We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 


Extra Strength for: #icAskIt: Based on Future Hopes and Dreams, What is the Wise Thing to do?

I know only a few people whose lives aren’t peppered with the fallout of “if onlys.”  If only I had gone to that school.  If only I had studied harder.  If only I had taken that job or applied for this one.  If only I had saved that money instead of spending it. 

 Samson is a person in the Bible who’s “if only” list might have read like this: “If only I had listened to my parents and remembered all they taught me.”  “If only I hadn’t married a Philistine woman, ignoring God’s command not to do exactly that.” “If only I hadn’t traded my strength for lust/sex.” 
Do you suppose Samson had any future hopes and dreams? 
Do you suppose his hopes and dreams included walking away from his upbringing, his people, God and his commitment? 
When you think about your future hopes and dreams are the choices you are making right now going to lead you to your hopes and dreams or rob you of them? 
Samson’s life story reads a bit like my own … except for the hair.  My mom took me to a men’s barber shop to have my hair cut so I never had long, flowing hair.  I did have an upbringing in which I was taught to love and fear God.  I even made a commitment to Him early on in my life.  However, in college, when faced with the choice to stand firm in that commitment I totally and completely caved.  I went with the culture of the time and made some very unwise choices which took me far from God for a long time.  For a time I didn’t think I would ever have children, not because of any known physical issue but due to the great distance I had put between myself and God through my choices and the guilt those choices produced in me. 
If only I had asked then, based on my future hopes and dreams what is the wise thing to do?
If only we all would.

imageMartha has been a wife for 17 years and is the mother of three children ages 10, 9 and 5.  When she’s not folding laundry, cooking meals, helping with homework, kissing boo-boos, grocery shopping, cleaning house and running errands, she loves to hold babies at Immanuel MOPS!



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