For when I am weak, then I am strong

Published Mon, Feb 13 2012 12:16 PM

2 Corinthians 12:10 ...For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I remembered those words last night. Why? I think I was actually listening to God for a change. I can be pretty "bullheaded" as Grandma Koller used to tell me. When I graduated from lay leadership training and became parish ministry assistant at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, I had to chose a verse from the Bible. The verse I chose was 2 Corinthians 12:9..."My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." There's that word "weak" again. But my favorite word "grace" is there too. Lately, I've been very weak...physically, mentally, spiritually. But last night and this morning I've realized that I have God's amazing grace and it is sufficient. So if I have God's sufficient grace, then I must be strong!! I've been told by more than one pastor that sometimes when we feel weakest in our faith, it's when we are the strongest in our faith. Thank you Lord Jesus for opening my eyes today. Thank you most of all for Your sufficient grace to make me strong when I am weak. Amen.

All my projects are just about complete that I have with me. I'm back to working on the wall hanging for our Precious Project. Maybe I can get if finished before I go home next week. Oh my, it's hard to believe I've been out here in Arizona for almost 3 months! I am so excited to be going home. I have shipped at least 6 cartons home containing f-a-b-r-i-c-s or things related to my favorite hobby. Bet you can't guess what that would be.  I have 3 more cartons almost packed but are waiting till after the QCA/Reap What You Sew luncheon on Friday. I have some Show n Tell for the luncheon. After the luncheon I will have to pack it all up and ship it home.

 Not to mention all the birthday stash from 2 birthday clubs. It was like Christmas!!! Thank you to all who sent the wonderful gifts. The fabrics are so beautiful. Tomorrow I will be buying for 2 people on the birthday lists. I'm going to 35th Ave. Shop with Maggie, Marlene and Sheri and then to lunch. It's my first outing other than doctors in almost 10 days. Yipee!! I'm free...well for a couple hours anyway. Then I have to stay in again until Friday. Still fighting the sore throat and still on antibiotics for a few more days. The doctor and my caregiver are trying to build up my energy so I can get on that train next Wednesday.

Also, I need energy because my brother Bill and his wife Jeri are coming from California to visit me this weekend. I'm thrilled because I've never met my brother. You see Bill is from Daddy's second marriage and they grew up in California. I didn't know of their existence until after Daddy passed away 20 years ago. It wasn't until last year that I was able to look up my brothers from that marriage. I now have 5 brothers total! Fortunately, I only grew up with 2 of them. Could you image growing up with 5 younger brothers? Two was bad enough!!! I really do love my brothers...really I do!

Happy Quilting this week! Hugs,



# Pamela said on Monday, February 13, 2012 2:38 PM

Love the verse. "Grace" has been the word I reference daily. Without it, we would not have hope. And, hope causes us to rejoice that someday we will not have to suffer pain. Praying that you will continue to improve in your health.

# Cindy said on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:06 AM

Linda, I love your Blog...I too reflect on the Grace of God daily...I am so thankful for God's Mercy and Grace on my life.  Have a lovely time with your family.


# Kathy M. Boice said on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 3:20 PM

Grace is such a "sufficient" word!!

I can relate to your "brothers" story because my Mom and her siblings were orphaned at a young age. There were seven children in all. Their parents died in a house fire. My Mother was only six years old. It took many years for them to reconnect and build sibling relationships again. Mom often wonders if they would have all been raised together if they would be as close as they are today. Something to think about! Hugs,