You’re in the right place if you feel like giving up because everything is going wrong! Here, you’ll learn how to find the strength you need to continue, to keep moving forward, to live with hope and faith.
You might even find peace and joy, a refreshed and renewed perspective for this season of your life.
I’m writing this article from a new place. Don’t get me wrong — I still live in Vancouver, Canada and I haven’t run away from home! I’m still a writer and blogger, and I’m still the author of Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back. But I’ve been in a different place ever since I wrote that book. Writing took a lot out of me spiritually and emotionally; I needed to find a new source of strength to continue my work. Good news! I learned more about battles and growing forward than I ever thought possible…and my insights will help you find the strength you need to continue.
The other reason I’m in a new place because I’m still healing from orthopedic surgery. I broke my shoulder while jogging in my neighborhood three months ago — which is Why You’re Safe Everywhere – Blossom Tip 56.
Recovering from surgery (which involved the installation of a metal plate and eight screws to reattach my arm bone to my shoulder socket) drained all my strength. There were days I didn’t think I could continue writing, nights I thought the pain would finish me off for good.
But, I found the strength I needed to continue moving forward, healing, and even encouraging my She Blossoms readers! And if I can do it, so can you. We’re not the only ones who need strength, courage, faith and power…and we won’t be the last.
How to Find the Strength You Need to Continue
This article is part of my She Blossoms Through the Bible project, and it’s inspired by Genesis 21. The theme I saw in this chapter is Hagar’s weakness in the desert, the grief of watching her son Ishmael die of starvation, and her loneliness at being cast aside like garbage.
Hagar found the strength she needed to continue — and it wasn’t in her. She found strength, help and hope in God. The most interesting part is that she wasn’t even asking Him for help.
You don’t have to believe in God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit to benefit from my tips on how to find the strength you need to continue. Just keep an open mind and consider new ideas! Listen to the still small voice that brought you here. Remember that new beginnings blossom from tiny seeds of life. This article — Finding the Strength You Need to Continue — is one of those seeds.
1. Recognize the season you’re in
Hagar was an Egyptian slave who didn’t choose to get pregnant by Abraham. She didn’t choose to leave her home country and travel with her employers, nor did she choose to have a son who was as wild as a donkey and would cause problems with everyone he met. Hagar didn’t choose anything about her life (except how she treated her mistress Sarah, which I describe in How to Stop Regretting a Decision You Made). And yet, she had to live through several painful seasons of her life. She found the strength she needed to get through them…but it wasn’t easy.
What season of life are you in? You looking for help finding the strength you need to continue because you’re going through a difficult season in life. Remember that you’re in a season, and that it is temporary. It won’t last forever, and you won’t always be struggling this way! The most spiritually draining season I ever experienced was writing Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back. The most physically and emotionally exhausting season is just ending now (I’m still recovering from my broken shoulder and orthopedic surgery). Recognizing that you are in a specific, temporary season in your life will help you find the strength you need to continue.
2. Call out for hope, help, and strength
Genesis 21 tells us that Hagar didn’t actually call out to God for the strength she needed to continue. She’d met God before (Genesis 16) and knew He had a plan for her and Ishmael’s life…but she didn’t ask Him for help. Yet, God “heard the voice of the boy” (verse 17) and the angel of God called to Hagar. “What’s wrong, Hagar? Don’t be afraid, for God has heard the voice of the boy from the place where he is.” Hagar didn’t even have a chance to answer. “Get up, help the boy up, and support him, for I will make him a great nation,” the angel of God said.
How are you calling out for the help you need? You don’t have to be a Christian believer to call for help. Your faith might be as small as a mustard seed, your hope dim, your energy low. Maybe you’re being attacked by thoughts of worthlessness, unlovability, shame and self-hatred. Those thoughts are from the deceiver, and they will zap every ounce of strength you have. Do not allow yourself to sink into the pit of despair, like Hagar did. Instead, call out! Ask God to help you find the strength you need to continue moving forward. Humble yourself, swallow your pride (better yet, spit it out!), and ask for help. Kneel, be weak, and allow His strength to help you move forward.
3. Find a new source of strength
Hagar and Ishmael’s strength came from water well; they needed physical sustenance to survive their season in the Negev desert. Genesis 21:19 tells us that “God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the waterskin and gave the boy a drink.” Hagar found the strength she needed to continue by seeing and taking action. She didn’t have to drill for water or even draw the bucket! She merely filled the skin with water and revived her son.
In your past, where did you find the strength you needed to continue? Maybe this isn’t your first season of depression, financial bankruptcy, marriage problems, or family issues. How did you survive it? Where did you find strength, hope, and courage? Or, maybe this is your first season alone — perhaps you lost your husband, parents, children or close friends. You have no idea how to find the strength you need to continue because you’ve never experienced this before.
This is your chance to find a new, deep, richer source of strength. You’re here for a reason; you found my She Blossoms blog because God brought you here. I am not the strength you need to continue…Jesus is. I am merely the conduit, the messenger, the planter of seeds. God is calling your name, drawing you close, trying to get your attention. He is all about giving you the strength you need to continue, the water you need to refresh your soul, the joy you need to feel happy and alive again.
What is one thing you can do to take a step closer to Jesus? Maybe you need to open your heart and let the pain spill out. Maybe you need to talk to a Christian friend, pastor or counselor about reconnecting with God. Maybe you need to write, draw, sing or pray. If it brings you closer to Christ, it is the right thing to do.
You will find the strength you need to continue if you learn who Jesus is and why He died for you. You will experience the peace that surpasses all understanding, the wellspring of joy that leads to confidence, hope, and freedom.
May you find strength, courage and power as you explore your relationship with Jesus. I pray for healing and direction, energy and wisdom as you take another step forward in faith. I pray that you find the strength you need to continue moving forward in your life, and that you blossom into who God created you to be.
With His love,
P.S. Are you struggling to make a decision or find the right path in your life? Read an Easy Way to Stop Overthinking God’s Will for Your Life.
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