I Am Not A Mermaid {Lindsey}

Recently, I was babysitting a precious girl named Abi. She is not a baby; sometimes I feel like she’s older than me.

After arriving in the morning, we sat side by side reading our own devotionals while her funny, attention-hungry Chihuahua lay across my lap. I’ve never liked Chihuahuas but now I do.
Then we got in the pool and lay on rafts for an hour while having quality conversation. We had said that when we went back inside, we would eat pizza and watch a movie–best babysitting job ever.

But then all of the sudden-it was game time. Abi told me that we needed to throw coins on the bottom of the pool and pick them all up with one breath. I am not nautical.

Not only am I not the best swimmer, I’m also pretty terrible at holding my breath for any length of time. I whined, but Abi persisted that conversation wasn’t enough and that we had to play a game because it would create bonding between us and grow our friendship.

Abi is so wise.

We laughed and played and I was glad that she had encouraged me to step outside my comfort zone and showcase my weakness against my will.


Sometimes showcasing our weaknesses is the best thing we can do. I don’t particularly care that I’m not the best swimmer, but this year has pulled me out of my comfort zone in many ways and I began to feel weak in MANY  areas that I once considered strengths.

Paul declares in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:

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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 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.

Experiencing my weakness helped me to see a lot of areas where I had tried to be self-sufficient. I have discovered so many areas of my life in which I fought to control while marginalizing the authority and power of God.

As I have been seeing my weaknesses, I have felt guilt and anxiety for even having them. I so often forget the sufficiency of His grace. God has already forgiven these shortcomings in me. He knows my weaknesses better than I do and He still chooses to cover me with His love.

I am learning that as I confess my sins and weaknesses to God, I need to also receive His love and forgiveness. As I step increasingly outside of my comfort zone, I live the life I’m called to, a surrendered life in which God’s strength and power is made known.

Today I pray that you will bring your weaknesses before God and receive His acceptance. Who better to trust with our shortcomings than our God? His grace is sufficient. He deserves all the glory, praise, and honor. I’m so thankful to live the rest of my life experiencing my weaknesses so that I may live in God’s strength. May His strength be made known in each of our lives.

“What if?” {Laura}

How often do you wonder “what if?” What if you don’t pass a test? What if you say something that makes you sound silly? What if you were skinnier? What if you were dating that guy? What if you were studying something else in school?

I am guilty of doing this too. Sometimes it is motivated by envy of another person or frustration of the reality of my life. Other times I wonder “what if?” out of a fear to commit and miss out on something better. I used to think I would stop asking “what if” when I “grew up” and knew answers to the questions. Now I realize those questions just morph into other questions unless I ask the Lord to take my thoughts captive and help me. For example, I used ask, “what if I did ministry for a job instead of physical therapy?” Well, now I’m in ministry and on a hard day that “what if” question becomes “what if I was teaching instead of ministry?” I also used to wonder “what if I marry that guy?” Now I’m married and on days when I’m frustrated with Dan, I fight against wondering, “what if we weren’t married?”

I guess in all my babbling what I’m trying to say is there will ALWAYS be a “what if” and I think we miss what God has right in front of us when we’re daydreaming about something that is not real. I want to live in the moment. Rather than ask what if when I’m envious, I want to ask God to show me the beauty of where He has me. When things are difficult, instead of wondering if life would be easier in a different situation, I want to be a woman who perseveres and sees character and hope develop. And when fear of missing out on something better begins to creep into my mind, I want to trust in the Lord’s sovereignty to protect and guide me. For He has promised that I can’t flee from His presence and even in the outermost part of the sea, His hand with guide me and His right hand will comfort me.

We have such an awesome God. I may not always understand why I am where I am and doing what I am doing but I know I can trust God knows. He has showed Himself trustworthy over and over and over—especially when He fulfilled His promise to save me and give me eternal life. So I do not want to be a woman who wonders “what if” as if I could know better than God. I’d much rather be a woman who evaluates what is and asks the Lord to change what is if it is in His will. In the words of Justin Beiber, “But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, It’s green where you water it”.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” 
Philippians 4:8-9 

“What if?” {Laura}

How often do you wonder “what if?” What if you don’t pass a test? What if you say something that makes you sound silly? What if you were skinnier? What if you were dating that guy? What if you were studying something else in school?

I am guilty of doing this too. Sometimes it is motivated by envy of another person or frustration of the reality of my life. Other times I wonder “what if?” out of a fear to commit and miss out on something better. I used to think I would stop asking “what if” when I “grew up” and knew answers to the questions. Now I realize those questions just morph into other questions unless I ask the Lord to take my thoughts captive and help me. For example, I used ask, “what if I did ministry for a job instead of physical therapy?” Well, now I’m in ministry and on a hard day that “what if” question becomes “what if I was teaching instead of ministry?” I also used to wonder “what if I marry that guy?” Now I’m married and on days when I’m frustrated with Dan, I fight against wondering, “what if we weren’t married?”

I guess in all my babbling what I’m trying to say is there will ALWAYS be a “what if” and I think we miss what God has right in front of us when we’re daydreaming about something that is not real. I want to live in the moment. Rather than ask what if when I’m envious, I want to ask God to show me the beauty of where He has me. When things are difficult, instead of wondering if life would be easier in a different situation, I want to be a woman who perseveres and sees character and hope develop. And when fear of missing out on something better begins to creep into my mind, I want to trust in the Lord’s sovereignty to protect and guide me. For He has promised that I can’t flee from His presence and even in the outermost part of the sea, His hand with guide me and His right hand will comfort me.

We have such an awesome God. I may not always understand why I am where I am and doing what I am doing but I know I can trust God knows. He has showed Himself trustworthy over and over and over—especially when He fulfilled His promise to save me and give me eternal life. So I do not want to be a woman who wonders “what if” as if I could know better than God. I’d much rather be a woman who evaluates what is and asks the Lord to change what is if it is in His will. In the words of Justin Beiber, “But the grass ain’t always greener on the other side, It’s green where you water it”.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” 
Philippians 4:8-9