“My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in weakness.“
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9
At our Spring Hope4Hollywood Ladies Tea: Stories of Grace, Alison Stein shared how God’s grace gives her daily strength.
“When I was in my 20’s I was in an unhealthy relationship which led to an unplanned pregnancy. 7 months later, my boyfriend’s friend came over to visit. Although I had never met this friend before he asked to share “the gospel” with me. At first I was resistant, but then agreed. He began to share Scriptures with me. I held onto his every word. I prayed with him and right then and there I experienced a large weight lifted off my shoulders, and felt light as a feather. From that moment on I felt like a whole new person, Christ became my new focus in life.
My son Kai was born on Sept. 13, 2009. What a blessing it was, God had entrusted me with a beautiful and healthy baby boy, to love, teach and to raise as a child of God. During what should have been the most enjoyable time of our lives, Kai’s dad fell away from the church. He continued living a reckless life and no longer wanted to marry or spend time with his son. Kai’s dad is currently in prison with no custody or visitation rights.
God made this child of mine very advanced in his years, opinionated, very much a people person that always craves human interaction, active and awesome in all sports, the list goes on. There are days that I cringe when I get the call or text or note from his teacher letting me know how he was misbehaving, I automatically worry that it’s because he has no father, or that I’m not a good role model all of the time, or I’m not spending enough quality time with him.
1 Corinthians reminds me that God’s grace makes up for my weaknesses. When I feel exhausted or defeated I remember the truth and that is God knows where I work, God knows how He created my son, and God knows what I am capable of handling even when I think it is a couple pounds over the limit. I’m not going to sugar coat things and say my life is easy by any means but as a believer I can have peace and comfort knowing that God’s grace furnishes what is lacking in my life due to personal weakness. Knowing that God is not asking me to do anything that he is not willing to accomplish through me is my greatest source of encouragement.”
What area of your life do you feel weak?
How can relying on God’s grace give you strength for today?