I tend to write the most when I’m feeling pretty good, energized, optimistic, etc. But I’m realizing that it’s just as important that I write when I’m feeling depleted, tired, and lonely. Why? Because all of these emotions, these feelings, are part of what it means to be human- fully alive. We can’t always feel great and we can’t always feel bad. Life’s usually a lot of both, or somewhere in between.
This past week has been…hmm… how can I describe it? BAD. Without going into every single detail and making this into a vent fest, I’ll just say… moving is a lot of work. Moving and also working on the house you’re moving into to get it all ready is even more work. Moving and doing work on your house while also caring for a sick child… the WORST. I’m generally able to roll with the punches… but this week has downright taken every ounce of energy out of me. Somehow, I’m surviving. But, you guys, its been an absolute doozy.
The funny thing about this post is, earlier in the week, before all the crazy went down, I was thinking I was going to write a post titled something like “My 5 Tips for Moving” (Because I’m so awesome at it, right?) I mean, this is our 6th move in 6 1/2 years! ha! But no… maybe I’ll write that post one day. Today, all I want to say to you is…God’s grace is enough.
It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve called friends crying, asked my mom for help way more than ever, texted and called friends asking for prayer… and you know what? The world might tell me that I am weak. The evil one has been spewing out lies like “You just can’t handle it,” “you’re not cut out for this,” “you don’t know what you’re doing as a mom.” And, I’ll admit, I’ve had moments this week where I’ve started to believe the lies. But because of Jesus, and truly, I believe, because of prayer, I find myself being snapped out of the negative spiral of lies and back into the truth of who I am in Christ and the power his Holy Spirit gives to me in my weakness. For when I am weak, He is strong.
Jesus tells us,
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. 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—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Instead of learning how to become an expert mover, I’m learning how to move freely in God’s strength and grace. So, my advice if you’re in the middle of a move, whether it’s a physical transition of moving homes or a more subtle life change you’re making… just let God take control. Cry out to him in your weakness. Tell him, “I can’t do this!” Let him become strong in you. Be vulnerable… ask for prayer. Show others that they’re allowed to be weak too. And then watch Him, the lover of your soul, show up in all His glorious strength. He’ll make you strong and he’ll carry you through whatever circumstance you find yourself in.
I’m praying for anyone who reads this who needs to know… He is enough for you today. XO