So my friend, keep breathing. Breathe like your life depends upon it. Because it does. Keep taking steps in the positive direction. Refuse to give up. And cling to the promise that God is faithful to carry you through whatever you are facing. One day you'll arrive at the summit and realize it was all worth it.

With much love and prayer for you,


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