I Can Be Such A Bragger!

Why is it I want to hide when I get to the end of myself?

And I get there often.

It’s big things, small things, anywhere in-between things. I forget that the Lord allows me to be weak and vulnerable and teachable and dependent so that He can be my true Strength and Shelter and Wisdom and Confidence.

Of course this doesn’t mean I wallow around in self-pity or low self-esteem. It means I glory in who He is and what He can do in and through me as I hide myself in Him. I’m learning…struggling, honestly…to live this out consistently, but thankfully, the Lord has given me reminders in His Word over and over again:

He says in 2 Corinthians 12, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Then I’m told to “boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” He reminds me not to lose heart in 2 Corinthians 4, because my light and momentary troubles are achieving for me an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

So, I can boast that I have bad mommy days and sometimes I feel like the worst wife on the planet. I can share that I’ve struggled with mild depression and mood swings my whole life. My house is a wreck more often than I’d like to admit, and usually because I haven’t organized my time well or kept my priorities in order. I’m selfish. I make the same mistakes over and over again.

But I won’t stop my boasting there. The Lord is my Stronghold, my Deliverer, my Teacher, my Counselor, my Guide, my Helper, my gracious Forgiver, my Completer, my Potter, my Shepherd and my very VERY Best Friend. My flaws are not a surprise to Him. His mercies are new and available to me every single hour of every day. Nothing is impossible for Him, even ironing out my wrinkliest weaknesses. He says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18) And I pray to be obedient in whatever changes He leads me to make.

Yes, I get to the end of myself, and I get there often. But even more often, I’m out of breath running to the One who was waiting for me to get there in the first place. I love my Jesus, and I won’t hide that from anyone.

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12 Responses to I Can Be Such A Bragger!

  1. Joanne Sher says:

    Soooooo true. For ALL of us. I love your honesty, and your trust in Him.
    Joanne Sher recently posted..Monday Manna for February 21

  2. Lisa Mikitarian says:

    With all that bragging, I’m surprised your head doesn’t get stuck in doorways.

    I love the phrase, “get to the end of myself”. The faster we get there, the better off we are.

    As always you encourage me to relax about some things and hold on firmer to others.

  3. Laury says:

    Race ya to Jesus – ready, set, go! huff huff huff…

    This is why I love you so stinking much. You’re real. Very real.
    Laury recently posted..Wait for it

  4. Maria says:

    Amen!!! Thank you for sharing with such bold honesty! This month the Lord is making some major adjustments in my “comfy” little world. He has me participating in two wonderful small groups of ladies. One group has me pouring over Isaiah and the other has me digging deeper into the topic of Joy through the book of Philippians. He’s also increased my part time hours at work from 6 to 20 hrs per week. He’s stretching me to use my time wisely. But through it all, I’m thankful. Thankful to grow! Thankful to serve! Thankful to share in His Joy!!!

  5. A stunning “write”, sister. If this is what happens when you get to the end of yourself, then I say get there more often. Me too! He takes us through our paces, does he not?

    Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift of grace! Blessed Sabbath rest to you.

    peace~elaine
    elaine @ peace for the journey recently posted..winters work and the winds breath

  6. Sistergirl says:

    Bragging doesn’t have to be negative. When you share your testimony you are being transparent which let others know that to walk with God is not easy but if you trust him his GRACE is sufficient.

  7. LauraLeeShaw says:

    That’s funny, cuz that’s something I love about you too! Thanks, Jo.

  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    So true, Lisa. Thanks for sharing your personal application as well.

  9. LauraLeeShaw says:

    As are you, laury love. Thanks for your loving encouragement.

  10. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Wow, you are being stretched, Maria! And your thankful heart ministers to me, thank you for sharing.

  11. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Elaine, you live this, and I thank you for doing so “out loud.” You minister to me so much. Thank you for taking the time to spur me on.

  12. LauraLeeShaw says:

    That is right! Hopefully I didn’t come across negative…if so, I need to work on that! So thankful for His grace and for your comments, Sistergirl.

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