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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Flying with Strong Thursday's Word by Brenda Smith, part 1

DEFINED: Mentally powerful or vigorous. Competent in a specific field. Moral power. Courage.
SCRIPTURE: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10) 
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that we have lived as long as we have. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pickup on a warm day was always a special treat. Our baby cribs were painted with bright-colored lead-based paint. They often chewed on the crib, ingesting the paint. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes we had no helmets. We drank water from garden hose and not from a bottle. We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. We believed in playing outside: we ate cupcakes, pies, bread, and butter, and drank sugar soda, but we did not have issues with our weight. We believed in exercising and considered it fun!
We were risk-takers and problem-solvers. We had the freedom, failure, success, and responsibility, and learned how to deal with it all.  We were strong. We were brave. It seems like overnight this all changed. Our children are truly living in a different world and experiencing things on a much more legislated level. We have worked so desperately to insulate ourselves and our children from trials and adversity that we have become less able to endure.  But, no matter how much we legislate, medicate, and educate, we still have trouble. In fact, Jesus said….”In this world, you will have trouble.”  Paul exhorts us to “Be strong in the Lord and in His might.” Saints, we have an enemy that won’t go away (I Peter 5:8)

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