Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Strength of the Word

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. – Isaiah 40:30-31

Today I am writing while watching my daughter’s gymnastics class. Six four-year-olds are attempting to do handstands. They all start well, but once their legs are overhead, their spindly little arms give way and they fall on their heads. They have not yet learned how to stay up, nor have they developed the strength to support themselves while upside down.

This is a dilemma I find I relate to, even though I haven’t done a handstand in about twenty years. When I encounter a struggle as a mom, I sometimes lack the skill to make it through the peak of the challenge and end up falling on my head. And for some reason, I usually have to take the tumble before I remember where to find the strength I need to hold myself up – God’s word. He equips us with everything we need to be the mothers He designed us to be.

How do you find strength during new challenges?