Nehemiah 2013: Day

I cannot go down

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Today's Text: Nehemiah 6:1-14

Text: Nehemiah 6:1-14

I thought I knew all about determination in my life.  Earning that degree.  Passing that Bar. Getting that job.  Birthing that child (after 32 hours and a defunct epidural.  Sorry, it bore mention.).

Sure things weren’t easy, and it was a lot of hard work.  But the only true barrier between me and my goals was myself, my fears and my weariness.  I had friends and family encouraging me.  No one tried to stand in my way.

But then again, I wasn’t doing the Lord’s work.  I wasn’t building or even reinforcing His kingdom, I was setting bricks in my own wall.

You see, it’s when we are taking on the tasks that He has called us to do that others, namely the Enemy, will work against us.  And just when our task is about complete, just when we can see the fruits of our labor at hand, they’ll try to distract us.  They’ll threaten us.  They’ll discredit us.

And we should all be as steadfast as Nehemiah in our response.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”  (Nehemiah 6:3)

Though you scheme against me.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”

Though you threaten to harm me.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”

Though you accuse me of doing His work for my own glory.

“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”

I thought I knew all about determination.  But Nehemiah shows us true determination.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  (1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV)

Because you are carrying on a great project and you cannot go down.

 

  • Vanderbilt Wife

    Well, I'm mad at myself for being behind but so glad I read this this morning. What a mantra to hold on to!

    PS I found that listening to the Scripture while reading it on YouVersion really helps it to sink in for me. What a wonderful tool!

  • Many memories flooded into my mind as I read this. I have felt very tangible opposition this year more than any other time in my life.
    1) in high school I asked a friend's mom, why does it seem that more people come to know Christ on mission trips than in my everyday life. She simply answered because it is surrounded by prayer. That has stuck with me.
    2) 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
    3) Nehemiah was full of the knowledge of God and I think that because of this knowledge he was able to stand firm. May we grow in the knowledge of God, so that we can stand firm. Colossians 1:9-10 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

    • Carolynmimi

      Haley..Oh, how true! We should surround each other, everyday, every project, everything…not just church work or mission trips, but EVERYTHING with prayer. Even those things that are opposed to Christ, so as to bring Christ in.

  • LaurenC_

    Thank you God, for this particular Scripture passage tonight. It was exactly what I needed to read, as You know. Praying for the strength of Nehemiah over the next few days & weeks because the enemy is really trying to work on me, using the words & actions of others to churn up negative thoughts & self-talk inside of me again. I declare my freedom from all of that tonight, with God’s grace & help. God and God alone defines me, loves me, & favors me. I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. I will not go down. Thank you, Lord.

  • Oh boy, I didn't know if I would ever get on here today! Talk about life getting in the way! I've been so blessed reading all of the comments today. I can almost visualize all of us collectively shout, stomp and occupy some spiritual territory through this scripture. What a powerful God we serve. What a force to reckon with. Makes me glad that I'm on His side…and He's on mine.
    Blessings sisters!

    • Candacejo

      So glad you finally made it :) I came back to see if I missed any good nuggets before I turned in for the night and sure enough I found some more good thoughts to take to sleep with me! Love all you ladies!!

      • Carolynmimi

        I do the morning and night recap, too, Candacejo. And then the next morning like now, I go back and often find more nuggets. That is one thing I love about these studies and this group.

  • WOW. I am so glad I made the time to do this devotional this morning as I was getting ready. Upon arriving to church (I work in ministry), I found out some discouraging news that someone had made a negative comment about me, and was immediately brought back to this:

    "You see, it’s when we are taking on the tasks that He has called us to do that others, namely the Enemy, will work against us… And we should all be as steadfast as Nehemiah in our response. “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.” (Nehemiah 6:3)"

    • Candacejo

      God bless you Gennean, it is never easy to take something like that but hold your head up high just as Nehemiah did and carry on! Don't go down!! What a blessing that God had you in the middle of this great study to give you strength to stand and not say or do the wrong thing. Isn't He awesome!! Blessings, friend! P.S. Love your name! Don't think I have ever seen it :)

  • monique(forgiven)

    Good morning sisters powerful word this morning.this spoke directly to my heart this morning.I too get distracted by those that are close to be but glory to God that deliverance came and I shall not be moved. I think of the verse in 1 Samuel 17:28-30 KJV
    “And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
    And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?
    And he turned from him toward another, and spake after the same manner: and the people answered him again after the former manner”. An example of those that are are close to us to distract us from doing the Lords work.sisters let’s keep our eyes focus regardless of negative things around us. As david said is there not a cause? Be blessed this day.

