Isaiah 40:31 - Eagle Christians Wait Upon God: Examples and Added Counsel.

Isaiah 40:31 - Eagle Christians Wait Upon God: Examples and 
Added Counsel. 

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV) But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew 
their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall 
run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  

Isaiah 40:31 (TEV)  But those who trust in the LORD for help 
will find their strength renewed.  They will rise on wings like 
eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow 

Isaiah 40:31 (NLT) But those who trust in the Lord will find new 
strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not 
grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  

Isaiah 40:31 (CWR)  But those who wait on the Lord and go to Him 
for help will have their strength renewed.  They will soar like 
eagles.  They will run and not be weary.  They will walk and not faint. 

Isaiah 40:31 (MSG) But those who wait upon God get fresh 
strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don't 
get tired, they walk and don't lag behind.  


Walk. Run. SOAR.
  I was thirty years old, six months pregnant, and in the 
hospital recovering from an appendectomy when I read Isaiah 40:31 on a 
menu that came with my meal tray. I knew God had sent it directly to 
me. The pregnancy had been difficult, requiring monthly injections 
and limited activity. Now I couldn't even turn over in bed without 
the baby sliding under my four-inch incision and giving a painful 
kick. As I reread the verse, I wondered how long I would have to 
"wait" before I could "walk and not faint," much less "run and not grow 
  A year and a half earlier I had experienced a miscarriage. Two 
years before that, my three-month-old son, Travis, had died 
unexpectedly, due to congenital heart disease. I ached for renewed 
strength--both physically and emotionally. 
  Three months after my appendectomy, as I held my new baby in 
my arms, kissed his tiny face, and promised to love him forever, I 
knew that this little boy with Down syndrome was going to have an 
uphill journey most of his life. What I didn't know was how steep that 
climb would be for me. I don't know how many times in these last 
thirty years I have claimed Isaiah 40:31, praying and pleading for God 
to renew my strength, to let me soar like the eagles, and to allow 
my little boy to walk and run. God remains faithful to his Word. 
  Louise Tucker Jones, inspirational speaker, award-winning 
author of the novel Dance from the Heart, and coauthor of Extraordinary 
Kids, lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with her husband, Carl, and son, Jay, 
the youngest of their four children. [The One Year Bible Live Verse 
Devotional re Isa. 40:31] 

Invisible Wings
  I am an ordinary person used by an amazing God. Nine years ago 
I was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and had to 
give up work permanently. My church life and social life became 
nonexistent. For months I could only lie or sit back, cared for by my saintly 
church family. There I was, in my mid-fifties, convinced that a useful 
life was over for me. In their desire to keep me from unrealistic 
expectations, the doctors led me to believe that I would remain an invalid all 
my days. But ever so gradually, right around the time I found this 
verse, a little strength began to return. I longed to walk, run, and 
soar, but I considered myself lucky the day I made it down to the end 
of the road. 
  Then I started to write (I now know it was with God's help). 
The more my strength returned, the more I wrote. Far from being 
someone whose life is over, I am now the author of two books, which have 
sold all around the world, and I am working on a third. It's true 
that physically I cannot run or fly, but spiritually I cannot be held 
back. I am able to walk and to write, and I have a surprising new 
purpose in life. 
  I trust in the Lord, my strength has been renewed, and I soar 
on wings like an eagle's. Praise be to God. 
  Carol Purves, author of From Prussia with Love and Chinese 
Whispers: The Gladys Aylward Story, is a member of the Association of 
Christian Writers and the Society of Authors. [The One Year Bible Live 
Verse Devotional re Isa. 40:31] 

