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And then they held his arms


Yesterday, tears were running down my face as I prayed for a dear friend of mine. The trials she and her family are facing right now are oh so difficult. As I was praying, I was suddenly reminded of Moses holding up his arms in the book of Exodus. If you recall the story, as long as Moses held his arms in the air (giving God the victory) the Israelites won the battle against the Amalekites. Whenever Moses lowered his hands, the Israelites would start to lose. As you can only imagine, Moses’ arms became tired. Because of this two men brought a rock over for him to sit on and then held his arms up for him.

These two friends were there for Moses when his physical strength was tapped. I want to be there for the people in my life as well as well. There may be times when I physically hold my friends and let them cry. At other times, holding up their arms will mean more of a spiritual surrender, times in which I pray for them and the battle that rages on in their own lives. In all things, I pray that God will reign victoriously in their lives.

Deployments are such times of battle. As our husbands fight overseas, we face so many trails back here on the home front. I know this time in my life won't be easy, but I'm determined to look outside of my own needs and love those around me more completely, through my actions, through my prayers, and through my daily life.

Because we were meant to fight this battle together.

"At Rephidim, Amalek  came and fought against Israel. Moses said to Joshua, ‘Select some men for us, and go fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop with God's staff in my hand.’ Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought against Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. While Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, but whenever he put his hand down, Amalek prevailed. When Moses' hands grew heavy, they took a stone and put [it] under him, and he sat down on it. Then Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other so that his hands remained steady until the sun went down. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his army with the sword.” (Exodus 17:8-13, HCSB).