  • ParisSheedoit

    Ladies I have to admit this devotional really gave me a little smack! lol to be honest through out my life I have been literally distracted or pulled away from everything I have enjoyed or tried to do, I was beginning to consider myself a quitter because I hardly finish many projects or ideas I start . I always face such great criticism and run away or just get bored and distract myself with other things never finishing. Now I realize that out of everything at least some of it had to be because I was building towards the kingdom of God. Even now a better position is open in my office giving me the chance to help others even more and I am afraid to apply because of my lack of experience and the people in my office constantly scheme and are not so warm towards me. basically the usual any opposition and I retreat into myself and God asking why don't they like me? Reading Nehemiah is blessing me beyond words. Sometimes we just have to do the right thing afraid but still guard our hearts and look to God not what others may be saying or doing.

  • I really loved today's reading, it's so encouraging!

    About 3 years I felt the Lord calling me to be a physician. I prayed and prayed about if it was really what God wanted. I didn't feel smart enough, I was not in the situation to do something that drastic, my husband's family was already not supportive of me being in school, so that was just adding gas to the fire. God made it very clear that's what He wanted. My husband and his family didn't support me, I was constantly being torn down by them. That marriage ended, for this reason and many others. Again, I questioned God, is this what YOU want or what I want? He again, very clearly, told me what he wants.

    Many times over the last couple years I have doubted God. Then, I look back, and see all of the ways the devil has tried to bring me down, doubt about whether I'm smart enough, good enough, my pharmacy job not letting me go full time, God provided another job (or so I thought) that ended up causing me more stress and health issues. I reconnected with a friend from high school, we started a relationship, he was supportive of my calling, but it wasn't always easy. We ended up getting married about 2.5 months ago and God has blessed me immensely with him!

    Anyway…

    Today, after I read the reading, I prayed and asked God to make it very clear to me what things in my life I need to say, "Because I am carrying on a great project & I cannot go down." Nehemiah saw where the traps were, he had wisdom and insight and recognized the distractions for what they were. God called him to something great and he didn't want to miss out by chasing some foolish trap. I don't want to allow things to distract me anymore, I want to pursue God and his calling on my life because he has called me to a great project. When the Creator, the King, the Lord of Lords calls…we better answer!

    • Carolynmimi

      So glad God has provided a supportive husband. Stay with God. He will fight for you.

  • jesusgirl71

    I see this not just for big projects but every day. when I trying to do my job to the glory of god, things distract me and make me want to lose my patience. this morning, it was my computer at home before I even got to work. the enemy tries all these tactics to get me distracted so I won't be as loving, patient, or compassionate with the customers I have to deal with. I have to be firm and steadfast and say "I can't come down," or maybe more appropriately, "I cannot be brought down." so very hard to do, but I am trying. I know I can't do it alone.

    • Carolynmimi

      EVERYDAY! You are right on…those irritating little darts from the bow of the enemy can accumulate and stall the work of The Lord in our everyday ministries. Praying for you jesusgirl!

    • LaurenC_

      I totally agree Jesusgirl & Carolynmimi!

  • adelineoh

    Building the kingdom and focus. I had recently read a blog where the blogger commented that if all that we do isn't about building God's Kingdom, then we're only building our own kingdoms. Then last night I listened to a great preach on "Maintaining Your Focus" and this morning, this devo. It's awesome, we need to be reminded of what we are building and for whom and where our focus needs to be. I don't think it means we all need to leave our jobs and go to Africa, but I think it helps us evaluate and analyze what we're doing and why and what our priorities are. Will we be storing up treasures in heaven or only on earth? How are we building the kingdom of God in our own surroundings and workplace? What is our focus on? What are we perservering for and using our determination for?
    Our lives here are fleeting, things can change at any moment, but the only thing that is unchanging and ever faithful is our God and He is the best boss there is!

