2 Corinthians 12:7-10 The New International Version
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
It’s always been difficult for me to accept my weaknesses. I’ve always felt as though I needed to hide those things which made me less than 100%. Oddly, as I sat in church on Easter Sunday, the message was that I really needed to embrace those things which I’ve viewed in the past as shameful, or weak. God has given me these trials, these imperfections to help me see the power of His presence in my life. Without adversity, there would be no way to discern what is good and what is bad. This is a hard lesson to learn. The times in my life where I’ve made mistakes have not been times that I would usually have looked upon with great fondness. In fact, I have often felt that I should have had more regrets about the mistakes that I have made. But this is not the case. From those periods of weakness, I’ve emerged stronger and more confident in God’s power. Where I have failed in the flesh, I have triumphed in spirit and given more strength to that wonderful thing called faith.
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My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
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