by Katy Kauffman


One morning my heart was sad. Although I was half-awake, I started focusing on the wrong thing, and I needed God’s help to refocus my attention and strengthen my heart. Even though I wanted more sleep, I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on the verse I needed.

Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city!
Isaiah 52:1 NKJV


The “awake, awake!” part got my attention. But more importantly, this verse called on God’s people to put on strength. This passage in Isaiah talks about God restoring His people after they had been in captivity.


Is your heart help captive by something? Too often we let our hearts become captive to sorrow, fear, anger, or sin; and we are lulled into despair or apathy. We may think, Things will always be this way, or, I just don’t care anymore.

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by Katy Kauffman


It drives me nuts when I can see the color of flowers in my garden, but I can’t quite get there. In late spring, we planted three azaleas and two hydrangeas in the backyard—the perfect view for a summer of flowers. Their home is a kidney-shaped flower bed filled with the blonde and red specks of cedar mulch. Blue, purple, white, pink, and green blooms have already enticed me to come visit them. But my journey to experiencing joy and peace up close in the garden, is hindered after a downpour.


During a prolonged, hard rain, a six-foot wide stream forms in our grassy backyard between the sidewalk next to the house and the new flower garden. When the waters recede, I still need stepping stones to get from the concrete to the flowers, or else my shoes will need a hosing.


The downpours of life can challenge our joy and peace. Disappointments, hardship, illness, the death of a loved one. Doubt, loss, anger, the tactics of the enemy, and so on.


Maybe you can see joy and peace from afar, but it seems like you can’t quite get there. You need some stepping stones to access them. Or you need some strategies to help guard the joy and peace that you already have.

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Words give us hope. So do fighting spirits. Winston Churchill had both. In the dark days of World War II, Britain needed a leader who could rally them and lead them to victory.

 

Within the first year of the war, King George VI appointed Churchill as Britain’s prime minister. The British and French had been unsuccessful in saving Norway from Nazi occupation. Poland had already been invaded by the Germans and the Soviets, and divided between the two powers. On the day Churchill took office, Germany invaded France and three other western neighbors.1

 

Six weeks later, France surrendered. Yet Churchill possessed the fire and the courage to keep his sights on victory and to embolden his people to do the same.

 

In his first speech as prime minister, Churchill laid out the battle plan: “Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”2

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Winning the Victory: A Blog by Katy Kauffman

Award-Winning Author, Editor, Bible Teacher

As co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies, Katy is a Bible study author and editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. Follow Katy's blog to receive posts sharing practical strategies for winning life's spiritual battles. 

 

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