Sunday Stillness – God’s Grace is Enough
It has been quite a week. For those who were praying for me – thank you so much. Last week I caught a terrible virus – really knocked me flat. By Monday morning I did not feel like running a VBS – but I had to. And I prayed. Others prayed. And God gave me the strength to do it. Praising Him.
But he [God] 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).
For the rest of the week it was touch and go each day. Each day prayers were lifted and each day He made me strong.
- I prayed for joy – I felt joy.
- I prayed for the children to enjoy themselves. And they did.
- I prayed for the volunteers to be great with the kids. And they were.
- I prayed for peace through the week. They were the best children I have ever had the pleasure to meet. At no time did I have to raise my voice (I couldn’t anyway as I developed laryngitis by Tuesday). They listened; they were sweet to each other; they had fun.
I found out that Christ does make me strong.
I love the words to the Scripture in the Message. Christ’s strength did “move in on my weakness” and I do “take my limitations in stride”. Love that.
I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, The Message).
The children also learned about Jesus; who He is; and how to accept Him as their Saviour. Praising God for those who made that big decision.
I also thought of a great analogy as we were sanding our crosses outside on Friday. I realized as we were sanding them that God sands us too.
God sands our rough edges.
He teaches us the fruit of the Spirit. He smoothes us out.
I don’t know about you but there always seems to be a few rough edges on me. Then I hear Him speak – and I know what I did wrong. I make the correction and learn.
Thank You, Lord, so much for this past week. You taught me a lot. You taught me to count on You totally. When I am weak You are strong. You also taught me to rely on You completely. I pray that every child will remember this week and will always keep Jesus in their hearts. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
I love the praise song Your Grace is Enough by Chris Tomlin.
I found out that Christ does make me strong. (click to tweet)
God sands our rough edges. (click to tweet)
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