Food for the Soul
“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9 & 10
It's no coincidence that my Bible reading plan has me in 2 Corinthians right now. God knew that I would need these words so desperately right now. The details aren't important, but suffice it to say, the last few weeks have been tough. God has -- in His grace and love -- given me a glimpse of my pride and has shown me what would happen if He stepped away even for a moment. He has shown me that no matter how hard I work, no matter how much I sacrifice, and no matter how much I strive to learn and grow, it is still only by His grace that I stand. It is HIS power working in me. Does He want me to work hard? Yes. Does He want me to sacrifice my selfish desires and instead serve others? Yes. Does He want me to learn and grow? Yes. Does He want me to believe that I did all these things in my own power? Absolutely not. It is only by His grace that I can be the mother that I long to be. It is only by His grace that I can homeschool five children while living in a 3rd world country. It is only by His grace that I can open my mouth (or use my typing fingers) to share truth and hope with others.
It's a dance...my striving and His strength. The two go hand in hand. I somehow lost sight of that and God let me see what I can do on my own. And in my weakest moment, as I cracked open the life-giving words early in the morning as the call the prayer poured through my windows, He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." It was, "Janet, I have big plans for you. I see your heart, your desire, and your commitment. But before we do this, you need a reminder that it is only in Me that you stand. Only in Me will others be blessed. This is not -- and will never be -- about you. You are weak...but don't worry...I am strong."
Food for the Body
Forgive me as I link you to a post I did a few years back. My heart is still in healing mode and I am preparing for some time away. But don't worry, I promise it is yummy. My mom's macaroni and cheese is one my most favorite comfort foods. It's simple, it's delicious, and it is kid-friendly. You couldn't really ask for more.