If you feel like God is asking for too much from you, Shelly asks you to consider if you are trying to meet His real requests.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:5)
He doesn’t need your hands. He doesn’t need your feet. Are you feeling relief yet? I know mine don’t have much to give Him.He doesn’t need your to-do list or your full calendar. He doesn’t need your pocketbook. Whew, right?
But do you have a heart? Cause He really, really wants that. Not just a piece, not half. No, He wants the full measure. The ugly with the lovely. The broken and the whole.
Oh, yeah, and your soul. That is His beloved. He desires that above all else. He longs to wash it white as snow and then proudly claim it for His own. Nothing you could do can change that . . . ever.
There’s one more thing that He wants. You might feel you have no strength left. But I beg you. No, He begs you. If you have even the strength to draw in a breath, would you offer the exhale to Him? You won’t believe what He can do with it.
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” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
You. Are. Enough.
He doesn’t desire what you cannot give. He never has.
He wants only what you already have. What you will always be able to offer, no matter your circumstances.
You. Just… You. Are. Enough.
Prayer: Holy Father, let us offer ourselves up to You with no hesitation and no holding back. Thank You for only wanting broken me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
About the author:
Shelly Hendricks is a wife and mother of 2 amazing kids. She was a teacher and a librarian in another life. She also suffers from Intracranial Hypertension and Essential Tremor, among a myriad of other issues mostly stemming from these two. She had brain surgery in 2012, to install a VP Shunt, and had a revision in January of this year. She now considers herself to be a ‘bionic woman’ who is learning to walk again. Disability has been hard to deal with, but she depends on God for all strength and hopes to encourage others on this journey, through her blog at http://reneweddaily.com
What pressures can you release, as you recognize the truth of what God actually wants from you?
Shelly thought you would be touched by this song, “Just As I Am” by Acappella. I love this group Acappella. It truly feels like pure, beautiful worship. Take a couple minutes to let the message just soak into you. -Lisa