First, go grab some headphones. The best ones you’ve got. If the best ones you’ve got are these suckers (or something similar), you should really go buy new ones, but use the best you’ve got for right now.
Take a break from whatever you’re doing for 2 minutes and listen, but just listen to the whole thing, even if you have to multi-task.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9
I am weak. I am nothing much when compared to others. I am not as confident as I might look, if I ever look confident. Sometimes, I feel like I’m never what I should be or where I should be. It gets hard occasionally, and when I fall, I might not get up for awhile, but I guess I’ve just learned to crawl as fast as I can on my knees. I have many weaknesses, one being myself. I’m my worst enemy and once it starts, it’s pretty hard to stop.
God always provides however. (not sure if that works grammatically.) His grace covers us, guides us and works in us. When we are broken and feel like there is nothing there for us, His grace is what gives us the strength to continue. He is the one who gives us His power and in our weakness, He is lifted up. If God receives glory through my weaknesses, then I am all the more willing to suffer and experience my weaknesses even more so that in the end, God’s power is shown. It might not be shown immediately, but it will happen. When all seems hopeless, trust in God’s everyday grace, because it will always be more than sufficient and will always be there for you.
No matter what happens in my life, it is well with my soul and God’s grace will always be enough to get me through.
“Approaches to holiness that stress moral effort while neglecting God’s grace- “this legalistic approach to holiness rips the heart out of Christianity, leaving people with nothing but the dead form of performance-based religion.”—Brian G. Hedges (via speak-less)
"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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecution, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
There are many things in this world that can become a thorn in our sides. School, work, friends, families all can suddenly change in a blink of an eye into something that worries you and gives you stress. We pray constantly, asking God to take out the thorn that we have in our lives, but instead of trying to make it go away, we should see things from another point of view. If God is really who we depend on, wouldn’t we depend on Him to pull us through even through the storms and the thorns instead of trying to make everything go away and make life much easier? God gives us grace everyday, pours it down upon us, but we don’t even bother to look for it. We don’t bother to take it all in or even ask when we are struggling. God’s grace is something amazing and it is absolutely more than enough to carry us through. When we are weak from our thorns, that is when we are to turn to God (even though we should always be turning to God, even in the good times) for his grace that we know will help us. If the thorns in my side will show the power of God in the end, then I’m more than willing to go through troubled times to show that. That’s why Paul is more than glad to boast about his weaknesses and content enough to go through troubled times because that is when God’s power, love and grace is shown the most and that’s what it’s all about. Turning to God during hard times isn’t a weak thing to do, but it shows strength and faith in God and you never lose because He will never fail you.