Friday, February 25, 2011

31 Days of Power...Victory

This year, rather than making New Year's resolutions (which I never really do), I chose one word for the year.  I chose Victory.  I have been focusing on the victory that only Jesus Christ can give in every thing that He allows me to do - being a godly wife, raising my children, homeschooling, and more.

A couple of years ago, my Mom introduced me to a book written by Ruth Myers, 31 Days of Praise.  While I was reading this book and researching the author, I found another one of her titles, 31 Days of Power.  Now, it's not the 'fleshy' power that our humanness thinks of, but the power that is found only in Christ.  She writes love letters to God, based completely on scripture. Each paragraph sites the verses from where the reference is taken.  I read it for 9 days (that is where my bookmark was), and didn't finish.  This morning, as I was reflecting over this week, I felt discouraged.  I was not organized, feeling overwhelmed and just down right ungrateful.  Friends, that is not victory.  Along with reading scripture, I felt prompted to find the devotional book and begin again, reading it to my children at breakfast.

Day one of the book reminds us that we are in the middle of a spiritual war.  Our Father God has given us the  "powerful weapons of prayer and praise to help win victories over our spiritual enemies," and that "through prayer and praise I can help believers around me to be strong in their faith and bold in their witness even when Satan seeks to sift them as wheat."

31"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, 32but strengthen your brothers.  I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. Luke 22:31-32
9But 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then,  I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Today, I am thankful for my weakness. I want to see the Lord's power shine so bright in the dark of my weakness.  Victory!


  1. I do hope your days get better Rachael! Keep your faith & your love for God strong!!!

  2. A good word indeed. His grace IS sufficent. How easy it is to forget that our weaknesses are used to glorify HIM! "For when I am weak then I am strong." (2 Cor 12:10) What a great God we serve! Praying for you friend.

  3. Isn't it amazing that when you start to feel frazzled or down eharted - you can look and see that it is becuase you have left out one important thing? God! I am now encouraged to add reading to my girls in the mornings to my routine!!

  4. Dear Rachael.. Thanks for you writing and sharing your thoughts with me / us.. . That so encouraged me.. and it is so true.. I had the same kind of morning this morning.. I just felt overwhelmed and nothing seemed to work out.. But being thankful and looking to Him Who can work through my sillyness and weaknesses.. Unreal.. I love that about Him..

    Bless you dear you and have a beautiful Sunday tomorrow. Stay close to Him.

    Inky hugs, Pauline

  5. Amen! Such powerful words and beautiful insight - truly the light shines magnificiently with all He gifts to us and it's a magnificent walk! Blessings to you on this SONday! x0x0

  6. Heather1:57 PM

    This is very encouraging! Thank you!

  7. Hi Rachael! Thanks for stopping by and dropping off sweet comments. Your work is so clean and classy but I will return for the inspiration and encouragement ;)


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