When I am Weak, Part 2
Not in your own strength for it is God who is all the while effectually at work in you – energizing and creating in you the power and desire – both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
Philippians 2:13 (Amplified)
Years ago a good friend experienced the “death” of a high school relationship. Her long distance boyfriend ended what she thought was a forever love. Watching her grieve was the first time I had witnessed such pain. I was sixteen and had little hope that she would ever love again! In time she found a steady path and realized that there is life after a break up. I asked her what helped her the most. She described how her mother cried with her and sat on her bed while she was curled up sobbing. Her mother said very little, but her tears and gentle presence spoke volumes. My seventeen-year-old friend told me that she felt strength and comfort coming from her mother, even though she said few words. Her mother did not belittle her grief, but instead acknowledged her daughter’s broken heart and the “right” she had to grieve the loss of this boyfriend. Her mother later told my friend that she frequently cried out to the Lord to show her the best way to help her daughter because she knew platitudes would not work.
Sometimes we make encouragement too complicated. Sometimes the most important gift we can give is to acknowledge the person’s pain and simply be there as a conduit of the love of Jesus. Ask Him to transform your heart with a desire to sit in the darkness and weep with the broken hearted, even a child or teenager, knowing there is a Light shining from His heart to yours.
Ask the Lord what friend or family member needs your biblical encouragement today. Perhaps it’s that difficult child you just sent to school with a sigh of relief! Is it time to meet her for lunch just because? Does your husband need an intimate touch, a reassurance that though times are tough right now, you’re in this together? Remember that the Lord promises to give you His strength for those difficult moments.
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the the MARKINC website and listen to the audio resource titled “A Widow’s Journey” so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Carolyn Fredericks shares her own grief journey after the death of her husband. This transparent interview will encourage widows and their families, that there is hope and purpose after the loss of a beloved husband.
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