God’s Photo Album

Strength – physical strength as in people or animals; superhuman strength – strength above human capacity; a common character attribute in role-playing games, physical power and energy (Wikipedia)

Strength – the state, quality or property of being strong; the power to resist attack; the power to resist strain or stress; the ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly (thefreedictionary.com)

What do you think of when you hear the word strength?  Do you think of physical strength, exercise, lifting weights at the gym?  Do you think of enduring your long, difficult day?  Or maybe you think of overcoming a terminal illness or the effects of losing someone to a terminal illness.  How can all of these situations use the same word?


If God kept a photo album of His children exhibiting strength and giving Him glory through it, would that picture look different from what you envisioned a moment ago?  Would you find yourself in God’s photo album?

Tracie Miles, author of Stressed Less Living, used this description to describe God’s strength and how we are to apply it to our lives.  This depiction really gave me a clear picture of what “STRONG” looks like in our lives through God’s eyes.

Exhibiting strength through God’s eyes might be standing up for someone on the playground who is getting picked on.  It might be reciting the Lord’s Prayer as your valedictorian speech as one student did this week in response the school banning prayer.  It might be working 2 or 3 jobs to provide for your family and doing so happily and without resentment.  It might be counting your blessings in the midst of the storm and remembering that God is with you through it.

I’d like to think I am in God’s photo album of strength.  I’d like to think that through the loss of my son, I exhibit faith and strength each day.  I am not perfect and I make mistakes, however, I try to continue to move forward.  I am so thankful for the 17 months I had knowing the beautiful boy who is my son.  I cannot imagine who I would be right now if I had not had those months with him.  I am not the person I was before he was born and I am not the person I was before he died.  I am trying to be a better person in God’s eyes.  I am no longer concerned with the world and what they think I should be.  I have decided to devote my life to serving God and for that I am blessed.

Strength appears and shows up in many forms.  It is often the person who appears weak, forgotten or lost; this is the person who has the most strength in God’s eyes.  Strength to stay the course, to not give up and to keep God in their life and in their reach.  God is the only one to pull us through our difficult trials.  It is His strength that we possess, not of our own accord.

Reflection Challenge – Do you see yourself in God’s photo album?  Do you glorify Him is all areas of your life and do you reach out to Him when you are stressed, disappointed, having trouble in your life?  Do you reflect Him in yourself?

My prayer for all of you is that you will find God’s strength today and will harness it and use is daily to make a more peaceful and fulfilling life that will glorify Him.



7 thoughts on “God’s Photo Album

  1. TABITHA JONES says:

    Your post really got me to thinking. I hope that God see me in his album as a woman of strength. I, by no means, have endured what you have from losing a son but I try to do God’s work everyday and be that light in someones darkness.

    • emcuomo says:

      Tabitha, losing a child does not in itself portray strength. My life could be very different right now if I did not relinquish control and let God lead me through those dark days. All people struggle everyday with temptations, trials and difficulties. Through all of these daily struggles is where we pull from God’s strength and cast it onto others. Keep doing God’s work! That is all He asks of us. Peace be with you friend!

      • TABITHA JONES says:

        I know that losing a child does not portray strength and I might have said that wrong. I think you are a strong woman to have been through what you have been through and I admire you for that. We all face hard times and it is up to us to put God first when we do face those times. With God on our side we can go through them a lot easier. Blessings to you my friend.

  2. Katrina says:

    Erin, this idea of God’s snapshots of strength was my favorite part of chapter nine and I loved what your perspective on this. When I think of what strength means to God and who’d be pictured among those snapshots, I see you there. Focusing on being a pillar of strength in God above all else is my new goal. Thanks for being such a great example to learn from in this quest.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Erin, love your blog. It is such a powerful reminder of us to be strong, but that we only become strong when we rely on God for his strength. I am always amazed when you describe your faith as you have went through the pain of loosing a child. Thank you for being so open and honest in all that you do. Love & prayers!

  4. monyokks says:

    Erin, I loved reading your blog today and your examples of strength. What a wonderful example you are from Romans 12:1-2:

    So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (The Message)

    In His love,

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