I was talking yesterday with a woman who felt inadequate to meet the challenges she is facing being widowed and underemployed. She impressed me because she didn’t want me to fix her problem (which I could never do) but just wanted some encouragement, and to know that someone believed she COULD do this hard thing.
This morning I found the perfect quote to share with her. It is from Washington Irving (and I found it while reading Stephanie Nielson’s inspiring book “Heaven Is Here”.)
The quote reads:
“There is in every true woman’s heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity, but which kindles up and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.”
I believe in that heavenly fire. I believe that a loving God above breathes life into that fire as we turn to Him and ask for His help. I have felt that fire, sometimes just flickering, but at other times beaming and blazing as I, with determination, worked with God to overcome the challenges I was facing.
In Psalms 59:17, David says, “Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.” God truly has been my strength, my defence, and my mercy through those times.
If you’re feeling inadequate, or frightened, or unsure, look inside for that dormant spark. Ask for kindling, and believe,
and soon you’ll experience…