To the Strong Ones

Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is your strength.

Over the past year, the Lord has been dealing with me on what true strength is and what it really means to be strong. Many times, we think of brute strength as being strong, but what I have learned is that physical strength is the least of all strengths. What we need as the people of God is a strength that comes from His might and power, not our own. What we need is emotional, mental, and spiritual strength.

As I was praying, the Holy Spirit encouraged me to reach out to the strong ones in our women’s ministry. I wrote this to them, but would like to change it so it applies to everyone reading this right now as well.

It reads as follows:

To the ones who have to be strong for everyone…

To the pillars of faith.

To the ones who pray and seek the Lord. 

To the ones who are constants in their families’ lives, the one everyone knows they can count on and come to for help, words of wisdom, and peace-filled hope. 

I am praying for you. 

I know there is pressure on you to never have a bad day, to always be “on”. 

Your rest is in Jesus, His yoke is easy, His burden is light. 

Take a deep breath and draw in a renewal of strength from Almighty God. 

God is teaching your hands to war. 

You are a faith fighter.

God is making you a spiritual warrior. 

Press on, dear brothers and sisters, keep the faith, and know you are not alone!

Thank you for being strong in the Lord!


I hope and pray you find the joy of the Lord as your strength and that you keep fighting for your faith in the midst of trials and tribulations. As everyone looks to you, strong one, you look to God. Always remember, you draw your strength from the well that never runs dry. You have a source of strength who is undepletable and inexhaustible. Your God does not fail. Trust Him and in the power of His might, He is able to give you the strength you need and will see you through!


1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.



Mandy Fender

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