Sufficient

I’ve had a rough patch here.  A couple days ago my spouse asked what was wrong.   I told him I was sad.   I think it’s a combination of exhaustion, the last dredges of a cold, some lingering culture shock and a frustration about a lack of a buyer for our house.   We would have to decide to sell our house in the worst realty sales month on record in the last twenty years.  Nice timing.

I’m not the sad type.   I tend to run as a fairly stable person.  This means that I’m not usually the one to call on if you are looking for a party but I do work fairly well as a designated driver.    We did a personality test one time at marriage retreat.   My spouse was a golden retriever.  Golden Retrievers are caring,  loyal, and consistent.  I was a lion.   Lions get a lot done, aren’t scared to attack a problem and have a bite when they are cranky.   Go figure.

Ever struggle with a bible verse?  I do sometimes.  It’s because I personally believe that the Bible is true.   So if there is something I read that I don’t like I struggle.   But I have to tell you I still believe its true.   So…here you go….I’ve got one for you.

II Corinthians 12:9 ‎”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.”

Most people love this verse.  My grace is sufficient for you.   What a wonderful truth and strong place to ground your feet.   That’s not the bit I struggle with.  I don’t particularly like the I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships bit.    I’d rather delight in the answers to prayer that go the way I want.   I’d rather that those insults stop.  I’d rather that the hardships go away.   But here is what I need to remember…

It’s not about me.

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  1. Gini Roskam

    Oh Honey – I love you so much. You are so precious to me. Hang in there….God knows the desires of your heart and He has amazing things planned for you. Mark is spending the night tonight at a young couple’s (Ricci and Theo) house in Denver. They lived in our basement for two years and are very special to us. I talked to Mark and Ricci briefly on the phone around 6:00. An hour later Ricci called back and said she had a question for me. She had asked Mark how Annie died and he said she should call me and ask me. So tonight I got to once again tell Annie’s story. By the end Ricci was sobbing and saying things like “How can you tell your child they are about to die?” “Were you angry when your husband died, too” All I could say was that it was during these darkest moments that I felt closest to my heavenly Father and that at times it felt like he was literally picking me up and carrying me. Mindy, your Heavenly Father will carry you through these rough spot days, too. xoxoxox Aunt Gini

    • Gini, And this is exactly why I tell people that your story is amazing. Its because God has given you an incredible ability to bless people with your love and your story. I absolutely know that God is in control and honestly I’m not really worried about anything, more just out of sorts. As mom says, its probably just the poor mes!

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