“Each time he said, “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 Corinthians 12:9 NLT
Every time I read this verse I think about anxiety. I’ve struggled with anxiety for years and years, from little amounts, to I-can’t-get-out-of-bed amounts. And I hate it. I hate that I can’t handle things that others can because of it; I hate that it has the ability to keep me from doing the things I love, or want to do; I hate that it makes me feel so vulnerable and helpless. But in the midst of hating it, I’ve also found myself appreciating it.
Because in those moments I am so aware of my need for Jesus, and being able to come before Him and collapse in His arms comes far easier than when I feel like I have it all together.
My anxiety reminds me of how much I need Jesus, and of His grace that He is so ready to pour over me in the midst of His embrace. And in the moments when I feel like it’s just an overall annoyance in my life, that’s when I need to pause and remember that because of my anxiety, this “thorn in my flesh”, others are able to see Christ at work in my life. Because lets be honest, there is no way that I could do the things that I do without His strength and His provision. Even the little things.
I encourage you to look at areas in your life where you feel like you don’t measure up or that you wish were different, and invite God into those spaces. Maybe He has an invitation in there for you 🙂
This month’s kit went splendidly with some other items I had in my craft stash. I started my page with some watercolor splattered all over to create a little color in my background. I then used “perfect strength” from this month’s free printable (available for members of the Creative Retreat Insiders Group on Facebook!). I used some of the alphabet stickers from this kit, as well as some others from my stash, to make my title. I framed “perfect strength” with the stamp included in this kit. and then colored to help make it more dynamic 🙂 I used the butterfly stickers to fill my page with more color, and then finished off the page with a bunch of heart stickers from the kit and the cute little bow of the month!
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