My Strength

The bed was so warm.  She pulled the blanket tighter, willing the time to stay still.  Please, no.  Not another day, not another day to trudge through.  She waited expectantly for her mom to come into the room and wake her up.  Yes, she did have school and work today, but if only today would wait.


“Hally, time to rise and shine!” her mom’s voice rang out.  Hally slunk farther under her covers.  No, she was not getting up.  No, today did not have to come.  “You need to get up, dear!” Hally felt her mother standing over her.

The cover was pulled off of Hally, and her mom’s wide awake face was looking down at her.  “Get up, dear.”

“Please, let me sleep until eight,” Hally mumbled, trying to pull the covers over her head again.  “It’s cold.”

“Nope, you need to get up and start school.  You have to work, remember?  And I’m making a delicious breakfast.”

“I don’t care,” Hally rolled towards the wall and closed her eyes.  Every thought seemed to thunder in her brain.  She could hear her younger brother yelling, just what she needed.  She could hear the cat walking into the room, meowing.  Every sound seemed to be magnified in her head.  Mentally, she felt as if she couldn’t go on.

But she had to, and so she did.  Out of the bed, and a series of jumping jacks.  A walk to the bathroom, a drink of water.  Next was her exercise routine.

She lay on the floor, looking out of her windows, feeling as if she was floating above her exhausted body.  Exercising often made her feel better, more alive, but today she still felt drained.  She watched the small birds flying against the grey sky, and she wished ever so much to be one of them.  Flying and never being tired.

Without resisting, she let her eyes close and she let out a deep breath.  She could and would get through today.  She stood up and made her bed, slightly smiling as she remembered her saying.  Any day would be successful if you just made your bed.

Down the stairs, which seemed a mile long, Hally finally slumped into a chair.  No, she wouldn’t drink coffee in the morning.  Coffee always made it worse.

And so, with a strange feeling in her head, she ate her breakfast quickly, and started her school.

“I can’t do it,” Hally mumbled, letting her head rest on her school book.  “I can’t go on.”   Going on, in the race of life seemed too hard, too rocky, and to have far too many hills.  She dragged herself upstairs and plopped down on her bed.

Her eyes fell on her Bible.  She had forgotten to read it today.  Reaching out, she picked it up and flipped through it.  Psalm 27 showed itself to her view, and she slowly read it.

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
the LORD is the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked,
even mine enemies and my foes,
came upon me to eat up my flesh,
they stumbled and fell.
Though a host should encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear:
though war should rise against me,
in this will I be confident.
Hally looked up through her window and let out a breath.  “Why should I fear this day?  Why should I fear pain?  I have only to go to the Lord and request my Strength.”  Hally closed her eyes, and prayed.

Hullo!  I hope you enjoyed that short story.  Before I close this blog post, I need to remind you all and tell you of something important.  Last year, in January, we had the Amie Quote of the Year.
What? Yep, and here was last year’s winning quote.
And so, 2018 needs a quote!  How do you submit a quote?  What are the rules? In order to submit a quote, you need to copy it and comment it down below with the link to the blog post you took it from.  (Or short story, or About page. 😉 ) It had to have been written in 2018, otherwise it’s disqualified.
That’s about all the rules.  Are you ready?  Start nominating!

37 thoughts on “My Strength

      1. Sam(antha) says:

        Here’s another I like. “The most courageous of beings can accept defeat with honor and grace” ❤ I forgot to copy the link, 😦 but it's from the recap of 2018 post where you quoted your diary. I love how you go back and forth between being hilarious and serious, while always being completely yourself. 🙂

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  1. Rosy Marr says:

    Ok, here are some “Amie quotes” I dug up. 😉

    “Yes, I did get up, and I did sit on the sofa like the Grinch I am.”

    “Please, don’t let wishes come true. I’m rather happy with being a sleeping person.”

    “You know my style of cookie decorating. Who cares if it’s pretty?”

    There you go! I love your style of writing, lol. xD 😀
    SO, how is this gonna work exactly? Are you going to pick your favorite, or are people going to vote…? 🙂

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  2. Mom says:

    After many ideas were set on the table (many good, and some not so very swell), Board Member Mother said, “I have the best idea ever!” And it appeared she did.

    He!He! I think this is the best quote all year! In all seriousness, I really appreciate you giving me credit. I really like your blog, too. ❤

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      1. Mom says:

        Some more that I like.
        LOL, you know you’re a country person when you use kale ties to put your hair up.

        I’m in love with my corn, and I’m so proud of it! Keep growing, little guys! (And gals…I don’t suppose they have a gender. 🤔) and close tie is
        Guess I had to get my craziness from somewhere. 😉 ( Because, well, it’s about ME! 🤪)

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  3. Allison says:

    Aww, that was such a sweet story, Amie! I LOVE Psalm 27, especially because I memorized it. 🙂 And ha ha, the Amie Quote of the Year is a great idea. XD I’ll let you know if I have any nominations. 😉

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  4. Summer G. says:

    Reblogged this on Joyfully You and commented:
    I absolutely loved this example my pen pal, Amie, wrote! It is the perfect example of how some days are just hard and we don’t even want to get out of bed but then we read our bible and learn that if we would’ve have just went to Him in the first place he would’ve given us strength.💛 He is the the best source of Strength and the first one I run to when I’m having a hard day. I encourage you to do the same. So today, if you’re having a hard day open your bible and spend some quiet time with Him.

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  5. Sandrina says:

    Here is my favorite, but I received it in an email newsletter from story Embers so I don’t have the link.
    “My goals of 2019, is to accomplish the goals of 2018, which I should have done in 2017 because I started them in 2015 and resolved them in 2014.”
    And then, my mom told me this one.
    “I love Christmas. It is the only time of the year you can yell “don’t come in!” and you are left alone because everyone assumes your wrapping presents. In reality, you just want to be left alone.”

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