Keep Putting One Foot in Front of the Other

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

─ Deuteronomy 31:6

After a long, hot day in the summer sun, Sandy walked slowly and deliberately to the car with the weight of her three-year-old nephew, Douglas, heavy in her arms and his seven-year old brother, Drake, dragging himself slowly behind her. Her back hurt. Her arms hurt. And her legs were throbbing after walking miles around the zoo.

Drake’s pace grew slower and slower. She’d turned around several times to encourage him to keep going. “Aunt Sandy…I can’t! I want to stop.”

“We’re almost to the car, Drake,” she called over her shoulder, only to see that he’d sat down near a tree in the shade. If I put this baby down, she thought, I don’t know when I’ll get back up. She walked back to Drake and said, “Honey, get up, please. Just keep taking steps…one foot and then the other. We’ll make it.”

“Is that what Daddy’s doing?” Drake asked. His father was in rehab after a terrible car accident.

“Yes, that’s exactly what Daddy’s doing,” Sandy responded. “He’s doing something every day to get better. Jesus is helping him and encouraging him to grow stronger.”

“And Jesus is with him, telling him to keep going just like you’re telling me to do right now!” Drake stated confidently, as he got up and began to walk with new strengths to the car.

Sandy smiled. “That’s right!” she said.

Many times, our faith journey can seem long, and we can get tired walking it out. But by allowing God to breathe new strength and courage into our steps, our hope is then built up as we follow Him.

Today’s One Thing

Reach out to a friend you know will encourage you and ask them to pray with you. Let their encouraging words add strength to your journey as you follow God.


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