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When I Can’t

September 27, 2012

When I Can’t

Some days I feel like I just “can’t”. I can’t be the mom I want to be, the wife I want to be. I can’t do the laundry. I can’t keep my house as clean as I want. I can’t be disciplined. I just can’t.

And, well, that is true. I can’t. But Philippians 4:13 promises that I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. So often, I apply this concept to “big” things. But the reality is I will fail at everything without God’s strength. When I want to be ugly to my husband, I can respond with grace…through Christ. When I want to take a nap instead of spend time in prayer, I can choose to spend time with Christ…through His strength. When I want to sit down and get on Facebook instead of unload the dishwasher, I can be responsible…through Christ.

When I fail, it’s because I stubbornly insist on doing things myself. When I fail, I can confess my sin, and He is faithful and just to forgive me. He’ll help me up, set me on my feet again. His hand is reaching out to mine, waiting for me to grab on and take those stumbling steps. He holds me up and keeps me from falling.

Just as a child learning to walk must hold on to something for support, I need support as well. And I have it.

I can.

 

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 27, 2012 5:54 pm

    Thanks for reposting this and including it in your beautiful thoughts on the subject. Reading your post was a blessing to me! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. Keep it up!

    • ebobo1080 permalink
      September 27, 2012 9:25 pm

      How funny to see your comment. I’m more or less just blogging as a personal journal, and I forgot that I kept my settings public! When I saw the comment, I wondered who in the world had stumbled across my blog. Now it makes sense. Thank you for your kind words and your post that was so encouraging to me!

  2. Mom24boys permalink
    September 28, 2012 7:01 pm

    I’m so glad I followed the link from fiveintow. I’ve been mom-ing for 28 years now (28, 26, 16, 13 yos) and still, I needed to see this post TODAY.
    I am so encouraged to see young Christian mothers seeking after God’s way and trying to NOT measure themselves by the world. It makes me feel not-so-alone. It reminds me that I do, after all, still have what it takes to finish the race.

  3. Punky Bobo permalink
    October 3, 2012 6:09 pm

    Thank you for your gracious words which are an encouragement to me!

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