Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More Grace Needed!

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But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore,
I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.
2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Recent changes in our lives, both big and small, have my daughter's OCD tendencies kicked into overdrive. Her sensory processing is more out of whack than normal. I got sick, complete with a fever of 101. I'm a single, working, homeschooling mom of two, one with significant chronic health issues. I was on the edge. I cried out to God: How much more do you think I can take?

I would like to say He swooped in and fixed all the brokenness in our circumstances, made everything instantly better. He can do that. I know He can. But that's not what happened this time.

The fever lasted for two days. The congestion and cough lingered. Work deadlines still had to be met so I could get paid. I had to do the extra work of keeping both kids on track with school in the middle of my illness, including trying to calm the additional sensory needs and OCD issues. And we still had to eat and have clean clothes to wear!

It was hard, but we made it through that week. While God didn't immediately fix everything for us, He gave us a greater gift - the peace of His presence in the middle of it all. We worked together to come up with a new plan for those days so we could get the critical things done and still work in extra rest for me.

Because I involved my children in the process, they saw how He saw us through the difficulty, and it built their faith for the next obstacle we face.

And then, when we attended church together on Sunday, the pastor preached from Proverbs 3:5-6, outlining all the reasons we can trust God.

His grace is matchless. It carried us through, and it carries us still. It will carry you too.

Pray: Father, thank You for carrying us through a difficult time. Please remind everyone who comes across this that You are carrying them too. You give us grace for every moment that we face, and I am so grateful that You don't leave us alone in our circumstances. Thank You for loving us far more than we can ever imagine. Amen.

~ Jennifer A. Janes

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