Got the scars to show for it

HOW MANY times have you had to live by faith alone? There was nothing you could do but trust. And wait for change.

The tempter tried to make you lose hope. But you held on tight. It was hard, yet you broke through to the other side.

And by the grace of God, a new dawn arrived.

Still, there were other times, many times, when you pulled a double load, triple even.

You carried the team.

You dug in your heels and resisted.

You stood your ground and fought the good fight.

You gave for others and for family.

You may have even fought for your life.

You have the scars to show for it, inside and out.

You discovered strength you never knew you had.

And in the fire, your character took shape.

There was so much to you had to give up. To give in.

In a not so distant way, you understand the crucified Christ.

Was God absent then? Did you do it all on your own?

It might have felt that way. It still does sometimes, doesn’t it?

But if you shut your eyes, open your heart, and call his name, you know.

You know you are not alone.

And just by calling his name, the Spirit of God restores you.

So many want to do it on their own these days. But that’s not you.

You know.

You are not alone.

You don’t need or want to be. You’re not afraid to admit you need help.

You embrace the need to cry out and say, “Yes Lord! I need help. Help me to trust you more.”

They may say you are weak, but you don’t mind. Let them.

For when you are weak, you are strong.

The grace of God thrives in your vulnerability.

And in the struggle, you know you are fully alive.

You know the effort is worth it, and you won’t go down without a fight.

And in good faith, your struggle glorifies God.

So give it up to him. Give him room to fight for you.

Let him drive out the tempter that says “You can’t”.

Meanwhile, the Lord tells you,

“You will.”

The God of the living has your back. You are meant for glorious things.

What are these things?

Forgive. Heal. Love. Show mercy. Trust and believe.

No things are more glorious.

And by the grace of God, a new dawn arrives.

. . . . . . .

If we die with him,
    we will also live with him.
If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
    he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot deny who he is.

2 Timothy 2:11-13

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