Getting Stronger with God

“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31 NLT

He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Do you ever feel powerless? Do you feel weak? If I had to pick an area of my life where I feel powerless it would be my health. I was talking with a co-worker today and we were talking about how we feel like our bodies are letting us down as we get older. Tonight, even after working out and taking some meds to help with pain, there isn’t a joint in my body that isn’t yelling at me. My back is yelling, my knees are yelling, my elbows are screaming and my feet are crying. I feel absolutely powerless when it comes to my body, especially when it hurts.

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. When I feel powerless or weak God gives me new strength in him. He reminds me it’s not always like this. Some days are better than others and even though today is bad tomorrow might not be. He pushes me to workout when I am exhausted. Reminding me that keeping fit will help, even if it doesn’t help today. I find my new strength in God. I pray for him to give me strength.

The author here isn’t just talking about physical strength, he’s talking about strength to fight the battle or run the race. We put on the full armor of God and can now fight the battle before us. The battle for justice, the battle for love, the battle for being and feeling safe, the battle for God.

They will soar high on wings like eagles. Isn’t the imagery in the Bible just fantastic? Every time I read that sentence I picture an eagle soaring through the sky. Can you imagine soaring over your problems?

They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. God gives us the strength to fight the battle, to fight the illness, to fight the exhaustion, to fight the injustice, to fight for love and to fight for God.

Throughout the Bible and throughout our lives God gives us what we need. He gives us peace and comfort, he defines love and shows us how to give it, he gives healing in many ways, he shows us his strength and gives us his strength when we need it. God is in every moment of your life and is there to give you all that you need.

There’s a saying that goes, if you ask God for patience he will give you more opportunities to be patient. God gives you what you need, the tools you need to live your life, but if you ask for strength be ready for God to give you opportunties to become stronger.

Do you feel exhausted in your life? In your faith? Are you weary? Go to God because he can help you, he can give you power and strength so that you can soar on wings like eagles, so that you can run and not grow weary, so that you can walk and not grow faint.

Lord, please be with us when we feel weak or powerless. Remind us that you are there Lord. Give us what we need in this moment and in all the moments to come. We are ready Lord for your new strength, to soar like wings on eagles, to run and not grow weary, to walk and not faint. Give us your strength and your power as we go throughout our days, today and every day with you Lord. Thank you for your strength when we need it most it is in your loving and strength giving name that we pray Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

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The Merry Go Round That Doesn’t Stop

I feel like I’m on a merry go round that I can’t get off. I have been applying for jobs like crazy lately and I have only heard back from people about nanny jobs.

I’m anxious which is so not helping me sleep. So I’ve been trying to find ways to cope with all of this.

So far I have painted my nails, cleaned my room, watched countless hours of Netflix, taken walks, talked with friends, and still the anxiety rests inside of me.

It’s almost noon and I have already sent out 3 resumes, filled out 3 applications and had a break down in my therapist’s office.

I need a nap. Life is hectic and crazy and I’m not really doing anything. I mean I shower each morning, get dressed, make lunch and dinner and spend hours searching for jobs and filling out applications. But other than that I’m not really doing anything.

All of my friends tell me that I should be enjoying this time but what is enjoyable about restlessness and anxiety. I’d much rather be at a 9-5 making money than worrying about how long I won’t be at a steady job with steady pay and hours.

I do have a small job. I work as a Writing Consultant and the Writing Center’s Workshop Coordinator but it is small in pay and hours. So it keeps me afloat for now but won’t be doing so for long. So I need a real job or I need several other small jobs. If I had several other small jobs then I could work for those jobs while I find one big job that will make it unnecessary to have several small jobs.

The only good thing about this week is that last night I got to celebrate with some friends and Saturday I’m taking a break from the applications. I am spending the day/some time with a friend who has promised to take my mind off all my troubles.

It should be lots of fun and hopefully I will be able to stop thinking about everything.

The hardest part about this situation is that I have no control. I cannot make someone hire me. I cannot make someone look at my resume and decide to give me an interview or give me a position. I just have to wait. The only thing I can do in this situation is send out the best looking resume and cover letter that I possibly can. Beyond that I’m at a loss. Beyond that, there is nothing I can do. I think that is the worst feeling.

I am completely powerless in this situations and it sucks. I really want to get off this merry go round!

But for now I go back to the applications and resumes and searching because I have to and my only solace is knowing that this won’t last forever.

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