Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Weakness/His Strength #1: Grace Frees Me

Join me this week for “My weakness, His strength,” a series of posts on the subject of weakness to encourage you to admit and accept your weakness and find comfort in the grace of God in Christ.

Grace frees me to be the child that I am and to ask my Father for help.

What is grace?
Grace: unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God.
Grace, given through Jesus Christ, to sinners, even me.

Grace frees me.
Grace frees us.
 Grace frees us to be honest.
I have found that I waste entirely too much energy trying to hide my weaknesses, trying to make myself seem better or holier or stronger than I actually am.
Being honest, brutally honest, is terrifying, and I think it is so terrifying that it would be impossible…but, God:

But God, being rich in mercy, 
because of the great love with which he loved us, 
even when we were dead in our trespasses, 
made us alive together with Christ— 
by grace you have been saved— (Ephesians 2:4-5)

That acceptance I want?  That security I want?
That approval from God? I already have it in Christ.
I am fully known and fully loved. I do not have to hide any more. I do not have to downplay my weaknesses and exaggerate my strengths. I do not have to waste energy contorting my body and my spirit to make myself perfect, or to appear perfect.
And neither do you, dear Christian.

“Our justification does not depend on our piety and our spiritual performance but on Christ and His performance. We can therefore face up to our recurring failure to live as His holy people and people of prayer. In fact, our failure Is meant to teach us to ask for what we lack and receive everything from Christ.”(Grace Upon Grace, Kleinig, p. 39)

This week I’d like to explore this thought together with you, exploring what it means to be His free children, covered by the grace of God in Christ: what it means to be weak and loved.

What to expect this week:
·         Daily blog posts on weakness and strength (beginning Monday)
·         Brutal honesty and solid, Biblical encouragement in Christ
·         Probing questions: I want to hear from you!

Let's get started!
Do you try to hide your weaknesses? In what ways?
Does the grace of God give you more confidence as you seek to be honest?
It is easier to be honest with Him than it is with people? Why do you think that is?

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  1. Do I try to hide my weaknesses? Yes, all the time. I think it's because I'm the Mom. I can't afford to be weak. I have so many responsibilities on my shoulders that if I am weak, well then...everything collapses. It's happened before and it's not a good feeling.

    Does God's grace give me confidence? Oh yes! A resounding yes! Thank you for helping me realize that. It's only when I've hit the ground that I see His grace. And then I pray that I may see it daily, in all I do, so I don't hit the ground quite so hard the next time.

    Easier to be honest with God than with people? Yes, I feel it is. Although I'm probably not good at it. Not any more than I'm good at being honest with myself. But I know that He is always forgiving and never judgemental. He is patient and never holds a grudge. And with Him I can begin the journey of being honest even if I'm not sure where it's going, you know? Something like this, "I know there is something not right in me, Lord. Something is causing my days to be less productive, too self-centered, and lacking in love. I just can't find it yet. Help me Lord. Forgive me and help me to forgive myself."

    1. Oh Jenny that is such pressure- and I feel it too.

      "I'm the Mom. I can't afford to be weak. I have so many responsibilities on my shoulders that if I am weak, well then...everything collapses."

      I'll be saying more about this later this week. (thanks for the blog topic!)

      yes, the view from the ground is quite spectacular, isn't it? It sure would be nice if I could keep my eyes on that view even when I think I'm standing... Easier said than done!

      About being honest with God- I bet you're better at it than you think. A person who says she is honest with God but probably not good at it, nor is she good at being honest with herself.. That's a pretty bold, honest statement, if you ask me. well, i expect you talk to God about that too, right? And He knows that about you? :) I love that prayer, and I love that we have a God who hears that prayer.

      I hope you are encouraged by the series this week.

  2. Love this post! I found you via the weekend blog walk and am happy to be your newest follower! I'd love for you to visit me back at http://www.two-in-diapers/! :)

    1. heading over to check it out Cassie! I know we are already connected on facebook!
      I only have one in diapers at the moment, but I have had 2 to 3 in diapers since... 2004!

  3. Hello! I'm a friend of Katie's (SimplyHis). I loved this post, and I am very excited about this series! Can't wait to read more.

    Meag @

    1. Welcome Meagan! I'm heading over to check out your site now.. I hope to see you back here again! I'd love to hear your thoughts on this series!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! I hope you enjoy the series! :)

  5. Do I try to hide my weaknesses? Yes, absolutely. I hide by not being open to how I feel about things, always trying to strangle the weaker response so that it doesn't come up and overtake me and allow people to see the "real" me. I am always "fine, thank you". I don't want that judgement that tends to come with any other response. I don't want the pity or shame or guilt that comes with some feelings either. I just want to be me, a child of God, loved and whole.
    Grace of God gives me more confidence to be honest with Him. I know that He knows every fiber of my being, including those lowly feelings of self doubt and yet still loves me completely. I find that awe inspiring. And it is difficult to put those feelings out there for others to see and pick through and try to sort out with or without your permission. God doesn't sort them out, He listens and still loves and forgives me, so long as I ask.

    1. Angie, Hiding is just our reflex, isn't it? Strangle the weaker response- YES. that is what it is like! Shove it down, kill it, hide it, quick!
      So good to know that we are fully known and fully loved by Him.
      I hope you enjoy the series this week.

  6. Hey Emily! Found you through Better Writer & can't wait to see what your series holds this week. So many facets of my own walk with Christ these days feel like my weakness and His strength and so I know this will be an encouraging week. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    Sarah at Inspiration-Driven Life:

    1. Glad you are here Sarah! I don't know what I would do if His Strength didn't put with with my weakness... not only does He put up with, he forgives and renews and strengthens me!
      Heading off to check your site now!

  7. Hi from Friday Blog Hop, Love ur site! Come & say hello when you get a chance.


    1. Welcome Cynthia! I'm following you back on twitter! Hope to see you again soon!

  8. Emily,
    What a powerful series, and what wonderful probing questions to start us off with! Thank you for sharing this on NOBH. Your last question made me reflect on how much easier it is to be honest with God because I know that with Him I am loved, redeemed, forgiven, and chosen; so there is an assurance of grace. Unfortunately, that is definitely not the case with many people...and the biggest challenge is to remember all those things that we are in Christ when we are feeling judged by this world.
    I look forward to checking back this week to delve deeper!
    Love and God Bless,

    1. Christy, thank you for the comments!
      It is much easier to be honest with the One who loves us unconditionally! "We are in Christ when we are feeling judged by this world." YES. Now to emblazon that on my mind.

  9. Thanks for linking up...never thought about my weakness in that way is very comforting...
    Thanks for linking up!

  10. Simply Beautiful! Your newest follower via blog hop. Would love for you to follow back!?

    1. Thank you for coming by! Heading over to check out your place now!


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