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Day 45- His Strength is Perfect

9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  ~2 Corinthians 12:9, 10

Today, Lord let me recognize my weaknesses, so you can prove your power.
I believe God want’s us to rely completely upon Him.  He wants to demonstrate His power through us and wants us to know His faithfulness, as His power and strength are perfected in our weakness.

I am often reminded about how strong my Dad was in his last days on earth.  It left me speechless as I saw just how much his worn body had to endure. Never once did he complain, or cry or even flinch as the nurses tried time and time again to draw blood from his very thin, tiny veins. He patiently waited as the nurses made seemingly futile attempts, one after the other, until finally the needle used for infants went in. Emotionally the nurse would apologize, and he’d just smile back at her and nod his head as to reassure her it was okay, he was okay.

In situation after situation Dad always seemed to have such strength and courage; words seem inadequate to describe.  He’d done it! He’d allowed God to perfect His strength in him. I saw this one with my own eyes.  So today, if I’m feeling just a bit stronger, it’s humbling to know this one thing for sure – it’s not I, but Christ that lives on the inside of me. 
Also read Galatians 2:20

Day 30- A Reflection , A Change

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 
~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Today I looked at my reflection and noticed a few more changes, that weren’t there a year ago. Hum? I began to think about the fact that now I meet more people who are younger than I am, while before most new people I met were usually older than I am. Then my thoughts went to things that I have yet to experience, places I still want to go and so many things that I still need to complete for the kingdom of God.

Tomorrow when I look at my reflection I hope it looks different than it used to.  My prayer is that yours does too. Though, from now on when I see my reflection, it will make me stop and think, but not about a gray hair or the wrinkle that invades my smile because of time gone by.  I will see my reflection different than before because I’m determined to see it through God’s word.  This change is a good one, closer to His image and His likeness.