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Last spring, during baseball season, my son sprained his ankle twice. Spraining an ankle is, at times, just as painful as breaking your ankle. After the second sprain, he was in some pretty good pain. We nursed it back to life (as long as he remembered to do his exercises. 😉 ) At one point, the ankle was healing well and he was feeling better. He came down the stairs at home and tweaked it a little on the last step. He sucked in his breath, hopped around the room and paused at the kitchen table. Once he caught his breath, he looked at me and said, “Mom, just tell me to suck it up!.” My pleasure son! So, they may have heard me tell them to “suck it up, you’ll be fine,” a few times. It’s that whole mercy thing I’m not always great at!

I’m getting ready to head off to a women’s weekend. I have confidence that this is where God wants me to be this weekend. I said yes to it 6 months ago. Up to recently, I’ve been able to push aside any anxiety or reservations I had about the weekend. Well, the time has come to prepare and get ready to go. The anxiety came at me full force. No holding back. I reached out to my prayer warriors and had them praying for me and the weekend. Tuesday morning I had talked to one of my prayer warriors lamenting my concerns. When I got home, I felt the 2×4 across my head. God, very clearly said, “Suck it up Buttercup, you’ll be fine!” I literally laughed out loud. God through my own advice back at me. From that moment, I felt peace that everything will be fine. The weekend may still be emotional, hard, draining and at times painful, yet, He is right here with me. I’ll be fine! Yes, it may hurt, yes, I may wonder, “What have I gotten myself into?” Yet, the bottom line is, it’s not about me. It’s about what God is going to do this weekend. And He is going to do some mighty, great things. Healing, growth, friendship, spiritual strength, and many other things are going to happen. I have no doubts. Our God is a pretty big God and I can’t wait to see what He is going to do!

My dear friends, we face challenges every day. Some are baby step, some are giant steps for us mentally, physically and emotionally. Doubts and fears creep in. Satan starts poking and prodding. He has no power over us. I’ve already read the back of the book and we win!

We are stubborn and hard headed. Ok. At least I am! I encourage you to seek Him out. Look up. Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. He had mercy on my sweet soul and poured peace over me that calmed every nerve in my body. He can and will do the same for you.

So, whatever challenge you are wrestling with, “Suck it up Buttercup. You’ll be ok!” Said in love. 🙂

Take a look and Joshua 1:9 and see what He is calling you to do!

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.

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