“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength…”

If you’re reading this blog right now, you’ve probably heard this quoted before, or maybe even quoted it yourself. Usually, people use this verse in times when they’re facing something difficult or trying to accomplish something really hard. But have you ever thought about the significance of the word “all”?

Recently, I’ve been running more often and almost every time I step on the treadmill I find myself quoting Philippians 4:13. But something stuck out to me the other day when I said this verse out loud. The word “all”. Sometimes I think we can lose the significance of that word here. All means ALL. It means the things that we think are hard…but also the things that we feel like come easily to us. I’m not intentionally bursting your bubble, but, if you’ve never thought about this, I think I might be about to. Everything (all) that you can do, is because of Jesus, because everything leads back to Him.

He knew you before you were even in your mother’s womb. He created your brain to think, your legs to move, and your brain to tell your legs to move. He created your bones to grow and your muscles to build strength. He created everything about you. Do you realize you couldn’t even lift a Q-tip without him? As funny as that sounds, it’s 100% the truth. All the things you can do, the things you think you’re good at, or know you’re good at, are actually just because He’s good. It’s His strength moving through your body.

John 15:5 says “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

This verse has been on my mind a lot lately, because I feel like there is something new every day that I am telling Jesus I have no clue how to do. That HE is going to have to help me and be my strength in. Something I’ve found is that just like a good daddy loves to carry you around on his back when you’re young, our heavenly Papa loves to carry us through this life. He just wants us to jump on and trust him.

He won’t drop you! I said He won’t drop you! 

This reminds me of a time in my own life, when I remember it being SO clear that He was my strength and He was carrying me through life.

I was backup dancing at the time and we were getting ready for another tour. I remind you, I’m a HIP-HOP dancer…that is it! Ha! That is the extent of my training. I found out we would be doing a contemporary piece, and my first thought was, “you know I’m a hip-hop dancer, right?”  But I remember The Lord almost shutting my mouth in that moment and reminding me that without him, I was nothing, and could do nothing—but WITH Him, I could do all things.  

So, a couple full day rehearsals and tour rehearsals had passed, and it was the first night of tour…and I was SICK! I didn’t feel well at all. I felt so weak and like all my strength was gone. I remember being so upset and crying about the fact that it was our first show, and how in the world am I going to do this dance? Not only because it’s not a style I’m used to, but now I’m sick too? I was thinking, “What If I fall? This dance has lifts and turns and jumps! Yeah…I’m destined to fall on my face!”

But when I took my eyes off my weakness and looked toward Him, He showed me His strength. He reminded me once again, “Laney, without me, you can do nothing. But with me, you can do all things. I. Won’t. Drop. You.”

That night, I remember dancing like I never had before, because I truly don’t believe it was me dancing. It was literally like my Papa was carrying me through the dance. I felt a supernatural strength that I knew could not have been my own. The lifts were better than I think we had ever done them, because I truly saw that HE was lifting me up off the ground and above my weakness. He showed His strength when I realized and acknowledged I had none without Him. 

I feel like the more this becomes a realization to me, the more I’m able to see His strength in my whole life. To see the times He has carried me, when I know I couldn’t carry myself or have the strength to take another step. He has always been there to hold me and to lead me through this life. I believe my life is a story that shows his strength. Without him, I’m weak, I’m broken, I’m tired, I’m empty, I’m lonely, I’m needy, I’m hungry and I’m thirsty. But he has shown me and continues to show me every single day, that he alone is my strength and my answer to all things in this life.

“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”

~ Isaiah 46:4

Laney Redmon

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  • Nicholas Julien says:

    Miss. Sadie: I posted this to your Good Friday entry and I want to make sure you see this:

    I know I’m a little late to the conversation here, but hopefully you’ll see this, and I know it’s not much, but I just wanted to make a few comments on what you asked. I knew there was a reason that I didn’t read this post right away. I’ve read all your posts almost instantly with excitement, however on this one for some reason the Holy Ghost had me put it off until this morning actually that I really read it. Now I understand, it was pretty emotional. In fact, it was the most emotional I’ve been in some time. 18 months ago, I completely surrendered to GOD, and at that time it didn’t matter if I believed there was more, I didn’t really have many options the way I saw it. I got on my knees and with a Judges 6:37 stance, I promise, I only prayed in general for things in life and nothing totally or absolutely specific and asked it in accordance with HIS will to be done:
    “Prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised." (NLT) Almost everything has happened that I prayed for.
    I said ok GOD: “If you’re GOD and you’re Jesus, show me, I’m all yours, I’ll do whatever you want me to do and since then I’ve lived my best as a Christian so I believe I did and continue to position myself as one of his sheep that hears HIS voice and be able to know from GOD/Jesus what HE wants me to do in life. I really have never done this ever completely before this point.
    So, to the question do I believe there is more? Well, recently up to this point honestly, I’m not sure what to believe. I don’t see anything better to believe in and trust other than GOD/Jesus. I don’t see many options other than to lose complete faith. I mean if I can’t trust that GOD has been guiding me and showing me and telling me what to do in my life in the last 18 months, what can I trust? How can I ever trust that I can hear the voice of GOD guiding me in his will?
    However, I take heed in all the what if’s you posted and today I refuse to give up 5 minutes before the miracle happens, I can’t say for tomorrow since it’s not here, however I will step out into faith and declare that there is more to my story than there is right now and that if JESUS brought me this far it’s for a purpose. I will continue to have faith that GOD/JESUS knows best and yes, I declare that the power that lives inside Jesus right now as he sits in heaven with our GOD, is the exact same power that can and does live in me now and has sustained me thus far.
    What I truly believe is that JESUS is GOD; that, it’s the Father, Son and Holy Ghost and that these 3 are 1 in the Holy Trinity. And that Jesus came to earth as GOD in the flesh born of a virgin to live and die for our sins. That he was crucified on a cross and that he was buried and rose again 3 days later and that he’s currently at the right hand of the father awaiting his return.

    I feel like I could write more and actually really want to and I promise to in the future given the opportunity to participate, but I think right now this is sufficient and appropriate. Interestingly, I never thought that I would ever be reading or responding or using anything in such a context as this or getting help in building of my faith or for encouragement from a woman preacher, but like the saying goes, right now; it’s what it is. There’s no denying for me that if GOD is JESUS and He is who He says he is: “I AM that I AM”, that there’s no doubt that I’m here for a reason and there’s more to this story. That our interactions are nothing short of divine appointments. I know that I’ve been led to you and I conclude in praying in Christ Jesus Almighty name, Amen. —NJ.

  • Christopher Arnett says:

    Another Amazing blog Laney,thank you so much fir all your encouragmement.

  • Katie Hopper says:

    AMEN!!!! This was an amazing posy thank you so much!????

  • Nicholas Julien says:

    BTW: HAY, hi Laney, nice post; yes, I went "All In," for Jesus 18 months ago…–NJ…

  • Matthew Burchfield says:

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  • Kate Aaronson says:

    this is MY verse!!! Love it laney

  • Amanda Just Amanda says:

    LANEY THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED TO HEAR RIGHT NOW! Thank you so so much for sharing this beautiful truth. I feel so encouraged and strong! I want to be an actress so much, but often times I am afraid and doubts filll my heart about how I will get there, but you have helped remind me again that Jesus is my strength and my confidence. He will go with be and never leave my side. Jesus just encouraged me through you. Thank you so much Laney! You are absolutely beautiful inside and out:) Love,
    Amanda

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