I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


strength in weakness

“{Faith} is giving credit not to how strong we are (which we aren’t),
but rather how strong God is through us when we are weak.”
~ comment left on yesterday’s post

I loved this comment!  How much truth is in this one statement?  There is a Scripture that reads “Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

For some reason, it took me years to wrap my head around that verse!  I would find myself in the deepest valley, yet feel I needed to be joyful … you know, yippie-skipping around and all that.  When the truth was, it took everything inside of me just to get dressed in the morning.

As I’ve been walking through a valley, one thing that never sat/sits real well with me is hearing “how strong I am.”  Gaa! is what I’d want to scream.  I don’t want to be strong!  I want to lie in bed and eat ice cream for years!

It’s true.  I am strong.  And I would question, “how in the world am I doing this?  How am I still standing?”

“Hello Tracie?  You’re not doing it.  I am.  And BTW {cuz God’s probably cool like that}, you’re not standing … I’m holding you.” says the Lord.

Ahhh … what a sweet reminder.  What sweet encouragement.

Turns out I’ve learned that the LORD is SO full of joy … that HIS character and HIS joy are what strengthens me … what holds me together when I’m weak.  I am thankful for a faith rooted so deeply in the unfailing love of God, that when the winds of life blow harshly … the less I sway {thank you, once again, Beth Moore for this wisdom}.

{read 31 days of faith from the beginning}

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  1. […] a path of uncertainty}, I encourage you to push through … hold your head high … let the joy of the Lord be your strength.  Definitely you want to do these things for yourself, but almost more importantly, I encourage […]

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