Just Keep Swimming

The Lord is with you.  He'll fight your battles for you. http://wp.me/p2UZoK-Hn via @caregivermomThis has been quite the year already. One month of the year out of the way and Dory’s song, “Just keep swimming…just keep swimming” seems to be the most fitting song for my life.

My mother-in-law has to go into a care-home. Water rises.

Spend Christmas cleaning out a lifetime of memories. Flood rises.

My dad’s Alzheimer’s seems to be escalating. Waves wash over the mouth.

Car crash. Water goes up the nose.

Car hunting, insurance issues, etc. Waves crash.

Mom has a heart attack. Head goes under.

Refund from insurance. Gasp for air.

Bills arrive. Sink again.

Replacement car develops unique ability to stall while driving—in an intersection, on a freeway, turning a corner. Water is overhead.

“Just keep swimming…just keep swimming.

It’s a children’s video. It’s a silly song. It’s so incredibly fitting for many of our lives that while we might giggle a bit admitting that it fits, the perfection of the analogy makes us cringe.

Are you feeling like you’re so far behind you might just be ahead?

Are you thinking that no matter what you do, you’re not going to succeed?

Are you sure that no matter how hard you try it won’t be enough?

The water floods over our heads and leaves us in a sea of doubt and discouragement, failure, fatigue and fear.

So here is the reminder, my friend, just for today—from one swimmer to another. We serve a God who controls the winds and the waves. (tweet this) We are valued more than the life of His own Son. God is our Creator and Redeemer and His plan is perfect, even in the midst of the storm and the flood.

That’s it. God’s got us. He’s our lifeguard who has already jumped into the mess and overflowing waters with us and He’s willing to tow us along to wherever we need to go, whispering words of encouragement, “Just keep swimming…just keep swimming.”

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  • Just keep swimming. I have said that to myself so many times since that adorable movie came out years ago. I love it, but I’m sorry to read all you’ve been walking through. God is in it all, however, but you already know that. I’m praying Numbers 6:24-26 over you tonight… “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Thanks for your encouragement tonight! Bless you!
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    • Julie – thank you so much for your prayer, and for stopping by. I don’t want to sound all complaining and obnoxious, but we each fight battles and we each have those moments where “just keep swimming” is about all we can do. I’m so grateful to never swim alone.
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  • This brought tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry that you’ve had such struggle! At the same time, I’m so glad that you know the One who will see you through. Praying that you sense His presence in a powerful way tonight!
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    • Marie – thank you for your prayers. I DO feel His presence and I’m so blessed that in the midst of everything He is always there!

  • This reminds me of this song and video, by Jars of Clay. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL0041GDsqE

    I really, really love the verse you picked from 2 Chronicles. Such an under-used verse/book. It is such a reminder of the courage it takes for us to keep going in the midst of pain and strife and adversity.

    Blessings, sister.

    • Stephanie:
      There are many versions of this verse, and all of them are great, but this one touched me this week! Thanks for stopping by!
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  • You really embraced the theme of swimming, I love the phrase “God is the lifeguard”- we often don’t go into the deep waters because we fear failing and being along out there. But, our lifeguard is there to save us and has never failed in doing so.

    Wonderful, thanks for writing this today 🙂
    Farin
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    • Thanks Farin – it’s possible I go with the swimming theme because I am a lifeguard, but I’d much rather depend on our Savior! Thanks for stopping by!
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  • Thank you for these words of encouragement. Yes, I often tell myself to ‘just keep swimming’. How good it is to know the One who controls the wind and waves.

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  • I’m following you from Blog with Love and I totally needed this encouragement for tomorrow. I’ve been grieving for almost a year, since my daughter passed away. I tell myself each day, that I got to get up because my daughter would want me to go on. Now, I can swim when I feel despair comes on. Thanks again.
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  • Ummmm…Finding Nemo is one of my all time favorite movies!! I’m tracking right along with you, Carol. I’m swimming…swimming through the jelly fish and the sharks…just keep swimming.
    My husband currently has the flu. He is looking for his next God move in his career, and his mother is in hospice care. Those are just a few of the challenges, but the wonderful of it is that we have each other, and a roof over our heads, and food to eat….currently more time to spend together….=)
    We’ll just keep swimming!
    Thank you for the reminder….
    Blessings of GREAT JOY on your amazing journey with Jesus!
    Lisa
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