When You are Weak, He is Strong


As Christians, we can rely daily on the strength of the Lord to bring us through hard times.

In the Bible we see this time and time again—whether it was Daniel, Mary, or Paul—all followers of God have fearlessly sought his calming, loving, and uplifting spirit, and have seen God as a constant stronghold in their lives.

Reflecting on God’s amazing love encourages us to rely fully on the strength of God, knowing that he will be there for us in any circumstance.

Here are five passages to reflect on, as you seek after God’s strength:

Deuteronomy 3:16 — “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 — “He gives power to the faint,  and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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.”

Psalm 23:4 — “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 — “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Ephesians 6:10-13 — “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. ”


Keep learning about God’s strength with four ebooks by Stever Farrar all about God’s strength for 99 cents each through September 30:

Real Valor: A Charge to Nurture and Protect Your FamilyReal Valor takes a look at the life of Boaz, and shows how Boaz is an example of true biblical manhood and Farrar contrasts his story with cultures definition of masculinity.

True Courage—True Courage recounts God’s nature to love and provide incredible courage to us in the midst of uncertainty.

God BuiltGod Built is all about the world’s desperate need of bold, passionate men of integrity, and the ways in which they’re built, shaped, and formed by God.

Battle Ready: Prepare to Be Used by GodBattle Ready is for any man who longs to serve God. Inside you’ll explore the lives of men who made an impact in their world and who trusted God for victory in battle.

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Undefeated: A Guest Post from Don Wilton


Today’s guest post is by Dr. Don Wilton, author of Undefeated: God’s Strategy For Successful LivingIn this new release, Wilton leads you straight to the Cross where you will find all you need for success in overcoming life’s battles. 

Through September 25, get Undefeated on sale for just $3.99!

Read Wilton’s guest post, exclusively on Vyrso, about trusting God and living an undefeated life for Christ.

It is impossible for any person to live a sinless life. Only Jesus Christ could do so! But it is possible to lead an undefeated life. Only Jesus Christ can empower you to do so!

The recent and sad exposure of millions of people who used the Ashley Madison website has resulted in many families being devastated and many lives being ruined. Many are professing Christians.

I know of one friend who was so shamed he took his own life. He was, most certainly, a Christian man. He lived in the same world and heard the same Word as we all do. Perhaps he sang the same song we all sing, “Trust and obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus—but to trust and obey!” Like many he went to church, studied the Bible, and even taught others to do the same. But the lure of this world defeated him. He gave in and succumbed. He was caught in the crossfire! The titanic tug o’ war!  The “caught between the rock and a hard place!” The “rock” is the Word of God—the “seed” of life.  The “hard place” is where the seed falls. Our world is a tough place to sow our seed. Weeds are everywhere and the ground upon which it falls is getting harder all the time. So, many moms and dads today have an epic battle on their hands trying to deepen the roots of their sons and daughters so that when the wind blows they will be less likely to bend, crack and even split down the middle. Trees die when they do.

We are a dying people being blown about by the winds of change and challenge. We have become the subjects of the “courts of public opinion,” and this is a dangerous place to be.

The heart of man cannot be trusted.

And so the problem we all have is the proverbial problem posed by the predicament. God’s Word has the answer. Jesus told us to be “in” the world but not “of” the world.

How does this work? I think he was telling us to lead “distinctive” lives not “separate” lives.

How do we do this? This world in which we live is imploding. Believers are now faced with a downward spiral politically, socially, and morally. It seems that everyday’s news brings yet another headline of yet another husband, wife, son or daughter who has been defeated by the enemy. And all of us can be. We are all sinners saved only by the grace of God. In fact, the only difference between the best of us and the worst of us is the grace of God. [Click to Tweet!] This is why I have written this short book “Undefeated.”

I just believe in the power of God working in the heart of man. I believe there is hope for us. I believe God means what he says and says what he means. I believe you and I can trust God. I am convinced you can lead an undefeated life. You and I can be successful and we can live a full and meaningful life. 

Above all else, I believe we can live an entire life worthy of all God has entrusted us with. We can be faithful in marriage and our sons and daughters can look at us with gratitude for lives lived with honor, integrity, and service. We can be forgiven–yes, even when we have fallen and succumbed. There is a new beginning [Click to Tweet!] and a new day and bright tomorrow. As my dear friend Dr. Billy Graham has said all around the world, “the future is as bright as the promises of God.”  I believe it.


