A friend posted this quote on Facebook that she found in her BSF Bible study on Acts. Boy did I need to read it. "Let us not pray for easier lives but for greater power to bring blessing out of every pressure and trial."

Add to that this verse in Isaiah (40:11)....

He will tend his flock like a shepherd;

he will gather the lambs in his arms;

he will carry them in his bosom,

and gently lead those that are with young.

And I feel suddenly overwhelmed with gratitude that I have the Lord with me every step of the way as I journey through motherhood.

Lord, thank you for showing me that so much of overcoming my daily struggles comes down to leaning on You and trusting You to provide the strength I need. Lord, gently lead me as I raise my little ones, and please give me more and more power to see your blessings in the trials, little or big as they may be.

10 on 10: February 2012

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