Horsepower

June 16, 2009 | 17 comments

I’m in the middle of a spiritual workout: Building the muscle of trust in Someone Else.

In this bit-by-bit letting-go of self, I lean on the strength of the One who says He values my weakness more than my skills, who desires my heart more than my ability. The One Who is drawn to my humility, more than my horsepower. (Beautiful irony.)

He takes no pleasure
in the strength of a horse
or in human might.
No, the Lord’s delight
is in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

— Psalm 147:10-11

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In so much of what I do, I focus on what I do.
In so much of what I say, I dwell on what I’ve said.
In so much of what I plan, I obsess over my plan.

I spend so much time sharpening my skills, thinking of the right words, getting it “just-so,” and then fearing that I might fail in the end.

I … I … I …

This is my spiritual workout: laying down the “I” in exchange for more of Him.

Father … Son … Holy Spirit …

***

And He says: “Arise in My strength. Rejoice in your weakness. For it is there that My power is made perfect.”

Lord, let me see that you are drawn to my weakness, not to my strength. My attempts to “get it right” are like burnt offerings and useless idols. Let me see the worth of building the muscle of the soul, not the muscle of my might.

What might God be calling you to do in His strength today?



Photos: At the neighbor girl’s birthday party. Rejoicing in God’s beauty around us — from the back of a small horse, not a mighty one.

by | June 16, 2009 | 17 comments

17 Comments

  1. PW

    My oh my….did I need this post today. Thank you so much. hugs

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  2. lynnrush

    Great post. Thanks for this.

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  3. isumom

    The world does not revolve around me or what I want…thanks for that! I really needed someone to remind me lately…

    Reply
  4. Prairie Chick

    He's calling me to LOVE as He loves, and to walk in humility and peace. And I'm fighting to achieve it, against all the flaming arrows of the enemy that are aimed true to catch me off guard.

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  5. Laura

    I love these pictures! Perfect illustrations for this Word! And how! Much needed by this lady to be reminded where to put my trust. We've had a bit of bad luck lately, so I'm going to trust Him to redeem.

    Yee-haw! (couldn't resist)

    luv,
    laura

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  6. Sockrma18

    Ya know….I don't get over to your blog often enough, but when I do I ALWAYS get blessed.

    THANK YOU for your transparency and your true heart. Your words have spoken directly to mine today. I'm thankful for you…and God is PROUD of you.

    He is. I just know it.

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  7. valerie lynn

    Oh yes! I needed to read this today. Letting go of "self" and letting God take the lead in every part of my life. This is exactly what I have been dealing with these past few weeks. Wow. what a blessing your post has been to me! Thank you my friend!

    God bless

    Love you!

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  8. RCUBEs

    Great reminder! It's all about Him. Those pictures are great.

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  9. mom2six

    Jennifer – Way cool to read your post today. Mainly because I was excited that God confirmed His speaking to me as my post today is very similar. I am always overwhelmed with joy when God speaks so clearly! Your writing is so encouraging. In Jesus,

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  10. Robin

    Jennifer, thanks for stopping by my blog. Your the topic of your post today has been my theme for pondering for the last several weeks. This journey is not about me, it is about Him. He has called me to serve not complain, to love not to demand my way, to turn to His way not mine.

    The pictures are great.

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  11. Chris Godfredsen

    "I lean on the strength of the One who says He values my weakness more than my skills, who desires my heart more than my ability."

    I love this – and want it to be true of my life – though I know there are times when I am dreadfully far from the mark.

    As followers of Christ we aren't gonna get it right until we see him face to face, but I really want more and more for my life to look just as you have written this.

    Grace and Peace

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  12. Chris Godfredsen

    "I lean on the strength of the One who says He values my weakness more than my skills, who desires my heart more than my ability."

    I love this – and want it to be true of my life – though I know there are times when I am dreadfully far from the mark.

    As followers of Christ we aren't gonna get it right until we see him face to face, but I really want more and more for my life to look just as you have written this.

    Grace and Peace

    Reply
  13. LisaShaw

    "This is my spiritual workout: laying down the "I" in exchange for more of Him.

    Father … Son … Holy Spirit …"

    Beautifully said!

    Reply
  14. Monica

    Thanks for always making me think…. You inspire me!!

    Loved the pictures, looks like it was a fun pary!

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  15. Lyla Lindquist

    As usual, took me a few times through. This idea of His being "drawn" to us. I've been sitting in that a while. Drawn to my humility you said.

    That anything about us would actually attract Him. Think about that. If it is anything, it is exactly that. Humility.

    And yet. And yet. We call to Him with our skills, our abilities, the gifts He gave us for crying out loud.

    Look at me, Jesus! Look at what I can do! Do You like me yet?

    I'm going to sit with it a little more. This is something I need.

    Thank you for bravely exposing your own heart on this.

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  16. Deb

    Hi Jennifer,

    I love your blog. This article…so relevant to me.

    I love the verse that you quote. His delight is in those who reverence Him.

    I do those exact things: focus, dwell, and obsess over me.

    Thank you for sharing this message. I needed to read it.

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  17. caryl dukes

    Love those pictures of the girls.

    Reply

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