Father – Make Me Strong

Father- make me strong –
Teach me spiritual warfare –
Make my spirit supple –
Let it bend – not break –
Show me how to fight
The fight of faith – make
My light shine brightly –
Make the darkness flee
From me – because Your
Word is my delight

By Carol Ann Hoel © June 20, 2011


Psalm 119:16 – The Bible (KJV) – I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

1 Timothy 6:12 – The Bible (KJV) – Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Philippians 4:12-13 – The Bible (KJV) – I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

Proverbs 16:32 – The Bible (KJV) – He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

James 4:7 – The Bible (KJV) – Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Psalm 37:3-9 – The Bible (KJV) -Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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24 Responses to Father – Make Me Strong

  1. Patricia says:

    “…make me strong…make my spirit supple…let it bend not break…”

    Is it not amazing that when our spirit is supple we are strong!

    Lovely words today.


  2. pattisj says:

    Great poem today! Succinct, but such powerful words.


  3. meiro says:

    make My light shine brightly –
    Make the darkness flee
    From me – because Your
    Word is my delight
    I love this part…. beautiful Carol.


  4. jannatwrites says:

    I like this poem/prayer for strength. “Make my light shine brightly; Make the darkness flee from me” is my favorite part 🙂


  5. Wonderful piece. You always inspire me.


  6. SuziCate says:

    Carol, You are an inspiration!


  7. tekia says:

    sweet and lovely carol 🙂 Be blessed!


  8. elizabethre says:

    Carol Ann, I love how your poems are full of the powerful
    Word of God. There is great strength in weakness.



    • Such a sweet comment. Thank you. Yes, there is strength in weakness. When we are weak, He is strong. When we are aware of our weakness, we rely on His strength. The tiniest particle of the power of God is mightier than our greatest effort. Perhaps I should have written not Father – make me strong, but rather Father – Give Me Your Strength. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Blessings to you, Elizabeth…


  9. I love the biblical images associated with the tree–the ability to bend, not break, roots that grow deep, nourished by grace. Like a tree planted near running streams….Blessings.


  10. ladynimue says:

    amen !
    love these lines ..

    your words remind me of my mom !
    She too prays to HIM like one talking to your dad …
    her wise words echo on these lines ..


  11. trisha says:

    gorgeous poem. you truly are an inspiration, a priceless inspiration.


  12. You have chosen a wonderful photo to go with this poem! It fits really well with your words of inspiration xx


    • Thank you for your comment and for stopping by. I appreciate you, Chloe. When I think of you, I think of Stormy. What a cute little pooch! Thanks again for coming here. Blessings to you, my friend…


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