Get ready to find a new kind of success and begin living an undefeated life when you add Don Wilton’s Undefeated to your library!

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Why the Fear of Man is a Trap: An Excerpt from Dancing Through Life

Candace Cameron Bure

Candace Cameron Bure is known to many from her role as D.J. Tanner on the sitcom Full House, Candace is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith. She keeps busy as an actress, producer,  New York Times best-selling author, inspirational speaker, Dancing with the Stars finalist, the newly-announced co-host of The View.

Candace has recently released her new ebook, Dancing Through Life, where she reflects on the self-discovery that came through leaping out of her comfort zone and joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars. You’ll discover the tough lessons she learned, see how she stayed true to herself, and understand how she found the courage to stand with conviction on one of the largest platforms of her life.

Check out the following exclusive excerpt from Dancing Through Life:

Proverbs 29:25 should be standard issue armor for every Christian! It’s one of those verses we need to survive: “The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.”

Fear of man is the worry that we won’t measure up, that we will be criticized, that someone won’t approve of the choices we are making.

The Bible calls this a trap. Why? Because fear of man works like a chain that binds us to public opinion. [Click to Tweet!]

Instead of living free, we are shackled by worry and fear of what someone else might think of us. The truth is, it’s impossible to please everyone. If they look hard enough, people can always find something to be critical about. (Just check my Facebook page regularly and you’ll see what I mean.)

But safety is found in trusting God. He’s not critical, but freely accepts us just as we are. Yes, he calls us to strive to live more and more like him, but he’s not watching from heaven, waiting for us to misstep so he can zap us with a lightning bolt! There is freedom and safety in living our lives for him  [Click to Tweet!] and intentionally turning down the volume on the chatter of the crowd.

In fact, turning down the volume helped the tide start to turn in my anxiety battle. During this week of competition, I stopped reading the comments on Facebook and Twitter. I simply had to turn it off. There were too many voices in my head: fans, family, Mark, the costumers, even my four counselors. I needed to be able to hear the two voices that mattered most, the Lord’s and my own.

I wish there was a forever cure for fear of man. If I could bottle the fearlessness and confidence I felt after making the choices that were right for me during Disney week, I would have! I could use a dose of that daily. But the lessons I learned that week have stuck with me.

Yes, there is wisdom in an abundance of wise counselors, but ultimately my convictions are best formed between me and God.

I must boldly live my life to please him and not for the fickle applause of man.

Fear of man is a trap. If I live my life afraid of what someone might think or say about me, I will trade in 
my freedom in Christ for the chains of fear, doubt, worry, resentment, and self-pity.

Sometimes you have to turn down the voices in order 
to hear the still, small voice of God.

God is my defender! I don’t have to defend myself.

I need to be intentional to make sure that my words 
build up others. I also need to commit to handle conflict in ways that are personal and graceful and make sure my words are carefully chosen, not carelessly dished out.

Off the DWTS stage and away from the glaring spotlight, I am resolved that I won’t ever stop being the real me to be an illusion of a better but fake Christian version of myself. I don’t want to be the poster child for perfection; I want to be a neon sign that points to Jesus. [Click to Tweet!]

In the days to come, I am likely to disappoint my critics again—that may include some of the readers of this book. But please look to Jesus and only Jesus for perfection. You certainly won’t find it in me, and I promise you won’t find it in others either. But here’s what we can do while we fix our eyes on Jesus . . . we can encourage one another. We can build each other up. We can choose our words wisely to share the truth in love, and we can make a pact to be gracious to others, including those we only know through our computer screens. 
After all, “The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected” (Prov. 29:25).


This is an excerpt from Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure (B&H Publishing Group). Used by permission.

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Ebook Specials from Author of the Month Candace Cameron Bure

Danging Through Life

Candace Cameron Bure has been keeping busy. Known to many from her role as D.J. Tanner on the sitcom Full House, Candace is an actress, producer, New York Times best-selling author, inspirational speaker, Dancing with the Stars finalist, and the newly-announced co-host of The ViewShe is both outspoken and passionate about her family and faith.

In honor of being named Vyrso’s Author of the Month, you can get two exclusive deals on Candace’s ebooks for a limited time:

1.  Through September 23, get Candace’s Balancing it All and Reshaping it All on sale for $2.99.

2. Through September 20, get daily pricing specials on her new ebook, Dancing Through Life—you can get this ebook starting at 99 cents on September 16, and each day the price will rise. You’ll want to make sure to download this ebook while it’s at the best price!

