Today’s Truth

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

(Isaiah 40:30-31, NIV)

Friend to Friend

There’s a scene in the whimsical and quirky film The Princess Bride in which some bad guys were chasing the movie’s two main characters, Buttercup and Wesley. In order to escape, Buttercup and Wesley ran into the treacherous Fire Swamp. (Insert scary music and creepy feelings here.)

The Fire Swamp has three challenges: fire spurts, quicksand, and the ROUS – rodents of unusual size. (Stay with me…) At one point in the Fire Swamp adventure, Buttercup fell into a pit of dry quicksand, instantly vanishing. Her brave hero, Wesley, quickly grabbed a sturdy vine then plunged in to save his true love. Moments later both characters emerged from the quicksand gasping for breath, stunned by the events that just took place.

Life clutter can sometimes consume us just as fast and leave us gasping for breath, stunned. When we find ourselves in the fire swamps, we ask question after question: How did this happen? How did I get here? How do I get out of this scary place? Does anyone know I’m in this pit? Who will be my hero?

Falling into the quicksand of situational fire swamps becomes a greater risk when we run on empty. Without a doubt, I’m more vulnerable on the days when my schedule is so full that my God-time is minimized.

You probably know what it feels like to have a day filled with activity but a heart filled with empty.

I imagine you, too, feel at times as if all you do is work, work, work and give, give, give.

You feel lonely among crowds of people and wonder if anyone really sees you or if anyone really cares.

At times, you have too many obligations, too much stress, and not enough strength.

In order to survive these pitfalls, we must wait upon God – the One who won’t grow tired or weary. He has strength readily available for us, and He knows where to direct our steps.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31, NIV)

King David said it like this, “I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.” (Psalm 40:1-3a)

Fire swamps of life come and go. There’s really no avoiding them. We can, however, be spiritually prepared to face their challenges. God equips us – strengthens us – as we wait on Him. As we trust in Him. As we dwell with Him.

Have you refueled in His presence lately?

Take time to meet with God one-on-one today.

As the psalmist wrote, “Let us go to His dwelling place; let us worship at His footstool – arise, O LORD, and come to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your might.” (Psalm 132:7-8)

Let’s Pray

Heavenly Father, You are my Strong Tower, my Deliverer, and my Shelter. I’m running to You now. Please renew my strength. Please lead me with Your Holy Spirit and guide my day.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Are there obligations in your life that could be eliminated? Take a few moments to consider your schedule and your circumstances. What needs to stay and what needs to go? Make a list and then make an action plan.

More from the Girlfriends

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9 Responses to “More Strength Less Stress, Please!”

  1. Sandy says:

    This devotion deeply spoke to my heart this morning. As I sit in a hospital waiting room, waiting to be called back for surgery, I know that my tank has been empty. I have allowed so many things to consume my time and I have allowed my faith to be on the back burner. God please forgive me.

  2. Debi Reynolds says:

    My husband had been urging me to watch Princess Bride for 4 years… I caved on Saturday night. Gods grace and glory are not coincidental. I’ve been struggling with distractions aka the quicksand, dealing with snarky people (ROUS) and it’s all so much clearer now. I thank God for his steering, guidance and direction! Thank YOU forgiving me daily help in setting my day ready for success!!

  3. Connie says:

    My fire swamp is FULL of quicksand …
    my drug addicted daughter got hold of my bank card & cleaned me out … I’m overdrawn thanks to her most recent backslide.
    She is a child of God; she gave her heart to the LORD when in jail & got baptized when she came out, but the draw of drugs is too strong for her & she slips up every now & again…
    But God has given me His Peace that passes all understanding & calms my fears.
    He told me that He’s got this!
    I thank God for His Strength every day!
    & God Love & Bless YOU!

  4. Sharyn says:

    Thank you for this reminder that God is our strength. I have so many life stresses going on right now-marriage that could use some serious work (our 21st anniversary is today ironically), an adult child that has moved home (and there’s tension there), and just other “life” stuff.
    Great reminder for me to ask God to be my strength and lean on Him for wisdom.

  5. TJ says:

    My morning started wrong. Had a fender bender, my fault. So stressed. My brain is fried. Just work and run errands. Don’t make enough money to go away for a weekend and disconnect. Appreciate you gals listening

  6. Correen says:

    This just spoke so clearly to my heart thus evening. I was just released from the hospital ICU after a week long stay due to a bet serious overdose. I’ve worked hard to fight this depression, and have such shame that I spiraled after a 3 year turn around. What I do know is, I am not alone and I will not give up. I have the Lord on my side. Just today I got a call from my best friend that her college son was very distraught and suicidal. I was able to support and encourage her as they got him admitted to inpatient care. Life is tough, but we don’t walk it alone. To have my experiences to share with others is not easy, but can possibly save lives. I am thankful and blessed to be here and know the grace and love of our amazing God!❤

  7. Susan says:

    Thank you for sharing these great devotions,, Gwen. The mind is such a complex thing. One day we’re on cloud 9 as everthing goes our way then the next thing you know you are depressed as you can be for whatever negative reason or event. So when we focus our minds on God, life and our perception of the negative become transfigured to the positive which brings us that joy, peace, and love in our hearts. I encourage us all to train our minds (by reading “words” aka bible) and use all our of might, soul, and strengh to worship God. Cheers!

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