It takes inner courage and strength to admit to having a weakness (or weaknesses), especially to others, doesn’t it? Because while weakness and fragility are acceptable in babies, small creatures, flowers and plants, they’re not so welcome by us.

We prefer to be able to look after ourselves, not to be dependent on others, thank you very much. But what if that dependency extends to God? How might we view ourselves and our lives then?

“You are the riches and valuables within me. My weakness, instead of something to push against, is the entry ticket for your strength and power.” — Jesus Every Day: A Journey Through the Bible in One Year by Mary DeMuth

As I read the words above, they offered reassurance of being noticed, upheld and strengthened by God, especially when physical weakness can keep me hidden from the world for months.

You and I can take heart that we are seen, cherished and beloved Just. As. We. Are – weak or strong. We can rest in the knowledge of being no less worthy because we have times and seasons when weakness and weariness totally deplete us.

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We are not forgotten by the One who flung stars into space and knows us more intimately than we know ourselves. God sees our weakness and fragility and longs to give us His power and strength.

“Fear not, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed. I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” — Isaiah 41: 10 TLB

In return for our willing surrender, God offers us His unconditional love, endless mercy, complete forgiveness, and all-encompassing grace. These are untarnishable treasures that shine like sparkling gems during our darkest moments.

Jesus is the richest, strongest thing about you and me. He alone is the greatest treasure our hearts are always seeking for, though we don’t always know it.

May we learn how to grow into the fullness of the strength we have in Christ, while stretching into the increase only He can provide.

Let us long to discover the treasure concealed in darkness and keep following the enduring Light that nothing can extinguish.

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In order to do those things, we will need Godly wisdom and discernment to be our guides. It will require a clear-sighted look at ourselves.

Who, or what, is occupying the primary place in our lives, minds and hearts? Are we more dependent on ourselves, other people or things than we are on God? Where is our major help and strength coming from?

“Instead of trusting in our own strength . . . [God] rescued us. . . . And he’ll do it again, rescuing us as many times as we need rescuing. You and your prayers are part of the rescue operation.” — 2 Corinthians:8–10 The Message

God is teaching us, through our human frailty and weakness, to fully depend on Him alone. He reaches out with compassion, calls our name, and whispers His desire for us to lean on Him for all things.

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“for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.” – Philippians 4: 13 TLB

God wants to take the stress and pressure out of our lives by filling our inner emptiness with Himself and meeting our weakness with His great healing strength. And that’s part of the Holy, royal exchange gifted to us by our faith in Christ.

Friends, I’m sensing a call to pause my words here for a while in order to heal from a virus I’ve been struggling with for several weeks – not the latest scary one, thankfully 😉 – because my weakened immune system takes ages to recover from additional illnesses.

Where are you noticing the need for strengthening in your own life? Let’s pray for one another to be strengthened and healed. ❤️🙏🏻💜

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