Posted by: nancyisanders | April 7, 2017

Faith Building Friday: Strength


My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. -Psalm 73:26, NKJV


Dear Scribe, beloved of your Master. Do you feel like a failure as a writer? Perhaps you struggle with a chronic illness or a physical weakness that limits your capacity to write. Perhaps your daily commitments are so taxing that you have no physical strength left at the end of the day to write. Or maybe instead of your flesh it is your heart that has lost hope, and you are overwhelmed with the idea of ever acquiring the skills to get published. The thought of experiencing breakthrough in the published market feels like an impossible task. Or you might be a seasoned writer but can find no fresh creativity to move forward in your calling. You might even be experiencing burnout and are too tired or heartsick in this challenging industry to submit anything just to receive yet another rejection. Yes, our cry can often be, “MY flesh and MY heart fail!” But wait! There is a higher power that is not bound by human flesh. There is a greater strength that is not chained to human emotions. There is an infinite resource that is not limited by human frailties. This is none other than God Himself. God—the Creator of the universe whose Word spoke the galaxies into existence—wants to speak life into the dead places of our writer’s heart. God Himself is the strength of our heart. He will lift us up on eagle’s wings and carry us in His arms close to His heart as a shepherd carries an orphaned lamb. He is our portion, our daily bread, our new mercy every day, our joy that comes in the morning even when weeping lasts for the night. He will be our strength when we have none: today, tomorrow, and each new day into eternity.


Dear God, restore my hope and renew my strength. Thank You for Your promise that Your power is perfected in my weakness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


  1. Thank you, Nancy, for your timely and uplifting encouragement. I love that Psalm!

    I have been feeling discouraged lately by rejections and not being able to attend the new SoCal writers’ conference that you first mentioned awhile ago. It looks great but just can’t fit in my life this year.

    But the Lord has been giving me some encouragement lately. Though Clubhouse Jr. rejected an article recently, it was because they had another that was too similar–not that it was my writing or didn’t fit their guidelines! Thank you for this, too, because I followed your blog posts on writing for Clubhouse Jr. Now I’m more knowledgeable to continue submitting to them.

    I also have a note from Highlights that they will reread a submitted article if I rework it with more concentration on one particular aspect of it.

    So I am encouraged and especially appreciate your words from Scripture today! Thanks again for your commitment to helping other writers!

    • Dear Kathy, I’m so glad GOD is encouraging you!!! And thanks for sharing the good news. Praying God will open doors for you as his scribe!

  2. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing these beautiful, inspirational posts. Our God is SO big! 🙂

  3. Thank you, for your inspiring blog. You always renew my spirit.
    Karen J Moore

    • Thank you, Karen. Praying God will renew and re-energize you as a writer!!!!!

  4. Thanks so much for your encouraging post!

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