When You Are Weak and Weary

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 Share on X

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 Share on X

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).

Comment: How can I pray for you? Or what helps you when you feel weak?


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  1. Ann Musico

    Debbie I’m sorry you’ve had such a difficult time and glad you are now past the worst -at least I hope you are. Worship music (especially Elevation Worship) and reading inspirational Word centered books really help lift me when I feel things dragging me down.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Ann. “Elevation Worship” when we need a lift, perfect.

  2. Melissa Henderson

    Praying for you and hoping today is a good day.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Melissa. I appreciate your prayers.

  3. Susan

    “Beyond exhausted” is such an accurate description of trials. They exhaust on every front. 2 Chronicles 20:9 says: “ If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment,or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear and save us. This caught my attention because even if it is a sword of judgment, God promises to hear and save. But sometimes it seems so long between the promise and the action. I have been dealing with unresolved ear pain and personal decisions for several months. Thank you.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Susan, I love that verse. Thanks for sharing it. Dear Father, you have heard the needs and requests of Susan. Please grant her healing and relief. Infuse her with peace that You are at work on her behalf. Work this together for her good and Your glory. Amen.

  4. Kim

    I’m sorry my friend that you are going through this. I have a feeling that Satan knows you are a danger to him. But the battle is not yours but the Lord’s. You are in my prayers. Kim

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Kim!

  5. Bill Smith

    Your messages are so very important, so needed. Thank you for making them available to us.

    God bless you!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Bill!

  6. Dana Remisovsky

    I found this blog so encouraging. Thank you for sharing it. And the scriptures were wonderfully inspiring.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Dana, isn’t God’s word amazing? I loved those too. So glad they encouraged you too.

  7. Rebecca Jones

    So many people are beyond exhausted, I usually ask the Holy Spirit to pray for me. Any prayers for strength and peace in Him are appreciated. Feel better, hope you had a good birthday.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Rebecca. May the Lord restore your strength and grant you peace that surpasses understanding.

  8. Stephanie

    What fabulous verses and a great reminder of why friends in Christ are so important:). Thank you Debbie!

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Stephanie!

  9. Jimmie Kepler

    Praying for you. You have been and are still going through a traumatic ordeal.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Jimmie. I appreciate the prayers.

  10. Ann Johnson

    Well said, my Sister!
    I would appreciate prayer concerning my job. I trust the Holy Spirit to lead you.

    God’s blessings to you,

    • Debbie Wilson

      Ann, I’m praying right now! Love to you, my friend.

  11. henni corbin

    Debbie, I wish for you all the best; total healing, or the supernatural ability to navigate each wearying day. I wish for you to feel relief that can only have come from the Lord. xoxo

    • Debbie Wilson

      I’ll take it, Henni! Thank you so very much. Blessing to you too, my friend.

  12. Yvonne

    Right on target! Wonderful Bible verses. Friday, by 4 pm, I was so tired I couldn’t think straight. I put on praise & worship music and listened until I fell asleep.

    God bless you with health, strength, and stamina.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yvonne, it is amazing how much that helps. Thank you, may the Lord restore you too!

  13. Susan

    You were brilliant at the One Woman conference this weekend! I trust you may have now sone time to rest and enjoy your furry friends and your family. Encourage them to pamper you!!
    Susan T.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thank you, Susan. You’ve made my day!

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