Strive: Not Alone but with God’s Help

Strive is the word prompt for Day 2 of #write28days. We all are striving for something. Whether it be to lose weight, write a book, save a marriage, care for a sick family member, or for anything else, we all are putting forth effort.

 

But why do we strive so much? What are our motives? Are we trying to make a name for ourselves?

 

Do we want people to like us more? Do we want to like ourselves better?

 

That last one is a question I’ve had to deal with recently. For the past couple of years I have wanted to lose weight. I say the reason is because I want to be healthier, and that is partly true. But if I am honest, it is also because I want to look better. I think I would like myself better if I could only get off the extra weight.

 

Don’t Strive Alone

 

So I strive by exercising, watching what I eat, taking time to rest and pursue hobbies. But I’m still the same weight I have been for a couple of years, and I wonder what is wrong. Partly it’s because my striving is sporadic, but also because I’m trying to do it on my own.

 

One reason I have joined The Presence Project is to help me slow down and take time to be with God – not just in quiet time alone, but in everything I do. It means inviting Him into my daily routine, talking with Him as I cook, fold clothes, exercise, clean bathrooms, etc.

 

Strive along with God

 

As I bring God into all my daily moments I hope to remind myself that He loves me just as I am. He doesn’t wait for me to lose weight and get my act together.

 

God doesn’t compare me with someone else, and neither should I.

 

Before I even thought of Him, He loved me. Nothing can separate me from the love of God.

 

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 8:38-39

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers,nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

What about you? What are you striving for? How do you remind yourself that God is with you always?

 

You can find the rest of my #write28days series HERE.

 

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday

 

10 thoughts on “Strive: Not Alone but with God’s Help

  1. I’m doing a lot of studying these days for an upcoming teaching assignment, and that feels like “striving” because the time has to be carved out of full days and lots of distractions. Even so, it’s feeling like an adventure with God, so I’m grateful.
    Thanks for that lovely image to go with Zephaniah 3:17. You have such a creative eye.

    1. Yes, that is definitely a striving, but a beautiful one as it is an adventure with God. That’s wonderful! Thank you, Michele, for your encouraging words. Blessings and love to you! xo

  2. Dear Gayl,
    I have so many “issues” that I am striving with right now, and your words and art are such a comfort. God already knows and is singing right here. He doesn’t see my issues in the same dark light that I do. I am so thankful for His constant love and care. And thank you so much for sharing these precious thoughts tonight, just what I needed! Love and Blessings to you Dear Friend!

    1. Dear Bettie,
      I’m so glad that you found comfort here. May you continue to find comfort in God, not blaming yourself for the struggles you find yourself facing each day. Much love to you with many blessings, my dear sister! xoxo

  3. Gayl, such an encouraging post. This >>> “God doesn’t compare me with someone else, and neither should I.” Such a good reminder to run our own race and know that we are infinitely loved as we are! Blessings!

    1. I’m glad you were encouraged, Joanne! I think we all need that reminder at times. It’s so easy to start comparing, but how much better to keep on our own paths knowing that He loves us and is with us. Blessings to you!

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