Thankful for the Strength of God

Have you ever been so weary you just wanted to cry, but you were too tired? That's my day today. I got very little sleep last night and a full day today. I have so much to do between now and January 12th (beginning a new ministry) that today I just looked up to the heavens and cried I can't do this God! I just can't do it - you are going to have to do it through me.

Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. 1Ch 16:11

I was where God wanted me. Seeking Him. But I so often forget to do what the last part of that verse says - seek His face continually. When will I fully realize I can't even last one day-or even one minute on my own strength.

Psalms is filled with verses telling us that God alone is our strength. I can not do it on my own.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Ps 46:1

My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Ps 73:26

How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways {to Zion!} Ps 84:5

When I call out for His strength He will answer. He desires to work through me, so often I think tha I must do the work myself.

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. Ps 138:3

My two favorite reminders though come from Isaiah. Isaiah 40:29-31 says He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. .

When I am seeking God and my hope is in Him he will give strength to me when I am weary, He will help me regain my strength.

I can't help but recall the verse in luke 21:36 that says "But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

Do I remember to pray for God's strength when I first begin to feel weary? Or do I just continue on my own until I'm fully spent? Luke reminds me that if I am not walking in the Strength of God I may not be able to stand against my enemy.

Paul reminds me that I am to "be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. How? By putting on the full armor of God (Eph 6:10-18)

Oh God help me to seek your face continually. Help me to hope in you, for you alone is where my strength can be found.Father sometimes I get tired of fighting the fight here on earth. My body and my spirit grows weary. God I so want to draw close to to your presence. God I want to wrap myself so tightly around you that I can't help but go where you go. Father I know my weariness often grows because I am trying to do things in my own strength or I am trying to do that which you have not called me to do. I so want to seek your presence and to know your will. I long to know you more today than yesterday. I long to see your face! Oh God your face do I seek! Fill me with your Your Spirit. Lavish your love upon me. Oh God I want more of you. Strengthen my weary soul Father. Amen

6 comments:

  1. What a great post! We all need to be reminded where our strength comes from---HIM! In Him and through Him- we have our being! Loved your TT! Thanks for sharing.

    Darcy

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  2. Praising God from whom all blessings flow and thanking Him for YOU and this marvelous TT post!

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  3. Sharon, it's like a breath of fresh air coming here! This post is timely for me today, too.

    I love your new Christmas look!

    Question about the chair ~ it was my Grandma's chair from her room at the alzheimer's unit. She doesn't remember it, only the old ratty one. My aunt bought it for her 4 years ago at the Lazy Boy store. They may still carry the material if you're interested. I thought it was so pretty, and it wouldn't go in anybody's house except mine. ;0) It matches the red and yellow in my curtains, and it has the tiniest touch of blue in the dragonfly, too. It's very unusual, but I like it.
    Do you collect things with dragonflies on them? I like to collect things with cardinals, chickadees and hearts. :0)

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  4. Isn't amazing! You did not know it, but I really needed this tonight. What kind of ministry are you starting? I am helping to start a women's ministry at our church and people were fired up at first and now it is becoming a bit of work and the excitement is subsided a bit. Very frustrating.

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  5. Pam (mappersnapper.com)November 29, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Sharon,

    I am involved in a mentorship role in the Mops group at our church and also work in other areas of ministry as well. When I first clicked to your blog a few days ago, the thing that caught my eye was, "I am a sinner saved by grace." I could just hear the Gaither Vocal Band singing that when I read it, and it was so timely, just as this post was today. I didn't sleep last night either. A million things were on my mind from medical to emotional worry, but reading this post just uplifted me. I thank you so much for it.

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  6. Sharon,

    What a beautiful offering to God and His promises are so thrilling.

    Praying you are give the gift of rest this weekend. Thank you for a wonderful TT post.

    http://unequalmarriage.typepad.com/

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