Being a Strong Woman

February 12, 2017 Inspiration/Faith

Did you know the strongest woman in the world benched 800 pounds and “performed an equipped-bench-press of 600 pounds totaling more than 2000 pounds?” Now, that’s one strong woman.

You’re one strong woman, too. You bench press daily. It might not be 800-pound weights, but you bench press laundry, groceries, little kids, concerns and cares, patients, casework, housework, classwork, prayers to God, business operations, you name it, all the while dealing with a chronic illness.

Some days are better than others. And those days of feeling down, weak and not wanting to get out of bed don’t change or determine or define who you really are: S-T-R-O-N-G: Simply To Rely ON God.

You are one strong sister. At times you might not think or feel like you are strong, but you are. You are a mighty woman of valor. You might feel like Gideon—you don’t see yourself as a strong warrior. Gideon was called by God to save his country (Israel) from the hand of the Midianites, but when God called him to this task Gideon didn’t see himself as strong.

God spoke to his purpose, identity, and confidence level, not to his situation or his feelings. You are strong even if you don’t feel like it. God is with you, and you will defeat whatever illness, obstacle, or situation that stands in your way.

Or maybe you feel like Samson, you were strong once and a force hard to beat, and then something happened to cause you to lose that strength. Samson revealed that his strength was in his hair and that if it was ever cut he would lose his 

strength. Soon after revealing this, his hair was cut off, and he was no longer strong. 

Maybe it was revealed by you, or someone else, or through a situation where your strength was, and then that thing was cut off, and you’re no longer strong. It won’t be long before your strength will return to you.

Samson’s hair grew back, and he was a strong, mighty man again. Stronger than before. And so will you and I be. We will gain our strength back, and whatever was cut off or pruned from us will grow back and be restored to us. We will be stronger than before.

He said, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” (Judges 6:15).

Be strong because you are. You know where your strength comes from. You’re charged up. Strong in your faith. Strong in your character. Strong in your moral behavior. Strong in your integrity. Strong in your convictions. Strong in your examples to others. You go strong. Strong in perseverance. Strong in your mind. Strong in your heart.

You are a strong woman, taking care of a special-needs child or an elderly parent with Alzheimer’s, or a husband with cancer. You may be encouraging a friend, who struggles with bulimia, or rescuing children from sex trafficking.

It’s nothing for you to bend down, squat and thrust those weights in your life up over your head toward Heaven. For you know God’s yoke is easy, and His burden is light. He has equipped you with power and might and made you strong.

I AM A STRONG WOMAN AND SO ARE YOU! {Only tweet this if it's true}

Here's What I'm Asking God...

God, I will be strong in the power of Your might. I lay aside all weights that try to hold me down and ensnare me. I take up Your yoke, for it is light. Bless my eyes to see myself as You see me—as a woman of valor—and renew my strength. I declare I will be strong and not fear, for I’m clothed with strength.

*Excerpt from my book Dear Woman: Get Well Letters of Hope.

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