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    What To Do When You Don’t Feel Strong Enough

    Admitting that I can’t do things on my own is hard. It goes against the things I was taught growing up. It certainly goes against everything that the world tells us.

    This morning, I had an entirely different post in mind. Completely different topic, but I just couldn’t get my thoughts together. I couldn’t get the words down. It felt like I was running my head into a brick wall. I let out a frustrated sigh and turned on some worship music.

    Then I heard it…the gentle voice of my Lord speaking to me.

    “Are you trying to do this on your own? In your own strength?”

    Yep. I was.

    I didn’t pray before I started writing. I didn’t ask God what He wanted to speak to your heart today; what He wanted to speak to my heart. I didn’t invite God to come and be a part of what I was doing. I didn’t ask for His wisdom (which is SO much greater than mine) to do what I was doing. I forgot that every good thing I have ever written was because of Him; because of the talents and skills He gave me; His power, strength and wisdom.

    I forgot.

    In my pride, I tried to do it on my own.

    Yep, that turned out well…

    Whose strength do you do things in, God’s or your own?

    2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Each time He [the Lord] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

    Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    10 COMMENTS

    1. Thank you for posting this! It is so true! I’ve also noticed that when I try to accomplish things on my own, it normally never works out, or it’ll work out….for a really short while until it comes crashing down. But, when i have Jesus, He gives me the knowledge to do what I’m trying to do. And, if He doesn’t help me with what I’m doing, then I realize that maybe this isn’t something God wants me to do. 🙂

    2. Thank you! I’m always trying to do things on my own, and I feel like a total coward if I can’t. Now I realize that if I when I’m having tough times, I really need to see that I’m not alone and that Jesus can do anything and everything-I see things this way all the time at church or with buddies etc. but when I gotta do something thats important to me(big test, driver’s training,)my brain totally shuts down if I don’t know the right answer and sucks me into a ‘awh no what am I gonna do I’m a failure!” mindset. Now I know that I need to cool down and ask Jesus to help me out when I need it most. Thanks a mil! ♥

      • you’re so welcome Jillian! I still get scared about many things, including being a witness to people on Facebook! Just pray continually, and He will always help you- I promise! God Bless I’m praying for you!

    3. Alli – My parents are also divorced. When the divorce was happening I tried to take that on myself as well. What I learned during that time is that we cannot change people’s hearts, only God can do that. God doesn’t want you to feel responsible to carry that weight, it is too heavy for you to carry. God wants to carry that burden for you so that you can enjoy the freedom that He has given you in Jesus Christ. God wants you to run to Him, climb up in His lap and rest. He will handle the problems while you rest in His love.

    4. What if you have prayed and you still don’t feel strong enough? There is so much going on in my life right now that I can’t put it into words. I pray and am in my Bible but I still don’t feel like I have enough strength.

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