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Feeling Weak, Writing Strong

July 18, 2015 by

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We’ve all heard the expression, “That’s easier said than done.”

If you’re a regular reader, you know that I write about saving money so that you can stretch the paycheck, get out of debt, or save for a financial goal that is important to you.

You know that I write often about how this life can be really, really hard, but that we can live with peace and hope because we know our God and He is always, always good.

I often share about my blessings because counting them reminds me of their abundance even when I forget.

When you read the words that I write, do you find yourself thinking, “That’s easy for her to say”?

I write, first and foremost, to bring glory to God. I believe that He has given me a gift of encouragement and words with which to do that.

My heart is secondly to encourage you. I want you to know that you aren’t alone in your struggles and to tell you that we should use our trials to draw nearer to God because He promises to be found when we seek Him.

I also want to honestly share with you the fact that I write, in part, to process what I am going through.

When I am hurting, I write.

When I am worried or fearful, I write.

I work though the hard things in life, in part, by writing.

All writers know that when we share our words with others, we are sharing a little piece of ourselves. I do that to encourage you, but I also do it to remind myself.

I write about faith not because mine is perfect, but because I need the reminders just as much as you do.

I write about frugality because while I may make it seem easy and fun, at times, it is anything but.

I write about my blessings because seeing them on the screen helps me to imprint them on my heart.

So just in case you read my blog and think that I have it all together, let me tell you now that I do not.

I stumble, I struggle, and I fail just like everyone else. Some days I need to go back and read the things I have written for you because I need them for me.

A lot of what I write here could fall into the category of “easier said than done”. I get that. Just don’t misunderstand me.

My frugality fails.

My faith falters.

My blessings are quickly forgotten.

And when I feel weak, I write strong because

His grace covers us all. Let us remember to extend that grace to ourselves and to one another. I know that, too, is easier said than done.

“But, with God, all things are possible.” -Matthew 19:26

So the next time you find yourself thinking that something is “easier said than done”, remember the words of Jesus…

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5 (NKJV)

We don’t have to worry that we can’t do it all. Our focus, rather, should be abiding in Him for He is the source of our fruit.

And when we mess up (because we will), let us rest in His amazing grace.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though this world is hard, You are always good. Help us to find peace in that truth. We thank You that it is Your desire to abide in us and that You wish for us to abide in You. Thank You for Your abundant grace that covers us all. Thank You that when we are weak, then we are strong in You. Please help us to remember that as we go about our days. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

What do you think? When you read what is meant to be encouragement, do you feel less than? We all need to practice extending more grace to ourselves at times, don’t we?

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52 Responses to Feeling Weak, Writing Strong

  1. Being Woven

    Heather, thank you for these honest words as well as encouraging ones. We all falter and fail in so much but God brings us through storms, no matter how big or small they are. Your words are meant to engage us and open our eyes. Sometimes we see just what you want us to find in your words and sometimes not. But when God gives us His revelations, and asks us to write…for His glory…that is what we do. And that is what is important. The ways a reader interprets others’ words is are where they/we are at any given moment. As Christian bloggers, we are to write for God and He will take care of the rest. And you do that well.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    • Heather

      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, Linda. You have blessed me with them. I couldn’t agree more. God asks us to write and share what He lays on our hearts and then we trust in Him to use them for His purposes and for His glory. May He continue to bless you and yours. xo

  2. Brenda

    Heather, love how you word that: “When I feel weak, I write strong.” Isn’t it so true that emotions open up our hands to put into words the feelings of our hearts. (Or at least to try to, sometimes I feel like I can’t always do my heart justice with my words…) Thoughtful post today, thank you for sharing. Visiting you today from the words with Winter linkup. ~ blessings ~

    • Heather

      It is absolutely true! I’m so thankful for this gift that not only enables me to process but to encourage others who might be feeling the same. Thank you so much for visiting and for taking the time to share your thoughts. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Arlene Baker

    Wonderful! I know that the LORD is our ABBA, FATHER, a LOVING DADDY. I am reminded of my babies learning to walk and remembering their tumble and falls. I remember standing beside them and encouraging them; I remember setting them on their feet again. I have always been so proud of ALL my kids-in-LOVE. I know that our DADDY, FATHER LOVES us more than we can imagine. HE picks us up and sets us on our feet again.
    I love this verse because it shows that we are not judged from failure to failure but are transformed from GLORY to GLORY!

    2 Corinthians 3:
    18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

    You are a glorious transformation LOVED by your ABBA, DADDY!

  4. Michele Morin

    Oh, Heather, yes, we all, every one of us, are works in progress, and I have said many times that I write from the places where I am weak and where God is working in me. Thank you for the transparency that led you to write these honest and convicting words.

  5. Rick

    A great read this morning, thank you Heather! I’m reminded of on Hebrews where the writer talks about us not giving up meeting together as some do but encouraging each other until the day the Lord returns. That is exactly where God is using this blog forum for you and others, so that we may continue in fellowship with one another as Christ’s followers. Blessings my fellow praising and struggling believers!

