Sometimes you have moments in your life where you stop and think, "Who am I? What am I doing?" I have these moments. Moments when I'm trying to pick up cheerios of the carpet. Moments when I'm trying to cook breakfast and find little arms and legs plastered to me. Moments of tickling my children on the bed or chasing naked babies out of the tub into towels. Moments of frustration when another bill gets paid late. and there's a huge late fee. Moments of anger and miscommunication and rolling over in bed. Moments of joy, watching Libby dance and Samuel bob up and down on his knees. Moments of beauty like a full golden moon or my roses in bloom or the way myson's hair curls. Moments of depression when I struggle to get out of bed. Moments of tenderness when my honey kisses me on the forehead. Moments of sheer silliness where Libby cannot stop laughing and I join in the rambunctious fun of a two year old.

Moments of delight, of pain, of sorrow, of sweetness, of kindness. I think we all experience these moments. sometimes I have to stop and think. I thank God. "Lord, you have made me as I am. Help me grow. help me be stronger. heal me. Help me trust you and rest in you...." to rest even when the children are screaming. Even when Mike and I are arguing. Even when things don't seem like they'll get better. Even when I yell or cry or give up.

God never gives up on me. He never stops delighting in me. He never say, "Whoa, I can't handle you or deal with this." His grace is sufficient for me.

I have this bracelet that I love. I might have mentioned it before but it's worth mentioning again. It has 2 Corinthians 12:10 on it: I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

So even when I am weak, even in these moments, I am strong.


Ashleigh said…
Great post. What an accurate description of life and its moments.
Anonymous said…
"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also pre- destined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died--more than that, who was raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,'For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.'

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:26-39

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