I like to think that I am a strong person. Well, part of the time… sort of… But do you know when I’m not? It’s when I lean on my own strength instead of leaning on the only TRUE source of that strength! It took me so long to learn that lesson. “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13, but basically, I can do diddly squat on my own. And if I do, I probably shouldn’t have.
At one time, I thought that was weakness. After all, I am supposed to be a strong, independent woman, right? Maybe that depends on your definition, but I prefer to think I am a strong, DEPENDANT woman! I am strong because of God’s strength. I am happy to say that I am dependant, also because of God’s strength. On my own, I am nothing. Through God and to God, I am everything.
Life is a journey. There are many stages we go through. In my case, there is an ongoing journey with my health, trying to overcome some things genetics has handed me and a whole lot of bad habits I created all on my own. With the help of God, I am coming out ahead!
Likewise, my journeys of faith, courage, obedience, dedication, endurance and discipline have hit many peaks and valleys. But those valleys have made me stronger because I finally learned where my strength lies. I WILL be Daniel Strong!
Are you struggling in a valley? Do you feel lost and don’t know where to turn? There is help wherever you are. Right now. Just call out His name and ask with a repentant heart.
In His light,
Like the Feet of a Deer
The Daniel Plan
The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. —Habakkuk 3:19
The prophet Daniel possessed strength beyond the size of his muscles—he had strength of faith, courage, obedience, devotion, dedication, endurance, and discipline. Because of him we speak about being Daniel Strong, which is a pursuit of excellence in body, mind, and spirit for God’s glory.
We could just as well speak of being Habakkuk Strong, because this prophet too found his strength in God. Habakkuk lived in a time of economic and political instability, so he needed stability from God to carry him through the challenges of an uncertain future.
Whatever challenges you face, God wants to give you solid footing so your faith stays strong. He wants to be your daily source of strength beyond the size of your muscles. He can empower you. As the Bible says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me” (Psalm 28:7).
Food for Thought: Being Daniel Strong is all about strength in body, mind, and spirit.