Weakness

Weakness & Pro-Conut English Muffins

2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (tpt)

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to relieve me of this. But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the might power of Christ living in me.

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It’s the beginning of week 25 of FaithFull Mornings. Nearly half-way through this year, and this year long commitment to writing this daily devotional. Can I tell you a secret? Last week, I decided to give up early on this project. I texted a friend who’s a great support system and told her how I was feeling; overwhelmed, tired, uninspired, directionless, stumped.

I told her that I couldn’t do it anymore. There was just too much happening around me; moving across the country isn’t an easy thing to do. Moving across the country while writing daily, taking photos of food and creating new recipes felt impossible.

But she came back with the supportive response that changed my heart and my mind. Maybe subconsciously I knew she would, which is why I reached out to her in the first place. She helped me to realize that this thing is so much bigger than me. It’s bigger than my problems, than my challenges, than my broken oven, my moving boxes, and what’s sure to be my unorganized, difficult-to-find-anything workspace for the next month.

This has never been about what I’m doing or the circumstances of my life; it’s about what God’s doing and helping others through the circumstances of their lives. Feeling like I can’t do this is exactly what I should be feeling with a project this huge and a purpose this big. I can’t do this, and it was never for me to do. It’s God’s work, through me.

And when it’s the work of God being done, there’s nothing that can stop Him – especially human weakness. Instead, He uses that weakness to not only fulfill His purpose and plan in the lives of others, but also in the life of His messenger; me.

Each day, when I feel like I can’t possibly show up again, He gently leads me along. When I feel uninspired, He prompts me. When I feel lost, He guides me. When I want to quit, He strengthens me. I keep forgetting it, but this was never about me, but somehow, He’s gracious enough to include me anyway.

Typically, when I feel weak, I want to give up and walk away. I want to shut down and quit instead of admitting my deficiencies. But feeling that vulnerability of being at the end of myself, and knowing that without Him, I simply can’t go on – that’s a blessing. That’s when God takes the mediocre work I’m doing and transforms it into something truly beautiful.

Write

What weaknesses are you currently facing or struggling with in your own life? How can you start to look at this weakness as a blessing instead of a hindrance?

Pray

For God’s strength and grace to cover your weaknesses.

Pro-Conut English Muffins

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

Serves 1 English Muffin

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Ingredients

  • 1 english muffin
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract

Instructions

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine cottage cheese, coconut, and extract and blend until smooth
  2. Toast english muffin to desired level
  3. Spread cottage cheese mixture across the top of each half of the muffin and drizzle with honey
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The nutrition info is calculated using 1 Ezekiel Sprouted Grain English Muffin and 2% cottage cheese.

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