When You’re Down in the Count

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Real talk time. This month . . . bushwhacked me. Plain and simple. Hands down. My past few posts have been about maintaining joy, not being discouraged, and I confess I wrote them mostly for myself. It’d been challenging. Fatiguing days and a few restless nights, but there’s hope.

I’ve always been a fighter. In high school and college, I was a softball pitcher. And statistics proved I achieved more strikeouts when I was behind in the count. It’d be three balls and zero strikes, but then something on the inside of me would take hold. One, I hated to walk an opponent—it’s literally giving away a free base. Two, if I performed horribly and our team was defeated, the following morning’s paper would have my name beside the word Loser! No, the locals weren’t picking on me; it’s just the way they wrote stats and such. But man, it kindled a fire in me. I did everything in my power to keep my name away from that hideous word. So when I was behind in the count, something in me would “kick-in” and I’d overcome.

Lately, I’ve been feeling down in the count. Life had the advantage over me. Then, hubby read a verse the other day that sparked my heart, charging the fight in me. Hebrews 12: 12 says:

So take a new grip with your tired hands…

So what am I to do? I’ve struggled in the sea of adverse circumstances, treading against the current of crippling emotions. Exhaustion coursed through me. I had a decision. Give up and get pulled under by bitterness and self-pity or . . . fight. Take a new grip with my tired hands. To dig deep, where grace masters weakness and faith replaces inadequacy. The psalmist said: When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to a rock that is higher than I.

Friends, we are not alone on this journey. There is One who is cheering us on, lifting our heads, supplying strength so we can tighten our grip, holding onto our dreams. Life may seem chaotic, out of control, slipping through our feeble fingers, but I encourage you to keep on keeping on. His power is greater. His love is stronger. And His victory is inside you.

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