How Strong Are You?

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How strong are you?

I have asked myself that question numerous times recently. I don’t think of myself as a strong person. I believe that God will give strength to those who need it. When trouble comes your way He is the one you turn to. He has given me strength to deal with difficult times.


Here is a gorgeous Baltimore oriole. His brilliant orange chest is beautiful. I had to take this from inside because he was a little skittish when I was too close. He has a distinctive call that cheers me up as I go running to catch a glimpse of him in all his splendor.

Life sometimes can kick you in the teeth when you least expect it. I still have my teeth but they feel a little wobbly so to speak. We are all tested during our lives in different ways, it is how well we weather the storm that matters. We can’t do this without His help.

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Look at the birds so small and fragile but they somehow survive cold weather and bounce back on a warm summer day. They are resilient and fascinating to watch. Some days I feel like a little bird. If God watches over them He will surely take care of me too.

I am like this little dahlia as it struggles to survive. It opens its arms to the heavens and absorbs the warm sunshine to gain strength.


Things are beginning to look up now. God is there and I am leaning heavily on His shoulders. I pray that anyone who is in need will turn to Him.

Thanks to God for all His blessings and to my family and friends for their love and support.

Blessings and love to all!

Thank you for stopping by. I have taken some time off from writing but hope to publish a novel soon then onto two more middle-grade books of my detective series. Peace be with you all.


About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance won a Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on Book 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 and beyond along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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15 Responses to How Strong Are You?

  1. macjam47 says:

    Enjoy your time off. I have a couple of reviews to finish up this week and then I’m on to reviewing children’s books for the next couple of weeks. 🙂

  2. Much success in meeting your deadline / schedule. Time away is time well spend finishing projects. ❤ ❤

  3. Gloria says:

    My Friend,
    You are a strong person. You gave me a glimpse into your past when you were here. You were strong then, and you are now.
    With God’s help and guidence, you will face the future as well.
    Many hugs to you both.

  4. Behind the Story says:

    It is hard to understand how those tiny birds make it through the winter. You must be thinking about this verse: “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” The birds in your yard are stunning! Such colors!

    Wish you all the best with your upcoming book and your family situation.

    • jjspina says:

      Yes, Nicky, I was thinking of that. Sometimes I feel like that. Thank you for stopping by and your kind words. We are doing our best. Nice to see you. 😃

  5. Janice says:

    I very much enjoyed your reflections and bird photos.

  6. Janice my love to you and your family. Drawing on your inner strength can absolutely drain you and I hope that your inner strength and help from those close to you gets you through 💕🙏😊

  7. Janice, thank you so much for following me.
    I thought you were going to say the bird lifted something! lol
    I have to rely on God too. By myself, I’m VERY weak!!

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