A little word with BIG meaning. (Redux)

After a long, emotionally trying week, I opened my Bible this morning to a familiar favorite and quickly realized that God had placed it in my path this morning as a reminder. I needed to read this, hear it, know it and re-write it on my heart in fresh, bold print. The passage that the Lord lead me to again this morning was Psalm 51:10-12

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore me to the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

This week was the perfect storm. Too much time away from my husband- running in separate directions…kids who could undoubtedly smell weakness and took advantage of it…tears, tears and more tears…relying on my own ability to do and accomplish things…anxious that a certain situation was going to present itself one more time when I’d rather avoid it…back-to-school…and I can’t seem to say “no”…uggh. All of that and more were swirling around me all week. Last night, the clouds parted and the silence and stillness that happens after the storm fell upon me. Peace.

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3

I have not been in perfect peace because I have been too focused on myself and the things around me. Last night, after praying again on the way to back-to-school night….peace. A renewed steadfast spirit within me. This morning…joy! It brought me back to the following post, which I needed to read again. HE sustains me. Period.

So, here it is again. “A little word with BIG meaning”…again.


I was just reading in Psalm this morning and a verse caught my eye, head, and heart.

I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalm 3:5

“Sustain” is such a little word. Yet when I look at the definition it has such BIG meaning! When I read this definition, and feel and understand the TRUTH that without the Lord, I am nothing, can do nothing, have nothing…wow. It really took my breath away this morning.

sus·tain  (s-stn)tr.v. sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains
1. To keep in existence; maintain.
2. To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
3. To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
4. To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
5. To bear up under; withstand: can’t sustain the blistering heat.
6. To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
7. To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor’s objection.
8. To prove or corroborate; confirm.

It’s just that simple. He is the Master of every moment, provider, rock….the Lord of all. Regardless of the situation, the day, the plans I may have, the to-do list, the failures or the triumphs…the only reason I draw breath today is because God makes it possible.


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