Isaiah 40:31 Inspirational Blog Tour


Renewed Strength
by Vanessa Davis Griggs

At some point, all of us get a little tired. Whether it’s something you’ve been doing all of your life, or something that you’re beginning to do that seems to beat you down at times. It can be a physical tiredness, or one that comes from the inside. God gives us a way to recoup from the physical tiredness (sleep and rest), but what about the spiritual tiredness, the spiritual exhaustion we may experience?

Spiritual exhaustion. You know, when God has told you to do something, but it appears no one is responding to what you’re trying to do. Maybe you’re a pastor and the congregation is fighting you on what God has instructed you. Maybe you’re a member of a congregation with a gift God bestowed upon you (not a talent, there is a difference), but a cap has been placed on what you’re allowed to do. When you’re capped, it doesn’t matter who’s doing the capping (the leader, members, yourself, or the devil), capped is capped. Maybe you’ve written a book and you’re having trouble securing a publisher, or it’s published but not selling the way other books are doing (you know the books).

Maybe you feel like you’ve been fighting for so long, believing things were going to get better or help would come, and you’re tired now. You put yourself out there to do the work of Lord, but you’re not sure if anyone is even receiving it. What do the tired do?

Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” Without going any further than that verse, that’s a Word right there for someone. God gives power to you when you’re weak. And when you feel you can’t take another step, he increases your strength. Isaiah 40:30 goes on to say, “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.”

Strength has nothing to do with age. Young people get tired and weary, so it’s not the getting up in age that makes one weary. When you try and try and try, and do and do and do, you’re bound to get tired or worn out sometimes. However, Isaiah 40:31 declares, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

Wait upon the Lord! God will renew your strength. Renew means to make new again. If you renew a membership, you add time back to it. Just that should be enough to encourage you right now. But that verse goes even further by saying that you’ll mount up with wings. Can we stop here for a second? Where you were on your feet making it, now you’re going to mount up with wings. Most of us know if we have a choice between walking, driving, riding in a car, bus, or train to a place, or to fly, we’d prefer flying. Face it, flying can get you there a lot faster. When God renews your strength, He will put you on the fast track with wings. And not just any wings, but wings as eagles—a bird that soars with majesty and grace, and looks good doing it, too.

And for those times when you must run, you’ll run, but you won’t get weary. If you have to walk, you’ll walk and not faint. There’s no god like our God. There’s no god like Jehovah. Nobody can do you like Jesus. God cares about you and every aspect of your life. So when you’re feeling tired, beat up, beat down, or wondering why keep doing or keep going when it appears no one seems to care. When you feel like what you’re doing is not making a difference, I say to you: “Wait on the Lord!” God is doing a supernatural thing in, with, and for you. And your strength is being renewed daily! Soar!

Copyright © 2009 Vanessa Davis Griggs All rights reserved

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Trivia Question: What’s Pastor George Landris’s wife’s name?

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About the author

Vanessa Davis Griggs is an author and motivational speaker who adores the power of words both written and spoken. At the end of 1996, this former BellSouth employee left 18 years of service and stepped out on faith as she pursues her purpose and passion—writing and speaking. Resides in Irondale (a city just outside of Birmingham ) Alabama and is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards which includes June 2007 recipient of the Arts and Letters Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Birmingham Alumnae Chapter, March 2006 recipient of The Greater Birmingham Millennium Section National Council of Negro Women Inspiration Award, and 2004-2005 Jasper Outstanding Achievement Award.

Novels: Destiny Unlimited, The Rose of Jericho, Promises Beyond Jordan (BET Books/New Spirit), Wings of Grace (BET Books/New Spirit). Wings of Grace is available as an audiobook.  A trilogy released by Kensington/Dafina beginning with Blessed Trinity, Strongholds, and If Memory Serves, and May 26, 2009, Practicing What You Preach releases (these last four books will be released as audiobooks in 2009).

She pens a weekly column for The Birmingham Times called May I Have a “Word” With You? She’s a faithful servant and a child of the Most High God. 

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There are 22 comments for this article
  1. Renee Williams at 8:07 am

    Hey Ty! Thanks so much for being today’s tour stop. I really appreciate it.

  2. Renee Williams at 8:26 am

    Vanessa, this is a word I needed to hear today. I’m so tired…in every way and I’m seeking God’s strength to get me through every day. Without it, I couldn’t go on.

    I feel led to resume a ministry I started several years ago, but stopped doing it for many reasons. The one person I expected to stand behind me now that I’ve decided to get back into that ministry doesn’t support my decision, which hurts tremendously. But you know, this time, I’m not going to let that stop me. I must be about my Father’s business.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this tour! I wish you much success in all that you do.

