Recently, I got really hung up on the line “. . . they are weak, but He is strong. . .” – I could NOT get it out of my head. This is just one of the little rhymes that we teach our kids in order to instill in them the basic truths of God and the Bible. We sing songs, tell them short stories, and they grow up with these rhymes embedded in their youth. For some of you, this is true for your own childhood. Yet somehow, as we grow older, these lyrical words of wisdom wind up becoming just “an old song I learned growing up”. Those basic, foundational truths seem to lose their purpose, and we tend to detach from the very simple, yet very profound, meaning behind those words.

Think about a few more well known children’s rhymes: “B-I-B-L-E- that’s the book for me”, “Jesus loves the little children, ALL the children of the world”, “yes, Jesus loves me . . . the Bible tells me so . . . they are weak, but He is strong . . . “ . Each of these songs holds very basic values that are critical in our relationship with God. “B-I-B-L-E”- the book for me, you know- the instruction manual that we beg for at the birth of our FIRST kid, the very foundation of our faith, the keys to every challenge and whim we could encounter on this earth. That B-I-B-L-E is our SWORD in the battle of life! “JESUS LOVES ALL THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD”- oh my goodness- this one should be emblazoned on every billboard, every school, every bathroom . . . everywhere. He loves ALL His children. Not JUST the ones that do good in the world, not JUST the ones that go to church, not JUST the ones striving to live a sinless life (which, FYI, impossible), not JUST the ones changing the world. No. The B-I-B-L-E says he loves them ALL- found, seeking, lost- ALL!

And finally, “Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so . . . they are weak, but He is strong.” This one dawned on me at dawn (coincidentally) when I was walking into school one morning. I’ve tried to get in the habit of shooting up some thank you’s for the day on my little walk into work. On this particular day however, He responded with a sweet little revelation . . .

See, God has been whispering to me FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW that He wants me to get up early to spend time with Him and spend time taking care of myself. I have so wanted to do this, but truth be told, I am a major night owl, I love my evenings with my man, and I am TURR-ABLE at getting up. So, for over 2 years, I just pretended His polite whispers were me talking to myself. I would give it a shot here and there, but nothing ever stuck. Despite my super lame efforts, this urge kept gnawing at me until I finally chose to step out in obedience and faith. I finally tried my very best to get up. No, I didn’t WANT to get up . . . in fact I was down right pissed at the fact that I was about to be getting up. I really truly thought, there is no way I can do this. However, rather than falling back into MY way of doing things, I simply started asking Him to give me the willpower to get up. Y’all, the conversations I had with myself before 5am could’ve been made into a Broadway play. I had every excuse in the book to stay in my cozy bed. BUT, the minute I stepped out in obedience, and then came to Him for help- He was there! He gave me what I needed, and my butt made it (is making it) to 5am workouts and/or simple REST time with Him.

Here’s the deal . . . well, my deal, at least: God wants to see us step out in faith. But sometimes, asking God IS acting on your faith!

Simply admitting our weakness to Him, and asking Him to fill the void, IS our act of faith. As soon as we do this, we are showing Him that we trust Him, that we believe His Word, and that we can’t do it all without Him. He wants to help us! He’s like that helicopter parent that can’t let go of her kid (except much quieter, and less psycho). He is just yearning for us to turn to Him!!

So began my morning “thankful walk” into work (AFTER an early morning workout AND a shower . . . BEFORE WORK – this is big, y’all). In this moment, I had the realization of God’s faithfulness to me. I knew what He had been placing on my heart all these years, and I knew that my obedience in this area would cause breakthrough in my life. God promises to be there for us when we can’t find the strength . . . so I admitted, and then I asked . . . I acted, and He answered.

When I am weak, He is strong. Simple words that I’ve spoken all my life, suddenly held new, powerful meaning.

What are you struggling with right now? What has God been placing on your heart, or challenging you to attempt? What positive changes have you been wanting to make, but just thought they were impossible? I challenge you to ask Him for His strength in this area, and stand firm on His promises to you . . . God LOVES His little children . . . when they are weak, He is strong . . . the B-I-B-L-E tells us so . . .

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.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10

jill