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I'm Strong Because I'm Weak

I accredit my great inner strength to not only my will power, but my flaws as well; instead of pretending to be someone who's perfect, I acknowledge the fact that I'm not perfect, plus I'm working on my flaws, which is a source of strength for me. How so? I push myself to continue no matter what life throws my way, so that I will live to see a better and stronger me.
Ichilicious Ichilicious 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 4, 2011

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“Moreover, Ahithophel said unto Absalom, ‘Let me now choose out twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue after David this night: and I will come upon him while he is weary and weak handed, and will make him afraid: and all the people that are with him shall flee; and I will smite the king only; and I will bring back all the people unto thee; the man whom thou seekest is as if a returned: so all the people shall be in peace.’



And the saying pleased Absalom well, and all the elders of Israel.”

II Samuel 17: 1- 4

King James Version



EXPLORATION



“Living The ‘Good Life’”

Part V “Girded With Strength”



“For You have girded me with strength for the battle: You have subdued under me and caused to bow down those who rose up against me.”

Psalm 18: 39

Amplified Bible



If I were to measure the strength in my emotional and spiritual life right now on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being “super” strength, what number would I choose?



What events in my life have affected my strength?



How have I seen God respond to my need for strength in the past?



“The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 27: 1

K.J.V.



INSPIRATION



“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and Thou hast brought me into the dust of death.”

Psalm 22: 14-15

K.J.V.



I just got off the phone with my dear friend, Ann Marie, one of the most spiritually connected girls I’ve ever met. We were sharing with each other the struggles and challenges we have both faced over the past few months. And we agreed that these trying situations have taken a huge toll on our strength physically, emotionally and spiritually.



With one problem after another upending us, it seems that we are slogging our way from one miserable crisis to another. If it is true that “misery loves company,” then I know for a fact that my precious friend Ann Marie and I have a lot of company because I personally read every prayer request that comes to Transformation Garden and let me tell you, one thing is clear, God’s daughters and sons are being hit hard right now. Job loss. Financial disasters. Family problems. Cancer. Betrayal.



And the list goes on and on.



Well, let me tell you something, we have another fellow traveler in life’s journey, King David, who wrote, “I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.”



I can relate to those words of David for over the last few months, because of our car accident and the continuing life-long challenges Jim and I face, I’ve had more pain than ever before. And at times, I’ve felt as if, “all my bones were out of joint.”



David went on to describe ..

Oh wow :-) That is empowering. I'm adopting this attitude.