How Do You Find True Strength When Illness Makes You Weak?

When your illness weakens who you think you are, where do you find strength again? Our newest devotional writer, Cynthia, shares.

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:30-31).

Are we putting one-hundred percent of our hope in what the Lord says? Or what the doctor says? Are we finding our strength in a finished to-do list? Or do we appreciate the small victories? The Lord is proud of us for seeking Him and spending time with Him today.

I am 23 years old and continue to battle chronic pain. I have persevered through chronic pain for over six years. I remember lying on the floor with an inability to stand on many occasions. I know what it’s like to feel misunderstood in a body depleted by aches and pains.

I used to dance ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop for five years. I danced in pain and no one knew. After many chiropractic appointments and doctor visits, I prayed for the Lord to renew the strength in my body.

While I waited, the Lord renewed my testimony.

It is helpful to remember that when we are at our weakest, God still works mighty miracles through us. I may be physically weak but, I am spiritually strong. Consider the following verse:

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

Although I may not feel well, all is well with my soul. In fact, after six years, chronic health conditions make one more dependent on God.

As your dependency on God grows, so does your faith. As your faith grows, so does your strength.

Remain confident and realize that injury, pain, and hurt doesn’t necessarily make you weak. I challenge you to meditate on scriptures that focus on strength today. You may feel physically weak, but you can find your strength in Christ.

I may not be able to dance, but hope dances over me like a victory song. Don’t wait for your feelings to catch up with the Lord’s truth. Choose to believe in a Lord who will increase your power and strength.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being my strength. My body may fail, but I am choosing to find hope in You instead of circumstances outside of my control. I trust You, thank You for being proud of me, and renewing my strength daily. Amen.

Welcome to our new writer!
Welcome to our new writer!
Cynthia Giles is twenty-four years old and attends a university in Kennesaw, Georgia. Cynthia’s chronic pain has lasted for over six years. Her pain is the result of a car wreck and other circumstances. Cynthia thinks it’s important to give a voice to young people who deal with chronic pain and other health issues. She hopes that her writing becomes a light in a dark place for those in need of hope or healing. Cynthia is also a spoken word artist, public speaker, and enjoys writing in various styles. You can connect with her and learn about her website on Facebook at

What stories and people in the Bible come to mind when you think of God renewing strength? What stories in your own life, or the life of others, remind you that God can restore our strength and hope?

This song, “One Life” by Press Play speaks of the face that we only get one life (here on earth!) and we need to do what we can to glorify God in it, regardless of our circumstances. When I see young women like Cynthia who has many reasons to be bitter about losing her ability to dance, and yet she is writing devotionals about it, I am reminded that I will be held accountable for how I used my illness. Because it is part of my life, and God wants all of me. I hope it blesses you! -Lisa

4 thoughts on “How Do You Find True Strength When Illness Makes You Weak?

  1. Wow! THIS post speaks me to me on SO many levels! Having wanted to be a dancer since I was BORN and being born into a body that would go on to endure 43 surgeries as a result of Spina Bifida and chronic daily complications and pain of ALL kinds, that was not to be..I remember quite clearly – despite closing the doors to the family room when I was a young child and dancing as if I didn’t have a care in the world for HOURS – the day I realized my body was never going to do long term what I had dreamed it would be able to do…and I had to redefine “freedom” for myself….and at 41 years old now, the ONLY place I have found that freedom is in the breath of God. A place that took me 41 years to get to! Beautiful post…I definitely look forward to more posts from you, Cynthia!

    With Gratitude,
    Claudia De Mauro
    Creator/Author of “Until I Rest In Him”
    A blog about one woman’s journey to find life
    in the breath of God in the midst of
    her physical and emotional strongholds.
    Claudia De Mauro

    • Claudia, your response had me teary eyed 🙂 I could connect with the thought of not being able to dance again. I am so happy that I could share something with you that you could relate to. Not being able to do the things you used to do is such a hard realization to come to terms with. It’s still something I deal with from time to time as well. I admire that you are 41 years old now and found freedom in God! I don’t think age matters all that much because some people never find freedom…at least you pushed through long enough to experience the fruit of your trust in God and his plan for your life! Some people search their whole lives and never find it. I don’t know what it’s like to have spina bifida, so I admire your perseverance! Thank you for your warm words. It touched me. ❤

  2. Ok….First, thank you for such a heartfelt and compassionate response. That meant SO much to me. Secondly…..I just watched your YouTube video “Never Give Up” on Twitter (Lisa posted it)
    ….and it’s official….you are AWESOME! lol 😉 I LOOOOOVE your work and I am hooked! “When life gets dark. play with your shadow”…. Brilliant!!! I am most definitely posting your work on my fb page for my readers tomorrow and connecting with you via social media for sure. I would love to show my support. I write poetry as well (it’s listed as posts on my blog) and would love to share one day. So nice to meet you! I’m hopping over to FB tonight to LIKE your page. Can’t wait to watch more videos on YouTube! With Gratitude, Claudia De Mauro

    • Haha- 🙂 Your awesome too! Monday- Wednesday are my busiest days of the week so I was only able to skim your blog/website- untilirestinhim. What I did get from it… was that you have an AMAZING testimony and story of hardship.. and that you have found a creative way to express it and help others through it. That’s awesome. I want to check more of it it out this weekend but I’m glad you liked my work! Yay! That’s great. It felt good to read that. I’d love to collab or share poetry at some point too. We can connect through our social media though.. or feel free to email me Blessings! 🙂

      ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Cynthia

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