Sometimes you are lucky enough to find a community that feels just like the place you want to hang out. You know when you visit that it feels like home and once there you don’t want to leave. It’s the feeling you get when you sit across the table from a friend with your favorite coffee or tea. The conversation flows and the friendship flourishes. There is such a place that gathers every week at Kate Motaung’s. It’s called Five Minute Friday where coffee and chocolate are always available. Some friends meet on Twitter Thursday evenings to begin the party and others join after a one word prompt is given for all to ponder. These are my people and this community is HOME. Come join us as we write for five minutes on a word and share your own ponderings.
As a child I lovingly looked at the monkey bars and yearned for the day I could cross on my own strength. Day after day on the playground, I watched the other kids easily maneuvering the bars from beginning to end. I stood in awe and wondered how they accomplished this feat. When most kids had cleared the area, I gave the monkey bars a try and found out that holding on with all my strength was about all I could do. My upper body was weak and as hard as I tried I did not make it across. Eventually, I just admired those who were successful and recognized my weakness.
As I have grown older, I know myself better and better each day. I recognize the areas where I am weak and work on building into my strengths. I thank God for the gifts He has graced me with and know that in my uniqueness, He looks at me as strong and capable.
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It is so easy to believe we are not good enough, strong enough or worthy enough, but in our weaknesses we learn who we are and how God made us. I delight in my weakness because it is then I am strong.
May you rejoice today that God blessed you with parts of your unique identity that balance weak and strong gifts. It is when we use these gifts in harmony with God that we honor Him. God loves the weak and works with us to see that those pieces of us are just as important to Him as the beautiful gifts of strength. God gave us grace and in that grace He reminds us that we are made strong in our weakness.
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. 10 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. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Blessings to all,
And now… Announcing the second Five Minute Friday Retreat! Coming this summer July 21-23, 2017! Yippee!