It is hard being a mom and wife with a chronic illness. At times we all just want to crawl into bed and not be bothered or want some miracle fix to zap the pain away.
5 Ways to Renew Your Strength
I’ve found help through the struggles and storms. When life is raging, God calms the storms and raging waters because God is my strength.
1.) Renew Your Strength by Praising God
King David was no stranger to needing strength and saving from his enemies. In Psalm 28:6, he says, “Praise the Lord! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.” (Psalm 28:6-7 NLT).
When was the last time you burst out in thanksgiving when it wasn’t Thanksgiving dinner and everyone says what they are thankful for?
2.) Spend Some Time With Jesus to Renew Your Strength
On days I need to comfort my child, I turn to Jesus and His Word. Without my daily Bible reading, I wouldn’t be able to properly discipline and raise my son. The scriptures are the living Word, they were important over two thousand years ago, and are still relevant today.
“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”Hebrews 4:10 NLT
The more time spend in the Word, the better equipped I am to handle whatever life throws at me.
3.) Say a Prayer to Renew Your Strength
On the days I need strength to finish cleaning the house, I turn to Jesus. A lot of prayer goes into being a mom and wife. The prayers for me to keep my mouth shut when I want to bite back when someone delivers a sharp remark. The prayers for wisdom in giving advice or making decisions for my family. Prayers for deliverance from the pain and hurt. Prayers for the relationships with my in-laws and siblings.
Psalm 6:9 says, “The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer.” (Psalm 6:9 NLT).
Praying doesn’t have to be a formal affair, because God is always there listening. Sometimes I pray while I’m driving. My prayer might be about where I’m going, what I’m about to do, or the disabled vehicle on the side of the road.
4.) Renew Your Strength by Not Relying on Yourself
Instead of relying on our own strength, we should turn to Jesus. It’s easy to fall into thinking that we have to do it on our own. I am guilty of trying to do it all with my own strength. I fail every time, but when I ask God for strength, He always provides. He grants me the strength to deal with difficult things, the strength to make it through the day and night, the wisdom to keep my mouth shut when people are unkind.
Moses and the Israelites sang to the Lord, “The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” (Exodus 15:2 NLT). The Lord is good, and He cares about you. He loves you. He wants to be a part of your life, He wants to be the one that you call out to first thing in the morning, and the one you say good night to before you drift off to sleep.
5.) Renew Your Strength By Remembering You’re Not Alone
You’ll find that the storms will continue to rage at times, the life of a Christian isn’t problem-free. But it’s the peace, hope, strength, and wisdom I have to deal with life’s storms that makes it different. In the book of Isaiah, we find the comforting words of the Lord, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT).
God promises us that He will be with us, He is the one who calms the storms and provides us with a peace that surpasses all understanding. When I put my hope in the Lord, the storms still come but they don’t overtake me. With God, I’m able to lean on Him for my strength, wisdom, and comfort. He is a good, good Father because He provides all of those.
Today will you join me in renewing your energy, strength, and hope through the Word of God, and prayer. How can I pray for you, please share in the comments or send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you.
About the Author
Brianna is a Carolina girl who loves Jesus and her family. She enjoys watching the sunrise, photography, reading, writing, and paddle boarding. According to her teenage son, she’s a master chef in the kitchen, making gluten-free cuisine from around the world. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Faith On Every Corner, The Christian Journal, and Our Story Magazine, and she is a contributor to The Grit and Grace Project and Broken But Priceless Magazine where she writes the column, “From A Homemaker’s Heart”.