By Alison Feinauer
“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.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Sweet daughters of the King! I pray that today you are refreshed and filled up with the Holy Spirit and the joy that He wants you to have from being in His presence.
I love this quote from my devotion this morning:
“I have chosen you less for your strengths than for you weaknesses, which amplify your need for Me. Depend on Me more and more and I will shower Peace on all your paths.” (Jesus Calling Morning and Evening Devotional By Sarah Young, October 24th)
Usually, I list all my weaknesses and think – no way can He use this hot mess, my failures, my setbacks, my blow ups, my anxiety, my emptiness… but He says – YES! I can use it all; and I will use it all! I’ll meet you right where you are. Lean on Me—Your Holy Father.
So today I say yes to my weaknesses and invite Him into them.
If I’m honest, I still want to have this great body and image that says I have it all together. I still want people to see me as a great mom and wife. I still want to be strong and capable and dependable. I still want to have it all. I’m afraid of letting the ball drop. But that’s the world and the flesh. Jesus is calling me to lay all that down at His feet. He wants me to be still, to look up in His face and take the mask off and replace all of that with His truth, grace, mercy and glory.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
What are you trying to hold up today? What role are you playing that is making you tired and weary? What are those weaknesses? Lay it all down.
Father – I repent of agreeing with the spirit of rejection that I’ll never measure up, that until I look perfect and act perfect, that I will not have arrived.
Satan – I tell you right now that I’m no longer agreeing with your lies. You have no authority or place in my life, in my day, in my thoughts. In the Name of Jesus Christ, I command you to go!
Holy Spirit – I invite you into the places in my heart that are dark with fear and emptiness. Heal them and fill them up with your presence, your truth, and your comfort. Help me to trust that You are for me and aren’t holding out on me. Please bless me with peace. Bless me that: when I look at food, I’ll see it as fuel and not comfort or control, when I look at my family, I’ll see them as a blessing and not what tanks me, when I am at work, I’ll see You in the midst of my to do list and You’ll help me prioritize and pause for connection.
Father, I want You more than anything. I know that we, your daughters, see abundant life differently. But God you know what that looks like for each of us. Please bless the women reading this with abundant life. Lord, whatever dreams You put inside of them, call them out and silence the fear that keeps those dreams silent. Awaken in us whatever You have for us. Whatever purpose You have for today, the next hour, whatever meetings or interactions we have with our family, slow us down, so we may be filled up with Your presence. Nothing can satisfy us but You. We want only You Father. I pray all this in Your Name and the Character of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.