“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.” – 1 Chronicles 28:20

When I picked up Miss Georgia from the hospital yesterday, I felt like a mom bringing her newborn baby home for the first time, asking, “Now, what?”

I woke up at 3:00am this morning, unable to sleep. All the responsibilities of being a newly-appointed guardian were swirling around in my mind. My heartbeat was more rapid than usual, and my head hurt. I didn’t get out of bed immediately but continued to lie there, trying to quote verses on peace to help me relax. However, when my worry began to escalate rather than diminish, I got up and opened my Bible.

David loved the Lord deeply and had it in his heart to build a temple for Him. However, the Lord told David he wouldn’t be the one to do it. Once David recognized that the hand of God was upon his son Solomon for the task, he presented the necessary paperwork to him. In verse 20, David charges Solomon to proceed with power, telling him to be strong and courageous and not to be afraid, for God was with him.

When I read that passage in 1 Chronicles 28, my eyes teared up. I was overwhelmed by how the Lord spoke to me so gently and yet so clearly. I stopped, bowed my head, and thanked Him for using this passage to bring peace to my anxious soul.

Yesterday, I started out strong, encouraged, and hopeful. By the time I crawled into bed last night, though, I was tired, discouraged, and doubtful. God reminded me today that He has chosen me to be Georgia’s caretaker, just as He chose Solomon to construct the temple. He will not fail to provide what I need to carry out the task to which I’ve been commissioned.

You have been chosen for a special assignment as well. Be confident. The Lord is with you. Put your trust in Him. He will empower you to do the work He has called you to do.


  1. Amen