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Undaunted Painting by Davis Maho

Undaunted
Painting by Davis Maho

It seems that my life is full of “I Can’ts. I can’t go backpacking with my family. I can’t eat certain foods because they make me ill.  I can’t travel easily right now due to food intolerance issues. I can’t function like I want to because of chronic fatigue syndrome. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. I hate it.

Perhaps you have some “I can’ts” in your life too. They aren’t fun. In fact they are awful.

But God reminds me that I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13) That doesn’t mean that I will be able to backpack or run races or even function like I want to, but it does mean that what God wants me to do I will be able to do. He will give me the strength to persevere and accomplish what He has planned for me.

I went to a Hopi show at our local museum recently and met my son’s friend Davis there. He is a painter and had several of his paintings displayed. One painting, of a warrior maiden named He’e’e’, spoke to me. The title of the painting is Undaunted.

That is what I need to be. Undaunted by my circumstances. Full of I cans instead of I can’ts.

I can do what God asks me to do. He has allowed the awfulness of chronic fatigue syndrome and food intolerance in my life for a reason and I will do the best to serve Him and accomplish what He wishes for me to accomplish while I’m in this state.

I will be undaunted.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

And so can you….

(To see more of Davis’s work see this link.)

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Roses

Today I Choose:

 

To bloom where I am planted. (1 Corinthians 7:17-24)

To be content with the current circumstances of my life….while seeking to change what I have the power to change. (Philippians 4:11-13)

 

To believe that no matter how difficult my circumstances, all things will work together for good. (Romans 8:28)

To have a “can do” approach to my problems. (Numbers 13-14)

To let God guide me, because He knows a whole lot more than I do.  (Psalm 48:14)

To live joyfully. (Psalm 118:24)

To leave my past mistakes and sadness behind because God’s love and mercy are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

To call myself a beloved Child of the Most High God instead of thinking that I am a fool or someone who can’t do anything right. (Galatians 3:26-28)

To believe the best about others actions and motives no matter how they treat me. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

To do good to others even when they hurt me. (1 Thessalonians 5:15, Romans 12:21)

To give of my time, talents, finances and encouragement to others, because there is always someone in need of something. (Luke 6:38)

To be kind, compassionate and forgiving instead of bitter or angry.  (Ephesians 4:31-32)

To allow God to heal my broken heart and bind up my wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

To let God love me, even when others don’t. (Romans 8:38-39)

To always love others, for it is the most excellent way to live. (I Corinthians 13, Matthew 22:36-40)

 

 

 

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