The Inmost Strength of the Heart

Barbara has a great post listing some quotes from Vincent Van Gogh. I particularly like this one:
"As we advance in life it becomes more and more difficult, but in fighting the difficulties the inmost strength of the heart is developed."
Isn't is encouraging to know that we are developing an inner strength when we are fighting our way through the difficult things in life. It reminds me of what Paul wrote:
Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
So often life events like sickness, rejection, job loss and pain seem to make us so weak. It is in times like these that we can courageously lean into the Lord and find a strength that makes our hearts a bit stronger.


  1. Amen! Sometimes it's so hard to remember that - and to hear it - when you're going through difficult times, but it's so true. With God's help, you come out stronger in the end.

  2. I totally agree ,I mostly have created my own hard times , but even in those God has used them to make me who He wants me to be . I dare not say that I am who he wants me to be , but I would say that I am closer to that man than I was . I thought everything was over and there was no reason to live. I can see now God was strengthening me and taking away things in my life to make room for what He had for me .

  3. When I'm strong, I'm less likely to surrender to Christ, doing things His way and more likely to do things my way. I no longer pray for God to make me strong but that Christ would be strong in me.



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