Stand in There

StandInThereI’ve often heard it said, in an effort to comfort someone, “It will be alright. You just hang in there.” Although those words do offer encouragement, I’d like to look at it another way. To “hang in there” paints a picture of dangling out of control, of being vulnerable and exposed. I have childhood visions of sheets and pillowcases flapping wildly on the clothesline in my mother’s backyard. At the threat of a strong summer-afternoon rainstorm, we’d rush to remove the fresh laundry before it was ruined by dust or a family pet running for cover.

I choose to encourage others by saying, “It will be alright. You just stand there.” Because Christ was hung up for our hang-ups, we can stand up with confidence, knowing that our foundation is secure. Why “hang in there” when you can stand still and watch God work a miracle on your behalf? 

Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. —Exodus 14:13

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness 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. —Ephesians 6:11–13

From Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening © 2014 by Thomas Nelson (Thomas Nelson, Inc.) Used by permission. Order your copy of this Women of Faith devotional now. 


  1. 2 months ago
    yvonne says

    Babbie I really love to hear you sing. I have several of your CD’s. I like your wise words Stand in there because it is God’s word. We need to practice repeating God’s word out loud until it becomes habitual. I am guilty of communicating with people the way I think they can understand it . That usually spells compromise. Thank you for the reminder that we are to speak differently from the world so they can see a difference in us. God bless you !

  2. 2 months ago
    Carol says

    What a wonderful insightful thought! I have risked to get clothes off the line before a storm–hang in there just doesn’t fit! From now on I will seriously avoid using the phrase and refer to the “stand in there” scriptures! Thank you!

  3. Thank you for your wise words. Whenever I tell someone to “hang in there”, I am reminded of a poster I saw in the 1970s with a little kitten handing onto something with those words below the kitten. I have always felt like something is missing when I try to encourage someone, but just leave them with “hang in there”. I will think of your wonderful post from now on! <3


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