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Scripture of the Month (September)

 “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.”
  
—Philippians 4:13 (God's Word Translation)

Reflection:

When I was a girl, I was very shy. I wrote many stories and poems and hid them in the bottom drawer of my dresser—concealing them from view. The Lord, my mother, and one young cousin were the only ones who knew about my passion for writing.

While in high school, I often trembled with fright before giving a required speech, terrified of my own voice, not realizing then that I would become a schoolteacher and, eventually, a published writer of many books, requiring me to speak at conferences, libraries, and in churches. Thankfully, the verse in Philippians was one I could cling to, and, believe me, I did!

But through my life, no matter what circumstance I faced, I learned to count on this powerful verse—the comforting and enabling truth that God's spirit resides in His children. We can trust our heavenly Father to be our ongoing courage and strength ... whether we are just beginning our Christian walk or have been holding tightly to God's hand for many years.