This! God Can.

This is where I am at right now…my quiet place.

Well, I am not actually sitting on this porch at the moment, but I did several weeks ago. Our friends let us use their pool and while I was done swimming, the others continued…and this is where I ended up.

We had just come off an incredible week within our church. If I can brag for a moment, we have the best church ever! The Spirit of God was moving in souls, people in one accord serving Christ, salvations declared! Total Jesus high. God has been so good to us and I stand amazed in Him.

You would think though, that after seeing God’s mighty working hand so powerfully I’d be full of spiritual energy, ready to conquer the next mountain, but that is not where I was.

  • I was tired.
  • My body was shutting down for the night and it seemed that I was the only one in are family doing so.
  • Bless his sweet precious heart, my husband, who has energy for the both of us, times 10! My ‘Energizer Bunny’ was well…energized; simply fulfilling, being who God had crafted within him to be, which I love. (Going to brag one more time) He is an amazing man: loves God, passionate for souls, faithful, trustworthy, steadfast, giver, the list goes on…
  • But I wasn’t feeling the energy or the strength; all I felt was deadness! I was lagging behind both physically and spiritually.
  • It wasn’t his fault. He wasn’t the problem; he didn’t do anything wrong — the struggle was me.

That night, I was feeling the pains of tiredness, fatigue, exhaustion yet my Energizer was still going, planning, doing, creating, blossoming, and living life for his Savior…and we weren’t on the same ride.

  • Have you ever felt that way?
  • I had a decision to make that would change my outcome for better or worse.

It matters what we do when the reigns of life squeeze us; when our weaknesses strike, when strength is given…it matters!

That night I went to my quiet place; dove into the Word of God and sat…

…and sat!

It took time for my soul to begin to clear. The external and internal noises were louder than the voice of God — ever been there?

Sitting there, purposefully trying to listen, I heard my Savior say, “My grace is sufficient for you — My love, My mercies are poured over you, Colleen. They are always available regardless of your situation: my strength (power) is being perfected in your weaknesses. Be glad…glory, boast in your weaknesses because the power of Christ in you completely enfolds you. I love you. Now rest!” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

  • God filled my empty soul.
  • God renewed my physical body.
  • God redirected my mind, thoughts, and focus.
  • God gave me rest.

And…He can do the same for you!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Hope When It Hurts {pt 1}

Power in Weakness

Americans will do almost anything to appear strong, capable, and worthy of admiration. We exercise our bodies with intensity, climb the corporate ladder at the expense of integrity, and struggle to accept the help of other people. Our society works by the principle that the way up is the road to success and value.

When we transfer this into our Christian faith, here is what happens: We believe that comfort is a right that Christ would never remove, and that success indicates a godly Christian life. This sense of entitlement has therefore deeply impacted the way Christians interpret and respond to suffering.

Think about how we talk about and react to a trial. We try to avoid it. We complain about it. We think we don’t deserve it. We’re embarrassed by it. We commiserate with others about it. We believe that God is mad at us, or just plain angry.

We hate weakness and will do almost anything to escape it.

One big problem with this approach is that weakness is real. Behind our masks, everyone is weak. It’s inbuilt into our humanness in this world. We can’t run from it, and thankfully we don’t need to. What we need is a biblical understanding of the value of weakness (that’s a strange-sounding phrase!), and how suffering is the tool God uses to expose it (that’s another strange idea!).

Everything changes when we see weakness and suffering in the light of the gospel. For it is through human weakness that God’s strength upholds us and is displayed to the world.

Here is the Bible’s description of who a Christian is:We [are those who] have this treasure in jars of clay.” What treasure? The glorious gospel: the work of Jesus Christ to save sinners by grace through faith. And what is clay? A brittle, easily broken substance. And that’s what I am. That’s what you are.

God has a purpose in placing such a treasure in such a jar. We are unfit, breakable, disposable vessels, and God has decided to use our weaknesses to display his power and love. A jar of clay might be cracked in a few places, making it unusable in the world’s eyes, but God sees these deficiencies as a means to pour out and reveal more of Himself.

excerpt taken from Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering by Kristen Wetherell & Sarah Walton


2 Corinthians 4:6-7 says, “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves:”


In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}