Thursday, September 23, 2010

Message from Renee Trapp, Business Manager

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

This verse has been my motto during my time at Phoenix Christian. There have been many days along the way when I faced my overflowing “In Basket,” 50+ e-mails, several voice-mails, deadlines, meetings, etc. and just wanted to throw up my hands and give up. At times I think it would have been easier to walk away—and just say “I can’t give anymore.” “I can’t do it all.” “I’m tired,” etc.

It was then that I would glance at the inspirational rock plaque on my desk. My son, Tanner, brought this plaque back from a church camp gift shop. That rock clearly states: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Wow! What a revelation. I don’t have to do the work alone. Christ would give me the strength for the tasks ahead of me. Christ would give me clarity of thought, the knowledge to prioritize the daunting tasks, and energy to do the work.

When I was reminded of God’s promise, I would take the time to pray to God for help. When I admitted that I could not do it alone, Christ was there right alongside of me to assist me in my job.

My prayer for you is that you would look to Christ for your strength to help you through the day. Whether you are teaching in the classroom, fixing a computer problem, preparing a meal in the cafeteria, mowing the lawn, answering the phones, addressing the needs of a parent, or driving a bus load of students, Christ can be there to help you, too. Please call upon Him in prayer.

May God bless you richly today as you serve Him at Phoenix Christian.


  1. Amen Renee - I love the verse but don't always think of it at just the right time. Thanks for the reminder - my burdens seem lighter already!

  2. I am right there with you.
    If I did not have this reminder I would quit.

  3. This is the very same verse I tell my kindergarteners when they say they can't. And now they are quoting it to others. It is so awesome that we can use God's word in our classroom and trust in Him to see us through those moments when we ourselves are doubting whether we can do it or not.


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