  • Wow, ladies, God totally spoke to me today through this message. I don't think it can be any clearer. Here is a brief summary of how He talked to me: I just graduated law school, am about to take the Bar, and am looking forward to working a few years in a big corporate firm and earning some money before seeking a new route. My calling recently has been to do big things for God and maybe take my lawyer skills to a non-profit doing God's work. I just know I will be more fulfilled there. But that's such a huge risk…especially when I haven't begun my career and laid a foundation yet. So, naturally, I've been praying about it. After yesterday's devotional about standing up for injustice in the world, I literally prayed "God, if my plan (above) is not your will, please remove it from my heart."

    Then, today, the first words of the devotional were "I thought I knew all about determination in my life. Earning that degree. Passing that Bar. Getting that job….but that was building my wall, not God's wall."

    Could God be any clearer, ladies?! I seriously got chills as I sat down to read that today. Praying for guidance!!

    • Carolynmimi

      Wow! Allison, gives me chills too! Ask God and He does answer and direct our paths.

    • JuneBug

      I love those moments when God speaks to us in unexpected ways. How sweet is that?! Praying that the Lord will give you even more clarity in the days and weeks to come.

  • wow, wow, wow what a lesson. I pray the spirit of Nehemiah on all leaders. I am doing a good work and I will not come down. As a leader he has insight and discernment. He lead his workers by example and he pray and cover them.
    I also pray for that persistence and determination in my life that regardless of what may the enemy may try he will not shake us. We will be steadfast and unmovable always abounding in the word of the Lord.
    Thanks you Lord for this word. Amen

  • Carolynmimi

    These words came to me this morning:

    Against all odds, I stand before you

    Against the storm, you strengthen me

    And when the words whirl round to halt me

    Your love and grace, they set me free.

    I will stand clothed here in your armor

    For your will abides in me

    And even if I'm bowed and bloody

    My hope in Christ will never flee.

    I will not leave the work you've given

    Tho' threatened harm by friend and foe

    I will not leave the work you've given

    For where oh Lord would I go.

    Against all forces, both flesh and spirit

    Against the storm, you fight for me

    And then what can ever harm me

    Your Love and Grace they set me free.

    I need a title and then I think I will post it on my blog, which I am trying to figure out how to use. Can my SRT Sisters help me with this? Very bad with titles.

  • There are so many things I love about this passage! In verse 3 when Nehemiah says ” I am carrying out a great project and cannot go down” I believe (and excuse me if I am wrong on this!) he is physically talking about going down to meet people, but you can use this verse to apply to so many different situations. What about “stooping down” to someone else’s level when they begin to gossip, complain, compare, etc-“I am carrying out a great project and I cannot go down to that level with you” or even as cheesy as it sounds, thinking about it in terms of a ship going down at sea and being determined to fight through the storm and make it out alive! I just find this all so inspiring and really feel a fresh and renewed vision this morning. I am a teacher and so often I feel like my director and even some of my parents really discredit the work that I do, and it gets so discouraging! But today I am prepared to stand my ground like Nehemiah and declare that what I do IS important and a great project, and I cannot go down in any form or fashion! Praying that all of you would be encouraged and strengthened by this passage today.

    • rocknitat55

      Kelli what a fresh insight. Will be prayn for you.
      Dealing with back seat drivers is always special, lol

    • Carolynmimi

      I really like this Kellie
      stooping down to someone else's level I cannot go down

    • LaurenC_

      Great insight, Kellie. I also work in a school & the gossiping, complaining, & comparing is around every corner it seems. I used to get caught up in it so easily but I’ve learned over the years how much negative muck builds up inside me when I do stoop down to that level. I hope your Nehemiah Day was a good one!

  • I love that phrase too Candacejo! I agree with you and Amy if we never face opposition what’s going on? The devil is not worried about Lukewarm Christians. That’s exactly what he wants. They are not a threat! The Bible says He would rather us be hot or cold, not lukewarm! I have days I think I’m not going to pull through but I am reminded that somehow I must be doing something right or the devil wouldn’t bother me! God does not promise perfect peace in this world but, in our HEARTS! This is not our home! One day it will be Perfect when we are with Him!

    • Candacejo

      Yes Hayley, He promises us He will walk with us THROUGH our trials! I can't imagine defacing this life without Him! Especially the way the world is today. You are right, one of these days, and it won't be long!

