March 12


an excellent day to run and not grow weary.

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 NKJV

It is impossible to make it from one end of this earthly life to the other without times when we feel alone, abused, abandoned, tired or uncertain. God is the only One who never tires and whose strength is never diminished.

It is important to remember to turn toward God when we feel the weakest and are the most susceptible to the temptations and negative influences of the world. At times, this may be particularly difficult to do, especially in those instances where we may allow the notion that God has forgotten about us to creep into our minds. God’s love is powerful and always present.

“How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God!” (Psalm 36:7a NIV).

The key word there is “unfailing.” God’s love never fails us, it never waivers, and it never drifts away from us for even a moment. It is only our own human weakness and insecurity that causes us to feel helpless at times and those feelings of helplessness may cause us to lose sight of the love of the Lord if we are not careful.

We only need to reach out to be replenished and reassured for, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” (Isaiah 40:29 NLT).

It is when we are anxious that we must relax; it is when we feel the slightest bit of doubt that we must trust; and it is when we are the most tired that we must look to the Lord for the strength to “mount up with wings like eagles.”

Many of the crushing pressures that we feel upon us are placed there by ourselves.

We have a tendency to drift from God and put ourselves in a position where we think we can go it alone. We place our hopes and our dreams on things of the earth that have little or no consequence when compared to the everlasting life with God that awaits us.

When this happens, we begin to slow down; to drag; to feel the burdens we have placed upon ourselves.

Now is the time to ask God to relieve us of our burdens; to recharge us with His love; and to send us forward for His purpose with new strength.


Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

(Author’s Note: I know that there is a lot of stock put in scripture memorization, but my brain really has difficulty functioning that way. Phone numbers, no problem. Back when we actually had to dial them, I could remember them easily. But while I was incarcerated, I found scripture memorization quite difficult.

I did remember about a half dozen, though. Jeremiah 29:11 was the first one, having been on a note of encouragement sent by my dear friend Diane. That was taped to my mirror, so it was something I saw each day. As I mentioned, there were a few others, not the least of which was Isaiah 40:31.

When someone reads the book these devotions come out of, or when someone reads them here, my only hope is that at least one person will find something, uplifting, encouraging, meaningful, convicting, or useful in them.

Today, that person (hopefully there are others) happens to be me. I feel those things and I needed to be reminded of where my strength comes from. Praise our almighty God for always being there for us, and for never leaving us alone.

PS: There was nothing posted yesterday because WordPress didn’t want to cooperate.)

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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4 Responses to March 12

  1. deedee says:

    jeremiah 29:11 hangs in our foyer to welcome us and anyone who walks in our home. God knows His plans for us – to give us hope and a future and not to harm! and when we went to israel two years ago, i got a ring engraved in hebrew with isaiah 30:21 – this is the way; walk in it…we did a lot of walking on that trip and we walk our journey for faith with God by our side each day. grateful. press on!


    • Tony Casson says:

      Thanks. Your support, your friendship, your wisdom are truly a blessing. And when I think that ALL of these ways I am blessed here in DC are fruit from Diane Woodall’s seed of Hope through that one note she sent to me almost 9 years ago……..Well, there simply are no words. God truly is awesome and I am humbly grateful for each and every person He has placed in my path.


  2. jackie1227 says:

    Isaiah 40:31 is the verse the Lord gave me on my birthday last December. And Jeremiah 29:11 is also one of the first verses I memorized when Jesus saved me 4 years ago…that and the one I use for my blog…Romans 10:17. My faith is growing because of His Word and I get encouragement every time I read your posts Tony! God is working through you to touch the lives of many! Press On!

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  3. Tony Casson says:

    Thanks for the support and encouragement, Lord knows we all need that. I appreciate you taking the time to write. 🙂


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