MAY 9, 2014
Encouragement for Today -
"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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
Here's good news for try-hard women like us: God's not offended by our flaws and imperfections.
God's Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 12:9a, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
That verse has finally compelled me to trade my invisible lines of expectation for the compassionate contours of my Savior's grace. When I finally stopped obsessing over my flaws and began focusing on His faithfulness, my life took on a new kind of beauty.
One of the most beautiful things about life is the fact that it is totally unpredictable. Nothing you can do will make life behave the way you want it to at all times, so what a person does must always be from the heart, yet adapted over and over again with lessons from the past and hopes for the future.
Dear Jesus, I am tired of living within my self-invented lines of expectation. Show Your strength through my weakness, Your sufficiency through my flaws. Make my life beautiful to You. In Jesus' name, Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Romans 8:26, "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans." (NIV)
REFLECT AND RESPOND:
It's Mother's Day this weekend, which can sometimes create angst either in our roles as adult children or as moms. Take some time to prayerfully consider the invisible lines you've created for yourself. What is one unnecessary expectation you could trade for God's grace today?
Invite God to shine His glory through your gaps this week.
When Mother's Day Hurts
Mother’s Day is a holiday that stirs up a lot of emotions! Some of those sentiments are sweet, joyful ones. But sometimes, it’s a hard holiday.
Many of us have strained relationships with our moms, or visa versa, we’re moms hurting over wayward children. I know children (adult children and young ones) aching over parents who are lost in a sea of bad decisions, addictions, and brokenness. I know moms and grandmas who come to church every week and beg for God’s mercy over their children who are lost in that same sea. We ache. We all do.
The depth of a mother-child relationship is beyond what words can capture and communicate. Many times, that relationship gives us a sense of identity. Our relationships with our moms and our relationships with our children often create the foundations of how we perceive our value in life.
While the Lord designed relationships to hold special places in our hearts, He never intended for anyone else to sit as Definer over us. If Mother’s Day is especially hard for you because of a “defining” issue, know I’m praying for you! And know most of all that the Lord is the only One who has the right and who can accurately define you, His child.