Strong doesn’t mean you’ll never cry

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In the dictionary strong is defined as being “able to withstand great force or pressure.”

There’s no doubt girls and women are under great forces and pressure these days. Everywhere we turn there are sexual messages. Movies, commercials, TV shows, magazines all send a message to women that they are valued more for their looks and sexuality than they are for their intellect, talent or character.

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How does a Strong Girl value herself for what God says she is without feeling the pressure from the world’s messages?

The Bible says in Psalm 46:1 that God is our refuge and strength. To be a Strong Girl in Jesus, means to run to HIM for that strength.

On our own, we’re weak and at times foolish. We can let thoughts overpower us. But if we submit our minds to the Lord, He will strengthen us with HIS resolve. HIS strength. We build our life on the ROCK of His wisdom, His strength, and we are wise, not foolish. Remember this little song we sang in Sunday School?

You see, God is never weary. He is always strong. And if you have Jesus in you, you have HIS power and strength.

Isaiah 40: 29-31 says that God gives POWER to the faint and STRENGTH to those who have none. “Even the youths shall faint and be weary , and the young men shall utterly fall : But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run , and not be weary ; and they shall walk , and not faint.”

All you have to do is ask. And then listen for His voice.

Often we are in too much of a hurry to wait on the Lord to keep us strong. We want to run ahead and do it our way.

And anytime we run our way and not God’s way, we can expect disastrous results.

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If we believe what a man or boy promises us when wanting us to do something above what God says for us to do, we can expect to get hurt. Sure, God is there with His grace to forgive our mistakes, but we still have consequences on this earth. Pregnancy, STDs, a broken heart, memories that haunt us. God’s advice to us isn’t to keep us from having fun, but to give us a happy life without as much heartache.

If we believe what the world tells us instead of what God tells us, we can expect to be deceived.

But if we believe what God tells us, we’ll experience much less pain. Living in this world is hard enough without us making it even harder.

From the beginning of the time the enemy–Satan–has hated women. “Did God REALLY say you couldn’t eat that fruit?”

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He twists God’s words. And he still does it today.

God’s grace is so full of love that He wants nothing but the best for you. When you really grasp how much you are loved by God, you will run to that source of Strength and let it fill you up. You will have no desire for the kind of acceptance the world gives. All you’ll want is to be full of HIM. All you’ll care about is pleasing HIM because he loves you SO MUCH!

752a68152b266de82bdaddb7da574c46People will fail you. I can guarantee it. They will hurt you, disappoint you, and betray you.

But God never will.

Strong doesn’t mean you’ll never cry. You will still cry. Jesus wept. And He was one strong dude while He walked on this earth. Strong means you admit you’re weak without HIM, and need HIS strength to carry you through.

Cry out to Him when you’re in need of strength. I promise He will answer. More than that, HE promises, too.

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24

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