Check out the daily deal on Dancing Through Life:


September 16: Save 90% and get it for $0.99.

September 17: Save 70% and get it for $2.99.

September 18: Save 50% and get it for $4.99.

September 19: Save 30% and get it for $6.99.

September 20: Save 20% and get it for $7.99.

September 21Dancing Through Life will be back at full price! 

Don’t miss other ebooks by Candace, on sale now through September 23:

Reshaping it All—get it for $2.99!

Candace Cameron Bure first became known to many as a co-star on the hit television series Full House.

In Reshaping It All, she continues the story, inspiring women to embrace a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront of their lives, making wise choices, and finding their worth in the eyes of God. Candace shares a candid account of her struggle with food and ultimately her healthy outlook on weight despite the toothpick-thin expectations of Hollywood.

Balancing it All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose—get it for $2.99!

“How do you do it all?” That’s the question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities.

So, how do we do it? Working since the age of five, Candace has been in a balancing act for nearly her entire life. She is the first to tell you that there is no miracle formula for perfect execution in every area of your life, but there definitely are some lessons to be learned, lessons that come to life in Candace’s story.

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Get 5 Ebooks for $0.99 Each!

Through September 21, get five ebooks for just 99 cents each from Rose Publishing! In each ebook, you can learn about the different Christian denominations, how to cope with rejection, 14 key Christian beliefs, and more.

Add all five ebooks to your library for just $4.95!


Fear by June Hunt


Do you long to find freedom from fear?

God never assumes that we will live without fear, but there are forms of fear such as anxiety that can ultimately lead to panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other things that God does not desire for us.

Learn how fear relates to perceived threats to security, significance, and love‚ and how perception directly affects the degree of fear you experience. 


Rejection by June Hunt


How do you cope when a deep or tragic loss leaves you feeling empty, angry, or alone?

Healing is a journey, and while there are no shortcuts through the process of grief, God promises not to leave you in the valley of despair.

Through this ebook, you’ll learn what the causes of feeling rejected, things such as abandonment, adoptions, childhood sexual abuse, disapproval, divorce, domestic violence, and how to overcome those painful experiences. 


Denominations Comparison by Robert Bowman, Jr

Demoninations Comparison

Denominations Comparison contains a comparison of what 12 Christian denominations believe about Scripture, God, the Trinity, Jesus, and other spiritual issues.

This handy guide shows you the key beliefs each Christian group holds and includes a “Family Tree of Denominations” diagram that reveals the roots of today’s denominations.



 Spiritual Gifts Pamphlet by Benjamin Galan

Spiritual Gifts

This best-selling Spiritual Gifts Pamphlet explains the spiritual gifts in the Bible and includes a Spiritual Gifts Quiz to help people know their gifts.

This booklet explains each of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and what they mean. Each gift of the Spirit is vital and none is more important than others.

No matter what your giftedness is, you play an important role in strengthening the church.


 Essential Doctrine Made Easy by Norman L. Geisler
Essential Doctrines Made Easy

In Essential Doctrine Made Easy, Geisler outlines and explains 14 key Christian beliefs, compares how Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology and Christian Science beliefs differ with Christianity.

You’ll find helpful Scripture references for each belief and helpful glossary of 24 Christian terms.



Grow your digital library with these five informative ebooks, on sale through September 21.

Get all five ebooks now!

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Project Inspired: An Interview with Nicole Weider

Project Inspired

Nicole Weider was a model and actress living for fame and fortune, until she found Jesus. Now she is on a mission to help young girls be true to themselves. We had the chance to talk with Nicole about her latest release, Project Inspired: Tips and Tricks for Staying True to Who You Are.

In Project Inspired’s introduction you talk about chasing your dreams in Hollywood and the trials you faced during those years. How did you find God during that time?

It was actually only when I got myself out of Hollywood that I started to realize I needed God in my life. When I was involved in the Hollywood scene and focused on chasing the wrong things, I was actually really lost but I didn’t know it yet. God needed to remove me from Hollywood and from all of the negative influences I had in my life, in order to remold me into the person he wanted me to become.

When did you realize your passion for helping guide teen girls?

