Last week was the first week of summer break for the kids. Now I love my kids more than anything. Truly. But I’ll just be honest and tell you that less routine and more fun last week forced me to run to chocolate more than once. In fact, I moved the hiding place for my chocolate stash. Since the first bag I bought was almost gone before I even had one peanut butter M&M. *sigh*
While chocolate is a great temporary sanity-saver, my true secret to strength? God’s Word. Over the weekend I researched verses and did some word study. When I sit by the bed of my sweet Taylor girl, who is slowly weakening day by day, I read these verses to her.
No matter how overwhelming things are, these Bible verses on strength will empower you to keep going.
This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless….For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. 2 Samuel 22:33, 40
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength… Nehemiah 8:10
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Psalm 118:14
The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. Psalm 93:1
Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Psalm 24:8
And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Isaiah 58:11
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased. Psalm 138:3
You were wearied with the length of your way, but you did not say, “It is hopeless”;
you found new life for your strength, and so you were not faint. Isaiah 57:10
This last verse spoke to me so deeply this morning. There have been plenty of times when I’ve wondered when the trials are going to end. When I’ve thought that this long dark valley can never be passed. When I’ve said to myself “It’s hopeless.” But when I ran to God’s Word, I discovered a vein of strength I hadn’t tapped into before. So today I’m standing strong. Join me?