When The Going Gets Tough…

Ellie snuggling her Auntie Grace last week

The tough get going. Or so the worldly saying goes. I find myself feeling so weak though lately in trials. Fearful trials of taking care of a poor, sick little girl who has a fever and double ear infection for several days now. She’s not eating much. Only wants to sleep. Exhausting trials of trying to rear a little boy who can be so sweet and vibrant yet so headstrong. But I must not give up. Tough is the last thing I feel and the desire to run away from issues of training and discipline is stronger than the desire to persevere. Frightening how my flesh wants so much ease.

Then, I read these words, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

How contrary to the world’s messages!

And I have been thinking about the words from “A Mighty Fortress” by Martin Luther as well:

“A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.”


When I am weak, He is strong. When I am weak, He is strong. When I am weak, He is strong!

UPDATE: Ellie is finally improving! Her fever is gone, she is beginning to eat more and her ears are healing…the little, spunky girl we know and love is returning to us! Thank you God for your faithfulness!

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8 Responses to When The Going Gets Tough…

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank God for Ellie's recovery. Those tough times are when the Spirit is active in our groanings, invisibly guiding us and giving us spiritual cpr.Dad

  2. Betty says:

    Susanna, thank you for posting that verse and hymn, during a time when my life seems full of trials as well. I will be praying for you and your babies. And Grace, if you see this, that is a BEAUTIFUL picture of you and Miss ellie! Definitely a framer!

  3. helms family says:

    glad that ellie is better! i feel your vibe on parenting. i think that isthe nature of raising small children. just persevering. and being pregnant while chasing and training small ones is doubly hard. this i know! love you!!!!

  4. Johannah says:

    Sus,Oh, poor Ellie!I remember when Gabriel had a season of chronic strep throat. High fevers and lethargy. It was so hard. I am so glad she is doing better.Love, Jo

  5. Grace says:

    Susanna, I think we can all be reminded how He is strong…and we are weak…our strength is His strength. Love you.

  6. Anonymous says:

    SO glad out little Ellie is feeling better….And you, too….I always remember how Paul at one point was so worn down by his suffering he "despaired of life itself"…Love, Mom

  7. Rick Rose says:

    Strong = Susanna! Quiet, and persistently so!

  8. Shannon says:

    I'm so glad that Ellie is feeling better!! Thinking of you :)

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