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17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,  Nor fruit be on the vines;       Though the labor of the olive may fail,  And the fields yield no food;

Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,   And there be no herd in the stalls—

18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,  I will joy in the God of my salvation

19 The LORD God is my strength;   He will make my feet like deer’s feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills. Habakkuk 3: 17 – 19 (NKJV)

At least once a year I begin a new walking program.  This time it was when the heat of summer has curtsied to the crisp coolness of Fall, and I felt that I could breathe freely as I exercise.  This particular morn I was excited to get started.  After a few light stretches, I was on my way, whistling a happy tune and feeling pretty proud of myself for getting back on track.

Just as I was picking up my pace, I saw a scary-looking half-spider, half-tick, part-crab, part-monster-creature-thingy crossing my path. Feeling invincible because I had walked a whole two blocks, I decided to step on this intruder and show it who was boss.

Well, my 30-minute walk ended 20 minutes early when I stomped upon it and out came what seemed like millions of baby scary-looking half-spider, half-tick, part-crab, part-monster-creature-thingies and they were running in every direction with breakneck speed.  What should have been a walk turned into an out-and-out sprint because I was running and yelling and screaming and trying my hardest to outrun what must also now be stuck to the bottom of my shoe. I raced to the nearest trash receptacle and threw both tennis shoes away. Then I ran back to my home in my stocking feet with prayers ascending asking God to please not let even one of those scary-looking half-spider, half-tick, part-crab, part-monster-creature-thingies follow me home. I certainly increased my heart rate that day!

I implore you to let the Lord God be your strength, no matter the situation. Call on His name whenever you need Him.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

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