Finding strength when you are not strong

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This past week I came to a conclusion that I AM NOT STRONG.

Finding strength when you are not strong

 

I went to a wholesale store to purchase couple of gallons of water, several cartons of milk, and rolls of paper towels, and I realized I couldn’t push my cart forward once I got everything in it. I struggled to push my heavy cart to the register, and then to the parking lot. I was hoping to get some superwoman strength, but I didn’t. Physically I was drained!

I’m not strong enough.

I stood in the parking lot with my cart, only to realize I had no idea where I parked my car! I was surrounded by a sea of minivans, which all looked the same, but none of them were mine! Finally I spotted it all the way at the other end of the lot. Mentally I was drained!

I’m not strong enough.

After I came home, I wanted to write up a blog post, I was uninspired, and uninterested in writing. I did not want to open my bible, I did not want to sit in prayer. All I had was a blank screen in front of me. I was spiritually drained!

I’m not strong enough.

I was neither physically, mentally, or spiritually strong enough to look forward to the rest of the week.

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Let’s look at the definition of being physically and mentally strong. (these definitions are rephrased)

Physical strength is having the power to move heavy weights or perform a specified action well and powerfully.

Mental strength means not easily disturbed, upset, or affected,- showing determination, self-control, and good judgment.

Have you had days when you are physically and mentally drained, that it wears out your spiritual strength?
The dictionary does not have meaning for spiritual strength so let’s turn to a few passages that can help us better understand who gives us strength and what strengthens us. These verses were just what I was looking for, and if you answered YES to the questions above, I hope these will uplift your spirit as well!

1) God gives you strength and power!

Isaiah 40:29  He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

2)Gods word strengthens your soul!

Psalms 119:28 My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word.

3) Hope renews your strength!

Isaiah 40:30-31

Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

4) Your weakness makes you stronger!

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

5) Salvation assures your strength!

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song;
He also has become my salvation.’”

Will these verses help me to push my shopping cart next time I go to a wholesale? Probably not. Will it help me remember where I parked my car? I wish it would, but probably not.

But I know these verses will give me strength on a weary day, when I feel like I am NOT STRONG ENOUGH.

Paul said it best: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

May His Grace be sufficient for you this day!

All Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

 

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7 Responses

  1. Oh, sweet mama of 3 boys! I’ve been in that parking lot and the van seemed to very far away! Your post is about one of the most important things to learn – as a child of God and as a mother to these boys – I am not strong enough, wise enough, wiley enough – but God is and he fill in the cracks and gaps and takes care of it! Such a good word, Sue! Shalom ~ Maryleigh (mother of 5 sons)

  2. Smiling, because not only am I not STRONG enough — I’m not tall enough either! As my boys are all passing me in height, I’m coming to terms with my own frailty and reliance on others. This is a good thing (altho’ I’m not always fond of it in the moment), because it has huge parallels to my need for God.

  3. “Hope renews your strength!” We can always have Hope, even when all seems lost. Thanks so much for these encouraging words, Sue. I’m visiting today from #GraceandTruth

  4. Nice to meet you Sue! 🙂 3 boys under 5- whew! I have none and I can totally relate to your story here still. Physical and mental draining totally lead to spiritual draining. Thanks for pointing right to God’s Word and His offer when we are not strong enough.

  5. The idea that we’re somehow “strong enough” (or anything “enough,” really) is a commonly believed lie in our culture today. I think Ephesians 6:10 speaks to this very well, as Paul encourages us to be strong *in the Lord* and in *His* mighty power. Thank you for sharing so relatably from your own experience, and for linking with us at Grace & Truth!

  6. Great verses for when we are feeling weak! I’ve been reminded over and over again lately that I am not strong or capable enough on my own to be a good mom, wife, or friend, and that I need to surrender to Christ and rely on His strength. He has enabled me to do so much more than I ever imagined! 🙂

  7. yes,there times when you know you are not stronger for whats needed to be done,We thank God for His grace,which is sufficient for us

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