Get a Grip

Get a Grip

January 6, 2014

“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)

We had only been married a couple years when my husband Keith surprised me with a snow skiing trip to the mountains. Although I had never stepped foot in snow, the idea sounded exciting and adventurous.

I spent weeks preparing – purchasing warm, waterproof clothes, reading “how-to” articles, and daydreaming about us zipping down the slopes effortlessly. It was going to be wonderful. At least that’s what I thought.

As it turned out, my winter wonderland daydreams didn’t quite match up to my wonder-less reality.

Instead of swishing down the mountain together, I struggled in ski school with other beginners while Keith skied alone.

I spent more time slipping and falling then standing upright. My bruises had bruises, and children were mastering the slopes better than me.

After my first day of defeat, I opted out of ski school, determined to overcome my fears and do things my way. Anxiety mounted as I reached the top of the mountain and my skis slid onto the icy snow.

Down to the ground I went–over and over again. Poles, skis, and goggles spewed all over the place. I was frustrated, miserable, and ready to give up.

As worried tears ran down my face, Keith assured me we would make it down the mountain safely. He stayed close by my side. When I’d start to slip and fall, he was right there to hold me up.

Slowly and steadily my confidence grew and when we reached the bottom of the mountain, my heart overflowed with joy.

“Are you ready to go again?” Keith asked. While I wasn’t immediately ready to head back up the mountain, my husband’s loving faithfulness gave me the courage I needed that day. I knew he wouldn’t leave me alone, that he would be there if I fell, and it made all the difference.

It’s been years since that trip, but oftentimes I find myself slipping and sliding along the tough slopes of life. Challenging circumstances can leave me frustrated, miserable, and ready to give up—just like that day on the mountain.

Maybe you can relate. Are you facing a situation that seems bigger than a mountain? Do “what if” worries make you feel overwhelmed and ready to give up? Has life dealt you a powerful blow causing you to emotionally lose your footing from what was once a solid stance?

I’m so thankful we have God’s promises in Psalm 94:18-19 to securely hold us up when we’re unsteady: “When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy” (NIV).

When life’s circumstances cause us to feel unsteady we can call out to God for help. His love for us is unfailing and He is always there to support us when our feet begin to slip. Challenges and difficult trials can make us feel uncertain but God is faithful to hold us up as we trust in Him.

Safe within His loving grip we can have the confidence to keep going down the mountain of life. As we pause along the way, let’s take time to look back and celebrate how far God has brought us. One faithful moment at a time.

Dear Lord, thank You for holding me up with Your unfailing love when my feet slip on the slopes of life. Help me trust You will be there to catch me. May Your assuring words comfort my soul when I worry and feel unsteady. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Reflect and Respond:
Write down what is causing you to feel unsteady. Then write down one of the scripture verses listed below and turn it into a personal prayer to God.

Take small steps each day to trust God more as you remember His promises of holding you tightly no matter what comes your way.

Power Verses:
Psalm 121:3, “He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber.” (NIV)

Psalm 37:23-24, “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (NIV)

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  1. When life throws you lemons, you should attempt to make lemonade. Make the best of a crazy situation. Psalm 121:3, “He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you wi…ll not slumber.” (NIV)
    When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:18-19 (NIV)
    God can bring us joy when we’re feeling anxious about what we have to do in our life. It could be as simple as transitioning to a new job, a new relationship- even getting out of a bad family mess like my husband, Ron Smith did before we got married almost two years ago. I ♥ it how he asked God to lead him in what he should do about the bad dilemma he’d previously been in.
    Currently, my husband and I are facing some tough decsions ahead. We’d like to live completely on our own one day- utilizing support services from the state. Unfortunately, my side of the family doesn’t think this is possible because we both are disabled. Regardless of what they think, we’d really like to do it anyhow.
    “Dear Lord, thank You for holding me up with Your unfailing love when my feet slip on the slopes of life. Help me trust You will be there to catch me. May Your assuring words comfort my soul when I worry and feel unsteady. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”Lysa TerKeurst When we’re feeling like we’re going to fall, we need to ask God to help us back on to our feet. God’s the rock we cling to at all times when we feel like we’re about to slip and lose our balance. “Dear Lord, thank You for holding me up with Your unfailing love when my feet slip on the slopes of life. Help me trust You will be there to catch me. May Your assuring words comfort my soul when I worry and feel unsteady. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
    In thi prayer, we’re comparing life to being on a ski slope. We shouldn’t be afraid to ask God to help us out when we really need asssistance getting back onto our feet. Sometimes, I feel like I’m going to fall, and my incredible husband catches me and supports my weight.
    Psalm 121:3, “He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber.” (NIV)
    This verse is telling me that God never sleeps. He’ll catch us if we feel like we’re about to lose our balance, veering off course down the wrong path.
    Psalm 37:23-24, “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall,
    for the LORD upholds him with his hand. (NIV)
    In this verse, I ♥ it how God is telling us that He will hold us up with his hand with a firm grip. He won’t even allow us toslip. If we believe in God, our steps will be made firm so we won’t slip and lose our way.See More

