Food for thought….In our own strength

own strength


Women are used to getting things accomplished.  We are stubborn and determined with most things (maybe you aren’t, but unfortunately I am).  We are used to multitasking, getting little sleep, cooking, cleaning, pampering our kids, and everything in between.  We have a high calling as moms, and wives.  With that high calling comes what feels like high expectations for us.  We are expected to have a clean home, obedient kids, a perfect marriage, a great devotional life, we are supposed to look nice, eat healthy, workout, be a great cook, be the best Christian.  Does anyone else feel it?

I get up in the mornings, and its go go go! Here I go. I want to please God and I do what I think is pleasing to God.  But what happens in all of this? I grow weary, I fail, I falter, I stink.  I am reminded of Peter.  Peter wanted to please God, sincerely.  As do I.  BUT, what happens? We see Peter, in his own strength trying to please God.  In his own strength he tells Jesus “I’ll never deny you”  yet God knows our frame.  He knows that “we are but dust”.  He knew Peter would deny Him, just as He knows you and I will fail in what we have promised to Him.

But then….we see Peter in the book of Acts make one of the boldest proclamations of faith! What happened to Peter? He was a man who promised not to deny Jesus, yet that same day he denied Him.  Peter denies Jesus three times, and I am always saddened by the scripture that follows .  It says “ And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”  I am saddened by that because I believe if Jesus were standing in the room with me, sometimes He would turn and look at me the same what he did Peter in that moment. Why? Because I fail Him. Peter felt the pressure of expectations just as you and I do.  Peter failed just as you and I do. Then Peter preached at Pentecost, thousands got saved through him.  The same Peter that denied Jesus! Here is the difference in Peter……Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, he had victory, he was able to accomplish what God wanted to do through him because he was empty of himself and filled with the Spirit.  You see dear sister, we can do NOTHING without Him. (see John 15) We can do nothing in our own strength.  We fall, we fail, and we crumble. I believe Peter went through a breaking, a purifying fire, and was empty of himself before we see him in Acts being filled with the Holy Spirit.  The sooner we realize that in our own strength that we fail, the sooner we can be filled with His Spirit, and the sooner we can be used by Him. 

Are you struggling today? Do you feel the pressure of motherhood? Are you trying to meet expectations? Then ask yourself this….Are you doing it in your own strength or in God’s?

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  1. Hmmmm. . . . I we are on the same page writing about similar things. Motherhood and homemaking can make me feel overwhelmed and my biggest mistake is not allowing the Lord to live in and through me and doing things in my own strength. Thanks for being so encouraging and sharing this.

    • Marissa says:

      Judith, thanks for stopping by. I love reading your blog, and I look forward to your comments. Thanks for your encouragement!!