E is for Embrace

E is for Embrace
2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 “I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Hi everyone and welcome to week five of the ABC’s of contentment. Today’s word is Embrace. Recite the verse. Boy, this is another tough one! Again, here’s another one I battle daily. Last year, I discovered that I have an increase in my hip dysplasia. Part of it is caused by birth defects when I was born and it’s gotten worse as I’ve gotten older. When I walk in my walker I have a tendency to rely on my arms more than my legs. In order to help with that a doctor prescribed a prescription for legs braces. I wear them when I walk in my walker; it helps take the pressure off my hips and helps me walk straighter. At first, I was not happy about getting leg braces. I hadn’t had to wear them since I was little and I didn’t want to feel more handicapped than I was. When my caregiver and I talked about it, she encouraged me to embrace the braces because it would mean I would be able to walk in my walker more. The more I’ve worn them, the more I’ve begun to embrace them. Get it?
As Christians, we should embrace our hardships What happens when the hardship you’re facing doesn’t go away? Can you still say, “God is Good?” I can. I’ve discovered It’s the hardships I’ve been through that have made me stronger.
There’s a song by Mercy Me called “Even If.” My favorite part goes:
“I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone.”
Where is your hope?
That’s it for the word Embrace and I’ll see you next week when we’ll talk about the letter F. F is for Formed. Bye Everyone. God Bless.
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