      Makes me think of the song, Victor's Crown, He is always fighting for us! He has overcome! Every high thing must come down, every stronghold shall be broken, You wear the Victor's crown, You overcome! http://youtu.be/_2nBOGA6X2g

      Be blessed!

  • Morning Sisters! I love this study! I am so inspired by Nehemiah that I just want to cheer! I have been following SRT since Advent, and this is my absolute favorite so far. I read a verse in another study that made me think of us…this group of women who love and support each other daily….
    “The Lord announced the word, and great was the company of those who proclaimed it”
    Psalm 68 v 11 NIV
    Proclaiming God is Lord of my life!
    Blessings to all of you wall-builders today

  • scripturesquegraphics

    One thing that I don''t sense in Nehemiah, that I do sense in many of us, is how hard things are. Nehemiah is very methodical and very straight forward. He doesn't seem to struggle or fear the opposition. He knows what he is about and just keeps trudging along. One step at a time. He reminds me of David when he defeats Goliath. He sees the huge guy and hears the threats, but he also sees his much HUGER (is that a word?) God and sees that Goliath is no contest. We can choose to look at the opposition vs our puny selves or look at the opposition vs our HUGE God. I have a blog post and video that talks about this if you are interested http://scripturesquegraphics.com/david-and-goli&h

    Focusing on our HUGE God…Much Grace Ladies

  • dnyelmrie

    I have spent much time building my own wall brick by brick. Love that Nehemiah was so focused on what God had told him to do. I also love that he was unwilling to compromise and go into the temple just to preserve his life. His faith was in the God who called him to this particular work. He on some level had faith that God would preserve him to accomplish this work (or accomplish it without him). He was not afraid of those threatening him.

    Hove loved reading along with this plan!

  • Nehemiah's deep understanding of his calling really stood out to me in these verses. As he continues to face scrutiny and persecution and potential harm from others, he steadfastly continues the work God has called him to do. He prays boldy ("But now strengthen my hands!") and perceptively thwarts the evil plans of others. I can't help but think back to Chapter 1 where Nehemiah was a cupbearer to the king – while the details are absent, I have to believe Nehemiah was a righteous man that simply walked with the Lord, and that the Lord used that time to deepen Nehemiah's strength, resolve, discernment, and commitment to Him so Nehemiah had a deep, deep well from which to drink the Lord's goodness as he worked through this great work.

    I find that deeply encouraging because I'm in the "cupbearer to the king" part of my life – career, marriage, church, friends… no real inkling of "God sized dreams" of my own – but so very willing to follow where the Lord leads. I'm grateful for this study of Nehemiah and the example he set.

    • Candacejo

      Beautiful…He has great plans for you Amy because you make yourself available! How exciting! God bless!

      • rocknitat55

        Oh Amy, what a great word. So awesome that you know who you are and you are confident in your season. No little I’s or big U’s. Each 1 will reach at least 1. Those who have a chance to drink from your cup will be truly blessed. God bless u my sister.

    • Carolynmimi

      The old hymn, Take My Life comes to me as I read your post, Amy.

      "Take my hands and let them move at the impulse of your love"

      You go, Girl, God is going to us you in magnificent ways!!!

    • jesusgirl71

      Oh Amy! thank you for saying this! I thought it was just me that didn't have any inkling of a god-sized plan for what I should be doing. Just keepin' on keepin' on, as you say, serving on praise team in church, playing piano, my job, my family, etc. I thought there was something wrong with me!

  • I love v.9 “So I continued the work with even Greater Determination!” The enemy is definitely going to discourage, discredit, scheme against, threaten, and accuse when God’s work is being accomplished. But like Carolynmimi said He will renew our strength! We can be women of Determination! Our reply needs to be “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down!” Lord help us to do your work, in your name, in your strength and not our own.

  • rocknitat55

    “Setting bricks in my own wall”, what a priceless and profound statement.

    This statement has really made me consider my ways:

    Determined to escape abuse as a child,teen, and young adult , I carely planned my escape brick by brick. Nothing would deter me.

    As I faced raising my son as a single parent, nothing would deter me. Brick by brick.

    When I pursued that degree, nothing detered me. Brick by brick.

    That corporate job, promotion, the car, the house. I was determined, nothing would stop me. Brick by Brick I built My wall.

