The Restored Orchard

On a Personal Note – Where does your Strength come from?

Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually [longing to be in His presence].

1 Chronicles 16:11 AMP

I recently got over an illness. In my prayer time, the Holy Spirit moved and I came to the realization that my focus shifted while sick. I let my gaze drift. I was focused on my own physical comforts rather than seeking God, praying, and my usual Bible study/journaling. Basically, I didn’t keep up with my typical routine, even though I had the capacity. I gave into myself and allowed my flesh to overrule my spiritual needs. I spent time mindlessly scrolling social media and random television shows. Yet, I was wondering why I felt so depleted spiritually and it was truly due to not seeking His face.

Just like a car needs gas on a regular basis. We need to access God on a regular basis. Oftentimes, we set up some sort of pattern, daily, weekly, etc. But it’s challenging when things are going on around us. Illness, family demands, work, bills, the list could go on forever. What I’ve realized is that’s when we get depleted even faster. That’s truly when we need God more frequently.

God replenishes us to keep moving forward. In sickness and in health, we have to continue to chase after His presence. Our strength comes from the Lord. Sometimes the seasons of life dictate how frequently we need to seek His face. But I challenge you to make a routine of seeking the Lord’s presence, it will strengthen you in ways you couldn’t even imagine.

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