“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.'” 2 Cor. 12:9-10
I love the juxtaposition of a cool breeze on a sunny day or the flicker of a fire in the dark of night. So when Paul says, “When I’m weak, then I’m strong,” I’m intrigued.
Nobody likes to be weak. We want to appear confident, strong, and capable. But in this world, we all have weaknesses. But we don’t have to be victims of our less-than-perfect circumstances. Often we can’t control what is going on around us, but we can control what’s going on inside us.
In our strength, we come up short because we are dust. But, our Creator, who has the power to breathe life into man gives us grace for the circumstance. We can find strength in weakness knowing God is able to use what appears bad at the moment, for good.
Wow, I loved this. Your statement “I only need to be doing what he has given me the strength and health and energy for today” really hit home in my heart. I need to start following this mindset. Thank you.
Can I like this a thousand times!!!??? I am SO happy you’re doing these. I laughed out loud when you wondered if the sign was turned around. I hope you enjoy doing them as much as I like watching. It’s funny, I like spontaneous videos more than the polished ones that people edited and made just right. Good thing, too, since that’s all I know how to make. Ha! Good truths. Great God.
This is wonderful, Nancy. It’s just what I needed to hear today. And I really loved hearing it in your voice! Keep doing videos with your blog posts.
I’ve been trying to learn how to be more vulnerable. In my family, if I said or did something that my parents didn’t like, they stopped talking to me. I would be totally cut off until they decided it was time to let me back in. Over and over this happened teaching me that it was essential to not upset anyone.
So I keep the most genuine parts of who I am to myself. I only open up when I feel like it is 99% safe. But that’s no way to live, and as a writer, it is killing my creativity as well as any connection I have with others, whether my readers or people I know in person.
I loved what you said about God using our weakness. If we hide our weakness, how is He supposed to use it? Bless you, Nancy!
Nancy, I really enjoyed this blog post! “But we don’t have to be victims of our less-than-perfect circumstances”, is a great reminder for me. Your video was a perfect conclusion! Thank you!