After I gave my life to Christ I knew I had a story to tell—I wanted to warn teenage girls about the struggles that come from trying to make it in the entertainment industry, along with my own mistakes and shortcomings that I knew I could help teenage women avoid.

You started ProjectInpired.com in 2010 and today it’s a prominent online community for Christian girls—how did you do it? How did you decide on the name?

I’m so grateful and blessed that Project Inspired has been able to touch millions of lives—it’s truly an honor from God. I knew when God placed the dream in my heart that I needed to have a great team put together to help me run it. My team is so wonderfully smart and creative, and we’re able to create content that’s relevant to what teenage girls want to know about, and we listen to what the girls have to say. I personally know many of the Project Inspired girls—we’re like a big online family. We decided to start [the title] with the word ‘project’ in front, because our mission is ongoing and it’s to influence the next generation of women for Christ.

Why did you feel like it was important to write Project Inspired now?

I get so many questions from all of the Project Inspired girls asking me for advice about everything—from friendships, to the media, to skin care and fashion you name it—so I compiled all of my most asked questions and concerns from girls and put them into different chapters in the book. I’m so excited because this book covers all the issues teenage girls face in today’s world, but also focuses on the central message which is that God loves us, and we need Him. [Click to Tweet!]

What does it mean to live a “Project-Inspired life”?

Living a Project-Inspired life is truly about letting God mold you into the person you were created to be. To use your God-given talents and passions to not only glorify yourself and others, but to glorify God. Living a Project-Inspired life is also about being authentic, and letting your light shine outwardly so that others may be drawn to God.

Why do you feel that it’s so hard for teen girls to embrace their true selves?

I believe the media impact is especially hard on women. Every day we’re inundated with photoshopped pictures of celebrities, models, advertisements—it can take a toll on our self-esteem. Also, many television shows and movies portray women’s worth in only being attractive and getting the guy. When in reality, our true worth comes from our Savior. Also, the media very often doesn’t emphasize having great character and good morals. With all the pressures from the entertainment industry, many times women try and just keep up with all of the false images portrayed instead of trying to have a heart for God.

What impact do you want this book to have on teen girls who read it?

My hope and prayer for this book is to be a great guide on everything that teenagers want to know about, because being a strong Christian in today’s world is often hard with so many temptations and frustrations.


Learn tips and tricks from Nicole and dig into what it means to live true to yourself in Project Inspired. 

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Today We Remember: September 11, 2001

We Will Never Forget

Today we pause in remembrance of September 11, 2001, and the thousands who lost their lives in the tragic events at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. We will never forget what was lost that day.

As we mourn this day in history, may we also remember and pay respects to the civilians, firefighters, police officers, and first responders at the site of the attacks who displayed incredible courage and compassion.

In times of tragedy, suffering, chaos, and mourning, God is still faithful and the ultimate place to find peace and comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says that God, “. . . comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

I encourage you to take a moment today to pray for comfort for those affected by the events of September 11, 2001, wisdom for our world’s leaders, and for God’s peace on earth.

Today we remember.

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How to Take Criticism in Stride: An Excerpt from What I Wish I’d Known

What I Wish I'd Known

If you haven’t added What I Wish I’d Known to your library yet, now is the time!  Get your free ebook today—What I Wish I’d Known can only be found on Vyrso. This ebook is packed with decades of wisdom and insight from women like Kay Arthur, June Hunt, Liz Curtis Higgs, and many others. Get a glimpse of the great content from this excerpt of Liz Curtis Higgs’ chapter in What I Wish I’d Known! 

Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of more than 30 books, including her nonfiction bestseller, Rise and Shine: A Devotional. Liz has also presented inspirational programs in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries.

Taking Criticism in Stride

I’ve never been voted off the island, named the weakest link, or told what not to wear, but I’ve weathered my share of criticism—constructive, destructive, and otherwise.

A sharply worded email from a reader makes me question my calling. Or a scathing book review sends me back to my current writing project with a heavy heart.

You’ve been there. A church member’s disparaging comment still hurts days later. A peer points out a character flaw “for your own good,” leaving you wounded and embarrassed. A pastor’s negative evaluation of your work echoes through your mind long after you’ve moved on to another church.

When your labor for the Lord has been found wanting, what’s the wise thing to do? (a) Let those critical words fester? (b) Pretend you never heard them? (c) Strike back while your ire is hot?

