Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Armed With God's Strength

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
I returned Sunday night from a four-day weekend in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with my family. We enjoyed much needed downtime. My daughter Lindsay is graduating from college in December, and my son Josh will graduate high school in June. They’re both anticipating what the next stage of life will bring. 
Lindsay and Josh
Life is defined by transition. Unplugging for a few days gave me a new perspective on my goals and commitments. Saying no has always been difficult for me, and I don’t know many writers who pass up opportunities for growth or advancement. In fact, most share a similar trait—unplugged equals rejuvenation and then it’s game on! I’m excited by my long to-do list and the ministry outreach God has set before me.

As for God, his way is perfect:
The Lord’s word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure. 2 Samuel 22:31-33

Think about the power behind these verses. God’s way is perfect. His word is flawless.

The God we worship is bigger than our problems. He’s on the path ahead, arming us with His strength, and keeping our way secure.

Whether you’re excited or feel defeated by the challenges that lie ahead, the simple truth is God is there!

If you are struggling to live this truth, take a few minutes to worship with Natalie Grant’s live performance of “Your Great Name/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” You’ll be blessed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through this song.

He is the solution for whatever you’re facing!

Do you have a particular prayer need? I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments section or email me confidentially. While you’re here, please take a moment to click on the prayer list above and lift up other requests, as well as Sgt. Jesse McCart, an American soldier who stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost part of both legs and some of his hearing.

If you have not heard about the 40 days of prayer for our nation, it began on September 28 and will continue through election day. TC Avey does a good job of explaining the purpose behind this effort. Visit her blog, "Wisdom of a Fool," for more details. 

God bless,

 © Laura Hodges Poole


  1. laura thank you for the recommendation of TC Avey blog on 40 days of prayer. it is so very important that we all pray for this nation and our leaders especially with the upcoming election. i also encourage everyone to pray for Mitt Romney (if they are a supporter) today as he prepares for the debate tonight - and of course pray for him during the debate.

    1. You're welcome, Betty. TC is strong in her faith and passionate about our country. You'll love her blog. We definitely need to be praying that both candidates speak the truth of what they represent during the debate.

    2. Thank you Betty for reminding us all to pray for the debate tonight! May truth prevail!

      God bless you.

  2. sorry laura i had to add another comment. we can all tell that the beautiful lindsay is surely your daughter because i thought that was you in the picture with josh until looking at it closer.

    1. Thanks! She favors her daddy more than me, but I'll take credit for both of my kids. LOL.

  3. Great looking kids Laura!

    Wonderfully encouraging scripture. Thank you for sharing both. I need more of God everyday. He is my strength and my way!

    God bless you and thank you for reminding us all to pray for our nation!
    God bless America.

    1. Thanks, TC. I'm glad you stopped by. Always good to hear from you. God bless you, as well.

  4. He has always been my solution! Thanks for a beautiful post and encouragement:) Will become a member to your blog!