I am in the phase of motherhood where the days (and nights) all run together. Where you truly grasp that there are, indeed, 24 hours in a day. But things are going good. The boys are adjusting and Abbey is doing well. Yesterday, all three of them had a meltdown at some point and thankfully, they did not all happen at the same time.
I am not a morning person and with lack of sleep, I tend to wake up a bit grumpy. Yesterday morning I was feeling quite irritated. I took a minute, sat down with my tea and found myself reading this…
1 Corinthians 13:1-7
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Do you ever feel a sense of discouragement when you read this passage? It is so beautiful, so poetic, so inspiring, but yet, it can also make me feel like, maybe, a failure. I started to pray that the Lord would help me to be patient with my children, to not be easily angered with the ones I love the most (ouch).
Then I remembered this verse that I memorized as a child…
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
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.
The great thing is God does not ask anything of me that He will not back up. It is through His power that I can love. Through His power that I can forgive. Through His power that I can overcome sin.
I hope that today, if you are feeling defeated about some area of your life, you will realize that God's grace is sufficient for you, when you are weak, He is strong.