Are You Desperate for Strength? Me too.

by Sandra Allen Lovelace  @SandraALovelace  #WallflowerWomen  #TimetobeYOU!

I won’t lie. Last week was a bear. More tasks than usual plus a cold tried to take me down. I’m pleased to report I’m keeping up with the basics on this Sabbatical from Stress in spite of all that by God’s grace. How are you doing?

What was your week like? How did you keep up … or not?

When the apostle Paul instructed Timothy, he did so in the context of reality. He explained the problems going on in the church in Ephesus and directed his son in the faith to stay there and promote the Truth.* As preparation for the difficult task, Paul describes his own source of enthusiasm and strength.

In 1 Timothy, Paul provides practical support on a variety of topics as well as his clear assignmentc. In 2 Timothy, Paul confirms the value of his relationship with Timothy and encourages him forward in his faith. After a reminder about his own trials and suffering, Paul goes on to challenge his spiritual son to walk in the ways of Christ in the midst of an ungodly culture.

Paul’s theme through both books is plain. From his personal experience, he continually encourages Timothy to persevere in the strength delivered by grace.

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.2 Timothy  2:1**

Grace is God’s undeserved favor expressed in His unlimited blessings. If you, like me, need physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, psychological, . . . strength, you can go to Him and share your need, and His grace will provide. I know because He keeps meeting me in that exact same way. And a friend texted me this morning about how He met her in her bear of a day.

Let me close with the last words of Paul’s second letter, asking Jesus to bless you right where you are and right where you need Him.

The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. 2 Timothy 4:22

Maybe today’s the day to pause and share your needs with the Savior.
What’s stopping you? I’m happy to pray over that with you.

    Sandra

*Truth is capitalized in Francis Schaeffer style to mean God’s absolute Truth.
**references are NASB, unless otherwise noted

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2 Comments

  1. Sandra, thank you for this encouraging post! I love reading about how Paul mentors Timothy and how he loves on his brothers and sisters in general. Yes, where would be without His grace? In Christ, Julie

    1. Thanks for your comment, Julie. All I did was share the encouragement the Lord gave me through His Word … so we match. 😉

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