Rediscovering The Word ‘Accomplishment’ When Ill

“Lord, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us,” (Isaiah 26:12)

How do I do it all? I’m asking that question more and more. Many days, I’m exhausted and in pain. At the end of the week, I look back and wonder, “How did I do it all?” Where did I get all the strength? Motivation? Energy?

This verse reminds me it’s not me at all. Anything I’ve accomplished – be it getting up, going to work, tackling projects, serving others… It’s God. I’d like to say I’ve done these things on my own. But in all honesty, I can’t take all the credit. In fact, I can’t take any of the credit. The Lord – my Lord – has done it for me. He has done it all.

Not some. Not one. Not many. All. From getting dressed to making dinner to sitting with a hurting friend. He gives me the desire to do these things (Philippians 2:13). He gives me the strength to do them (Philippians 4:13). And He gives me the motivation to excel at each of them (Colossians 3:23).

On days I can’t quite do the things I plan – or want – to do, He gives me the permission I need to rest (Mark 6:31). Pause. Slow down. Set limits.

That doesn’t mean I sit back and not do anything in life. I do as He would have me to do, when He would have me to do it, and how He would have me to do it. Work. Serve. Play. Rest.

How am I going to do it all? God. He fills me with peace: He has done it all. He is doing it all. He will do it all.

Prayer: “O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago” (Isaiah 25:1).


About the Author:
Daphne Landers is a thirty-something freelance writer and speaker who comforts others with the comfort she herself has received from God (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). Contact Daphne at