More of You, Less of me

I’m struggling.  I haven’t been able to quiet get my finger on the problem, but I know it’s there.

It manifests itself in the dirty house I’ve neglected, the extra time spent online doing absolutely nothing, the dissatisfaction that sends me to old vices, and the frustration I’ve been feeling toward my children way too often.

And so I keep coming back to my “Word for 2014“.

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I bring my struggle to the Lord.  Over and over.  My heart’s deepest cry is, “More of You!  Less of me!”  My weaknesses seem overwhelming.  I cannot do this on my own.

Today He whispered back, “My grace is sufficient.”

I dried my tears, looked up those words, and took a deep breath.

“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.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I know I’m not the only one out there feeling this way.  Whether it’s being halfway through the homeschool year, trying to mother lots of little ones, keeping up with housework, or much more serious issues causing you to feel like you’re floundering, the message in the same.  Lean on Him.  Your weakness does not mean failure; it is a place for Christ’s power to come and rest.

If I could reach out and give you a hug, I would.  But since I can’t, just know that I’m praying for you too as I week at His feet.  You’re not alone.

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Posted on February 17, 2014, in Our Vision, Personal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Turn on some music. Throw a party for anything. Celebrate something in the house to break up the long winter. My kids and even my husband felt giddy & refreshed by celebrating Valentine’s as a family with music and special decorations, treats and activities. Get the kids to help contribute with chores and cleaning up all at the same time–during some free hour for everyone. (Your husband too–trust others to help even if they don’t do it the way you would.) Your work in the home and with your children is divine work for God–it’s your given mission for now.😉 Gotta remind ourselves of that in these monotonous household chores! The verses I cling to:

    Commit your work to the Lord,
    and your plans will be established.
    Proverbs 16:3

    Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
    Colossians 3:23

    Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7, 8 ESV)

  2. Thank you for the encouragement!

  3. I just found your blog!!! Blessing!!! It’s a blessing for me as a mom home schooling my six year old , living so far away , (japan), I had to choose homeschooling because my little one couldn’t cope with the Japanese discipline( even the international school)… And, loving The Lord , I cried out!!! To him , to my shepherd …He has given me promises of hope.. And now… Your blog…. It’s HIM… God bless you!

    • Hi Luisa! I’m so glad my blog is an encouragement to you! I lived in Kenya doing missions before I had children, so I think I can imagine the challenge of combining parenting/homeschooling and living overseas. Bless you!

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