→ Strengthening the Bow

He trains my hands for battle
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
·   2 Samuel 22:35   ·


In · strengthening the bow · our aim is to give spiritual strength and encouragement to women as they serve their Savior, family, church, and community.

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> Encouragement & Devotions

When Emotions Become an Idol [ by Marcy Martin ] → Anything that fills our minds more than God and takes our focus away from Him is an idol.

3 Ways Prayer Rocks a Friendship (in the Best Way) [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Women seem to have a unique way of connecting with each other—even as strangers. Here are 3 ways that prayer can deepen our friendships.

Praying with Power & Confidence [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Three reminders that prayer can make a difference in our lives and the lives of our children.

Telling Our Story [ by Marcy Martin ] → A testimony is our unique story with God, and each one tells of the works of God.

The Joys of Date Night [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Children receive powerful messages when mom and dad take time for each other and make marriage a priority.

The Truth about Mom-Guilt [ by Marcy Martin ] → The best way to experience freedom from the burden of mom-guilt is to recognize that God is in control.

When You Feel Invisible [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → I’ll never forget the moment I became invisible.

Mom, You Are a Hero [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Dear mom of toddlers, preteens, and/or teens: You are in it—the thick of it. And today, we give you a reminder. You are not alone.

Friendship [ by Marcy Martin ] → As I sat through her service, my regret was replaced with gratitude. God showed me how blessed I was to have had Nicole as a friend.

Soaring in the Dry Places [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Haven’t we been in a place our souls feel dry and parched—and we wonder, is there purpose here?

Good Intentions Gone Bad [ by Marcy Martin ] → My intentions were the best, but they definitely took a turn for the worse as my plans of how to throw the confetti were not the most well-considered. Sometimes our intentions as Christians are like this…

Breaking a Sweat [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → in the middle of the gym’s workout room, I stared at the assortment of machines, which looked to me like instruments of medieval torture…

All About That ‘Tude [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Recently my husband and I have met people that put our new resolutions into perspective…

Dare to Dream? [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → As we greet the new year, a bit of wit and wisdom from C.S. Lewis and Lamentations.

Unappreciated [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Standing in the kitchen, taking in the chaos before me, I wondered, How can one family create such a mess?

Interruptions or Opportunities? [ by Marcy Martin ] →  My jaw dropped a little when I heard my husband’s reply to the man on the phone…

What’s the Big Deal about Being a Teacher? [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → I am a teacher and a mom. And most days that does not seem like a big deal.

Stand Back & Watch! [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → I take the biblical approach to laundry—we have what we need, when we need it.

Mission Extraordinaire [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → As a young wife and mother, mired in the day to day, I sometimes wondered if I was doing and being all God wanted or expected…

Just a Mermaid’s Tail [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → The story of one mother’s emotional breakdown at a drive-thru when confronted with the question, “If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?”


> Edification

Same Old Story [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → How does one single story have any real bearing on a book as big as the Bible?

Writing with Light [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → Is the purpose of Christian life to be like a photograph?

Well with My Soul? [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → Two reasons why simple platitudes offer cold comfort in hard times.

Have You Read the Manual? [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → In moments of angst, we exhaust every silly avenue of worldly help and overlook the vast resources of Heaven.

How Not to Pray Like a Spoiled Brat [ by Marcy Martin ] → We think we know what we want, how we want it, and exactly when we want it. Our prayers can begin to resemble the self-absorbed temper tantrum of a toddler.

Like a Hurricane [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → Getting ready for a hurricane to hit is a lot like preparing to parent your children into adolescence…

Preserving Every Moment • Mom Under Pressure: Part 3 [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → In spite of our best efforts, real life does not always match up with the ideal scenario we envision.

Perfecting Every Detail • Mom Under Pressure: Part 2 [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → When big events happen, we find ourselves reaching for cameras and phones to capture the importance and beauty and emotion of each one.

Pleasing Everybody • Mom Under Pressure: Part 1 [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → With so much to do in so little time, it seems inevitable that somebody ain’t gonna be happy. Probably us.

Just Tell Me When It’s Over [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → When trouble strikes, I tend to head for cover and wait for an all-clear signal. But that response can have its issues…

Love is Not a Theme [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → The best way to show love this Valentine’s Day–or any day…

5 Power-Verses to Tuck in Our Hearts [ by Leigh Ann Thomas ] → Life can be, um…busy. And chaotic. And stressful. So it’s easy to run out of fuel. But for long-lasting re-fueling we can check out a few key go-to Scriptures.

One Day When: Tackling 3 Obstacles to Living in the Here & Now [ by Hilary Brooke Hall ] → Autumn is a time for getting back into the swing of things–it is also a time for for setting goals and mapping out schedules.


> Guest posts

Eating, Body Image & God [ by Megan Hogg · guest post ] → You may be reading this title and thinking, “What on earth do eating and body image have to do with God?” If that’s the case then I’m glad you asked, because the answer is: a lot!

Breakfast Club [ by Helen Lynn · guest post ] → Why is it easier to flit around than to sit and feed on God’s Word?

Blessed Instead [ by Kako Archie · guest post ] → When I think of how Jesus cares for me, I let go of perceived slights and feel blessed instead.

Do Not Fear [ by Nancy Jo Childress · guest post ] → Recalling familiar Scriptures can carry me through the day.

4 Things to Stop Apologizing For [ by Mary Holloman · guest post ] → Anyone else a chronic apologizer? If so, here are 4 things for which no apologies are needed.

One Unchanging Thing [ by Landri Stein · guest post ] → A recent high school graduate reflects on the one thing that has remained the same throughout all of the changes in life.

Guarding Our Plans [ by Haley Yow · guest post ] → It is so easy to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of life that I sometimes find myself committed to too many personal obligations.

The Life God Has Given Me [ by Betty Sue McNeill · guest post ] → If you have ever asked yourself, “What am I to do with my life?” then you are not alone.

Decisions, Decisions [ by Megan Hogg · guest post ] → Sometimes we have to wade into the thick of it with God—that area where we are clueless on our own and desperate for His wisdom and guidance.

Will We Say Yes? { by Melissa Sauls • guest post } → Just as God used Esther, He still uses us to carry out His plans. But sometimes I think back on my life and wonder…

Putting on the Happy Face { by Shelley Pierce • guest post } → It was one of those mornings, and I was near tears by the time I pulled into the church parking lot when a wee voice piped up from the backseat…

Enough [ by Megan Hogg · guest post ] → Sometimes I wonder if I will ever feel like I am finally enough…

Dressed for Success [ by Helen Lynn · guest post ] → Do you ever search for just the right thing to put on? Or maybe, like Gideon, clothes are the last thing on your mind.