“But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
I come from a family where the women are strong, industrious and independent. They are assertive and speak their mind freely. They know what they want and work hard to obtain it. They handle whatever life throws at them and can bounce back from the most terrible situations.
For years I’ve wanted to make the women in my family proud by following their example of strength, but I soon realized that God made me different. I’m not always so sure of myself, don’t always say what I feel, and the slightest amount of opposition and pressure turns me into a ball of tears. I love to work smarter not harder, and enjoy working with others instead of independently. In relationships, I’m quick to express my deepest fears and doubts no matter how great I appear to be.
In this, God has redefined strength for me. I believe strength is humility. It is knowing what you can’t do, and letting God do it through you. Strength is knowing your gifting and letting God anoint even the things you’re great at. Strength is total dependence on God and on the connection you have to your brothers and sister in Christ. It is expressing your fears with no shame of opinions changing about you. It is the determination to not let your light die because you know who you are in Christ and Who He is in you.
Prayer: Father God, I ask that you renew my mind and show me Your definition of strength. Remove every stronghold in my mind and every unfair expectation I’ve placed on myself. I receive Your love and Your mercy. Bless me Lord with Your peace and strengthen me to be the woman You’ve called me to be. In Jesus name, Amen.
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