  3. Adrienna Turner at 2:11 pm


    This message is well-deserved. I am feeling everything you have spoken about in this article. I am an author not seeing the turn-out anticipated with Day Begins with Christ. It is difficult to find a publisher to house my future spiritual nonfiction books and literary agent has me on hold. I have cried to God at the last book event with no sales, “Maybe no one wants to start their day with God anymore?” He called me to write the book, and will have to trust to hear a Word from Him. I saw most of the readers going to Urban Fiction books. I enjoy reading it too, but we need books on destiny, faith, love, and hope.

    Thank you Vanessa!

    Adrienna Turner
    Author of The Day Begins with Christ

  4. MaRita Teague at 9:39 am

    What a message! You know when you go to church and feel like the pastor is preaching right to you? Yep, that’s how I felt reading this.

    Spiritual exhaustion is a perfect way to describe how it can get at times. However, what a tremendous blessing it is for us to have His Word to hold us, along with the inspiration of those truly anchored in Christ.

    Thank you for being a vessel for Him today with your message.

    Blessings and Thanks,

  5. Janice at 9:44 am

    My God is truly a renewer of mind, body and spirit! And I praise and thank God for new strength and mercy everyday!

    Thank you so much for a very encouraging message Vanessa. I really needed it today.

    May the Lord bless and keep you always.

    I just started reading Strongholds,last night!

    I really enjoyed Blessed Trinity. And can hardly wait to see what is happening in the lives of Pastor Landris, his wife Johnnie Mae and the congregation at Followers of Jesus Faith Worship Center.

    Blessings, Janice-NYC

  6. Missy at 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much for this devotional I especially liked when you said “Renew means to make new again. If you renew a membership, you add time back to it”

    I love the idea of renewing my relationship with God adding time back t it – I love it

    I’ve read Blessed Trinity and have added “Prctice What You Preach to my to read list.

    Renee thanks for this ride through the best love letter ever written…

  7. Maurice Gray at 7:30 pm

    Pastor Landris’ wife is a famous author named Johnnie Mae.

  8. 'Cilla at 12:59 pm

    Pastor Landis wife name is Johnnie Mae. I love this series and can’t wait to read the new book.

    Congratulations and much continued success!!

  9. Ty at 8:25 pm

    Thank you, Vanessa, for such a timely word!

    Renee, your blog tour is right on time for me this week. Thank you for allowing me to participate. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week! 🙂

    – Ty

  10. Idrissa Uqdah at 1:33 pm

    Johnnie Mae is her name.

    Preach on Sistah. This message sure blessed me today… ’cause I am one of those tired souls.

  11. Tamara Davis at 1:57 pm

    His wife’s name is Johnnie Mae Taylor Landris :). I loved this word. I will pass it on! This is my first time here at this site and I must say that I love it. There is a wealth of information here!

  12. Terence at 6:21 pm

    JohnnieMae is Pastor Landris wife.
    That was indeed an inspirational devotion.

  13. Anthony R. Sanders at 6:44 pm

    Thank you Vanessa, I needed that one today, It’s seems like things are coming from all sides, but I stand on the promises of God and I wait upon Him for His deliverance. Johnny May Taylor is Pastor Landris wife.

    Blessings to you and all that you do.

    Anthony R. Sanders

  14. Bernadette Camp at 7:24 pm

    Pastor Landris’s wife name is Johnnie Mae.

  15. Renee Williams at 7:22 am

    I want to thank you all for stopping by and supporting day two of the Isaiah 40:31 Inspirational Blog Tour with Vanessa Davis Griggs. Her message was very powerful and timely. A winner will be announced shortly.

    Be sure and follow the tour the rest of the week. Up next will be Sherri Lewis, author of The List.

  16. Vanessa Davis Griggs at 7:06 am

    I’m so glad you guys came through and read the blog. It’s funny, when I read it here, it blessed me as well. God’s Word is like that. I pray God’s wind beneath your wings continues to lift you higher and higher!

    Vanessa Davis Griggs

  17. Renee Williams at 11:56 am

    Congratulations ‘Cilla! You are the winner of the autographed copy of Practicing What You Preach. Be on the lookout for an email from me.

    Happy reading!

  18. 'Cilla at 7:00 am

    I have read today’s message and I must say that I have been renewed and rejevenated. Your message as well as your books are a true testimony for anyone in search of guidance, strength understanding and Praise!!


  19. Adrienna Turner at 2:57 pm

    OH I did not know there was a question to answer.

    Johnnie Mae Taylor Landis is Pastor George Landis wife.

  20. Vanessa A Johnson at 11:58 am

    Ms. Griggs,
    Thanks for sharing your powerful words of inspiration. You are such a blessing. Continued blessings to you.

    The pastor’s wife’s name is Johnnie Mae

  21. Jennifer McKissick at 11:54 am

    Johnnie Mae is Pastor Landris’ wife.

    Enjoyed today’s inspirational words!