+Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka
Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—WEAK. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!
It’s been coming on for the past few months. Weeks of unending demands on my energy, my time, and my spirit have sapped strength right out of me.
Traveling, two surgeries (one for a son and one for me) two days apart, and life still doesn’t stop for recovery. Though my hubs has been wonderful.
I feel weak. I’m doing my best to do the important things . . .
Spending time with God.
Exercising (kind of).
Trying (and I emphasize trying) to get enough sleep.
Things keep sabotaging my best-laid plans to do it all right.
I am so very weak.
God seems to be using this season in my life to draw me closer to Himself. We can do our best to take care of ourselves—all of ourselves—but that doesn’t guarantee we’ll walk through every season strong.
Some seasons are too demanding. We can’t face them in our own strength. Only with the help of Jesus.
When we can admit our weakness to the Lord, then He can strengthen us with His power, His love, His energy.
These are a few things I’m learning in my season of weakness:
- Bring our need before the Lord. Confessing honestly how desperately I need Him
- Do our best to take care of ourselves, but don’t rely solely on ourselves to get through these seasons. Only God can bring us through them well.
- Share our needs with friends who will pray for us. Some will help in other ways. One friend has sent an encouraging meme daily to lift my eyes to Jesus
- Being honest with others about our need gives them a chance to serve us, to bless us, and to remind of of God’s goodness.
It is true. When we are weak, and we walk with Jesus, then we are truly strong.
What about you? What has helped you through seasons of weakness? When has God met you in that weak place in a very real way?
I’m linking up with Kate Motaung’s Heading Home Five Minute Friday—WEAK