Encouragement

I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

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Have you ever felt so beat down and utterly defeated by life?  I have.  For a while, it seemed that the Enemy of my soul had me backed into a corner.  I didn’t believe that I could ever pick myself back up.  I felt broken.  Dead.  Empty.  Life had lost all purpose and meaning.  But then the Lord whispered softly to my soul, “Arise my daughter, you are a warrior, you were not made to break, but to stand and fight.  Fight for your soul, fight for your marriage and your family.  Fight for their souls through prayer and supplication.  Your strength comes from Me alone my daughter, for My strength will be made perfect in your weakness .”  I didn’t know my own strength comes from God alone.  You see, God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (The Message) puts it this way:

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,
My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.
Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

It is in those moments of darkness when we feel that all hope is lost, and we are at our weakest and most desperate, God’s strength is what get’s us through.  So sweet sister, if you are feeling weak and anything but strong today, let me encourage you, God’s tender loving mercy and grace will always be there to get you through even your darkest and loneliest hours.  He is always there ready to catch you in His ever loving arms when you fall.

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I Didn’t Know My Own Strength — Whitney Houston

Lost touch with my soul
I had nowhere to turn, I had nowhere to go
Lost sight of my dream
Thought it would be the end of meI thought I’d never make it through
I had no hope to hold on to
I, I thought I would breakI didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

Found hope in my heart
I found the light to life my way out of the dark
Found all that I need here inside of me

I thought I’d never find my way
I thought I’d never lift that weight
I thought I would break

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

Survived my darkest hour, my faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

There were so many times I wondered
How I’d get through the night
I thought I took all that I could take

I didn’t know my own strength
And I crashed down and I tumbled but I did not crumble
I got through all the pain
I didn’t know my own strength

My faith kept me alive
I picked myself back up, I hold my head up high
I was not built to break
I didn’t know my own strength

I was not built to break, no, no
I got to know my own strength ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

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