Give me Hinds Feet for High Places

Though the fig tree does not blossom,
    and no fruit is on the vines;
though the produce of the olive fails,
    and the fields yield no food;
though the flock is cut off from the fold,
    and there is no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will exult in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
    and makes me tread upon the heights.

Habakkuk 3:17-19 

Even though we have struggles, even though we have doubts, even though life is hard, even though I mess up daily…YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD.

What is your “even though?”

Maybe it’s sickness, maybe it’s divorce, maybe it’s disability, maybe it’s anxiety, maybe it’s a prodigal child. Can you rejoice in GOD even though?? HE is the Sovereign Lord and HE is our strength. All of these “even thoughs” are what God is using to grow our hinds feet. Those hinds feet will allow us to walk upon the heights, cling to the narrow path, grow stronger…and then go back into the valley strong and able to share His love.

In the book, Hinds Feet for High Places, the main character’s name is Much Afraid. I am fairly certain we can all relate to this name and have felt that would be our name at one time or another. Or maybe even daily.

Yet, Much Afraid decides to follow the Good Shepherd up on the heights. Despite her crippled feet and crooked mouth that can’t speak well, she begins the climb.

Just like the author of the passage in Habakkuk, many trials await Much Afraid. The path gets narrow. Her enemies Pride, Bitterness and Craven Fear meet her around many corners of the path.

Yet the moment she calls out to the Good Shepherd He is there with her. He is listening, caring for her, and helping her on her climb.

Yet, He won’t carry her all the way. Because she must develop her own hinds feet.

We must all develop our hinds feet. The trials of this life are what develops these feet with which we can withstand the storms of life.

If you need to be encouraged on the difficult path you are facing, I highly recommend you check out this classic.

Also spend some time reading and meditating on this passage of Scripture from Habakkuk chapter 3. Ask the Lord to grow your hinds feet and to give you peace, patience and wisdom as you walk the path He has carved out for you.

I am reading the children’s book with my kids and it is also excellent!!

More Encouragement

I know this video and song will encourage your heart just like it has mine!

40 Day Prayer Challenge: Printable Prayer Cards

Who is loving the 40 day prayer challenge?? So many of you have signed up for the 40 day prayer challenge that began back in June!

I would love to hear from you if you’ve been taking this challenge! How has it impacted you? How has praying the Scriptures changed your prayer life?

You can still sign up for this 40 day challenge here if you haven’t signed up yet! 

Each weekday you will receive 1 email with a Scripture passage, a prayer & 1 resource or link to some encouragement on the topic of prayer!

Printable Prayer Cards

So many of you asked for a PRINTABLE version of these 40 verses & prayers that I decided to create some prayer cards for you!

These prayer cards are set up as a PDF file that is downloadable and then you can print them! There are 4 cards per page for you to cut apart. I would recommend printing on card stock and then laminating so that they will be more durable.

Through the month of July these cards will be $3.50. Beginning August 1st the price will go up to $5.

Find the cards in my shop here! 

Trust in the Lord

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

This is such a well known and beloved verse among believers. Yet even for those of us who have been walking with the Lord for many years, this passage can bring such hope and encouragement to our hearts.

Do you trust Him?

I mean really trust Him?

Here is how the word TRUST is defined: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.

Do we RELY on God’s integrity? His strength? His ability? His surety? Is our CONFIDENCE in Him?

Or do we rely on our own strength? Do we have confidence in our own ability or career or material items or relationships?

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

When things fall apart, do you find yourself questioning everything? You may be placing your trust in something other than God. Trusting God doesn’t mean our lives will go smoothly and perfectly.

Trusting God means that even when our world falls apart, we know without a doubt we are loved and that God has a plan and purpose for our life and for our pain.

How do we learn to trust Him more?

I think this is a prayer God loves to answer. Ask Him to increase your faith. Ask Him for more trust. Ask Him to allow the Holy Spirit to prick your heart during the day as you are tempted to lean on your own understanding. Ask Him to change you from the inside out.

Change your focus. Instead of focusing on what is happening all around you, the world, your troubles, the bad stuff you see everywhere, fix your eyes on things UNSEEN. Because the unseen is what is eternal. The unseen, God and His love and the promise of eternity with Him, THAT is where our confidence needs to lie.

“So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day.  For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure,  because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

We don’t lose heart because our trust is in God. Even though the rest of the world may be falling apart, our inner nature is being RENEWED day by day because of God. This affliction we face here on earth is momentary, it is nothing compared to the GLORY He is preparing us for. Because when we look at what we see with our human eyes, we miss out on so much. We must, instead, focus on the unseen, for it is eternal.

Where is your trust today, friend? 

When I Am Overwhelmed…

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalm 61:2

When I am overwhelmed by the loss and suffering around me, I remind my heart that God is not overwhelmed.

When I’m praying for comfort for others, I remember that He is the God of all comfort and I ask Him to show up in tangible ways.

When I am asking God to show me ways to love on those who are hurting, I am reminded that I am not called to fix it but to show love and let the Almighty step in and do His thing.

When I am mad at the enemy for seemingly winning some ground I remind my heart of our VICTORY in JESUS and that I know the end of the story.

When I look around and see despair, I remind myself that Jesus Himself said there would be trouble in this world, but not to fear because HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD.

I must tell my heart, and those whom I love that are hurting, that our HOPE is built on NOTHING LESS than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!!



I am capable of joy

Grateful people are happy people.

I am listening to the audio 30book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor and had a paradigm shift today.

For all of my adult life I have said time and time again, “I am prone to be a negative person. I am prone to being critical and melancholy.” I have written those words on this blog. I have said them aloud to friends. I have felt in my heart this discouragement at the personality God gave me. It’s just who I am, I thought. 


Do we believe God is a God of REDEMPTION or do we not? Do we really believe that God can change us from the inside out or do we not? Do we really believe that He is making us NEW CREATURES or do we not?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17

I declare to the enemy that I am done believing his lies.

I am going to make a concentrated effort to not proclaim words of defeat over my life. God created me for the abundant life and He is my joy. Not my personality, not my material items, not my circumstances. I no longer accept the idea that I’m incapable of joy because I am “prone to depression” or being negative.

I no longer accept the lie that I can’t change because God is in the business of MAKING ME NEW.

Who is with me?

**Note: this book was not written from a Christian perspective, but as a believer, I could not help but apply Biblical principles to the science of happiness he was sharing in the book. I love it when science proves what we already know to be true from God’s Word!