Tag Archives: Strength

Be of good courage!

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Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Psalm 27:14 ESV

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I can do it! Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

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This picture is worth a 1000 words.  Perhaps some of your words begin with, “I can do…”

The scripture verse promises spiritual strength, available to those who choose to draw from it.  If you are facing a trial or hardship, it’s a promise you can stand upon.

 

Strength is Like a Bar of Soap

I staggered into the shower as the dawn was breaking. It was part of my morning routine. After turning on the hot water, I reached for the bar of soap. Fatigue overwhelmed me this day, a problem made worse by the realization I was only two days into a five-day workweek. It was no mystery as to how I reached this point. Juggling work, family and directing the affairs of my dying mother had sapped my strength.

The rigid bar of soap I reached for, and depended on daily, had withered to a small pile of goo. It was all but gone. I used it up without realizing it. In that moment a thought occurred to me, my human strength was like a bar of soap.

IMG_0691Like soap, my strength is not limitless nor is its existence eternal. Yet, I rely on it like it is. I use my own strength heavily and continuously, unaware that it’s wasting away. Finally, I reach a point where it has become nothing more than a small pile of goo, right when I need it most.

As one whose hope rests in God, I need to remind myself continuously that He can be my source of strength. I only need to stay connected to him to receive it. God is like the hand that guides a bar of soap. He delivers the remedy to the affliction and continually replenishes its supply.

He [God] gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31 TNIV