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Jul 07 2013

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God Quotes: Don’t give up

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. (2 Corinthians 12:8, 9 NLT)

Don't give up

I wanted to quit today. More than once. Hanging in the towel sounded so good. But I heard the words in my heart “Don't give up.” There was no handy verse to go with those words, but I trudged through the day, my heart heavy.

I remember on my way to church thinking about how thankful I feel when I get to ride right through the light and how impatient (sometimes how angry) I feel when I catch each one. The smooth and easy contrasted with the stop and wait. How trivial to get so much rise and fall out of a traffic light. But that's where I am. Some days. Like today. The nerves are all too sensitive. The highs and lows are so easy. I did breeze through some lights, but they never seemed to console me with the stops. Today, the “stops” felt weighty.

It wasn't in the spoiled milk this morning. And gagging at the smell. It wasn't in getting out of the door later than I wanted. Again. It wasn't in the plans I had for the potluck that wouldn't happen and having no idea what I would do instead. It wasn't in the waiting on an answer for my dear friend in the hospital. Tomorrow marks one week in the hospital with not much more answer than when she went in. It wasn't in any one thing. I felt horribly weak–like nausea that comes and goes–and wanted to give up. But “Don't give up” stuck in my head.

I knew I had to find some verse or verses that said exactly that, but I found this passage instead. I don't have the same experience as Paul. I don't have a “thorn in the flesh.” But I know what it feels like to beg God for a different situation. And, I know what it feels like to be weak.

Grace. God's grace. It's available to me by the bucketload. It's for those “I want to give up” moments. There is something there for me in the emptiness I feel. Because I've got nothing in me to keep it up, I need God's grace and power to move forward.

Move forward. I did keep going. It wasn't beautiful or graceful or remotely perfect. But I will not give up.

So, I need to buy some new milk. I need to keep praying and waiting on answers about my friend. All is not “right in the world” as my eyes can see. God's grace. I need it for every step.

What is your response to this passage?

Have you ever wanted to give up and heard a “Don't give up” from God?

 

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  1. Patty

    Accepting that God’s grace is all that we need and resting in that is one of the most difficult things for me. I often wonder, am I here because I am still learning this specific lesson – to rest in HIS grace and not my own strength. Thankfully I know that no matter where my understanding is, HIS grace is always right there for me to accept. Praying that I will continue to stay and rest in HIS suffcient grace today.

    1. Cheryl

      I’m praying too.

  2. Janet

    Wonderful one of your best, l find l want to give up but some how there is someone telling me you can do it.

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks. I’m glad you aren’t giving up.

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