The Thing You Need Strength For

So do not fear, for I am with you; 
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

I pause when I read these verses today. I think about two words: dismayed and strengthen. When we experience a sense of dismay, we’re distressed and troubled by some unexpected thing. We have fear in our hearts, and we live in anxiety.

Do not be dismayed. God strengthens.

I think about what we need strength for today. I think about how some of us are sick. Some are in pain. Some have deep sorrow over loss. Some need strength to get through a morning with fussy children. Some need strength to face a challenge, a conflict, or a difficult person.

Some need the strength to live a hidden life of dishes, laundry, and meal preparation while their friends are off living glamorous lives. Some need strength to be the ones in the spotlight when they wish they were home living quietly and anonymously.

Some need strength to press through unfulfilled longings. Some of us are in real danger today. Some of us are actually and literally hungry and thirsty.

Some need the strength to battle loneliness.

Whatever it is, I pray for our strength today. We have One who upholds us and is with us.

What do you need strength for? Let’s pray for one another. Personally, I need the strength to forgo a comfortable life in order to live a holy one.

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  1. I need strength to be able to speak my needs to my husband and to be kind to myself.

  2. Your about me challenges me to my core. Wanting to revise your day to live with flair is a fascinating way to face each new day. I'm totally inspired. I'm praying the same prayer as you are..for the supernatural strength and courage to set my own needs/wants aside to live a holy life. The life I have been called to live. Thank you Heather for challenging me tonight.

  3. Sometimes it takes the greatest strength to do nothing. That is where I am right now in a relationship, not confronting, not challenging; giving grace, living peace. The only grace I can give is that which He gifts to me – strengthening, helping and upholding grace.