    • Nico,
      Thank you for reminding us that God, in His infinite wisdom, can bring us joy even in the midst of our hard circumstances. I’m so thankful that when I am week, He is strong and that the joy of the Lord is my strength.

      I’m praying 2 Corinthians 9:8-10 for you today – believing God will generously provide all that you need with plenty left over to share with others. He is so faithful! May His Word become your daily bread to spiritually nourish your heart and soul.

      Sweet Blessings,
      Leah

  2. Leah thank you so much for this devotion. I am encouraged and reminded that God is there when we need Him most, that He never leaves us in the good times and the bad. God is always present through the tough times He lets us feel His presence. What a blessing! As the song writer says: He raise me up so I can stand on mountains, You raise me up to walk on stormy seas and I am strong when I am on your shoulders. Have a Blessed day.

    • Marcia,
      Thank you for reminding us that God is always present and always faithful – in good times and tough times. I’m so grateful He promises to be our refuge and strength – a very present help in our times of troubles. (Psalm 46:1)
      Blessings, Leah

  3. Tania Potter says:

    There it is again. Right in the middle of the devotional. ‘God is faithful..’ No matter what, no matter how, no matter where, no matter…God is faithful. The ‘who’ does matter because that’s me. I can be faithless, doubtful, easily overwhelmed, yet He remains faithful. It’s like hearing the words “I love you” whispered every time I read it. Thank you Lord Jesus for all the people that took the time to make sure I got your message today. Bless them in ways that only You can create. I love you, Jesus. Bless the Lord, oh my soul…Bless His Holy Name.

    • Tania,
      God loves you with an everlasting love and draws you to Himself with unfailing kindness. (Jeremiah 31:3) May you continue to seek God daily as He shows you how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is for you.
      Blessings, Leah

  4. Dear Leah
    Thank you for the timely message. I am indeed going through a tough time over the last 4 months and am on the verge of giving up – even on life. I do not have a foundation built on a rock, but on sands hence, am not able to completely find comfort in His words. But nevertheless, its comforting to know.

    • Juliet,
      My heart aches as I read your comments. I too went through a very painful season – a few years back – when life didn’t seem worth living. I was ready to give up BUT thank God I didn’t. The Lord had so much more in store for me – I just couldn’t see it at the time.

      Juliet, God loves you and has many blessings in store for you too! He is your rock and firm foundation, even when you feel like you’re slipping on sinking sand. With Christ, all things are possible. He can be your source of strength and joy today. He loves you with an everlasting love.

      I want to encourage you to click on the link below and take a few minutes to read some important truths that I pray will bring you peace and hope today. http://proverbs31.org/do-you-know-jesus/ . I’d love for you to follow-up with another comment below or you can visit me on my blog @ http://www.LeahDiPascal.com. I am praying for you today!
      Leah

      So many blessings that He reserved just for me. Blessings I would have missed out on. He as blessings for you too!

      • Dear Leah

        Thank you too for your reply. For some reasons, I couldn’t get to the link you have provided. But from the title of it, I believe it is about knowing and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. I am a Christian – the seed that falls on rocky sands – and the fool who builds her house on sands. I guess that’s why I am struggling.

        You have described very accurately, the feeling of slipping on sinking sand. I find myself drowning and struggling to stay afloat.

        God has indeed been kind and shown me His love through the friends who have replied to my comment. He has also shown me, with another devotional I subscribed with the message “Getting Your Life Back on Course”. The only problem is ..with where I am now, I have very little energy to move ahead, much less to fight ahead. Please continue to pray for me. For me to be able to find rest in Him, to re-energise, to stand back up and to walk.

        • Juliet, I’m so thankful that you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior. I will continue to pray for your healing as I personally know how debilitating depression can be. But, Jesus is bigger than depression. I’m living proof of that and you can be too! Trust Him, sweet friend and know that He has great plans in store for you. Leah

    • Juliet,
      Do not give up, God is with you! I am praying for you.
      God bless you and keep you,
      Lyn

    • Dear Juliet,
      psalms 18:29 says: ‘For You cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine; the Lord my God illumines my darkness.’ I pray that the Lord God Almighty, who created you perfectly and with incredible purpose will illuminate your darkness. May He remind you just how incredibly important you are in this world, and I pray that you will believe him.

