Struck down, but not destroyed!

I wrote the following back when I had a five year old and three kiddos that were two and a half and under.  As things become easier over time and we become more effective and efficient as Mamas, these were still very real feelings as a younger Mama.  Praying you are encouraged today.

Love, Janell

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Where do you find yourself today friend? Amidst trials? Adversity? Are you in the trenches of life?

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
(2 Corinthians 4:7-9 ESV)

I am in the trenches of Motherhood. Diaper bombs, late nights, sippy cups, whiney kids, and sticky fingers. Most days I feel afflicted, crushed, perplexed and driven to despair…persecuted, forsaken & struck down. How can I keep up with three kids in diapers? How can I effectively train my five-year old & teach him truth? When will the terrible two’s be over? I just don’t have enough energy or strength to get through…

It’s mucky, it’s hard, and it’s down right NASTY as times…and that is JUST where He wants me. Weak, tired, and at the end of myself to finally see that I am NOT destroyed and that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us!!!

Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
(2 Corinthians 12:8-10 ESV)

Paul continues to show us that God triumphs amid our human weaknesses, which in turn reflects the principle of Christ’s crucifixion. Christ died for our human weakness which is a result of sin, and He TRIUMPHED!!! Thank you Jesus! So if God was able to overcome the whole worlds sin and triumph, then His grace TRULY is SUFFICIENT!!! His power is PERFECTED in our weakness! Did you see that? That Christs POWER rests on US for His sake. And THEN I can be CONTENT with weakness, insults, hardship, persecution & calamities. (Easier said then done…contentment. But just lay it down as Jesus feet every time you are tempted.)

So, I know that my “hardships or calamities” may be nothing compared to a Father who has lost his child, a Mother who has broken fellowship with her sister, or a daughter who has been abused. But I am SO THANKFUL that Gods promises for believers can carry us through, no matter how BIG or small our trials are.

So whatever trench you find yourself in this season of life, may you rest & trust in this promise that the surpassing power belongs to God, BUT that the POWER of Christ may rest upon US! So go boast in your weakness & to God be the glory, for when we are weak…He is STRONG!

 

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