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The Fine Art of Being a Christian and a Strong Person

My friends and I have discussed the difficulties of being a strong woman. We take charge, trying to do it all and asking for help as a last resort.

That determination serves us well to a point. We are dependable and self-motivated and maybe not as likely to just “follow the crowd.”

However if we’re not careful, that same drive can lead to us being undone, physically and emotionally, and in some cases, spiritually.

The Fine Art of Being a Christian and a Strong Person

For a person of strong character, submission can be difficult. But it’s necessary on many levels for a Christian.

We acknowledge One as greater. Accept that life is lost to us if not for Jesus Christ. Allow Him to make us presentable to the Father. 

Strong Person Folly

Wow, that’s a lot to swallow for a strong person! We like to take care of ourselves, to solve our own problems, to have the answers, to clean up our own act. 

Yet, that often backfires.

Read the account of what happened when Sarah (previously Sarai) attempted to take care of her and Abraham’s (previously Abram) problem of having no heir (Genesis 15-21). 

Discover the fiasco created when Rebekah tried to manage God’s promise that her older son, Esau, would serve her younger, Jacob (Genesis 25-27).

We would do well to learn from the lives of these biblical forefathers/foremothers. Going it alone, in our own power is a recipe for trouble. 

A truly strong person, one who is strong in wisdom as well as in will, realizes her limitations.

A truly strong person, who is strong in wisdom as well as in will, realizes her limitations. Click To Tweet

Look around. Seeing the chaos our world is in, a strong, wise person would surmise that we aren’t very good at taking care of ourselves. We cannot solely depend on the strength we have from our human lineage, human determination, or human capability.

At some point, it will fail us. 

Born of God Strength

But when we are born of God, when we receive Him, we receive a supernatural strength. One that extends beyond our understanding. A strength that allows us to handle loads far beyond our human capacity because, really, it’s God carrying the load for us. 

And that “born of God” strength, that’s the kind that never fails because God’s grace never runs out.

So you, my strong friend, surrender your strength (all of it please) and receive God’s. Let it go. Ask Him to take control of all areas of your life.

It’s not easy for anyone, especially for those of us of strong character, but it is an amazing exchange. Actually, it’s the best deal you’ll ever find.

Do it today.

Walk in the strength (and wisdom) of one born of God. It’s really as simple as acknowledging your need for God.

Walk in the strength (and wisdom) of one born of God. It's really as simple as acknowledging your need for God. Click To Tweet

Because you were never created to do it alone. 

“He was in the world,
and the world was created through Him,
yet the world did not recognize Him.
He came to His own,
and His own people did not receive Him.
But to all who did receive Him,
He gave them the right to be children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
who were born,
not of blood,
or of the will of the flesh,
or of the will of man,
but of God.” John 1:10-13

Reflections: In what area(s) do you struggle to surrender to God? Is it doing it all? Is it going it alone? Is it following your plan, not His? 

I’m thrilled to link up with Holley Gerth for Coffee for Your Heart on Wednesday and Suzie Eller for #livefree Thursday and this week’s prompt, leave it behind. Love these special linkups. They provide an abundance of great inspiration and encouragement all in one place. Click on the images to check them out.  

By His grace ≈

Julie

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

11 comments on “The Fine Art of Being a Christian and a Strong Person
  1. Angela D. Meyer says:

    So me! Trying to learn the art of not having to do it all myself. Its ok to let things go. Kind of a 3 steps forward 1 step back kind of journey! Thanks for the encouragement. Have a blessed day!

  2. Great word Julie even for us guys. I try to be fix it guy. My nature I want to fix everyone’s problems. But that is a heavy burden to bear. – And rarely can I fix anything. It has been a slow process to learn to let things go. Somethings may remain broken in my own eyes, but He works them out in the end.

    • Julie Sunne says:

      I believe many men have that problem, Jon. I think it’s helpful to identify specific areas you are gifted, apply those, and let everything else go for God to handle.

  3. Suzie Eller says:

    as a strong woman, I love that surrendering to God brings greater strength in Him!

  4. Cecelia Lester (Quiet Spirit) says:

    I once told a church meeting that I was a ‘recovering’ type A personality. I wanted to fix all the things that came my way. A friend pointed out to me that there were some things that we can not fix by ourselves. I had to learn that lesson through my dad’s and stepmother’s illnesses. God will guide up through those tough times, if we ask Him to. Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness. I like what you say about surrendering gives us strength.

  5. Kristine Brown MTY says:

    Ugh! You definitely got my number, Julie! This is something I have to pray about DAILY. Thanks for this message:)

  6. Kim S says:

    Julie, beautiful post on strength today. #livefree
    Have a wonderful weekend, Kim
    http://www.kimstewartinspired.com

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