My husband called me during a particularly difficult and challenging morning he was having at work. After 15 minutes he ended our conversation like this: “Honey, I love that you love me in my weakness. I appreciate that my weaknesses don’t dissuade you from loving me.”
After I hung the phone up, I sat in my car, stared at the steering wheel, and started crying. My husband had caught me on a non-distracted part of my day. A brief moment of peace had been handed to me and he called during those fifteen minutes. And while he meant his words to bring such comfort to my heart, I discovered they stung a bit.
His incredible kindness led me to great repentance while sitting in that mini-van. His two sentences sat on me all day. Primarily because there are so many other times I do not stop and listen. So many moments I keep my head down and get to my next meeting, carpool the kids around town, or put dinner on the stove. Without warning, my life can become robotic. I rarely take time to value the need to stop and love someone well in the middle of their weakness.
Loving someone in their weaknesses is hard. We all have them. Our weaknesses are not unicorns and rainbows. They are not chocolate fondue fountains celebrating the best in us. Weaknesses are hard, depressing, fragile, dark, overwhelming, chaotic, and leave us heavyhearted. Yet, God’s word clearly honors our weaknesses… showcasing His perfect power through them.
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Corinthians 12:9
I want to love my little family deeper in our weaknesses. I want to celebrate God’s strength and power in their lives during times of struggle and stress. Pointing them to the fact that God will show off and do more than we can think or imagine.
God has given us the opportunity to make much of Him when we are weak, pointing others to His incredible power and sufficiency. He is enough. What a good good friend we do indeed have in Jesus. And my weaknesses don’t dissuade Him from loving me. His power is actually proven perfect in my weakness.
What if, as a mama, I took time to honor the weaknesses of my child by celebrating God’s strength in them?
“My grace is enough; its all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” -2 Corinthians 12:9, The Message.
Susan is Wife to Ed and Mama to three courageous kids from Ethiopia. Susan blogs about life, kids, ministry, Church, adoption, marriage and anything else that moves her heart or crosses her thoughts. She loves connecting with other Moms on her blog (www.susanwanderer.com), Facebook or Instagram: @SusanWanderer