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April 12, 2021: God Can Help You Do Anything!

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13, NKJV).

This verse speaks to a specific challenge in my life that makes me feel weak at times. My story is an ongoing struggle. In fact, I am struggling right now to remain focused long enough to complete this devotional thought.

I have attention deficit disorder, which makes it hard for me to concentrate. Sometimes I ask myself, “Why can’t I just be normal?” I remember one time in seventh grade I had to study for a science test that was coming up the next day. I tried to study on my own, but I wasn’t able to stay focused.

My mom stayed up with me and quizzed me; we got through it, but I went to bed, still not confident in the material. When I woke up the next morning, I got dressed and headed to school. When I arrived at school, I sat in the back row. Not knowing what else to do, I closed my eyes, bowed my head and prayed for strength to focus on my exam. Immediately, a heavy weight lifted.

I took the test that day, and not only passed, but got an A.

There are times when I struggle. There are times when I get down and wonder why I can’t stay as focused and organized as everyone else. But there is one thing I now realize: When I have done my best, even when I don’t think it’s enough, God will carry me the rest of the way. God can help you do anything.

Dear God, thank You for providing the strength that we need and for never being too busy for me. Amen.

Alex Jones is an eighth-grader at the Olney Adventist Preparatory School in Maryland.


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