Weak Women

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

How would you describe yourself? Grab a pen and take a moment to write down a few adjectives. Your list may include words such as:

Loving
Adventurous
Giving
Resilient

While these are beautiful qualities, have you ever described yourself as weak? WEAK?!

I can see you cringing. Most women do not want to be called weak. It is an insult. We want to be seen as strong individuals, who are confident and capable of handling whatever comes our way. Our culture affirms the strong woman stereotype and we are led to believe that we should always exude strength.

Thankfully, the standards of this world are not God’s. As His daughters, it is okay for us to be weak. No one is purely strong. There are areas of our lives where God has blessed us with the ability to thrive. Similarly, there are also areas where God has purposely allowed us to struggle. God does this to build our dependence on Him and prevent us from making idols of ourselves.

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Seasons of Hardship

“Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” – James 1:12 (NASB)

“I just want this to be over!”

I am sure we have all expressed this sentiment during tough times. Unemployment, grief, illness, heartbreak, and other seasons of hardship are uncomfortable and painful. We would love for them to be over with the snap of a finger. The reality is that the only way out of hardship is to go through it.

God’s timing is not our own, so we cannot place a time limit on a season of hardship. The end of one week, month, or even year does not guarantee the start of a new and better season of life. We may very well remain in the same season or enter a more difficult one. 

Being a Christian does not exempt us from life’s hardships. In fact, God intentionally uses hardship to discipline us. This form of discipline is not meant for harm. Rather, God uses it to reveal His character and build ours. 

You will no longer anticipate the end of a season of hardship when you embrace God’s purpose for it in your life. How can you accomplish this? Ask yourself these four questions: 

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Faith Over Fear

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“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV

Faith is the belief that God will fulfill His promises even when they seem impossible. We place our faith in God for many things including healing, provision, protection, and deliverance. God is faithful. He provides us with the breakthrough we need which often results in a boost to our faith.

But what does our faith look like from the moment we first believe until God answers our prayers? I can attest that there are seasons where I stand confidently in God’s ability. I believe wholeheartedly that God will make a way for me. There are also seasons where my faith wavers or is nonexistent. Fear creeps into my heart when God doesn’t answer my prayers in my timing or when I face unexpected hardships along the way. Continue reading “Faith Over Fear”