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Am I Really Weak? – Five Minute Friday

Am I Really Weak? Transforming a label I gave myself and the Five Minute Friday thoughts that go with it!

It occurred to me lately that of all the labels I’ve stopped allowing to define me,  “weak” has managed to stick a little harder than the others.

Oh sure, I’d cast off the obvious labels that I myself, and a few others, had given me in the past. Back before the diagnosis. Back before His transforming grace and freedom. Labels like lazy, faulty, misunderstood, unloved, and unreliable.

Those were gone. Cast off. “I will not be defined by this!” was the mantra.

But whether it applied to my faith, or my mood disorder, or my physical health, for some reason I’ve accepted this one label instead of rejected it. Maybe even tried to make my peace with it. Given it leeway. Some wiggle room.

I called it honesty. Being authentic. Ha.

God has always seen weakness as something else though. He sees it as an opening.

God has always seen weakness as something else though. He sees it as an opening... Click To Tweet

I stood outside today, drinking in a bit of sunshine on my back porch, hearing birds singing as spring-like weather hit,  and taking deep breaths. I was waiting. Waiting to be excused from doing all the adulting that was waiting for me. Waiting for God to excuse me from life because I was feeling all the weakness I sometimes feel come over me when my dysthymia doesn’t want me to be present and engaged.

Waiting for it to define my day.

Instead a verse I was studying last week popped into my head, a gift from the the Holy Spirit no doubt, a nudge that pretty much declared to me a theme He’s been teaching me lately, about how nothing is wasted in His hands…

“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.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

“Hey Daughter, this is not a label. This is just where you end and I begin.”

When I am weak, He is strong.

Where I cannot be able, He becomes more than able.

Where I have to leave off, He picks up.

Where I come to the end of myself, He has been anticipating being the solution.

Where I come to the end of myself, He has been anticipating being the Solution. Click To Tweet

Where my situation wants to pull me down, the Psalms say He will raise me up.

“This is where you end, and I begin.”

So, the label changes.

The sunshine warms across my face, the birds flit, the snow melts.

My show of weakness is His opening for real Glory.


Am I really weak?

Or am I just “being completed”?

Being completed.

By the Glorious Creator King.

Now that’s a label I’ll let stick.


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  1. hi christine:) it’s nice to meet you! i enjoyed your post very much. i’m your next door neighbor today at FMF. i have been running late getting my posts up lately:( i think we were thinking along similar lines today when we wrote. i love that Scripture for sure! as much as i hate being weak and try to be strong, at 70, my weakness has caught up to me in a few areas. it has caused me to need to depend on GOD in ways i wasn’t before…and it is a good thing!

    He promises strength in my weakness. i will have to adjust to that. weakness may not be such a bad thing after all:)

    • Christine Duncan

      February 22, 2017 at 9:42 PM

      Aw, so lovely to read your words, Martha… I too am late getting back to reading and posting and commenting… and am so encouraged by your comment above. Thanks so much, keep replacing all of you with all of Him, He never fails 🙂

  2. Wow! Where you end and I begin. Being completed by our Glorious Creator King. A perspective that puts a whole new spin on our attitude and I love reading what He is working to completion with you Christine. To know the sufficiency of His grace is so enabling. May your soul continue to align itself with the word of our Lord. Blessings and love to you.

    • Christine Duncan

      February 22, 2017 at 9:39 PM

      Aligned with Him, love that, Jeannie. Thankful for all your encouragement, m’dear, it’s wonderful to be able to cheer one another on in the journey! xxoo

  3. Thank you for your lovely post…so real…stopping by from FMF…gloria phifer

  4. Great post! Yes, what a difference it makes if, instead of being defined by our weakness, we see it as an opening for God’s power. I love how he can use even our weaknesses for good.

    • Christine Duncan

      February 22, 2017 at 9:37 PM

      I sometimes forget that He’s waiting in those weaknesses to make Himself all the more known to us, Lesley, you’re so right. And He doesn’t let it stop Him, He just waits for us to relinquish it all. what an amazing God we serve! Thankful for you today, gurl!!!

  5. God sees our weakness as an opening. Yes! That is so true. It makes way for His strength to be perfected in our lives. Visiting you from #9 at the FMF. Blessings!

    • Christine Duncan

      February 22, 2017 at 9:34 PM

      Hi, Barbie, appreciate your words today, thank you! Am catching up on all the good posts from Friday, gotta head over to see yours next!

  6. Oh wow, there are a lot of good thoughts in this to feast on. Thank you for sharing your heart.

    • Christine Duncan

      February 22, 2017 at 9:33 PM

      And thanks for stopping by, Amy! Love connecting with all the #fmfpeeps 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day in Him!

  7. Christine,
    I too have had this beautiful paradigm shift toward how I view being weak. I have a saying, “When I’ve come to the end of myself is when I come to the beginning to JESUS”. May he continue to rise strong in us when we are weak.

    • Christine Duncan

      February 22, 2017 at 9:31 PM

      Love it, Tyra, the end of ourselves… you’re so right. Instead of that being the beginning of fear, we can let it be the beginning of His goodness and provision!

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