Verse of the Day

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."

~Philippians 4:13

Today's Devotional Thought

March 29, 2012 by Rachel Piferi


Amazing Strength

It is one of those seasons in life right now where it feels like it is just too much!! For both of us here at After the Miracle, it seems as ministry, family, and just personal junk has all collided and there is not enough of us to do it all.

Whether you are in ministry or not, I know you know what that feels like as a woman. All women juggle multiple roles and we want to give 100% to each one of those roles. I know that I want to give myself 100% to my man. I want to give myself 100% to my children. I want to give myself 100% to my best friend. I want to give myself 100% to those around me who are hurting and need to know that God loves them and has a mighty plan for their life.

Oh how I wish you could see the tears welling up in my eyes at this moment as I type these wishes. Oh how I want to be enough, but I am just not.

And God is not calling me to be enough in my own strength.

As I think about how I really am not enough to do everything I know God wants me to do, I am reminded of Philippians 4:13. You see that verse becomes so powerful when I am feeling stretched thin. (And, it is not a stretching due to my disobedience which has happened to me when I have thrown myself into things I know I should not be doing). This is a stretching due to doing things God has called me to. And, I believe it is a stretching of myself so that God can really reveal himself. So that he can reveal himself as the true source of my strength and my endurance and the supplier of all my needs.

Let me share something powerful that happened to me this past Sunday...

Over the weekend, my husband and I took our youth to a local conference. It was Friday and Saturday afternoons and evenings and we were out late both evenings. I was teaching Sunday School on Sunday morning and due to the crazy week I had, I was not able to prepare until Sunday morning. I hate doing that because I really want to pour myself into preparing. But, it honestly was not possible with the week that last week was.

And that is when God showed up.

I went over to church early on Sunday and sat down to prepare. I started by praying that God would show me what it was that I was supposed to focus on in the lesson. The topic was thankfulness and I had material from previous classes and Bible Studies that I could have pulled together, but I wanted God's direction for the class. I wanted him to show me what direction to go because on that morning, I really felt like I had nothing. I was tired from the weekend with our youth and I was just flat out depleted from the week before.

"God...hit me with something...just give me something!

And then I opened my Jesus Calling devotional and right there on the page labeled March 25th was a devotional on thankfulness. Briefly written and supported by Scripture, God had given me my direction. He had provided the material that he wanted me to cover with the class.


Stopped me in my tracks.

I was simply awed at God's faithfulness and once again reminded of his promise to carry us through. To provide for us. To strengthen us.

Amazing. When I am not enough, God is. I just have to walk in obedience.

I have learned that when I think I am enough, I don't get the opportunity to watch God show up. Sadly, I sometimes don't even call on God to show up in those moments that I think, "I got this!" But, when I realize that I am not enough, God can really show up. God can use my tired, weary, depleted body and work something amazing. And, I get the pleasure of sitting back and watching him work. And it is magnificent and such a powerful reminder of the true source of my strength.

If you are tired, weary, or depleted today, then just rest in the fact that God is strong and will accomplish such amazing things through you, especially at your weakest moments. He will give you strength. Oh I know it is a much quoted verse, but believe that can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Believe it, sweet friends! Believe it!

Memorize this verse today:

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."
~Philippians 4:13

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