Our church is dong something right.
I know because we have been bombarded with attacks. There have been so many health issues and personal crises that I can’t keep up. And those are the ones I know about personally.
These issues are taking *a little* attention away from what the leaders of our church are up to: A series on How People Change, and an intensive for all of our members on how to be a missionary in your own zip code. I think Satan is licking his chops waiting for a fall, waiting for a failure, hoping to mock God.
Maybe you already read between the lines to hear that Brad is slightly busy. In fact, I’m not sure the last time I didn’t get asked to pray about a difficult meeting he would be having.
And in the midst of all of this spiritual warfare, here I am: ill (with I’m not sure what), having the busiest work-week of the year, and struggling with a 13-month old who is cutting molars and yelling about 50% of the time. While my patience is still strong, so is my weakness. And I’m reminded:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 2:9-10, NIV)
Back to Wedded Wednesday. You see, I am not a very good support to my husband right now. I’m zapped; he’s zapped. How do I encourage him during this time when I am so discouraged myself? How do I show him that he’s the rock star of our home when he’s not here very much right now? How can I practice my kissing experiment!? 😉
The question is: How do I let the gospel triumph right now?
It’s not going to be by doing more cleaning, cooking, or even kissing. It’s going to be by doing more praying.
And when I’m overwhelmed with the big stuff going on, and all I can do is lie down, I will seek God and let the Holy Spirit speak for me.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26, NIV)
Lord, it’s true I don’t know how to pray right now. The list is too long; the urgencies are too close. Forgive me for pitying myself in the midst of these trials. I trust you – that you are using the sufferings in our body for the perseverance of our faith. That you are taking care of my marriage and my family when I can’t take care of it like I think I should.
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