Strength for the Weary Woman

[strengkth, strength, strenth]   noun

1. the quality or state of being strong; bodily or muscular power; vigor.
2. mental power, forceor vigor.
3. moral power, firmness, or courage.
4. power by reason of influence, authority, resources, numbers, etc.
5. number, as of personnel or ships in a force or body: a regiment with a strength of 3000.


Are you ready to get STRONG?

If you are struggling, remember what strength is. It’s not the weight you lift in the gym (definition #1: muscular power), it’s the being the woman you were called to be. It’s sticking to your goals and seeing them through no matter what (definition #3: firmness). It’s focusing on being a blessing to others (definition #3: moral power) – and you surely can’t do that if you are neglecting yourself. Blessings are very powerful – they strengthen both the giver and the receiver.

strong womenStrength is LIFTING others up. Weak people try to expose other people’s weaknesses so they APPEAR stronger. Strong people realize other people’s strengths and allow it to inspire them to improve. It’s creating support groups (even if it’s just a workout partner and yourself) for more accountability and strength in numbers (definition #5: strength in numbers) so you can be your absolute best. As you choose your circle of friends, you are choosing your area of influence, whether good or bad. This is why you must choose friends wisely, choosing people who can help strengthen your faith, strengthen your body and support you on your journey (definition #4: power of reason by influence).

Strength is having victory over the fork and power over the mind (definition #2: mental power). It’s practicing inner AND outer strength. Strength starts in your mind, flows out in actions. As Joyce Meyer always says, “where the mind goes, the body follows”.

Do you want to be strong? Truly strong? You CAN be as strong as you decide to try to be. Strength isn’t based on genetics or your personal upbringing. Strength is a DAILY DECISION to do things and think on things that strengthen you.

Here are 12 scriptures and promises that strengthen me when I get weary:

  1. strong womanI can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
  2. Two are better than one (reminding me of the need for support & fellowship when I’m tempted to go it alone), because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  3. For the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight (you don’t have to fight battles alone) for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’ Deuteronomy 20:4
  4. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability (if you are facing it, He knows you can handle it), but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
  5. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength (a reminder that strength can be renewed); they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint (a reminder that it is still work). Isaiah 40:31
  6. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness (a reminder that it’s in the weak times that we remember our need for the Lord’s strength, and it’s in OUR weakness he can show himself to you and others).” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
  7. Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
  8. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (motivation to keep going). Galatians 6:9
  9. Be strong and courageous (notice it’s a command, meaning you have the option and the ability to do it). Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  10. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Ephesians 6:10
  11. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good (reminding us that nothing is wasted. He can use all of our struggles and weaknesses for good), for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 
  12. So I do not run aimlessly (a reminder to live with purpose); I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control (and a reminder that God wants us to be disciplined and not let our body boss us around), lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9: 26-27
I hope you are encouraged!! Get more scriptures to build your spiritual muscles.
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About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on March 27, 2014, in Encouragement, Motivational, PFOCUS, Spiritual Motivation and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Bonnie, Thank you for this article! I have just started working out with a trainer for the first time in my life and I am 53. I have been thin, but never fit and strong. In fact I have been walked over my whole life because I have been too nice. I am a single mom with a son who is almost 18 and I have needed to set boundaries with him in terms of his disrespect for me. I have in the last few years rid certain people out of my life because I realized they did not have my back. I had to be so cautious with what I said because they twisted my words. I realized they were so wounded they were not safe. As the saying goes “wounded people wound others.” I now have several very healthy friends who are helping me to gain my voice and become strong!! My son needs me to be strong so, that he can become the man that God intended him to be!! God has continually put this word “Strong”, as my word for this year and this article is another confirmation. I appreciate that you put the scriptures in this article because I will read them everyday as confirmation for where God is leading me this year!!

    Thanks,

    Wendy Taylor

  2. Good evening Bonnie! I want to thank you for this lovely, inspiring and important blog. You reminded me that it is my decision to be courageous and strong even in times of trouble. Thank you for the many Scripture references. I will be meditating on God’s Word and I want to thank you for your leadership.

    Have a lovely rest of the day!

    ps Your work is truly making a difference…

    Kay Hall Atlanta, Georgia

  3. Reblogged this on God, Faith, & Fitness and commented:
    I couldn’t read this without sharing it! So encouraging.

  4. Hey Bonnie Pfiester,

    thank you for this motivating article I always try to tell my clients why moral and mental power is important but I was never able to deliver it as motivational as you did.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. What a great article it is really refreshing to read finally an article about mental strength because there is such an overload of cursary content. I am looking forward to read more from you.

  6. My women is really well trained but sometimes I worry that she forgets that I love her for her metal strenghts. I showed her this article an she know wants to pay more attention to moral attitudes.

    Thank you for your help

  7. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright infringement?

    My blog has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced
    but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over
    the internet without my permission. Do you know any methods
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