Boasting in Weakness

It’s the second week of the month. I knew it was coming, and have been thinking and praying about what I should say for weeks.

I got nothing.

I feel like there’s nothing to say this time.

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Sure, I could find some scriptures.

I could divulge some wisdom… if I had any to share.

The truth is I’m weak. I’m having a season where I feel like a failure in many areas. In my head I know it’s not true. But my heart and soul battle daily with the feeling of “not good enough”.

Mothering.
Being a wife.
Writing.
Singing.
Teaching.
Cleaning.

Shall I go on?

It feels overwhelming. It feels like I could never get it right. The perfectionist in me won’t let me rest until it is right. It’s exhausting!

Tell me I’m not alone.

Tell me you struggle this way too.

It’s times like this I need a scripture. A good one. The kind I can cling to when I feel like I’m falling off a ledge. I need a scripture I can dive into and swim with for a while. I need a scripture that reminds me of truth.

It’s my prayer that I’m not the only one. I’m hoping this will help you too. None of us are alone in this battle we call life, so I’m sure the truth of the following verse is something you can dive into as well.

9 “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. 10 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 12:9-11 (NIV)

Feeling overwhelmed and weak is part of being human. That’s why it’s addressed here in this verse. But what should we do with our weakness?

Boast in it!

Well… that’s freeing!

I don’t have to try to hide it. I can talk about it. I can sing about it. And look at me here, writing about it! I’m boasting in my weakness.

When the house is a mess. He is strong.

When I hate what I see in the mirror. He is strong.

When my child struggles. He is strong.

When I scream at my kids. He is strong.

When I hurt my husband. He is strong.

When priorities are messed up. He is strong.

I think I’m even feeling stronger as I write. He’s filling me with the strength that comes only from depending on Him.

How about you? Tired of hiding your weakness? Boast in it. I promise you’ll feel better.

Hosanna Barton

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5 thoughts on “Boasting in Weakness

  1. Reblogged this on Jan Verhoeff and commented:
    In your darkest moments, those that won’t let you see the end of the tunnel, you can rest assured that God is there. His strength and assurance will comfort you, if you allow it. And it’s okay to cry out and tell him of your lack of faith and hope, because he will fill the holes in your life and bring you back to him… If you’re willing. Step out of the darkness and celebrate you existence in whatever form.

  2. I’m SO THANKFUL that you wrote this – – as I sit here and cry – – I’m SO TIRED of trying to be all that my own expectations, and others want me to be. I’m tired of worrying about what others may think or feel about what I may say or do!! God knows my heart – He knows where I am – I pray for the strength to turn it all over to Him…AGAIN!

  3. Laura- so true! And that seems to be just what the Enemy wants, isn’t it? For us to be concerned about what everyone thinks, to be consumed by worry over all the things we have to “do”. But the TRUTH is, we don’t have to DO anything! Just rest in Him, and allow Him to be the One we abide in. I’m glad it spoke to you! God bless you.

  4. Hosanna,
    You are most definitely not alone! (It feels like I am this way a lot lately – Just a season I suppose I am going through, and I feel like I just need a vacation from life.) I have also found that it’s mostly my own expectations that I am falling short of. (My husband was talking to me about this and how I am way too hard on myself in the ways of being a wife/mom/homemaker.)

    Jeremiah 31:25 says “For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.” — and I feel like this verse really resonates with me when I get feeling this way.

    • I think writing these blogs is way more for me than anyone else sometimes! Just hearing from you ladies that you are going through the same things is very therapeutic for me!

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