Lean on Him

by Jan Cox

Am I living in my own strength or God’s?

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13 NIV).

I read this passage and wondered why I don’t do it all in His strength. What is holding me back? I took a closer look at what happens when I do something in my strength and something with God’s. Here is what I found.

What’s the difference between doing something in my own strength or doing it in God’s strength.


On my own I get tired – first I may feel exhilarated and excited – but as I progress my body can wear out.

With God – there is something extra – a push through – a deep fire underneath – an extra boost of power – and a body at peace through it all.


On my own – I have been blessed with a reasonable brain; I can think most things through to a satisfactory conclusion. But I use what I have stored up in my brain to rethink things. And that is not much.

With God – my thoughts expand. I can think beyond what I already know. Clarity and inspiration abound. My mind can soar to new heights.


On my own – I am excitable; I can jump to conclusion; I can think of myself only and lose control easily.

With God – tempering, yes I think He can help me know when I might react falsely to a situation. I know He can bring me down from an overreaction before it gets too out of control. He can keep me at peace through turmoil.

So why don’t I always live in His strength. Because I forget. I let ME and I get in the way. They are always there and they want control. They want to show what I can do.

I continue to learn each day to trust Him more and more. The words of a secular song come to mind:

“Lean on me when you’re not strong; I’ll be your friend; I’ll help you carry on” (Bill Withers, 1972).

Will you join me in leaning on Him this week?


Father, I try to do things in my own strength. But when I do my body fails me. Help me to remember to lean on You, more and more. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List – counting to 2000. I am at 1308.

  • clear head to get all computer entries done
  • excited to see family this weekend
  • got TV to work through Apple TV
  • sunny sunny day but below 0 Celius
  • summer is coming – our community docks are in
  • love to use a crock pot – made more chili
  • quick afternoon revival naps – 20 minutes
  • grandchildren!
the gang
  • playing games
  • lots of chatter, laughter and noise
  • putting together a barbecue – thanks boys
Where does that part go?
  • Wayne and I taking 3 grandchildren to church
  • a band in church where I can move, dance and worship
  • cold weather but sunny
  • cuddles with new grandbaby
  • giggles smiles and energy in one small package
  • playing in the park early Sunday morning with daughter and 2 grandchildren
Riding Bikes
Over the Bridge
  • first long walk with Snowball since coming home
  • safe trip to and from Barrie even in foggy, rainy, dark night
  • hugs with my sister
  • sorting through my Mom’s things
  • seeing God’s Hand in little things like opening time slot at bank
  • doing my life more and more in His strength
  • remembering to say THANK YOU to God for each minute of living
  • not being caught in a thunderstorm while driving
  • meeting and studying with my women friends after 6 months away
  • studying Moving From Fear and Freedom Bible study with 11 women friends – awesome!


Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.