  6. Gayl

    Thank you for this post! We all need to be reminded to give ourselves grace when we fail, as He does. I write to encourage others and glorify God, and like you, I’m writing for myself as well, because I need the encouragement, too. None of us have it all together, but we are beautiful works in progress, being made whole by our triune God. I appreciate your words! And thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog 🙂 God bless!

    • Heather

      Thanks for reading, Gayl, and for sharing such encouraging words! Our hope is in Christ and that we are being made more like Him by the grace of God. Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Barbie

    I have to admit that I sometimes do have a “that’s easy for you to say” attitude when I read encouraging blogs. But the reality is that we all walk through and challenging seasons in life. I know that if I stay connected to the vine, to Jesus, that He will bring me through. Thanks so much to linking up to The Weekend Brew.

    • Heather

      Staying connected to the Vine is the key in all of life, isn’t it, Barbie? Thanks for reading and for sharing. Blessings to you and yours.

  8. helloredds

    I came over today on Dance with Jesus, and I’m glad to find your site. I followed you on Pinterest and Twitter too!

    Thanks for being an encourager who uses her gift to bless others. I have that gift as well, and sometimes I’m thinking there are not enough of us! Nice to meet another one~

    Hope you have a blessed day today~
    Melanie

  9. Heather Hart

    I LOVE this post!! What a great reminder not only to rest in God’s grace, but also to accept encouragement from our sisters in Christ. It’s a good thing to be encouragable 😉

    • Heather

      Isn’t it a blessing? Thank you for blessing me, Heather, by taking the time to read and to leave a bit of encouragement!

  10. Cheryl Smith

    Oh, dear friend! How true your words! I could relate on so many levels. People forget that those who are in ministry are human. There have been times that I have prayed with and ministered to and poured into those who I knew, without a doubt, were in much better shape than I was at the moment. 🙂 God has called us to be strong, not in the power of our own might, but in His. His grace is sufficient for whatever He calls us to do. You are a great encouragement to the blogging world, and I am thankful for you, dear friend. 🙂 Stay strong, be encouraged, and press on! The prize waits for us at the end. What a day that will be!

    • Heather

      Thank you, Cheryl, for blessings me with those precious words of encouragement. It is my deepest prayer that God would use me to bless and encourage those around me. It is my fervent desire for us all to grow in the faith for our good and for His glory. May we all do that in His strength and in His grace that is more than sufficient. Blessings to you, precious friend. Thank you for blessing me with your words today. To God be all the glory. Always.

  11. Tiffany Garza

    Such truth. A little piece of yourself is always left on the post and I find it humbling and stretching and often outside of my comfort zone but God is always faithful reminding me it is for him, no matter how hard, and that is always worth it. Many blessings to you. Praying through your writing that God would be continued to be glorified 🙂

    • Heather

      Thank you for your sweet words, Tiffany. May the Lord bless your writing as well. May HE continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

  12. Aimee Imbeau

    Thank you for this post Heather…writing from a place of hurt and brokenness…I have been thinking of writing something about the broken relationship between my mother and I due to her mental illness. You have encouraged me that it is ok to write from this place.

    • Heather

      I believe that it is always okay to write from a place of hurt and brokenness, especially when it is done for the edification of others and for the glory of God. I pray that He gives you the words to do just that. I also hope to be able to one day read your words and find comfort in them. Blessings to you and yours. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

  13. Sharita

    Dear Heather, our reasons for writing are very similar. I write in good times and bad, because it forces me to seek God’s perspective. I want to do nothing but encourage and be authentic, and that is what 7DT is all about. Thanks for the reminder. Blessings to you!

    • Heather

      Thanks for taking the time to read and share your thoughts with us, Sharita. I am finding that we writers are often driven by the same goals. It’s nice to feel united and understood. Blessings to you and yours.

  14. Terri Presser

    Thank you Heather for sharing this with us at Good Morning Mondays. You have put into words the exact reason why I write too, it is so much more about our issues and our need for encouragement than about judging others. Thank you so much for all that you do write, it is such a blessing. Xxx

    • Heather

      Thank you for hosting, for reading, and for your kind words. Keep writing for our good and for His glory! Blessings to you and yours.

  15. Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom

    Oh my friend, what wonderful, encouraging words you’ve shared here.

    The Lord has given you a gift with your words and they bless more than you know! You write for many of the reasons I do.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • Heather

      Thank you for your kind words of encouragement as always, Jennifer!

      He has given you the same gift, so be sure to keep it up! xo

  16. CJ

    Sometimes we forget to pray when things are going well. This sweet prayer reminded me that I need God 24/7, during ups and downs, and when I’m feeling thankful it is because of His glory.

    • Heather

      It’s it wonderful that we can go to our God 24/7? He certainly never will leave or forsake us. Whether we are at our lowest or our highest, there is always a reason to praise Him! Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Blessings to you and yours, CJ.

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