Renewing Your Strength as a Mom

On my first day of work at a large church about 12 years ago, a sparkly gift awaited me on my desk. It was a silver frame, smaller than a deck of cards, outlined with little diamond-like stones. Inside the frame was a piece of paper with Isaiah 40:31 printed inside:

“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.” 

I kept that sweet little frame on my desk for the next six years I worked in that office. I still have it today. The gift was from a darling woman named Whitney who worked in the position before me, serving the senior pastor.

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She was moving on to a different department in the church. She had adult children, and in her wisdom and grace, I think Whitney knew something I didn’t know. At the time, I was a young 20-something with no kids. I think she knew that there would be times in that position I would grow weary or feel like my strength was depleted, and she planted that sweet message on my desk as a constant reminder…

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength…”

My husband has this same verse in large print on a wall in his office. It’s one of his favorite verses. But somehow for me, despite my familiarity with Isaiah 40:31…despite at least two blog posts from other women I’ve read in the past couple of years (you can find them here and here)…it didn’t really sink in.

Maybe I’m hard headed, but for some reason I didn’t truly consider how this verse applied to me as a mother.

It wasn’t until I was driving the other day…

I was lost in thought, wondering, and worries. What kind of mood will my kids be in today? Would they get along? Would I be filled with joy and gratitude or would I feel stressed and grumpy? Could I prepare dinner without having to referee? Would I feel like I needed a nap at 4 pm from sheer exhaustion? How could I keep battling the strong will of one of my children and the demands of each day, day after day?

I was battle weary.

I was tired.

And suddenly Isaiah 40:31 popped into my head. It was as if the Holy Spirt was telling me,

“Isaiah 40:31 is for you…as a mom.”

How can I keep going each day?

By putting my hope in the Lord.

When I put my hope in the Lord, He will renew my strength.

When I’m feeling tired and weary, I can put my hope in my God who will strengthen me. I am promised that I will walk and not grow weary, and I will run and not grow faint. Not only that, I will SOAR. That means to fly or rise high in the air.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if when your kids are arguing, whining, or complaining, you could fly high into the air like an eagle?

Haha! No, no, no, that’s not what that means.

Clark’s Commentary on this verse states,

“‘They shall put forth fresh feathers like the moulting eagle.’ – It has been a common and popular opinion that the eagle lives and retains his vigor to a great age; and that, beyond the common lot of other birds, he moults in his old age, and renews his feathers, and with them his youth.

Barnes’ Commentary on Isaiah 40:31 is also quite interesting:

“Shall renew their strength – ‘Change.’ The Hebrew word commonly means to change, to alter; and then to revive, to renew, to cause to flourish again, as, e. g., a tree that has decayed and fallen down (see the note at Isaiah 9:10; compare Job 14:7). Here it is evidently used in the sense of renewing, or causing to revive; to increase, and to restore that which is decayed. It means that the people of God who trust in him shall become strong in faith; able to contend with their spiritual foes, to gain the victory over their sins, and to discharge aright the duties, and to meet aright the trials of life. God gives them strength, if they seek him in the way of his appointment – a promise which has been verified in the experience of his people in every age.

WOW!

Moms, how many of us could use renewing and restoration? How many of us could use strength in our faith to be able to contend with our spiritual foes. {Insert hand raising girl emoji here!}

What a promise for everyone, especially mothers.

Throughout the day, whenever we are feeling grumpy or weary, we can say out loud, “Lord, my hope is in you. I know you will strengthen me today and give me victory.” 

We can put our faith in His promise that He will renew our strength because God is kind, faithful, and He keeps His promises.

Isaiah chapter 40 in its entirety makes for a fascinating study that I would highly recommend. But for today, I pray you are encouraged by verse 31 and that you will hope in the Lord. He will renew my strength day by day, and He will renew yours as well.

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