Tuesday, January 23, 2007


As women, what does the term "strength" convey to you? Do we think of men with big bulging muscles able to lift huge weights without batting an eye? Do we think of strength as power that only certain people can attain because of their status in society?

I just read a cute quote in Readers Digest by Judith Viorst:

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then eat just one of the pieces."

I'd say that was strength indeed for all chocolate lovers!

There's a song that has a line that says "strength for today, bright hope for tomorrow."

Websters Dictionary defines strength in five different ways:

1) state, property, or quality of being strong; i.e. muscular strength is the ability of the muscles to generate force.
2) power to resist attack; i.e. impregnability
3) power to resist strain or stress; durability
4) ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
5) A source of power or force

Today let's ponder the last two definitions of strength. I think as Christian women God has given us particular ability to stand firm in our moral and intellectual choices today, BECAUSE of the SOURCE of the power we have within us! Christ in us, the hope of glory. Christ is our strength giver! "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
It is only through Him that we have strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow! It is because of His promises that we as women can stand against attack and resist strain or stress, because we know the ONE who goes before us in every pathway of life and lights the way for us. Where we are weak, HE remains strong. In our weakness, Christ can work the most good as we depend on Him and lean on Him for everything. He will not fail us, as He has promised to be our All in All!
We are to "be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." And God also created us as women to be helpers to our mates so that they also can be strong in the Lord and can achieve their very best. It is through our prayers and our support that we can make such a difference in our husbands' lives and allow them to be strong for us, both morally and intellectually. If we recognize God's design and claim God as our source of power and strength, we can be a mighty force in our homes, in our families, and in the world today.

Claim God's strength and be strong today!


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