Sunday, February 27, 2011

strength in weakness

I hate failure. And failure is where I am. I perceive failure in every movement of my being.

Friendships. Fail.
Work. Fail.
Art & Writing. Fail.
Housekeeping. Epic fail.

I was beating myself up today over all of the things I just can't seem to get right. Why do I still struggle? Why am I still so weak? Why am I a failure?

I sat and cried and pondered the things I haven't accomplished. The things I have messed up. The people I have offended. The unused potential. The distance between me and my God.

"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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

These verses breathe new life into me. Christ's power is made perfect in my weakness. It shouldn't come as any surprise to me that I fail, that I'm weak, that I can't do it on my own. In fact, there is grace in the recognition of weakness, for then in Christ I am strong.

When I am weak at work, at home, at church, in relationships... it is in those moments that Christ can be magnified as He proves Himself strong though I am weak, though I fail.

I don't need to pity myself for my weakness, and cry over my failings. I must turn my eyes upon Jesus, and rely on Him for His strength and grace in my darkness.

And in the darkness, when I have no words, the Spirit intercedes.

"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings to deep for words." Romans 8:26

How wonderful is it that we have a Savior who is greater than all our sin? A Savior who is strong in our weakness? A Spirit that intercedes for us? A Father who loves us?

"For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:15-16

Jesus walked on this earth and experienced life as a human being. He knows our weakness through experience, but He overcame them. He will give us grace and mercy in our time of need. How wonderful, how divine is the love of Christ for us?

This day was not easy for me, but it has brought me closer to the One who knows me by name and is strong in my weakness. May you find mercy, grace, hope, love, and strength in your Savior.

spring will come

I'm thankful that spring is on its way. It is hard to believe it today while the weather turns icy and we have sleet and snow. But the snow doesn't stay forever now, and the sun rises earlier everyday. Soon flowers will bloom, the birds will sing, and the wind will be gentle.

Spring will come, it will be warm again soon.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

blizzard '11

This blizzard was incredible. I've never seen so much snow fall, ever. The first three pictures were taken while it was still snowing, the last ones were taken while Tim and I walked around and surveyed the damage later in the day. It was so fun to enjoy the snow and not have to worry about getting to work this morning, and we have a second snow day tomorrow. Crazy.

Tonight we are celebrating snow day by making a roast and potatoes, writing some poetry/music, watching a movie, and maybe making some chocolate chip cookies. What are your plans for your snow day?

Now we can all tell our future children, yes, I was there. I was there for the Blizzard of 2011.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Happy February 1st everyone! I'm very excited that Valentine's Day is just around the corner!

I've been talking about Valentine's Day for awhile (I think a few people think I'm crazy), but I really do love making valentines. And, it is one of the few times a year that I tolerate lots of pink and glitter. So that is always fun.

A few upcoming posts to stay tuned for:

Epic Snowstorm Snow Day
A poem about a librarian
Valentine's Day Tea Party and Cardmaking

Stay cozy everyone, and my friends on the West Coast, enjoy the weather!