“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for my power is made perfect in weakness…”
– 2 Corinthians 12:9
You’re a horrible mother. Your baby boy deserves better. The barage of guilt and shame ladened accusations in my head were always there. The insecurities and failings born from my post-partum depression as a first time mother were debilitating, bringing on uncontrollable sobbing and panic attacks. My weaknesses were out numbering my strengths. I was sinking fast.
I wasn’t a Christian back then when I was clawing to survive each painful day. Yet, there was an innate desire deep inside me that kept fighting to be the best mother I could be, always ensuring my son was safe and well cared for. Maybe that fight was coming from God without me realizing it.
Now that I am a Christian, I can reflect on those years and acknowledge it had to be the Lord’s power giving me strength to get through each devastating day. It was His outpouring of grace through family support and medical intervention that prevented my mental and emotional implosion, even though I felt I never deserved it.
God’s grace for us is sufficient as today’s verse states. That means it’s more than enough to pummel the lies we tell ourselves while having grace for those who might repeat the lies without understanding our battle.
As followers of Christ, we can tap into the supernatural power that comes from grace, even in weakness. No matter how much we believe we don’t deserve God’s sufficient grace, He faithfully gives it. Receive, embrace, and share it with others going through difficulty.
Heavenly Father, you have done so much for me even when I didn’t realize or acknowledge it. I love you and thank you for, faithfully, extending your sufficient grace to me especially when I was undeserving of it. Give me the desire to extend grace to others no matter what they are going through so that they would see you in me. In Jesus’ precious and holy name I pray. Amen.
Submitted by: Melissa Talbot