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Today’s Truth

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)

Friend to Friend
I am such a mess. I hate how I am. I can’t ever get a handle on this issue.

Thoughts of self-hatred coursed through my mind as I sat on the hard-tile floor and took it all in. . . Within the cabinets I’d just spent twenty minutes rearranging, there still was no semblance of organization. Papers shot out of books. Bags heaped left and right in no particular order. Shoes and knick-knacks filled the right side of the cabinet. And, worst of all, electrical cords stood like tumbleweed in the center of it all.

Regarding cleaning and organizing, my best efforts fell – way short. And this is the problem. You see, no matter what I do, everything stays a mess. I fix things for a moment, until: my kids come home and mess things up, I get busy and I forget to keep up with it all, or clutter becomes impossible to throw out because I fear I’ll lose future-memories.

I want to be a better mom than this; my family deserves better.

With a heavy heart, I decided to approach my husband, “Uh…,” I said. “Can I share something with you?”

He waited.“There’s an area I haven’t told you about where – all the time — I feel so angry at myself. Every time I open up a cabinet, I mentally get furious at how I feel like I’m the most unorganized woman on the planet.”

Compassionately, he looked at me and replied, “Well, maybe Jesus just wants you to remind you that His grace is sufficient.”

And He was right. I finally understood. My cabinets – and my deficiency — are a blessing, not a curse.

How could a deficiency be a blessing? Deficiencies point us to Christ’s all-sufficiency. Through them, we come to the One prepared to help us. The One with answers. The One with all the grace to accomplish true and long-lasting life-change.

Grace accomplishes far more than our hardest labor ever could. Certainly, God often calls us to meet Him in this venture by working, but work without God is — toil.My cabinets would now be a reminder of this. They, in all their untidy-glory, would almost speak, “Kelly, invite Jesus in to help you with this.”Where do you need to invite Jesus in? What personal issue do you hate to look at? What feels unconquerable? Heavy? Burdening?

Jesus’ grace is sufficient. It is sufficient to change you, to rework you, to remake you, and to renew you.

It is more than okay to desperately need Jesus’ grace. It is life-changing to be in need of God.

Be encouraged. Wherever you feel powerless, God is powerful. Wherever you are hungry, God has food for you. Wherever you feel blind, God restores sight. You are not left behind or forgotten. God will help.

Today, rejoice by saying: No matter where I feel deficient, Christ is all-sufficient.

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)

Lets Pray

Father, help me to receive your grace, love, and help.

In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

Now Its Your Turn

Admit an area where you need God’s help to change. Ask Him to show up there. Look for Him throughout your day.

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Kelly Balarie, blogger at Purposeful Faith and author of the new book “Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt and Live Victoriously” is passionate about joining hands with women who often find themselves stuck in the pits of life. Step-by-step, word-by-word, her dream is that together they can emerge better – fear, fret and panic-free. Get all of Kelly’s Purposeful Faith blog posts by email for a dose of inspiration and encouragement.

7 Responses to “A Little Reminder From God”

  1. Angela says:

    There are many areas that I need help but currently I am having a hard time with trust. More specifically trusting that God will help with a situation. I KNOW that He is in control and I KNOW that He already has it worked out I am just having a hard time letting Him handle it. We are on a time line and if we can’t get a small loan we will loose our house due to taxes. One door has already been closed and I am terrified. Please pray that I will listen, in my heart, to what he is telling me “I’VE GOT THIS. TRUST IN ME”

  2. Katherine says:

    I feel I’m along God doesn’t care about my problem why is so much hate going on in this 🌎. I see no power in the churches no healing on a large scale like I hear happening in other countries. I need a breakthrough in healing in my body also in my business. For my church to grow also for it filled with Gods power lives saved for my spouse return to God he heal of bad habits in Jesus Christ name amen.

  3. Lydia says:

    Angela, recent experiences have taught me that God will often make a way where we see no way. We say to ourselves, “Well, the only options available are A, B, or C.” And God says,”No, I’m going to do Q.” He has access to resources we know nothing about. He has a plan for you, and he is faithful. Whether you keep your house or lose it, he is going to take care of you and use the experience to draw you closer to him. Don’t be afraid to let go of a dream. When I did, God did something amazing!

  4. Father God, I pray for Angela. Thank you that she is loved by you. You are faithful, true and working all things together for her good. May a grace come upon her so that she can rest in your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  5. Lydia, such beautiful insight. XOXO!

  6. Sabrina says:

    Angela,

    Reading your post this morning took me back to a place in our lives from several years ago. I can honestly tell you that I know exactly how you are feeling, and told myself the exact same things you are telling yourself ~ “God’s got this…trust him…he will take care of it.” We battled the same situation for several years, trying in our own strength to figure things out and make things happen ~ I couldn’t seem to just let go and let God. Then, finally, I did let it go…and God DID! It wasn’t the solution we would have come up with, wasn’t at all what we expected, but it was miraculous to us. God made a way, and it has been more than we could have asked or thought ~ just like God tells us in His word. Lydia is very right ~ whether you keep your house or lose it, God will take care of you. In our situation, after years of trying and struggling, we “lost” our house ~ but God has blessed us with a better one, in a new town, where our business and all other areas of our life are thriving now. When we were ready to just let go, regardless of the outcome, God came. It was scary to be sure, but this is only the most recent event in my life that has shown me how much God has and will always come through for us when we just trust him. That voice you are hearing in your spirit is real, Angela. It is true. You know it, I know you do…so just follow it. I pray that you and your family will soon see how great things are going to be! God does love you, and you are safe with Him.

  7. Rae says:

    Angela I agree with all our other sisters. Also from my experience year ago we I can tell you that your Heavenly Father will not leave or forsake you. Trust him as JEHOVAH JIRAH ( your provider) make it personal🙏🏾 Know that whatever the outcome he GOT U🙏🏾 Trust in the “ UNFORCED RYTHEM OF GRACE”
    Meditate Matt 11: 28 & 29
    Matt 11:28 & 29
    Come to me all who labor and our heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take HIS yoke upon you Angela. Learn of HIM (trust his ways) he’s gentle and lowly in ❤️ There you will find rest for your soul!
    Peace Be Multiplied 2 U🙏🏾

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