You know the answer: (d) None of the above. Instead, take a positive approach when negative feedback comes your way, allowing God to teach you through the healing process.

Consider the Source

Take a good look at the person’s credentials. Is she or he qualified to judge your efforts? If so, listen and learn. If not, press on. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but not every opinion is of equal value.

Deflect the Drama

Snarky comments often stem from jealousy, frustration, or anger. If a friend is clearly lashing out from a place of pain, overlook his or her caustic barbs and simply ask, “Are you okay? You seem really stressed.”

I wish I’d known sooner to take a positive approach when negative feedback came my way, allowing God to teach me through the healing process.

Embrace the Truth

Most criticism, however painful, bears a small kernel of truth. [Click to Tweet!] Find that kernel, chew on it, and swallow your pride along with it. However difficult the process, if it leads to growth and improvement, the momentary discomfort is worth it.

Filter the Feedback

Our human nature tends to focus on the lone naysayer and discount the many affirming voices. We tell ourselves, “They’re just being nice.” Exactly. Nice is a good thing. Take a consensus vote—not one person’s opinion—as your guide.

Eliminate the Fringe

Anytime you’re assessed by others, throw away the worst evaluation and (this is harder) toss out that gushing, over-the-top one too. Somewhere between “Ugh!” and “Wow!” lies an honest appraisal of your ministry efforts.

Focus on God

In the end, only the Lord’s opinion truly matters.

If you’ve depended on his strength throughout, and sought to honor him at every turn, you can say with Paul, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10 NIV).

Take comfort in knowing that, when you genuinely seek to serve the Lord, you’re bound to step on someone’s toes. [Click to Tweet!] Tread gently, but keep walking!


Get your free copy of What I Wish I’d Known today!


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2 Free Ebooks: Stronger and He Is My Life

Celebrate your Labor Day weekend with free ebooks! Through tomorrow, September 8, grow your Vyrso library with these two ebooks for free!

Stronger: Trading Brokenness for Unbreakable Strength by Jim Daly with James Lund


President and CEO of Focus on the Family Jim Daly intertwines engaging true stories with Biblical wisdom to show how God can use struggles to strengthen the faith of his followers.

In Stronger, Jim weaves together compelling stories and life principles with his trademark warmth and familiarity. Devoid of formulas but filled with biblical insights, Jim treats us to a feast of self-effacing, yet uplifting stories both about himself and about many others he has worked with through Focus on the Family.

Jim writes about the most formidable and powerful strength—the kind that endures and hopes even when all seems hopeless—the kind that is found in only one source: the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. His is an eternal strength, unchangeable and unbreakable.

He Is My Life: Living to Love Others as Jesus Did by Debbie Alsdorf

He Is My Life

Christ’s call to love everyone is easy to accept but tough to live. While it’s a simple message, life is a bit more complicated. We all know people who test our resolve-and our nerves: a tough boss, a gossiping friend, irritating neighbors. So we change “Love one another” to “Be nice” or “Tolerate difficult people.” Yet God longs for us to experience a genuine change of heart, as His extravagant love naturally flows through us to others.

He Is My Life is a ten-week journey to enhancing our relationships with God and people. This study shares biblical insights for learning to walk in love. Each day’s selection features room for your thoughts, allowing you to journal and meditate on your personal journey. You’ll discover how to receive and share God’s love, experience healing from emotional wounds, and deepen your personal relationships.

These are two freebies that you don’t want to miss!


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 Through September 11, get What to Do When Your Don’t Know What to Do by David Jeremiah for $0.99.

What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

Sometimes the big and small decisions in life seem overwhelming. How do you know what choices to make about your career, kids, relationships? Even when you make good decisions, how do you avoid temptation along the way?

In What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do, Dr. David Jeremiah walks you through the book of James to glean God’s wisdom on issues such as finances, faith, and decision making.

Most significantly, this practical ebook shows you how to have the kind of faith that perseveres in persecution, resists temptation, and responds obediently to God’s Word. What does it look like to consider God in all your plans, depend on God rather than wealth, and put prayer above your personal efforts?


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5 Inspirational Quotes about Leadership

Vyrso offers ebooks that focus on a variety of topics, including leadership!

Check out these inspirational quotes on leadership and ministry, created with Logos Bible Software’s visual copy tool—you’ll discover these great quotes and more in ebooks on Vyrso.com:

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