1. Thank you, Lori. That visual is really helpful. I was so sad to hear last week that your heart test showed a lower level of function. Thank you for sharing your heart and your heart journey with us so we can all rest in his arms when we face our trials.

    1. Wendy, this means so much to me because I know you’ve had your share of tests that didn’t end up the way you’d hoped or prayed. I’m just now learning how important letting go, trusting those arms, really is. Great to hear from you!

  2. What a beautiful reflection, Lori. I love the lessons you’ve shared in this post. I wish I could be there to help God hold you during this trying time. I’m praying for you. Please keep me posted, and reach out anytime you’d like!

    1. You don’t know how you’ve been showing me God’s arms throughout your entire life, Brad. Thank you for the example, the encouragement, and the concern.

  3. I remember those fitness tests! I was so intimidated by those things. And the hanging bar? One time I let go when I was holding myself upside down and landed on my head in the sand. I hated PE. I love your analogy though! Such a profound statement that we aren’t accomplishing anything by holding on instead of being held. I struggle with letting go and being held too. Oh how sweet it could be if I could let go, lean into his chest, lay my head on his shoulder, and REST. Still working on this. It’s a process, isn’t it?

    1. Yes, such a lifelong process. I’m grateful every day for grace. Good to hear from you, fellow PE-despiser! (I broke my arm on those bars, btw.)

  4. Lori, You have a real talent in using word pictures to bring to life principals from God’s word. I love how you expressed our need to let go and depend on God. You are an inspiration to me and I look forward to each post.

    1. Pam, your words feel like a warm hug today. Your affirmation is precious to me, as it comes from someone who is not only well-read and well-admired, but also someone who is a deep believer and a supportive friend. I appreciate you.

  5. Lori,
    Reading your blog yesterday really hit home…in fact, I referred to it twice in different conversations I had.
    A little over 2 weeks ago, we found out that my husband, Norm, has Stage 5 Kidney Disease/Failure. Being a medical technologist and knowing mistakes can be made, I had hoped that it was a lab error. But, yesterday, we got his repeat lab work results and it was confirmed. He is scared…..I am scared…..Mandy Rose is scared. I think we all could benefit from allowing ourselves to just be held.
    Thank you for your words…

    1. Oh Missy, this breaks my heart. Your family is now on my daily prayer list. I’m sorry you all have this as part of your story. Please keep me posted about Norm. I am thankful he has you and Mandy Rose in his life at this difficult time. Holding hope for you, for healing and peace.

  6. I remember the President’s Physical Fitness tests. I had no idea anyone didn’t pass it. I always thought it was just a matter of improving last years results because everyone I knew did the minimum.
    The hardest lesson in life has been to let God do the hard work and for me to do the minimum he asked me to do.

    1. Well, Kelly, I am that person who couldn’t pass it! Hahaha.You were over there blowing by all the standards and some of us were just struggling to hang onto a bar! Yes, I agree that letting go is one of the most difficult things God has asked of me, too. Thank you for sharing, as I know it comes from a place of difficult life experience. Take care!

  7. Lori, oh, yes! I still remember the dread of the day we had the PE test! I never passed! And, of course, then there was the embarrassment! Thank you for the reminder of the things that are important. And that God is always there and WANTS us to let him hold us! I am so very sorry about the latest test and will continue praying! Your encouragement through this hard journey is such an inspiration. Thank you for stepping into the hard.

    1. Heart sister, I know you understand the hard. That holding is what keeps us going, isn’t it? Sometimes I think it’s me. I’m still learning, and growing. What a blessing to hear from you!

  8. Lori, thank you for the stroll down memory lane participating in the Presidential Fitness Tests. That was a very LONG time ago for me, but your gift of writing took me right back. I am so sorry to hear of your recent test results; please know you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    I just finished reading your book, DIVINE DETOUR, and it was one I could not put down. You are a gifted writer who has allowed us to travel with you on this health crisis journey – all the way helping us see your strength comes from the Lord. *writing an Amazon review right now!

    I pray God continues to bless you, your family, and your ministry.

    1. Love hearing from a fellow author! You understand intimately the need of reviews and the difficulty in asking for and getting them. I appreciate you reaching out. I just ordered your new book, I’m Okay, Momma, for my granddaughter Hazel. Thank you for ministering to our little ones in this way. And thank you for taking time to let me know how my words affected you. Blessings!

  9. This was exactly what I needed for today. Today, i am Trusting that he is with me and I am going to act like it! I am resting my feet on Him and admitting that I need to be Held by Him! This was so good!!

    1. So glad this resonated with you, Kim. Thank you for reaching out and validating my thoughts. Praying blessings and peace for you as you rest on His strength.

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