The Weekend Brew: When You Feel Weak & Vulnerable — 42 Comments

  1. “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 & Jerries and forget that people need us?”

    Oh, yes, this…
    But, yes, there is more life to live, and most days it takes all of my strength- and then some (of His!)

  2. Thank you for hosting this Linky party today!! I was blessed by your post as it really is like how I feel most mornings and often throughout the day. I appreciated the feeling that I was sitting down with you to have a sweet chat about being a mother and wife. Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Hi Barbie. These were exactly my thoughts this afternoon (and selfsame verse) as I wrestled to finish the last chapter of the ebook I’m writing. Yes, it’s freeing to acknowledge our weaknesses and that we can never make it on our own, that’s why the Lord gave us a Helper. Lovely reminder.

    • Rina, how exciting that you are writing an ebook. I have two in the works, but fear keeps me from going forward. I must rely on His strength. I can do nothing on my own.

  4. Hi Barbie,
    I find myself very often weak and exhausted, and sometimes I think Jesus is asking me to learn from Him to be weak and humble in heart, because He will be strong for me in my weakest state; that’s when I find little need to exert extra strength if I find myself under pressure! 🙂

    Linking up with you today; have a week full of love and joyful blessings!

  5. Oh Barbie, I do understand. There are days when I feel overwhelmed. Between work that can be exhausting on this ‘older body’ of mine, blogging, being a wife and daughter, writing a book and all of the other jobs on my list …I’m tired. And my allergies and sinuses have been acting up on top of it all. Sorry about the woe is me bit. 🙂 But He is my strength and for that I am able to keep on. In my weakness He is strong. And best of all, He gets all of the glory.

    Blessings and love,

    • I can do nothing in my own strength. It’s all Him. And I know that is you as well. You are a busy person, and I know without Him, you’d crumble. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

  6. I have a sense of failure. This week my sister was angry me because I blogged about something my anxiety. She said: stopped with it. I was so busy with my own world …and my sister and blogging so I ignored my son. I was confused (my sister hurt me) and disappointed. I hope God forgives I was so busy with myself. His grace is enough and this week I will go in His power again. I want to be there for my son. Thank you for your encouraging post. Your openess is refreshing. Big hug.

    • Oh sweet one, God will forgive you. It’s hard sometimes when we get frustrated not to take it out on others. I am so thankful we found one another through blogging.

  7. And forget about trying to live up to that supermom or star-studed wife label

    I was just talking with someone about this exact topic this week. Yes, yes, yes we need to give up all of our super-fill-in-the-blanks, and let God fill in for us. This was so great Barbie, ahhhh feeling the rest and relaxing coming on. Thank you!

    • You would think that after many years of parenting I would have realized I’m not supermom. Thankful that He gently keeps reminding me. Blessings!

  8. Oh yes, we all have those days. I just had one of those today. I had a massive headache so I just laid down on the couch and slept. There is so much that I wanted to do but today I said no I need to rest.

    You are such a blessing Barbie, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  9. I just read a verse this morning that speaks right to what you were writing about – how we feel so weak, so often, as wives and moms. “We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (II Cor. 4:7) I feel so weak, often – like a fragile clay jar – these words spoke to me, as well as your words. Thanks – and have a great weekend!

    • Thank you Cherry. Yes, that’s how I often feel, like a fragile clay jar. But I remember the clay is what is most pliable in His hands. Blessings!

  10. I don’t know why I am always surprised when I read a blog written from the heart of another woman that resonates so much with my own woman’s heart. Your’s did that today!

  11. We live in a world of expectations. Our own and others….some real, some imagined, and some unattainable. I know that my personal expectations for myself are ridiculous. But…it doesn’t stop me. I am grateful for a God and a husband…both who love me unconditionally and regardless of what I do or don’t do.
    Thanks for the ‘chat’ today Barbie. I enjoyed my cocoa and I know you enjoyed your coffee.

  12. I know what you mean…and am so thankful that God’s grace is sufficient…MORE than sufficient! When I work and strive in my own strength, I get nowhere. But when I rest in God’s strength amazing things happen! Great post, Barbie!

    Blessings, Joan

    • Spiritual and physical rest is so important in order to stay in a place of strength — His strength. Have a beautiful weekend.

    • My oldest is 21 and my youngest 9, and I still strive to be supermom most days. God is teaching me, humbly, that I simply cannot be all things to all people.

  13. Oh yes, I would Love a day snuggled up with Ben and Jerry…and a little chocolate sauce poured on top! Lol! Oh my…that did not come out right! Seriously though I have felt so weak the past few days. Part of it is illness, but the other part is just constantly feeling like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. I just keep repeating to myself…my strength comes from God. I am weak, but He is strong. I feel unequipped and lazy, but He equips me and inspires me. Now, it’s only 7am but I’m thanking God I’ll be forced to get in the car and drive my daughters to a play date today…because on the way home, in steadying of driving past the local grocery store, I’ll be swiftly turning the wheel into the parking lot and will eagerly walk through those automatic doors into the freezer aisle…and indulge in some Ben and Jerry’s. :-).

    • You crack me up! I am so sorry you’re still struggling to get well. I’ve been praying for you. Let’s both indulge in a little Ben and Jerry’s, shall we?

  14. Oh dear Barbie
    How I relate to your words!! With a chronic illness, I, more often than not, am unable to be what I would love to be! But you know what … our Pappa God is close to the suffering and I would not exchange that nearness for anything in the world. Not even a healthy body without pain.
    Much love

  15. I’m glad you wrote a chatty post. It feels like we’re just having a conversation. 😉 I am frustrated that I don’t have time to visit others either. You do a much better job of visiting! I love so many blogs, but I just don’t have time.

    Thank you for the reminder that we just can’t do it all — and that is OK.

    Love and hugs,

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