His Grace Never Fails

2 Corinthians 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 
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.
How many times have you walked through something and been shown that God’s plan is always best?  Like a million?  If not, you’re just not that old yet.
If we never have the opportunity to walk in faith, we will never learn just how much faith we can have in God.  He is sufficient.
No matter what, He is there.  Every single day as I’ve walked through a trial recently, I have awoken with a roller coaster of emotion.  Every day, as well, God has held me through the day and at the end, His providence has prevailed.
While we can’t just run from every issue, we know He’s going to walk us through every challenge. The realness of our vulnerability is important. It’s important because we all need to know there are others in the trenches, too.

Just how long is a marathon?

This is an easy answer for the foot race, but when you’re in the fire and the word stamina doesn’t even begin to touch on what you’re using to put on foot in front of the other, do ever wonder “What the crap?!  Just how long is this marathon?”

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Male version of me running, active.com

I can tell you I’ve felt it. God takes us to the brink because it’s sometimes the only way we will truly hand it over to him.  Like any good parent, he is always there for us, but to grow us big strong and wise, we have to be allowed to put in work and fight our way out of some hardships.  I personally find Jesus is my bestie way more when I’m only a few miles in and haven’t trained properly.

Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Recently, I had one project where things had started kind of stinky and I learned a lot and we improved over time, so in my head I envisioned smooth sailing (maybe a car ride to the finish), but then I hit a bigger uphill battle than the one before. I can also tell you my prayer time was waning and I couldn’t focus when I went to God.

Many times, I decide my plan is awesome.  I start working said “awesome plan” to realize that maybe I actually have no idea what I’m doing, and had I gone to God in the first place, I might have been saved from the aforementioned “awesome” now sucky plan.

So the race of each difficult time gets longer until we learn the correct path on the course to the finish of that time of growth.  Unlike a real marathon, I can’t just stop running at some point and have a Krispy Kreme (which I would totes do), or finish the race after a finite distance (23.2, and why would that even be a consideration).  This is legit life and we have to finish it to truly learn and move past that difficulty.

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and now you want a doughnut 🙂

How we finish and how many hills we hit depends on our obedience.  My prayer is that you are way better than me about walking in faith through it.