Soaring High
  Each year between Christmas and the end of February, my 
hometown of Alton, Illinois, is host to the largest concentration of 
American bald eagles outside of Alaska. In 1972, when I launched Eagle 
Forum, the national volunteer organization dedicated to leading the 
pro-family movement, many people assumed our name was inspired by that 
migratory destination of our majestic national bird. But it's much more 
than that. 
  When I founded Eagle Forum, I was well aware it would take 
more than human strength to do battle with the radical feminists, 
abortion advocates, and opponents of a strong national defense. Trusting 
the Lord for guidance, I chose Isaiah 40:31 as a theme verse for our 
important work. I still include that verse on virtually every significant 
piece of Eagle Forum literature and think of those words each morning 
when I choose a pin for my lapel from my eagle-pin collection. 
  Yes, the battle is all-consuming, but I have not grown weary. 
Our work has expanded to include helping preserve the sanctity of 
marriage, battle pornography, reduce illiteracy, promote chastity, and 
protect the right to display the Ten Commandments in public places. 
Through it all, the Lord continues to provide much-needed new strength 
for those who are faithful to our mission. As I look back-- and 
toward the future--I am humbled and ever grateful that God has blessed 
this work, allowing me to walk, run, and even soar beyond my wildest 
  Phyllis Schlafly, wife, mother, and grandmother, is the 
founder and president of Eagle Forum. A constitutional lawyer, 
syndicated columnist, and radio commentator, she is the author of twenty 
books, including The Power of the Christian Woman, Feminist Fantasies, 
Who Will Rock the Cradle? and The Supremacists. [The One Year Bible 
Live Verse Devotional re Isa. 40:31] 


How Do I Deal With Burnout?
  Burnout. The very expression seems to make us sigh, doesn't 
it? In this fast-paced, overworked world, most of us have felt the 
tiring numbness of burnout. How should a believer in Christ respond to 
these feelings? 
  1. Surrender. You may think this means to throw up your hands 
and cry, "I give up!" but that is not what we must do. Rather, we 
should surrender everything we have to the Lord. His hands are large 
enough to hold anything we need Him to handle. Remember what God says: 
"I have made the earth, and created man on it. I--My hands--stretched 
out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded" (Is. 45:12). 
When we try to keep everything in our puny hands, we will eventually 
start dropping it all. 
  2. Depend on Him. Have you ever relinquished a concern to the 
Lord, only to find yourself trying to pull it back out of His hand? We 
tend to want to fix things ourselves. The truth is, however, that 
only God has both the power and perspective to bring all matters to 
their proper conclusion (Rom. 11:33-36). When we try to take things 
back from Him, we only interfere with the solution He wants to bring 
  3. Trust Him. Do not overlook this vital point: God loves you! 
Because of His great love, God wants to take care of you--and that means 
He wants to handle all of your worries (Matt. 6:25-34). 
  God does not want you to run yourself into exhaustion, even by 
doing "good deeds" or "church work." Instead, He desires that you 
rejoice in His rest (Matt. 11:29, 30). You may have reached the end of 
your rope, but God never will: "Have you not known? Have you not 
heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the 
earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He 
increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the 
young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the LORD shall 
renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they 
shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint" (Is. 
  Are you burning out? If so, return to the Flame and be 
rekindled today. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley re Isa. 40:28-31] 

New Strength
  At times you may feel so worn out and stressed that you are 
not sure you can take another step. You may seem to spend all your 
time running from crisis to crisis and to be constantly giving your 
time and energy to others. Your Lord wants to renew your strength and 
enable you to enjoy the abundant life He intends for you. The key is to 
wait upon Him to do so. 
  Our generation does not enjoy waiting. We are harried by all 
the commitments we have made and the many responsibilities we hold. 
We rush through our lives without stopping to evaluate our 
activities. Sometimes in our haste to get on with our work, we race ahead of 
God. Part of God's restorative process is to slow us down and make us 
listen to Him. As we wait on Him, God will remind us of our utter 
dependence upon His strength. When we slow down and seek His will, He will 
reveal His plans. 
  Biblically, waiting on the Lord is never passive; it is always 
active. Waiting requires us to cease our own pursuits and give God our 
complete attention. We may have to give up some of the activities we have 
allowed to inundate our lives. We may need to take an entire day to sit 
quietly before the Lord. If we ask Him, God will show us the resources 
He has provided to help with the work we have been attempting on 
our own. God may address feelings of guilt that have motivated us to 
do things that He has not asked us to do. 
  Jesus carried more responsibility than you do. More people 
needed Him than will ever need you. Yet He was never overwhelmed or 
inadequate for the task. Now Christ offers to guide you so that you will 
fulfill your heavenly Father's will and gain the strength necessary for 
each day (Mt 11:28). [Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry and 
Richard Blackaby re Isa. 40:31] 

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