    Lord where is that sheer will and determination for your work? Against all odds!

    Neimiah was so confident, so focused.

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”.

    Paul said to press on…. Job said though they slay me yet I live!

    Its funny how during the time that u r building your wall you never get distracted for very long. You seldom stop. But kingdom work we are so easily distracted. They didn’t speak to me today. They gave her my part. They lied on me. I’m not giving that kinda money. Any one of these issues could cause us not only to stop building, but we actually take God’s bricks home. OMG, I must confess in all of my wisdom, as one of my beautiful SRT says I am, this had in the past been me.

    Dear Lord, though there’s frost on the tree, and the limbs are somewhat bent I want to be steadfast, unmovable,always abounding in your work. I need your help to stand, to set the bricks on the wall you have placed before me. God help me to be as steadfast, and not distracted, by pettiness, and chatter. And though there may be times that I may take a direct hit, I will take that lick and keep on ticking. For those that dwell in that secret place, shall abide under your shadow. Though I be pressed from every side kingdom building is my priority. No one else can place these Bricks where you told me to put them on your wall. It is done! All things are possibe thru you, Amen.

    Ladies, wednesdays are wonderful, be blessed.

    • Carolynmimi

      Wow! Such an insight into how we work for our own goals and are so often distracted from God's plan for our building.

  • The scripture today was so inspiring! Despite opposition and obstacles in Nehemiah’s way, he continued to perservere and continue with God’s work. Nehemiah is so selfless and humble, but wise. When times get rough he prays for strength. I hope ro use Nehemiah as a guide for my own life and I pray that I, along with all of us, can have the determination and wisdom like Nehemiah.

    The devo this morning was very convincting though. Julia, I too focused on the things that I am doing instead of God’s work. I am questioning whether I am doing things for him or for me. I will be a senior in high school next year. I have already bebegun my search for colleges and I am trying to determine what to do with my life. I want to make a choice that will build God’s wall and not my own. I pray that God will give me discernment as I am beginning to make these important decisions amd I pray that he will show me my path.

    • Amy

      Catie, rest assured that God will answer your prayers as you seek where He is leading you for college. He will open doors, prepare friends and classmates and professors for you, and He will use you in mighty ways as you keep your focus on Him.

    • rocknitat55

      Catie, know that he will honor your request.
      God bless you as you begin your life.

    • Diana

      Catie, it's so refreshing to see a young woman after God's own heart. Rest assured as you seek God's will for your future he hears and answers. James tells us if we ask for wisdom He gives it to us generously w/o restraint. But also when we ask we must believe that we have the wisdom we ask for without doubting. You are His precious child and he will guide your path.

  • Candacejo

    Sarah, I literally had cold chills reading your list in the lesson today! "Though you scheme, though you threaten, though you accuse, I WILL NOT GO DOWN!" (By then I was ready to shout!) and Amy Kelly nailed it when she said if if you weren't a threat to the devil he wouldn't be worried about what you were doing…I will take it a step further…if he ISN'T on your back trying to trip you up, I would look around me and wonder IF I was doing anything for God. Of course I know there are good times in our lives but if you never face opposition from the enemy….

    I love that little phrase you see everywhere, "I want the devil to say when my feet hit the floor every morning, 'oh no! She's up!'"

    And finally, I think it good to note that Nehemiah was a man like David, after God's own heart, close to the Lord, sensitive, prayed up, if you will, that he KNEW the voice of the enemy and wasn't tricked or persuaded away…he wasn't easily swayed…he had a focus on the will of God and NOTHING could take him away. He knew the voice of the Lord.

    Thank you all for your comments this morning! And thank you Sarah! I will rejoice all day long!

    • rocknitat55

      Yep canda I was reading it and shouting yes yes. My son thought I was having church.
      Since my illness I feel like I have been so lukewarm. But this morning I feel the rejuvination of the Lord!

    • Sarah

      Bless you, Candacejo and rocknita 55, I'm shouting right along with you! Let's have some church up in here!

      We all should recognize every day and in every situation, WHOSE voice is speaking to us. May we all have that ability to recognize, as you said, Candacejo, and may we hear the disappointment from the Enemy when he says, "I can't break her, I guess this jig is up!"

      May the voice of Truth ring loudly through your days, ladies!

