If The Shoe Fits

If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

If I should say, “My foot has slipped,” Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul.

(Psalm 94:17-19)


I just wanted to wear ankle boots to church.

The scene was reminiscent of when Cinderella’s stepsisters were shoving their large feet into that dainty, glass slipper.

It was only because I had not been able to wear anything other than flats or sneakers for 14 months…and my dress pants dragged along the ground.

I had broken my right leg at the fibula and tibia just before Christmas.

It was a horrible experience.

The timing during the holidays, and my daughter’s senior year, was the worst (or so I thought).

Eventually, I had to accept my ankle would never be the same after repeated visits for swelling and reduced range of motion.

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Make me to hear joy and gladness, let the bones which You have broken rejoice. (Psalm 51:8)

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Oh, but to have wrestled and walked away with Jacob’s limp (Genesis 32:22-31). I’m okay with that now.

There are so many spiritual insights and growth that came from these broken bones. Even though it did not surface without intense pain, I would go through it again, so I would not miss all the Lord allowed me to gain.

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When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.(Psalm 94:18)

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  • Sometimes, I do still limp and stairs definitely make me nervous.
  • One foot is larger than the other…apparently forever.
  • Which is why it was a problem to force on the ankle boot.

    It only zipped halfway.

    Those cute shoes became uncomfortable the more I walked, but I remained glad my dress pants didn’t drag the ground.

    However, when we got home, I could barely get the shoe off of my foot!

    It was as if it had become like one of those black, charcoal masks that no one can get off of their face.

    How many lessons can a girl have in one day?

    • “Pride cometh before a fall,” is one – because I almost slipped three times in the rain.
    • What about, “I can learn to be content in all my circumstances?”

    Then, as I was searching for Bible verses, I remembered one part of the armor of God that I always forget.

    The shoes.

    The shoes of peace.

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    For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.”

    (Ephesians 6:15)

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    Peace is there, because it is what can hold us together, or what we can offer, as we make our way through the battle.

    Whether it was the battle of a broken leg or a broken heart – everyone will need the peace of Jesus.

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    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

    (Isaiah 52:7)

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    Are my feet – and your feet – prepared every day, regardless of the earthly shoe, to go share the Good News, the Gospel…of peace?

    • Some days my feet are very quiet. Avoiding people. Avoiding eye contact.
    • Some days my feet are on fire, like the time I walked up to a man in Hobby Lobby and asked him if he knew Jesus.

    I’m working on some middle ground there, because I did not mean to startle him. Poor guy.  He did eventually smile as he walked away. (Ran away.)

    Right now my feet may temporarily need a bandage or even ugly shoes, but what’s most important is that I am daily putting on the shoes of peace…in order to go and share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

    That’s the shoe that fits.

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    All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever.

    (Micah 4:5)

    Copyright © 2018 Keysha Thomaston.


    Here is Give Me Jesus.

    Not cute shoes. Just Jesus…

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    In the morning, when I rise
    In the morning, when I rise
    In the morning, when I rise
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus
    When I am alone
    When I am alone
    Oh, when I am alone
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus
    Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    When I come to die
    When I come to die
    Oh, when I come to die
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    Give me Jesus
    You can have all this world
    You can have all this world
    You can have all this world
    Just give me Jesus
    Jesus
    Songwriters: C.S. Brown
    Give Me Jesus lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc
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    Fast forward to summer 2018 and I’m wearing flip flops of peace at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat!
    I am “glad” I have this scar (over the metal plate and screws) to remind me of many things, like humility, strength, wisdom, friendship, finding joy…and peace.

    Copyright © 2018 Keysha Thomaston.