My Word for the Year: Strength


2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)
9 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. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I've shared this verse twice in the last few weeks. Once here on my blog in this post and once on Facebook where I realized that God was giving this verse to me over and over again.

Here was my post on Facebook.

I've read this verse many times in the last few weeks as it as been one that God keeps showing to me. My mema told me that God has and is making me into a very strong woman. I believe that. I have felt it and seen it in my writing, in my actions, in my life. This verse appeared to me again today and I realized that perhaps the reason I have felt that God has made me stronger within the last year is because I have not held back my weaknesses. I share those weaknesses with others. I put everything out there for the world to see no matter what insults, hardships, persecutions or difficulties have been thrown back my way because of sharing my life and sharing those weaknesses. Therefore I urge you as my friends, my family and even those who may dislike me to delight in your own weaknesses. Allow people to see them. Be glad in them because God's power is "made perfect in weakness". We allow God to work in our lives and to be more present when we boast in our weaknesses. We are not perfect. We are messy. We are full imperfections and weaknesses. Because of that we are able to share them and delight in them because God can use them for His glory.


This is a verse that whenever I read or search for something relating to a topic it happens to pop up and it sinks in with me more and more each time. This last year was such a time of growth for me as a mother, as a wife, as a woman and as God's daughter.

Through this blog and through my Facebook, I share my life. Of course I share the fun, "pretty" moments but I've also shared the messy. I've shared my insecurities. I've shared my past. I've shared my joys. I've shared my fears.

Sharing is connecting. Sharing is being real with each other. Sharing makes you vulnerable. Vulnerable to those who attack you. Vulnerable to those who want to get to know you more. Vulnerable to create growth in yourself and in others. Vulnerable to do life together with others. Vulnerable to be known for exactly who you are. Vulnerable to share Christ through weakness.

Vulnerable is uncomfortable, but it is also very freeing.

Who wants to hide behind a facade of perfection? Besides that is absolutely and completely tiring. We aren't perfect and we were not made to be perfect. We were made to come to Christ seeking His perfection. It's a perfection we cannot find elsewhere.

In our weaknesses, in our struggles, in our insecurities, in our mistakes...we realize that we are made stronger through Christ when we make those known.

I'm sure He is working on us 24/7, but when we allow our weaknesses to be shown in His bright, beautiful light we allow Him to enter in our lives and make His power known to others. He creates miracles in us. He creates beauty in our mud. He makes Himself fully known. Because we are vulnerable to allowing others to see our weakness, God makes us strong through Him.

Strength.

Strength like we have never achieved.

Strength like we have never even known.

Strength that can only be known and realized through Him.

My word for this year is strength.

My verse for this year is 2 Corinthians 12: 9-11. 

I have noticed and realized the strength God has began to create in me and I will continue to pursue it. I will continue to share my life. I will continue to boast gladly about my weaknesses. 

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