Do You Find it Hard to Maintain a Steadfast Spirit?

steadfastAm steadfast spirit can make a significant difference in coping with illness. Shelly explains why renewing it is vital.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

What a prayer this is . . . what a brave prayer.

I’m focused today on the word steadfast. The dictionary defines steadfast as “fixed and firm in direction, position, and place.”

Can I admit something to you? Sometimes, when the enemy flies in my face, I blink. Sometimes I flinch.

Sometimes I drop to my knees and cower under the cover of my arms, as if that provides any protection at all.

How about you?

May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ (2 Thessalonians 3:5, NLT).

This is my prayer for you today. And for me. Because the only hope we have is Jesus.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58, NLT).

May your spirit be unflinching today. May Your heart be made clean. May your steadfastness be renewed. As only He can, may it be so.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer: Dear Lord, hear my prayer today and touch each person who reads this today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor. She had brain surgery in 2012, and another in January of this year, and now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com

In what ways does God help you to remain steadfast?

Shelly thought the song “Cry in My Heart” by Starfield was a good fit for this devotional as it shares how when we are most desperate we can cry out to God to enfold us into His arms. The lyrics share how regardless of how close we may feel to God, we can still desire more intimacy and He can bring it to us. Hope it blesses you. Hugs. -Lisa

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