About a month ago I found this verse when I was flipping through Psalms. I have taken this verse and turned it into a challenge for myself, to stop every day and take time to praise God for all He does. In the morning when I get up I thank God for the new day and pray for strength to go through it, before I close my eyes at night I thank Him for the day, no matter how it has gone. And I can say that stopping and thanking God for what He is doing has really helped me. When I’m depressed I have started to just pause and talk to God, I tell Him what’s bothering me, I beg Him to give me strength to press on, and I thank Him for the blessings in my life and the lessons He is teaching me. And this really, really helps me!

I have come to know Jesus in a deeper way in the past month or so… I am learning what it really means to rest in His arms and rely on Him for strength. And I am thankful for this time in my life, because it is forcing me closer to Him and making me stronger.