      • Dee,
        Amen, sweet sister. Thank you for sharing this beautiful Scripture verse with Juliet. May God’s Word always be a shining lamp unto our feet and a light unto our sometimes darkened paths. Leah

        • Thank you Dee, for your encouraging words. I know God is real and He cares for He has shown me so. I believe Him and wanted very much to come to Him as my first source of help and comfort and relief. But yet, my faith is not strong and my emotions overwhelmed my thoughts.

          Thank you, once again. It is indeed heart warming to see so many encouragement on the blog when I could not turn to anyone around me for help.

          God bless.

    • Juliet,
      I’m standing in the gap for you today, my sister. Be still and let the peace of God Be poured out on you. Trust his heart which is so full of love for you. Juliet he rejoices over you with singing. Your name is written on the palm of his hand. He is the Author of your life and has great plans for your life, to give you HOPE and a future. You were created for HIS purpose. You are the apple of His eyes. You are His beloved.
      Let me share these lyrics from “Trust His Heart” by Babby Mason:

      All things work for our good, though sometimes we don’t see how they could.
      Struggles that breaks our hearts into, sometimes blinds us to the truth.
      Our Father knows what’s best for us,His ways are not our own.
      So when your pathway grows dim and you just don’t see Him, REMEMBER you’re never alone..

      God is too wise to be mistaken; God is to good to be unkind.
      So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,
      When you can’t trace His hand TRUST His Heart.

      He sees the Master plan, and He holds our future in His hands.
      So don’t live as those who have no hope, for our Hope is found in Him.
      We see the present clearly, but He sees the first and the last.
      And like a tapestry He’s weaving you and me to someday be just like Him.

      God is too wise to be mistaken, God is to good to be unkind.
      So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan,
      When you can’t trace His hand TRUST His Heart.
      He alone is faithful and true, He alone knows what’s best for you.

      God is too wise to be mistaken, God is too good to be unkind.
      So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan.
      When you can’t trace His hand TRUST His Heart.

      So when you don’t understand, when you don’t see His plan.
      When you can’t trace His hand, TRUST His Heart. Trust His Heart.

      Juliet, you’re in My heart and in My prayers.

  5. Veronica Correa says:

    Leah thank you for this!…. My husband just got a promotin and we had to move away from our home and family. It was quick and hard for our family. It’s been 4 months now and were adjusting. I remember when my husband first told me we were moving The Lord brought immediate peace, I was assured by my Heavenly Father that he would up hold me in his right hand, for I was his child. That he had a plan for our family. There were many days when I would hide in my closet and just cry because I missed home, my family, the only church I’ve ever known, but still in that time He would remind me that he’s here and I’m not alone. I love how The Lord always meets us right where were at. He loves us that much! Blessing to you as you continue to serve Him!

    • Veronica, thank you for sharing how God helped you through a really tough season in your life. I believe your story will encourage other women and remind them of God’s faithfulness. He meets us right where we are and His love will never fail us. Blessings, Leah

  6. Tina Emanuel says:

    I am struggling with all of this. I read all these devotions and there is always a husband that is supportive. Mine walked out after 22 years and left me devistated. I ended up homeless and lost everything. This man continues to treat me lousy. I have to deal with him because we have 2 teenage kids. He is all about what he wants and what his girlfriend wants. The kids are angry with there father for all he did. I am a new Christian and was positive at first but this year has worn on me. Now that his wedding is only a couple of onths away it is worse. I am alone still and I don’t even know how to look for someone. I have no family and all our friends left with him since he owns a brewery. My heart is broken and I am lost and I don’t know if I am doing it right.I am thankful to God but is there more to life out there for me, I am so lonely.

    • Tina, I will be praying for you and all that you are going thru! As a veteran Christian I can tell you there will be great days and there will be horrible days. BUT, God IS there thru all of it! Never stop leaning on Him. There have been times when all I can say is, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…….” because I have felt so broken and lonely inside. There is so much power in that name!!!! Be strong, sister. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Use this time to grow closer to Him.

