The Weekend Brew: When You Feel Weak & Vulnerable
Do you ever have days when you are devoid of energy and it hurts just to think? I do. Often. Those days leave me feeling weak, and vulnerable. I am either near tears or ready to lash out at any given moment. I don’t like feeling weak. But then I have to remember that I am a weak, broken, bruised and imperfect vessel, and that’s it’s okay to have an off day.
You see my friends, we have no strength in and of ourselves. I strive every day to be something I’m not — supermom, amazing wife, uber-talented multi-tasker, circus juggler and actress; well, not really, but you get it, don’t you? We clearly cannot do it all. Some days, we are going to feel weak and vulnerable, and that’s okay.
When we say “yes” to our child, instead of getting lost in our own world,
we overcome a weakness that threatens to destroy our relationship with our children.
When we say “I was wrong” to our husbands, we overcome a weakness that threatens to steal the joy and intimacy in our marriage.
When we say “yes” to getting out of bed, when our heads throb and backs ache, we overcome a weakness that desires to pull us back into the deep, dark pit that we were pulled out of.
When we say “yes” to God, we overcome a weakness that fights to pull us out of God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
I don’t know about you, but I feel weak most days and just flat out tired. No matter what your daily schedule looks like, I can imagine you are doing multiple things at the same time. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to choose to just sit, get lost in the TV or a bowl of Ben & Jerrys and forget that people need us?
We are not called to live this life in our own strength. First and foremost, our walk with God is a partnership. We were made for God. Sometimes it takes every ounce of strength that I have to say yes to God. And my yes is so weak so often. But oh, what God can do with a weak yes and a willing heart!
And forget about trying to live up to that supermom or star-studded wife label. Really? It’s okay to ask our husbands or family members for help. We were not called to do it all and be all things to all people. It’s perfectly okay to set healthy boundaries. Go ahead and make your lists, but then realize that it’s not a sign of weakness to leave some things undone. We will never be perfect this side of heaven, so let’s stop trying!
Oh and friends, we need each other. You and me. This big world of blogging can get a little overwhelming at times. There are so many beautiful hearts, and I cannot follow them all and my Google Reader says there are 941 unread items and I am frustrated that I cannot build a community with the 300 bloggers I try to follow. I feel weak and vulnerable next to so many amazing writers. But I’ve given God my weak yes, and asked Him to use me for His glory, as I share my heart through my life’s experiences. And you bless me continually, time and time again. I want to meet every one of you one day and hug your necks!
This is more of a chatty post for me, but I just really wanted you to know that it’s okay to feel weak and vulnerable. It’s perfectly okay to admit that you need help, that you can’t do it all, and that you need a time of rest. REST — this is the most important thing when our hearts are weak and we feel vulnerable.
Will you allow God to quiet your heart and mind as He renews you with His strength today? His strength is perfected in our weakness. I think a weak and vulnerable heart is the best kind of heart for God to use.
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
(2 Cor. 12:9)
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