Anyone who is familiar with the Christian faith is intimately acquainted with Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV) It is oftentimes the go-to verse that is uttered when a person is faced with what appears to be an insurmountable challenge requiring outside assistance from Somebody Bigger.

Personally, I have been known to say Phil. 4:13 on the last leg of a mountain hike or during a training run or on each day of the 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. I have prayed these words when I have had to finish a 25-page term paper (that I waited until the last minute to write) in record time. I have whispered this scripture silently when dealing with people that I find it hard to “walk in love” with. I find myself meditating on these words when my dreams feel as if they are much too big for me to turn them into my reality.

Yesterday, I overheard a conversation in which a couple of ladies were talking about how they couldn’t do without food for a few hours and expressing admiration for a woman who was going to forgo a meal or two in preparation for a medical test. (These are the same women who are always complaining about their weight and then eating everything under the sun.) My initial thought was, “Wow! I know we have to eat, but is it really that serious? It’s simply mind over matter.”

It wasn’t until later that Philippians 4:13 popped into my head and caused me to think about my own mindset when it comes to the things that are seemingly impossible for me to handle. I have found that it is easy to repeat the right words, but it isn’t always as simple to walk what you talk. 

While miraculous things are known to happen when you call on a Higher Power, there is also something that has to come from within in order to be successful in any endeavor, great or small. As the Amplified translation of the same verse states: I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace. 

The knowledge that I have been bestowed with the gifts of readiness, equality, strength and peace of mind is just what I need to walk through the world with a “Can Do” spirit. And for that, I am grateful.

Between my 49th and 50th birthdays, I am embarking on a journey of gratefulness as there is always something, great or small, to express gratitude for. I have dubbed this journey The Grateful 49 Project, as I will endeavor to share my thoughts in approximately 49 words or less (on most days).

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