If you love somebody, that’s what makes you strong.
We all want to be strong but what if being strong means first you have to be weak? What if being strong means you will need someone to help you be strong? What if becoming strong means being vulnerable and trusting someone!
This past week I had some tests at Mayo Clinic that revealed new conditions that are linked to my Lupus disease that I wasn’t quite ready to hear. I may be facing several surgeries for serious unexpected findings. I am not saying that I am not afraid, I am not saying that I am not praying for a miracle, what I am saying is that I trust God and even if this ends up in a way that I don’t want, He is still all I have!
Trusting God is being vulnerable to Him, it’s unconditional, it’s trusting Him in whatever He does, it’s ok, even if it’s NOT what we want.
Needing to be strong means letting someone, that includes God, to help you be strong even if it means becoming weak soomeone can or God can help you be strong. The best thing I ever did was learn to be weak with God, so that he could make me strong. I know that He is all that I have!
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 12: 9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Stop fighting, stop flexing your mental muscles and admit your weaknesses. Then God will be your strength.
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What if God wants to use you and what you are going through to reach someone else? What if He wants to heal you so that your story can heal someone else? I know that I often see myself as insignificant but God does not see me that way! He sees me and you differently than how we see ourselves. He sees us stronger than we give ourselves credit for, he sees us as victorious, significant, and he wants for us to live the abundant life that he prepared for us before we were even born.
We were made to RISE above! Whatever you are facing today, it does not define who you are. Maybe you have an illness, depression, addiction, abuse, anxiety, or past regrets, whatever it is God has a plan. Be still and you will find it.
Even if we don’t see it right away, there is always hope. Imagine all of the people in the world, right this minute, that are looking for a tiny glimmer of hope to get them through the next few minutes, the next hour, or the coming days.
When we lose hope, I have found it’s all too often because we have reached the point of helplessness. When we just don’t know what to do anymore. I have been there many times in my life. I have felt broken, my life has looked like a mess all too often but I have learned a valuable lesson through those times. My life and the situations in my life are never completely hopeless, unless I allow it to be.
Being sick often brings me to the point of helplessness and sometimes I even start to lose hope. However, I have learned that I am in control of how far I go with it because I am in control of my emotions. I may not be able to help my illness, or fix it my situation at times, but I can control my mind. I can control my emotions. I can stop the moment I feel all hope is gone and look again. It’s in these times I will find hope that I missed in the moment.
I have learned that hope doesn’t have to appear huge either.
We all want that big bright shiny light of hope and the answer to fix it all but what if the hope that we are searching for is being overlooked because we aren’t looking hard enough. What if it’s just that tiny speck of hope that gets us through to the next day? Lastly, what if that tiny speck of hope is meant to make us stronger?
A tiny glimmer is enough for me because even if I am feeling helpless, I know where my help comes from and that my friend is Jesus. With him by my side, there is always hope.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Sometimes trusting can be one of the most complicated things to do in life. Depending on your background you may find it a little easier than others but for most, I find there is always some sort of hesitation. Trusting requires not knowing all the answers. At times you may find yourself placing your faith in someone or something that you have no control of the outcome, and no guarentee.
I have lived and came through a difficult life, and trusting has been extremely difficult for me. Not just with people, but with God. Over the years as I have grown a little more, each time that I face another illness, or another trial, God proves that the more I learn to trust in him, the more I can count on him. I have learned that God is really all the guarentee that I have. Afterall, he is the maker and finisher of all things. Including me and my outcome. One of my favorite quotes says this, “Faith is not believing that God can, it is knowing that God will.” Ben Stein.
I love God with all of my heart and soul. Even if today is not written out before me, and nothing makes sense to me, I know that I don’t have be frightened because God has already promised that he’s got this for me.
Psalms 19: 7
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
What do you need this morning to get started? I think you need the infallible word of God. It is not only perfect but according to King David, it will revive the soul. Caffeine may wake you up but only God can revive you and sustain you for the entire day. Psalms 34: 8 says, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”
Today, get a good taste of the goodness of God, it will change your life.
I have a lot of people that know who I am but they do not really know me. Just because they have heard my story, or went to church with me, just because they have acknowledged me in someway does not mean they really know me. It takes a great effort to get to know who I am. It takes a relationship of trust, communication, questions and answers, studying of what makes me who I am. It’s the same with God. You can’t just talk to God on Sunday for a few minutes and say you know him. It takes an understanding of his likes and dislikes. It takes a relationship of trust and intentional love on our part. God doesn’t expect perfection, he expects effort. He expects relationship.
Philippians 4: 13 (ERV)
“Christ is the one who gives me the strength I need to do whatever I must do.”
When people in the work force ask me how I am doing, I have the bad habit some days of saying, “It’s Monday,” which implies Monday’s are bad days. I understand Monday’s seem to be hectic at times but that gives me no reason to put a label on Monday as a bad day. Today is a new day, Monday’s is like every other day, I get out of it what I put in it. So this morning I choose to be an overcomer in Christ Jesus, I can do whatever I have to do today because Christ is the one who strengthens me. It’s not by my might, nor by my power but by God’s Spirit I can and will overcome today (Zechariah 4: 6). I do not put my trust in myself, I put my trust in Jesus Christ, He gives me the strength to overcome. If someone asks me today, “how is your day going?” I will answer, “It’s a great day because I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“You’re afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exsist”- Neale Donald Walsch
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