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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 4, 2011 - When I Am Weak

By Rhea Falig

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).

I must confess, it’s my sinful nature to want to take matters into my own hands. If I see a problem I want to fix it. But for the last few years of my life I find myself in situations I can’t fix on my own. (I tend to feel sorry for myself when that happens.) This applies to every area of life — even spiritual things.

Yesterday I was sitting in the car with my kids, stranded at the gas station for two hours. The remote starter on our car stopped working, and it wouldn’t allow us to start the car any other way. I was stuck. No cell phone, no idea how I was going to get home. Eric was at work, and I didn’t know what to do. So I went into the gas station and called my parents to come and get us. They live an hour away, so I waited for a very long time.

Josiah was sleeping in the backseat, and David was in the front seat playing with and eating M&M’s and getting covered in chocolate. That night I was supposed to lead worship for our women’s ministry at church, and I was feeling so discouraged. I wondered why things like this always have to happen at the worst possible times. Eric always takes the car to work, and the one time I keep it, the car stops working.

I was weak. I was broken. I was fed up. I was feeling so frustrated that we’re always the ones needing help with our problems. I want to be the one who always has everything together so I can stop depending on everybody for everything. But for some reason the past few years we’ve needed so much from the Lord, there have been many times we just couldn’t make it without His provision.

So I was asking the Lord to help me deal with all these feelings, and He reminded me that my weakness isn’t a curse but a blessing. It allows Him to be God. So my dad dropped me off at church, and I led worship when what I wanted to do was curl up in bed and feel sorry for myself. God showed up in amazing ways.

When we are no longer able to rely on ourselves to meet a need or fix a problem, we are blessed. Because at such times God can be God. When our jobs don’t meet the need, when our cars don’t meet the need, when our health doesn’t meet the need, when our children don’t meet the need, when our spouse doesn’t meet the need, when nothing can meet our need but Jesus — that is when His strength breaks through the darkness and His light shines into our situation.

When we rely entirely on Jesus we are in the middle of where God wants us to be. To get to that place, our circumstances don’t need to change; we need to change from the inside out. We don’t need a better job or more money or better cars. Nothing material can fix the deep inner struggles we face. What we need is more of Jesus. We need to depend on Him for all things because His strength is made perfect in our weakness — and that changes everything!

That means I don’t have to perform. I don’t have to pretend to be stronger than I really am. I don’t have to have the answers to everything or know what to do every time. When I am weak it gives Jesus the open door to be my Knight in shining armor coming to the rescue. And He always does! That is my great joy in life, knowing that I have a Hero who loves me just as I am. Knowing that even though I am weak He is strong enough to meet all my needs because He is so faithful.

— Rhea Falig attends Life360 Church (AG) in Springfield, Mo., with her husband, Eric, and sons Josiah and David.



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