    • scripturesquegraphics

      Sorry about the broken link. Try this… http://scripturesquegraphics.com/david-and-goliat

    • Sue:)

      I love this, Candacejo! You are always such a blessing and shine such a light on our heavenly father.

  • Carolynmimi

    Linda, I hear you and so does Jesus!

    Opposition tires us out. I don't have what it takes to stand up against the Enemy. Even without threats or intimidation, delays, unexpected sidebars in a day already planned out to the nano second, the Enemy uses even those we love, would die for, to remove our focus from the only One who can give us the strength, wisdom, and perserverence we need Daily. We are bombarded from every side and while we think WOW! Nehemiah was really something! But you know what, we can be and even better, because the Holy Spirit resides in each believer, THE HELPER.

    So accept the help He sends from our fellow travelers and Go first to Him when Big or Little threats (to sanity and peace) come. Pray like Nehemiah did, " Now strengthen my hands.”

    When we are weak, THEN he is strong. If we keep pushing using our own strength, Girls, we are going to collapse sooner than later. But even if we fail, even if we collapse, HE is right there to pick us up and enable us to continue.

    They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” (Nehemiah 6:9 NIV)

    Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (Hebrews 12:3 NIV)

    but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31 NIV)

    RISE UP AND SOAR! Love to all.

  • This story is so exhausting. Not in a way that I am board, but to think about what Nehamiah went through, constantly being barraged by enemies, having to always be ready for battle, having to constantly keep focused when others are spreading lies, but he kept the focus. I don’t want to sound silly but sometimes I even feel that way with my kids. I feel like keeping my kids together and happy and safe is like building these walls and lately all the forces are out to get me. I feel guilty for feeling this way because my children are my life and I love them so dearly, but man things have been rough and they are still small!! I need Nehamiah’s focus. I feel like a chicken with no head just running around trying to put out fires and loosing my cool when I so want to stay calm and teach. Girls, prayers would be so helpful. I’m just a little overwhelmed and I know it’s me not them.

    • Candacejo

      "…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39.

      Linda it is hard raising little ones,although I would go back to that time in my life in a heartbeat! It is over all too quickly! Don't be so hard on yourself, just love them and give them a happy home filled with the love of God. If you are happy then they will be happy. Spend time with the Lord each day and give yourself focus, quality, not quantity :) I will pray for you sincerely friend!

    • Sue:)

      Dear Linda, raising children is exhausting, but sooo important! I think that's why God has given each of them a specal angel that reports straight back to God for their protection(I forgot where I read that, but it is biblical).This Is your community building. This is where you are building those walls to surround and protect your loved ones, so that they will grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord.

      Heavenly Father, reach down and uplift Linda. fill her with that blessed, heavenly strength that you have promised us in Phillipians 4:3 'I can do all things through Him who gives me strength'. Show her that quiet place where she may come to alone and find some rest. In your name I pray, Amen.

  • ughh.. this morning i feel like all my focus + attention has been on laying my own bricks. God please give me wisdom, focus + direction to do YOUR work, for Your glory and not my own. once again, Nehemiah is a great example of the person i want to be. so determined, selfless + devoted to his God. i am praying for strength this morning, for myself and for all of my sisters.

  • "You see, it’s when we are taking on the tasks that He has called us to do that others, namely the Enemy, will work against us".

    Amen to that! I am sorry to admit that is usually when I will be distracted or pulled away, when I need to be like Nehemiah, steadfast in doing the work of the Lord. What a great reminder!

    "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down."

    Have a great day, ladies!

  • amykelly213

    Even his own people (shemaiah in v 10) were plotting against him! The good work Nehemiah was doing for God's kingdom was not going unnoticed by the enemy. We should all beware that when we take up our cross and follow Jesus we will meet attacks from the enemy just as Nehemiah did… And sometimes the enemy will use people closest to us to try and stop us! Stand strong with God, pray for Him to cover you… and take it as a compliment. If you weren't a THREAT to the devil, he wouldn't be so worried about what you are doing for God!

  • What an encouraging word today, Nehemiah stand in the face of intimidation he will not back down, back up, give up or step down he is a man on a mission for the Lord.

    Oh Lord help me to stand in the face of adversity when things are not going right that your name may be glorify.

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