8-27-2014 10-38-49 AM“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25)

I have to admit that sometimes I fear the future. I fear what could happen tomorrow or twenty years down the road. I fear things my children may have to endure from heartbreaks to broken bones. We can never know what the future holds. It can catch us by surprise with good and bad things. God has been really dealing with me when it comes to worrying about what my future holds. At times I just wish there wasn’t any turmoil in the world and it would be a place of peace and comfort.

I came across this verse yesterday and it stuck out and a light bulb came on in my head. I don’t have to fear the future. I can be like this woman who is described here. She smiled at the future. She rejoiced at what was to come. Ladies, I know as a Mother it can be so hard at times to smile about the future. Wars, political chaos, crime, and other dangers can ensnare us. I get scared when I think of the America my boys will grow up in. It won’t be anything like how I grew up. I even get scared at small things they may endure. At times I let it steal my joy and peace.

As a wife I worry about my husband while he’s at work. His job is dangerous and he is away from us a lot now. If I cling to God, I don’t have to worry. If I gain my strength from Him, I can make it through the days, months, and years. He wants me to smile at my future that He has planned for me even if there will be trials. We know trials will come, but we can still be joyful in them. God wants me to rejoice and not worry. He’s my Strong Tower and my Refuge.

I want to be the woman who lets God be my strength!

When I worry, I want to stop and give it to God. I want to rejoice in my future, not be afraid of it. I don’t want to be afraid of my children’s future, but I want to be happy about it! I want to be full of life no matter what is going on around me. I want to be an encourager to my family and to others. Don’t you? Let’s take those worrisome thoughts captive and put on strength and honor instead.

Let’s take a moment to pray!

Lord, thank You for Your Word that encourages us. Thank You for being our strength no matter what comes our way. Help us to throw away those thoughts that cause us to worry and instead put on the helmet of salvation. May we rejoice in the future You have for us. Help us to accept whatever may happen, but turn to You when we need comfort. Help me to encourage my husband and children by being full of You and rejoicing in the future You have for us. Thank You for loving us, Lord.

In Jesus name, Amen

Building strong marriages together,   

Heather Strickland