Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Works for Me Wednesday: Dynamite!

Hey Friends! It's a beautiful, hot, sunshiny summer day here in West Michigan, so I'm going to try and quickly get some work done, and then head outdoors to play with my gang! I wanted to share with you a reminder of God's goodness and power (I know I needed this reminder today!), so please enjoy the repeat from earlier this year....

OK, so I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed today. It started yesterday with another morning home with my sick daughter. I'm sorry to say it was not a very "Thankful Thursday" for me (until John came home and I could finally go to the store to buy laundry detergent!).

8 days straight of sick kids (can anyone say "stir crazy"?!), busy family life with 4 kids and a high maintenance dog, still feeling under the weather myself, plus...a couple of very important speaking engagements coming up, journeying with close friends through hard stuff, and more!, has left me exhausted and overwhelmed.

I think I need a 2 day nap!!

But then I'm reminded of God's promises, specifically in 2 Corinthians 12:9. Jesus said to the apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness".

I love that word power. In the original Greek language, it is the word 'dunamis' meaning might, strength, great ability. It's where we get the word 'dynamite'. Dynamic power! It is the power of transformation, and - amazingly - it was released for us when Jesus was raised from the dead! (Did you catch that ~ for us!)

I want this POWER in my life! When I am weak (which is daily!) ~ I want to be strong and mighty and full of His dynamic power! I have tried to live life on my own before, and failed miserably. And, Lord willing, I won't go back. What freedom comes when we take the pressure and expectations off of us - and put them back on God and His Word. He is Able!!

As a Christian, we have ALL the POWER we need for ALL the problems we face! Let me say that again..we have ALL the POWER we need for ALL the problems we face! God's incomparably great POWER is available to help us!!

I get so fired up about this! Sometimes I just want to scream from a mountain top, "Where is the POWER??!!" To watch Christian men and women living defeated, empty lives - or even mediocre lives - thinking that's all there is to the Christian life - breaks my heart!! Jesus desires us to live full, abundant, glorious lives in Him!

I'm not sure when this post finds you today...perhaps weary and exhausted like I am? Overwhelmed? In the midst of relationship challenges? Job concerns? Financial pressures? May our weaknesses put God's POWER on display all the more!

Teach us, O Lord, how to live in the fullness of Your power!

Let's pray: Dear God, We acknowledge You as our All-Powerful God! Lord, today we may feel ___________, but the Truth is that in You, we are strong, and able, and mighty! Please release Your power in our lives. We invite You to go to work! Use us, O Lord, for Your Kingdom purposes! For Your Glory alone! Amen.

P.S. For more Works for Me Wednesday tips, take a peek here! Have a fun, power-filled day!!


Beth Herring said...

oh, i definitely want to tap into that power as well.

Michelle said...

I get the freedom in waiting for your hubby to come home to get the laundry detergent (ok in our house, diapers).

This post was amazing. It's a great reminder of WHO is actually in charge. When we give up "control" and embrace God's control.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Cindy. This was exactly what I needed to hear, more than six months after you originally penned it! I love how you let God work through you, and am always refreshed and encouraged when I visit your site.

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