      • Jen, thank you for sharing the love and hope of Christ with Tina today through your encouraging words and reminder of Romans 8:28. The glory of God shines brightly through you! Sweet Blessings, Leah

    • Tina,
      I’m praying that God will heal your broken heart and fill you so full of His peace that transcends all understanding.; that He gives you the strength and the courage to stay focused on Him; that He gives you a clear mind that you can pray and even “CRY OUT” to Him who hears and understands and answers. There’s a brighter light at the end of this tunnel and that Light is Jesus! Let Him take you by the hand and lead you to that brighter future that He has planned for you. You are not forgotten. He knows your name. He knows your every thought. He sees your tears and He hears your cries for help and He will deliver you, my sister. And yes, you do have family. We are family. And we love you.

  7. I understand where Tina is coming from. A story about a ski trip is great, the principle is foundational. But, people who are going through real trials need empathy too. So what about the person who has lost a spouse, lost a limb, lost a house or is going through the abuse of Alzheimer’s? I have a lifetime of tragedy that makes a woman left alone on a ski trip look like pleasure. People need to hear that God solves and is faithful through the real problems of life. But thanks for the effort.

    • Dolores, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had a lifetime of tragedy and I’m praying for you today. I’ve chosen this verse with you in mind: Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Blessings, Leah

  8. Dear Leah,
    Thanks for the picture that you painted in telling your story about the skiing trip. It truly speaks about God’s faithfulness and unfailing love towards us. By showing us how your husband stood by your side when he saw how disappointed and frustrated you were and he encouraged you all the way, it reminded me of how much more capable our Heavenly Father is of protecting us , encouraging us and picking us up when we have fallen. He is always there by our side and His faithfulness is everlasting. Psalm 121:3 is one of my favorite scriptures that reminds me that He will always be there to pick me up because He never sleeps or slumbers. Blessings to you, Roberta

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I can take something from this as I am facing ankle surgery on Thursday, and I am a mess. I am worrying about how this will all work out. I am a homeschooling grand raising grandmother of two sweet kiddos. I will have to be off my foot for at least two weeks, and then four more weeks of wearing a walking cast. It is my right foot…so therefore, I cannot drive.. we have activities, and need to go places. I know He’s got this.. but I am so overwhelmed..

    • Elizabeth, I’m sorry to hear about your upcoming foot surgery on Thursday. Sounds like you’re a busy grandmother with two adorable little ones to love on. I’m praying this verse over you today and asking God for your quick and complete recovery.
      Isaiah 40:31 – Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

  10. Great post! Love it, love you and love the A Confident Heart Devotional by Renee. Thank you for sharing your struggles, your wins and your life stories. You bless me like crazy.

  11. The same thing happened to me and my husband! Hearing this story brought me back to when, in tears on the side of a slop in Utah, I told my husband to “Just leave me here to die. I will scoot down the mountain alone!” It was a terrifying experience when we accidentally turned onto a black diamond off of the green trail, and I thought I was surely going to end up smacking into a tree- especially since my eyes were frozen together with tears. But, looking back it is one of my favorite memories of us (at this point it is laughable)! My husband never left me, and spent an entire hour and a half coaching, encouraging, and scooting me down the mountain.

  12. Leah,
    Thank you for this word of encouragement. I have failed miserably lately in one area of my life but I hear God saying to me – “Don’t give up!” I don’t have a husband to help me but I know God wants me to trust Him and His ability to give me all I need for this season in my life. I can do this! Thanks for the encouragment!
    ~Jill

    • Hi Jill ~ I’m so glad we serve a God of second chances. He is always there for us, ready to help when we call out to Him. I’m praying this verse over you today. Keep persevering, friend. There are treasures to be found in the playground of obedience. He is worthy!
      Hebrews 10:35-36 – So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere, so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.

  13. Thank you….I needed this so much today. My son is very sick right now, but he will be ok. He’s 2 years old and was a tiny preemie when he was born so things still hit him very hard when he is sick. As many times as I’ve been through this with him, I still get worried and I needed to be reminded today that the Lord will not let us slip and fall and that He will console me when I’m anxious. Yesterday my son and I made up a little song together and we started singing it together in the doctor’s office today and my worries faded as I sang with him. The Lord’s consolation did bring me so much joy at that moment. 🙂

    • Rose, I’m sorry to hear that your precious son is sick. I love that you both were singing in the doctors office – how precious! I’ve chosen the verse below to pray over you and your son today. May the joy of the Lord be your strength.

      Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

  14. Sue Kostynick says:

    Dear precious Leah!
    I am so glad to be reading your devotions. It was just what I needed to hear today.
    Please let me know how to sign up to receive your devotions etc. I am only on email. I receive others from
    Proverbs 31. Want to sign up with you now!
    Hoping to see you again soon! Maybe another family wedding!
    God bless you! Love you!
    Sue Kostynick

  15. Wow! Simply Amazing how God speaks to you in certain and unexpected ways. This one was so on target I had Tears! Thank You Lord <3

  16. Reading all these comments after reading the devotional I see so many people are hurting and need lifting up. My 37 year old son died of Swine flu on December 17, 2013. We have been in a strange limbo of loss and grief the past 3 weeks. He was so sick and suffered so much before his death. I look back today and wonder how I made it through the sleepless nights sitting at in the ICU praying pouring out my heart for God to spare him. God lifted me the whole way. He gave me strength when I had none. He refreshed me to make it moment by moment. When I couldn’t find words no longer to pray he gave many dear ones to do it for me. At his death the first thing I saw in my mind was Jesus suffering body on the cross and his Mother Mary grieving at his feet. Jesus I know was there lifting me up letting me know he knew my pain. He knows so well a mothers broken heart. Yes dear people God did not watch from the side lines as our hearts were breaking he was there holding us up.

    • Jeri, I am so sorry for your loss. I lift you up in prayer and ask that our dear Father be ever so close to you now, and that you will continue to feel his presence and peace and comfort.

    • Jeri, I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your son. As a mother of two boys, my own heart aches for you. I can tell by your words that you have a deep relationship with the Lord. I pray that He continues to comfort you in the days and nights ahead, like no one else possibly can. I have chosen this verse to pray over you today. I hope it gives you peace in the midst of such a painful season of grief. Blessings, Leah

      Zephaniah 3:17 – The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you {your cries} with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

  17. GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD…I have had to be an archeologist of late in order to let God into my deep hurts and hiding places. He has grown me through them, shown me how HE has always been with me. Never left me, saw me through the really difficult, want to leave this earth time. Today in this devo He gave me scripture. two hours later in a book 3 chapters in, again He gives me that same reassurance through HIS word, HIS very Word that He has me in HIS arms today. I had to wipe the tears and say a prayer of thanks as He knew I needed those scriptures locked into my heart. Thank You Leah, thank you Prov 31 Ministries for reaching out daily as you walk your walk in Faith and obedience to your calling.

  18. Juliet,
    I am praying for you! May you be reminded that God will never leave you nor foresake you. In times when you feel like giving up, simply cry out “Jesus, help me”. Through my own personal circumstances, i have learnt that declaring his word outloud gives me hope for the next step and sometimes the word is simply “Jesus”. Other times, music becomes my prayer. Here is a song from Sidewalk Prophets that has helped me through difficult times. Being vulnerable and admitting I could not do it on my own was very humbling. Here are the lyrics to the song “Help me find it” may it bless you as it has me and others during this journey called life.
    I don’t know where to go from here
    It all used to seem so clear
    I’m finding I can’t do this on my own

    I don’t know where to go from here
    As long as I know that You are near
    I’m done fighting
    I’m finally letting go

    I will trust in You
    You’ve never failed before
    I will trust in You
    If there’s a road I should walk
    Help me find it
    If I need to be still
    Give me peace for the moment
    Whatever Your will
    Whatever Your will
    Can you help me find it
    Can you help me find it

    I’m giving You fear and You give faith
    I giving you doubt
    You give me grace
    For every step I’ve never been alone

    Even when it hurts, You’ll have Your way
    Even in the valley I will say
    With every breath
    You’ve never let me go

    I will wait for You
    You’ve never failed before
    I will wait for You

    I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
    Have Your way my King (I give my all to You)
    I lift my eyes again (Was blind but now I see)
    ‘Cause You are all I need

  19. This is how I felt at the end of 2013. I felt I was on a slippery slope and every once in a while I would catch a little foothold or branch only to have it break and I would continue to slide. I talked to good friends and asked for prayers, I prayed, I read blogs and books and the Word. Tonight I found this blog and it described for a second time today how I have been feeling. It is like God is telling me HE knows. He hears. He cares. He loves me, even when I am a mess and will not abandon me. Great is HIS faithfulness yet again. Thank you for sharing these encouraging words and to God for feeding my soul so well with the TRUTH.

  20. As a ski instructor who knows how difficult it is to learn to ski safely, it’s hard to see students who don’t want to struggle along through the difficulties. However, I get how easy it is to go off on our own, and Leah is right, God is there to pick us up. I hope I, the ski instructor, remembers the next time I’m having difficulty to remember, God is there to pick me up. I just wonder if he’ll put me back in ski school 101? Lisa

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