Have you ever thought about someone, “I don’t know where she finds the strength”?  I often think that about my friend, Ferris. She has 3 girls and this past spring, all 3 of them had a different serious medical procedure.  Yet I never hear her complain.  It is funny how some people seem to face difficulty with such strength yet others crumble under the slightest pressure.

I have been reading Kelle Hampton‘s book, Bloom, a memoir of her journey to finding unexpected beauty in her daughter’s Downs Syndrome diagnosis.  I love this part…

“People often ask me how I found the strength to see the glass half full when I brought Nella home to begin the next chapter in our story.  First let me tell you something about strength.  You can’t buy it, and you most certainly cannot get it overnight.  It is earned, like muscle sinews that grow and fortify over years of hard exercise.”

Strength builds on itself.  There are things that I have experienced this past year that I would have crumbled under 5 years ago.  And maybe the circumstances of this past year will enable me to withstand the pressure of something in 5 years that I could not handle today.  Psalm 84:5-7 says

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
    they make it a place of springs;
    the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
    till each appears before God in Zion.

You can’t live your life in fear of what will happen to you.  But you must to learn to draw your strength from the right place.  When faced with a difficult circumstance, there is such a temptation to complain and to run to all the wrong people for advice.  But strength does not come from drama.  True strength comes from a power inside you that is activated there by the Holy Spirit.  And when you see someone tapped into that strength, it is hard to understand it.

But when you tap into it, you realize that possibly your whole life you were training for this moment, for this obstacle.  You can face your situation with the mindset that no matter what, I am a conquerer.  I am empowered with the strength to face this.

The strength that gives you joy when life throws you a curveball.

The strength that enables you to forgive someone who deeply hurt you.

The strength that gives you peace when you are worried.

The strength that empowers you when you are weary.

I want to live it out the way Paul put it in Colossians 1:11, “being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.”