His Grace Is Sufficient For Me

Yesterday morning, I stepped outside to some beautiful fall weather with a cup of joe. Girlfriend Minnesota has clearly confused her seasons this year, and while I'm a little hesitant to let go of summer, it seriously felt amazing.

I knew I wanted to go for a run to clear my head because of some less than desirable things that have been going on with my health. So naturally, after breakfast and some girl chat with my best friend, we changed out of our pyjammie's and headed out. Instantly, the sun decided to crank up the heat six trillion notches and I.was.roasting.

I was headed for a four mile loop and I had hardly hit two miles when I started talking myself out of finishing what I'd started. "No way in heck," I thought, "am I going to make it through this run."

To distract myself, I started thinking about more important things and searching for some clarity. I start steroid injections for my arthritis next week... And well, I'm not ready for it. I'm not ready to give up running for six weeks while I deal with the nausea and fatigue. I'm not ready to start school again this fall. 

It's all coming at me like a freight train... And I desperately wish I could jump off the tracks.

Luckily, before I started crying, Jesus put a pretty awesome word in my heart and on my mind:

Philippians 4:13 says... "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."

That verse is repeated over and over again and it's such a huge form of hope... But for some reason, even though I've heard it a million times, it really resonated with me. It was a freight train I was okay being hit with. ;) It not only got me through the rest of those four miles, but it also clarified a lot of things in my mind. It allowed me to actually rest last night... Knowing that everything is going to be just fine.

School this year? It's gonna be fine.
Any "new" updates about my health? It's old news to Jesus.
My future? God's got it handled.

Before anything comes my way, it's gotta go through the big guy upstairs. He's got me.

It's amazing because the times I'm completely panicked and overwhelmed about everything going in my life on are also the times that Jesus holds me closest and makes sure to hide His word in my heart. It's as if He's trying to tell me I've had the power to fight this battle all along because of Him and what He did for me on the cross.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says... "My grace is sufficient for you; for my power is made perfect in weakness."

Today's going to be a good day. Praising Jesus for His promises, mercies, and unlimited grace... :)


The Pink Growl said...

#1 I love these pictures, you make me laugh! #2 you are such a strong cookie! So proud of you and your positive attitude! You're a fighter and even though you are struggling physically right now, your mind/heart is definitely in the right place! XOXO

Megan Brink said...

KENZ! So, I'm now following your blog (aka stalking you because I love you that much!) and this seriously gave me chills. Your outlook on life absolutely moves me and gives me strength in my own journey. I seriously wish we lived closer, I'm pretttttty sure we would be BFF's. Sending prayers to you always!



weiya @ enjoyer of grace said...

Hi! Found you through the Target giveaway! 2 Corinthians 12:9 is one of my favorite verses actually! Thank you, Lord for your all-sufficient grace! :) So glad to have found you!


Amanda aka Manda said...

You never cease to amaze me girl! I needed to read this today! Praying for you in these coming weeks!

Tayler Morrell said...

I love this. In my church (Mormon) we believe that Heavenly Father will not give you a trial/challenge/commandment you cannot overcome/do/complete. He has faith in you and knows you are strong. That is why you were chosen for this life! Love it! Keep up the hope!
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Lauren said...

THIS post, among a million other reasons, is why I love you SO dearly!!!!!!!! XOXOXO

Megan Card said...

Love you to pieces!




Lizzy @ Lizzy's Luggage said...

God always seems to show up as soon as we need him. Love the verses AND the pictures :)

xoxo, Lizzy

Emily Carnes said...

You are precious! And SUCH an inspiration!

Amy said...

Love you sweet friend. You are amazing :)

Jenn said...

Way to be!!! That's awesome!

Leah said...

I love how you say your trials to come are old news to Jesus. awesome reminder He already has it all taken care of . beautiful words you've written friend!

faith yates said...

you are absolutely the cutest! and you're right, His grace definitely is sufficient! He is the One who has gone before us and will be there with us..