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But Jesus 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 insultsl, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Me re-writing the verse: Jesus spoke to me tonight and said, "My grace is good enough for you, my power is made perfect by your weakness with food. I'm trying to teach you something through this." Therefore I will use this as an opportunity to learn about myself and get close to God and His power while getting more self-esteem. That's why, for Christ's sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in any insults I may receive, in my hardships, persecutions, and difficulties. For when I'm weak, then He makes me strong!

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I might rewrite the verse for me as:
But Jesus said to me, "My mercy and loving-kindness is enough to meet the needs of any situation you find yourself in, for my strength and control is made complete in your 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 my food allergies, when tempted to eat the wrong foods, in struggles to exercise, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I haven't thought about Christ's power dwelling in me all the time. I knew that I could call upon him when I needed help, but never really thought in terms of him being there all the time so close. It really makes me realize how negligent I have been in relying on Christ's power instead own when He is right there waiting for me to ask and not as far away as I have acted.

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4/10/11 11:19 A

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I might rewrite this verse in my own way to help me see that it is Jesusí promise specifically for me in my struggles with food by writing: ďMy grace is sufficient for you, no matter what, even in your greatest weakness with things you never suspected you would have a problem or struggle with. Then when I have a struggle and need to realize that I am not trusting God I will be re-aligned to trusting Him and His power will rest on me in my time of deepest need. That is why, for Christís sake, I NEED to delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then He is strong and makes me strong.Ē

When I stop to realize that Christís power stays with me in all my weaknesses it makes me continue to realize that I need to constantly seek His strength instead of my own, I am seeing where He warns me or gives me thoughts and where I have been ignoring them, this makes me feel guilty so I donít like to think about it but it is definitely teaching me something and continuing to cause me to realize why if I didnít struggle with this, it would always be something else that I might struggle with, but the bottom line is that I need to trust Him no matter what my struggle is, as hard as that might seem sometimes.

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4/9/11 12:01 A

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t Jesus 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 insultsl, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

but Jesus says to me: "my grace is sufficient for you. my power is made perfect in your weaknesses: your stubborness. your rebelliousness. your greed for more. your self destructive habits. your lack of faith in me. your lack of faith in yourself. your imperfections as a wife and parent." therefore, i talk all the more, be it gladly or not, about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest all the more on me. that is why, for Christ's sake, i am working hard to delight in my weaknesses, to embrace them, to learn to love them, to accept them as i am, and as they are a part of me, so that i learn how to rejoice in hardships. in pain. in struggles. in insults. in persecutions. in difficulties. for when i am weak. then. only then. am i strong.

"so whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 cor 10:31

"therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that so easily entangles, and let us run w/perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews


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I think it is interesting that this chapter dealt with this. I have often been told to be careful to not pray for patience, because God does not 'grant' patience He 'teaches' it and gives you opportunities to learn, practice and strengthen it. I never realized that Self-Control, Self-Discipline and Obedience worked the same way. I can pray for it all I want, but it is something I have to learn - it will not be granted to me. I must learn to 'exercise' my spiritual muscles of discipline and obedience just as much as physical muscles or they will become weak also. I sure have a lot of work to do.

I never thought of His power as something that 'stays.' I thought it was like the Lord's prayer and daily bread - you had to ask for it each time you needed it. I'll defiantly have to meditate and pray about that more and ask God to help me understand that it is a reality in my life.

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4/5/11 9:45 A

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What if this battle with food isn't the curse we've always thought it to be? What if it's actually the very thing, if brought under control, that can lead us to a better understanding of God? Made to Crave, page 105

The apostle Paul has a surprising perspective on his weaknesses and struggles. Instead of complaining that his difficulties are unfair, he delights in them. He writes:

But Jesus 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 insultsl, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Jesus doesn't remove Paul's struggles, but He does give Paul a promise: "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." To better understand this promise, briefly review the definitions for each of the key words listed below.

GRACE: divine love, favor, or assistance; mercy; loving-kindness
SUFFICIENT; enough to meet the needs of a situation; adequate; plenty
POWER; great or marked ability to do or act; authority; control; strength; influence; supremacy
PERFECT; being entirely without fault or defect; lacking no essential detail; ideal; complete; just right
WEAKNESS; lacking strength; feebleness; frailty; failing; limitation; disadvantage

Using these definitions as a reference, how might you rewrite this verse to make it Jesus' promise specifically for you in your struggles with food?

When Paul writes "so that Christ power may rest on me," the word he uses for "rest" refers to a structure such as a tent, a tabernacle or a dwelling. He seems to be saying that our weaknesses create a unique space in our lives for Christ's power - a dwelling place in which divine strength doesn't merely come and go but actually takes up residence. It's a power that moves in abides, stays. How does this perspective-that Christ's power stays with you in your weakness - affect your view of your struggles with food and healthy eating?

I can do ALL things through Christ whom strengthens me.


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