24 Jan Finding Strength in Moments of Weakness
A message of encouragement even in the pain of pregnancy
This pregnancy has been nothing short of challenging. As much as I want to enjoy every moment of the process, there seems to be so much opposition to this. Last night as I was in pain, I honestly felt as though I no longer wanted to be pregnant.
I felt so bad for feeling this way. I knew I needed to repent and ask God to help shift my focus, but this thought did cross my mind. What I needed was to seek God’s word for a change in perspective. I needed to worship God in the midst of it all.
In spite of my current untrustworthy feelings, I knew that my pregnancy was God’s will. Because His promises are Yes and Amen, I knew I would be okay. I was quickly led to 2 Corinthians 12 which says,
“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. 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.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV
His grace is sufficient for me
Or let me say it this way, His undeserved, unmerited favor is more than enough for me. As I sat in pain, I began writing to boast in my weakness. For Christ’s sake, I will delight in my weakness, pain, and difficulties.
I realized that not all pregnancies were this difficult. I was blessed to have two fairly easy pregnancies prior to this one. Like Paul, I pleaded with the Lord to deliver me from this pain, and although I had experienced some relief at times, I continued to have many moments of weakness. But God’s grace is sufficient!
I am reminded, to remind you, that as we recognize our limitations, we affirm God’s strength. Remember to depend on God for effectiveness rather than your on energy or strength. Although this pregnancy has been tough, I realize this is a part of God’s good and perfect plan to grow me in Him through the process.
He is more concerned with the spiritual condition of my heart and character than my physical condition. This doesn’t mean that He wants me to be in pain, but in my pain, I must worship Him. I must allow His power to shine through my weakness.
So I boast not so you will feel bad or concerned for me, but so you will understand God’s Grace is enough for you and for me. I boast in my weakness so that you too will boast and allow God’s strength to be made perfect in your weakness.
“…So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
Pray. Believe. Trust
The Teaching Wife