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Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

~ Psalm 73:25-26

The Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

~ 2 Thessalonians 3:3

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

~ Philippians 4:11-13

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

~ 1 Corinthians 1:18

We wait in hope for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

~ Psalm 33:20-22

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of my mom’s death. Today’s post is dedicated to her memory, because God knows that every single day of the last 20 years I have struggled and fought desperately for strength. Every morning I wake up and I remember… I remember the people who decided that her life wasn’t worth anything. That my dad’s life wasn’t worth anything. That MY life wasn’t worth anything. Because when they took her from us, it wasn’t just her life that ended. Ours was over too. And we will never forget.

But the Lord is our strength, and it is the Lord who brings justice. It isn’t our place to take it upon ourselves. We trust in the Lord, and in Him — and in that trust He provides — we find strength. Strength to carry on. Strength to breathe. Strength to live. Because God is Truth and Love, and He creates — He doesn’t want death, He wants LIFE. And we should always seek life as well. Life is rife with hardships and troubles. But God is our strength, and His name is Jesus, today and forevermore.

And so we march on… ♥

Today’s paintings are: Carl Heinrich Bloch’s “Agony in the Garden”; Paul Friedrich Meyerheim’s “Best Friends”, 1884; Nicolaes Maes’s “Christ Blessing the Children”, 1652-53; Bernhard Plockhorst’s “Easter Morning” (Noli Me Tangere), 1880; and Andrea Solario (signed AD Mediolanes)’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”, 1505.