You are as strong as you need to be when you need to be strong. I tweeted this back in December 2016, more as a reminder to myself that I would get through what was happening at the time.
We all need to be strong at different times in our lives and for a variety of reasons. Different challenges require different kinds of strength. For example, dealing with losing a job is different than dealing with an unruly child. One requires the strength and determination to continue and look for another job, the other requires strength of patience to calm and teach.
Everyone looks at another person’s strength and at times thinks to themselves ‘I don’t know how they do it’. The answer is ‘because they have to’. They have no choice but to be strong and carry on.
We don’t all face the same challenges but we do have the capacity to endure more than we think we can. We only begin to realize it when we become that other person; enduring the unimaginable at times but surviving through it.
Physical strength is one thing that varies among men and women, with some having more strength than others. I can tell you this though, a mother trying to remove her child from harm’s way has more strength than when she just needs to pick them up. Adrenaline, fear for the child’s safety and love all fuel her strength.
I’ve said in a past post that one of my favourite sayings is that when God leads you on rocky paths He provides sturdy shoes. I have worn out the soles of many of my shoes but they are replenished and carry me when I need them to. I may not always understand why something is happening but I do know that God has given me the strength to get through it.
Losing someone you love in life also requires strength. The strength to carry on without them; to live life fully and not wither away. It is never easy, when it is a child, even harder. We take it one day at a time and hold fast to our faith knowing we will be together again one day.
There are days when for many it is hard to get out of bed and keep going. Every circumstance varies but they keep going and eventually, it does become easier.
If you are struggling know, and believe, that you have the strength to get through it. Why? Because you are as strong as you need to be when you need to be strong.
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