I recently experienced the power of community. After 16 days of taking oral chelators for heavy metal poisoning, I was beyond exhausted—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I couldn’t hold two thoughts together, let alone think of putting together and presenting a talk.
I asked a closed Facebook group to pray for me. Hoping for some inspiration, I picked up Robert Morgan’s The Strength You Need, a book a friend had given me. It took me to Nehemiah 8:10:
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The author pointed out that although we may feel powerless against emotions that come upon us, we have some level of control over our attitudes. Heeding his wisdom, I selected a channel of praise music on my Pandora app and began to sing.The author pointed out that although we may feel powerless against emotions that come upon us, we have some level of control over our attitudes. #strength Click To Tweet
About this time, notices began popping up on my iPhone telling me people were praying. Each message lifted my spirit. I didn’t have to fight this battle alone.
To know we don’t have to stay discouraged is a wonderful hope when life overwhelms us. As we find joy in the Lord our inner strength returns.To know we don’t have to stay discouraged is a wonderful hope when life overwhelms us. As we find joy in the Lord our inner strength returns. #Joy Click To Tweet
The Psalmist wrote, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” (Ps. 119:71 ESV).
How true I’ve found those words to be. Whenever I go through a trial, Scriptures that apply to what I’m going through jump off the pages of my Bible.
Have you felt weary, weak, or incompetent for the tasks before you? I want to share some Scriptures that have spoken to me in this period of weariness. May you draw strength from these promises.
Strength for the Weak and Weary
- “As your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25 ESV).
- “The Lord’s eyes scan the whole world to find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them” (2 Chronicles 16:9 GW).
- “The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!” (Psalm 68:35 NLT).
- “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29 NIV).
Wisdom for the Weak and Weary
- “Do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11 NKJV).
- “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 NLT).
- “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God” (2 Corinthians 3:5 NASB).
- “But he told me: ‘My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.’ So I will brag even more about my weaknesses in order that Christ’s power will live in me. Therefore, I accept weakness, mistreatment, hardship, persecution, and difficulties suffered for Christ. It’s clear that when I’m weak, I’m strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 GW).
Let’s pray for each other. If you desire, you can leave your (vague or specific) request in the comments. I promise to read and pray for each one.
In the meantime, remember the whole Godhead is pulling for you as is His body! You don’t have to fight this battle alone. But sometimes, like Paul, we need to ask for prayers.
March on, my soul; be strong!” (Judges 5:21 NIV).
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