God directed me to two verses this week, which, taken together, give me courage:

Ephesians 1:19 (with some context)
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know . . . His incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead . . .

Colossians 1:11
 . . . being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience . . .

His incomparably great power (like that strength He exerted when he raised Jesus, remember?) is available to us. why?  So that we can move mountains?  Alter the course of human events?  Perform miracles?  Maybe that too, but more importantly for us living in a world where inexplicible wickedness happens every day, so that we may have great endurance and patience.  So that we can persevere, take that next step, press on in the face of suffering, hardship, trial.  So that we can put one foot in front of the other.

Thank you, thank you, God, for understanding that the battle is in the little things, for giving us power each day for each step, and for knowing how desperately we need it

This sets me on fire.  Press on, dear friends, press on.

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