March On, My Soul, Be Strong

March On, My Soul, Be Strong

What a day! What memories from that day!

My friend, my daughter and I had decided to start walking north along Cabot Head Road at Dyer’s Bay - because the day was beautiful, because the view of Georgian Bay was glorious, because we love walking and exploring together…

And we enjoyed and laughed every moment along the way.

But truth be told, after several hours of walking and walking and walking, we were way too hot, way too thirsty, and way too worn out. All we really wanted to do was sit down somewhere and call it quits. But we couldn’t just stop and stay in the middle of nowhere. Somehow we had to get back to our starting place. 

And so, our only option, our only choice, was to keep going - to press on - to push through. 

“March on, my soul; be strong!” -Judges 5:21 

Those were the words we had to keep repeating to ourselves so that we didn’t faint and give up on the spot. 


And those are the words we so often need to tell ourselves over and over again as we walk along the road of life: “March on, my soul!” - “My soul, be strong.” When we would rather just sit down somewhere along the way, and never get up again - just throw in the proverbial towel and admit defeat… then we need to repeat these words to our weary hearts: “Keep marching, my soul, with strength.” There are many times in our lives - when we feel completely battered and beaten, weary and empty for any number of reasons - that we would rather just surrender and quit trying. Those are the times we need to speak strength and courage to our own minds and hearts, so that - despite everything and everyone against us - we might continue to trudge forward with vigor. 

“Not that I … have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 3:12-14


Read a reflection along these lines of thought, by clicking on the link in red below. TELL YOUR HEART TO BEAT AGAIN encourages us to keep pressing forward when the going gets tough. It’s a worthwhile read. I encourage you to take the time this week to do so - and then, to speak words of strength and courage to your own soul. 

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