“Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus,

will personally RESTORE, ESTABLISH, STRENGTHEN, & SUPPORT you

after you have suffered a little while.”

~I Peter 5:10

{Stitch Fix Part IV}

Pain. We all experience it in the course of our lifetimes.

Being the independent woman that I am, I have always considered my strength enough. I see a project to be tackled and I storm at it head on and head strong. Tackling these projects over the years has certainly caught up with me physically today. The lifting, pushing, moving, and creating has taken a toil on me more than I ever expected while trying to be the heroine for those around me. I suffer from neck and back pain almost on a daily basis. I do not share this with you to make you feel sorry for me, but I share it to let you in on lessons God has taught me.

Much like Paul, I have begged God to take this pain, this thorn of flesh, away from me. There are days that are much better than others, but some days I cling  the comfort of my massaging heating pad. God reminds me just like He did Paul, that His grace is sufficient for me and His strength is made perfect in my weakness.  He desires and wants to be my comfort. He whispers to me often to lean on Him for strength and to allow others in my life to help. I am learning that I do not have to do it all…all the demands of the day, alone.

My pride of considering myself to be enough eventually brings me to a breaking point of realization that I must depend on strength from the Helper.

The warmth of His love soothes my heart when I am weak. The weakness finds itself not only in the form of physical pain, but in emotional and spiritual pain as well. Pain from heartbreak and disappointment. Pain from strongholds satan places on us. Those around us may not fully understand the pain, but our Heavenly Father does. When we surrender our aches to Him, He can begin pouring in the strength that we personally need.

In the midst of the hurting, the sweetest comfort comes when I allow the joy of the Lord to be my strength. When I turn my pain into praise, He overwhelms me with His peace. No matter what pain has you overwhelmed today, lift up a song of praise to Him and experience the peace that passes all understanding.

Fashioned for This,

 

Candy

“My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

~2 Corinthians 12:9