Friday, September 3, 2010

I Thought I Was Stronger

The sun is setting on our little piece of Colorado, leaving behind a week of memories, accomplishments, stresses, sick ones...
The weather has really turned cooler here and Autumn is knocking on our door, for sure!
Thank goodness, daddy just walked in and took some fussing children outside to help him unload the car.
This summer has been very difficult for me.  I was telling my mom, it is funny when things are going good and I am feeling good, I “feel” strong;
and then circumstances designed by His Loving Hand come along and I see how very weak I am; and how quickly my “little” world becomes all about me.  I really do hate that. 
I was thinking to myself a few days ago “Gee, I thought I was stronger than this.”  And again, I am reminded of how weak I am.

How much I need Him each day!  How aware I am again of my need for His vision and direction; His protection and provision; HIS STRENGTH.   And like a little lamb, I am sticking really close to my Shepherd and trusting Him!
My constant reminder the last few weeks has been what I call “A Call To Bold Endurance In Ministry”...

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” II Tim 1:7
Lookin’ forward to resting this weekend and prayin’ that you are refreshed as well.


  1. I've felt like that as I've encountered different things since moving out here. I'm so glad we have a Saviour to lean on at all times.
    Beautiful picture
    Have a lovely weekend

  2. Praying you feel your strength building in HIM :)

  3. For when I am weak, then I am strong."
    2 Corinthians 12:9-10

  4. Shonni...that is a beautiful photo. It looks so peaceful. Hope you get some rest this weekend. It's good to be reminded of how much we need His help to get through each day. :)

  5. Beautiful post Shonni- you say it so well!

    I too, am reminded that I am not as strong as I thought I was and that I am weak without him.

    The circumstances you speak of are to remind us of how much we need HIM!

  6. Praying for you and sending big HUGS!

    Much love,
    When I am weak He is strong!

  7. Amen Mama. What a great reminder as I prpeare to return to FULL time ministry to my handful of little ones.


  8. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    2 Corinthians 12:9

    None of us are truly strong.... it is not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit sister!
    God's peace... may this be a time of fresh oil and renewed strength in the Lord.... Will be lifting your family up in prayer.
    Deuteronomy 31:6

  9. So right there with you, my friend.

    Oh how I miss you :(

  10. oh Shonni, you do not know how funny it is that your latest post after me being gone from blogland for so long is this! I know it isn't polite to say something is funny when you know the person writing it, was not laughing. ;o) It is just that I love my Lord, our Lord. How He knits together Believers in such a way as this.

    I have had the craziest two weeks of my life trying to convince the state of WA that our home is the best place for my twins biological brother to be adopted. The ups the downs, the lies, the massive amount of paperwork drs visits and homestudy appts all analyzing our family to see if we're too "high stimulus" for Brenden. Talk about stress when just before this I had had such peace about adding number 8 into our family right before I attempt to homeschool two (newly adopted) teenagers whilst having three boys in middle and possibly having 3 children 3 and under grabbing onto my legs!

    Seriously it's not all that bad actually but I've just been thinking about you and how you do it with so many more than I. I thought since the Lord brought you to mind so many times maybe I needed to visit your blog and be encouraged by how well, creatively, determinedly well, you do what you do...your ministry.

    And so I laugh because your last post was about how hard it can be. And I laugh because everytime I feel fear rise up in me, I hear Him say "I am your good shepherd. I will always be here to guide and direct you to nourishment and rest." It is only when we do this full time ministry with Him leading 100% of the time that we do it well. Sigh. Now lets try to live like we know it...because we do! :o)

  11. I like your comment about Daddy coming home and taking some fussy children outside with him. Some days I literally feel the weight of the day lifted when I see my husband walk through the door. He is there to share my burden. Thank you for the reminder that God is always there, ready to do the same.

  12. Hey Shonni,
    I know that it's been a while since I've gotten around to commenting, but I just wanted to let you know that I am lifting you up before God. Abide in His love especially during this hard time...He works things together for good, to them that love God, and to them who are called according to His purpose!

    May you have a blessed day,


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