Have you ever felt full or satisfied? Think back to a favorite meal that was so good you ate every last bite. Or a time when gathering with family or friends filled your heart to the brim with love. I pray we all have a memory that takes us back to a time when we were fully satisfied.

A recent memory takes me to a time when my dad beamed with pride over how well his therapists told him he was progressing. My heart filled with gratitude and love over the perseverance he continues to display at age 94.

2 Cor 12-9

God’s grace also fills us to the brim even when we have done nothing to deserve it. It comes when we least expect it and looks like unforeseen love. A gift freely given just because. God’s grace washes over us time and time again. It is His gift of redemption when we humbly admit we are weak and underserving.

Let me take you back to my dad. He truly has been making good progress after fracturing his hip. It’s a journey that he wasn’t sure  he had the stamina for at first, but since then has embraced the hard work needed to recover. This story, however, has changed. My dad woke up the other day with a severe pain in his hip. We found out that surgery was needed again. Grace is there for my dad to embrace, but this time it comes with a weakening of resolve and spirit over not so good news. God says “bring it on”. We are strengthened by God’s grace in our time of weakness. We are made whole in our weakness because Christ’s power rests in us. We are stronger when we embrace our weakness and let God take care of the rest.

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. 2 Corinthians 12:9

My dad’s battle is beginning again, but it is one he doesn’t face on his own. God takes our weakness and makes us strong. When we are weary from the battle, He strengthens us with the armor of grace. God’s power is made perfect in weakness. He’s in charge of our battles. God is always battle ready and it is okay for us to wave the flag of surrender. My dad does just that- he surrenders his challenges to God, knowing that He is the keeper of our plans and His plan is always good.

May we learn how to fully surrender our struggles to God and in the process feel the gift of grace and strength wash over us. I am praying for all of you when you feel battle weary that you may release it all to God and let Him fight the battle.

Blessings of grace along the way,

Mary

Joining my friend, Lisha at Give Me Grace

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