When I am weak, I am strong…

So, over the weekend, we went to a family reunion and had a blast with food, family, and fun.

Even as we gathered to have fun, the fun turned into something not so fun.  Jokes, drinking, and other behaviors were laughed at as we seemed to have fun.  Yet the nature of the jokes were very were serious.  Unfortunately, in an effort to fit in, I joined in with the joking that was not befitting a Christian who is studying to be a pastor

Yes, I am not a perfect Christian and I did sin.  I spent the last few days trying to apologize and figure out how to approach the people who were in on the fun to apologize for not portraying myself as a better Christian.  I even caught the attitude that I was better than they were since I did not get as wild nor did I drink.

Then, in this week’s class, I realized that even so-called perfect Christians struggle with weaknesses at times.  Sort of like the thorn that was in Paul’s side in 2 Cor 12:8-10 (NIV) as it reads:

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

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.

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.

Though I am weak at times, I know that Jesus will use that weakness to make me stronger.  After all, there is that saying “What doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger.”

Therefore, in conclusion, put on the whole armor of God so that next time you struggle against a weakness, you can stand strong and not give in.  More darts will be aimed at us as we prepare for this upcoming journey and with the armor of God, I can fight whatever comes my way with Jesus at my side.

What weaknesses do you have in your life that come up and catch you off guard?  Do you try to fit in even with family and fail?

Please feel free to comment with your thoughts.

Where two or three or more are gathered in prayer…

Today will be a simple quick blog about praying for people.

As we prepare for the journey, we are learning that someone has been diagnosed with cancer.  That another woman is struggling with Alzheimer’s as her husband struggles to understand the situation.  There is a need to pray for a young child whose parents are trying to understand the sudden and mysterious illness that is causing discomfort and pain for the child.

After all, Eph 6:18 (NIV) reads, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Finally, remember, that God does not always answer prayer the way we want Him to answer but He does answer them the way He wants to answer them for our benefit and His purpose as He walks alongside us during the tough times.

Moreover, we need to be praying for other people and asking God what we can do for Him.

So, what is your prayer request or need?

To lift up people in prayer and be supportive of one another, I have created a prayer group on Facebook called Vision 63 Prayer Chain.  The requests in this group will receive continued prayer and we ask that if you are a part of this group, please respect the privacy of those submitting a prayer request and the integrity of the group.

If you want to remain private about your prayer requests, please do not hesitate to private message my personal Facebook page Ann Stenbak Cole.