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By: Kacie Starr Long

For each month this year, I have sought the Lord for a prophetic word that describes spiritually where I am positioned.

Enjoying a summer outing with my mom

January the word was War. It was a month of war, where I often felt as if I were warring with old habits, bad patterns, and spiritual enemies in the form of fear, insecurity and lack.

February it was Deeper. I felt God calling me deeper into His presence, His word, His love and protection.

March it was Marching Forward. The intentional decision to move forward in the areas God was calling me into, even if it hurt. This looked like working closely with a sponsor through the 12-step program, Overeaters Anonymous, raising funds for our non-profit, Sew Hope; committing myself to exercise when I really wanted to stay home in the bed. March was all about intentionally moving forward despite how my flesh felt.

April and May were Springing forth and Diligence and for the month of June, my word is Strength.

Lately there have been moments where I have prayed to God for strength.

The mental strength to get up out of bed everyday.

The mental fortitude to lead a business everyday.

The physical strength to exercise, clean my house and prepare healthy meals throughout the week.

Maybe you too find yourself in need of strength today. God's word provides great encouragement on how our spirits can be strengthened and renewed. I have been tempted to rely on outside ways to receive strength or energy ( drinking lots of caffeine or energy drinks) but I believe God wants my strength to be renewed through Him and His word. This looks like intentionally meditating on His word, and when I do feel weak, making the intentional decision to run to Him and not to other sources like junk food, or sugary drinks.

While I am committed to meditating more on God's word in this season, I am also more focused on what I put in my body. I am being more conscious about consuming healthy vegetables and fruit, and exercising more so I can not only strengthen my spirit but also my body.

We are well into this year almost being complete.

I am looking forward to the new words God will reveal to me within the forthcoming months. I am so grateful for a God that speaks to me, hears my prayers and provides strength, during the times I feel weak.

PS: If you haven't heard, my latest book "Inspired: 40 ish Devotions for the Woman who Enjoys Laughter, Strength and Encouragement is now available for purchase You can learn more by clicking here.

Hi, my name is Kacie Starr Long. I am an author, and speaker and I love to use my voice to point people to Jesus. When I'm not writing, I'm either working out at Orange Theory Fitness or sewing. I'm in recovery from compulsive overeating and I have a sewing ministry, called the Sew Hope Community Sewing Room. I am the proud wife of Alfred T. Long, Sr and together we lead a non-profit that serves prisoners and their families. Connect with me at and via my YouTube page for Christian teachings and encouragement.

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