"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.
2 Corinthians 12:9
If anyone has weaknesses, it is me! I have struggled with weakness my whole life, just as everyone does, whether they like to admit it or not. Some of my weaknesses, among many others, include a tongue that I can't keep in check, impatience when I can't get things accomplished, crankiness when I'm hungry or tired, selfishness, insecurity, and the list could go on. The point is not to bash myself, but to lift up Jesus that much more because, despite the fact that I live in weakness, He wants to use me for His glory. On my own, I will fail Him every day. I have tons of positive qualities and talents that He's given me, which I try to use for His kingdom, too, but there is an overwhelming feeling of excitement and joy that overtakes me when there is a problem or situation that is too much for me to handle on my own and God takes over and saves the day. I love it! I delight in it!
I am glad that I have weakness so that I can see God's amazing qualities and work that much more clearly. I think this will be my family's anchor verse for this next phase in our lives. There is no way that we can make one income work on our own. We are too weak. We can't make us have more money; additionally, we will be tempted to spend money when we need to save and, I am sure, make other financial mistakes along the way, some of which could be "costly." It will be so important for us to stay in His Word, in prayer, and in counsel with those who are wiser and more knowledgeable about things than we are. I cannot wait for God to show up and see how He is going to provide for us and move in ways we never thought imaginable!
One of my co-workers, after I told the gang that I wasn't returning the next school year, said "Look at you! You're glowing, you're so happy!" I told her that the glow was not from the fact that I get to stay at home with Nora-Kate (although that makes me INCREDIBLY happy!), but the glow was from knowing that the only way we will survive is by God showing up and providing. I love it when He is all we have because HE IS ALL WE NEED!