Hi friends, I’m so happy to introduce you to my sweet friend Stasia who is here to share some important words of wisdom with us today. I am blessed to know her through the blogosphere and looking forward to meeting her in real life someday! I’m so taken with many things about her, not the least of which is her God-glorifying approach to living out a season of struggle in her life right now. I’ve been in such a similar place to where she and her family are currently in and I can truly tell you, situations like Stasia’s are a gift! Situations like this give us eyes to see what’s most meaningful and important in life. They remove the blinders and allow us to see what’s been true all along. Those ‘blinders’ tend to look a whole lot like apathy and complacency and once removed, we are freed to look at life through a perspective that reaches far beyond our limited view. If you appreciate her sharing her story, please let her know in the comments! Thanks friends!

Hi y’all… I am Stasia and I blog over at Our Life on a Budget.

Sybil and I have connected via our blogs over the past few months.  I can honestly say that I have been greatly encouraged by She Lives Free.  So, I asked if we could do a blog swap… that way Sybil could come over and encourage some of my readers.  And today I hope to encourage some of you.  I wrote this last week… our family is in a bit of an “in between.” My husband’s internship ended in May.  We don’t have a job yet.  We have to move out in a month.  

It has been one of those days… “If one more person asks me about what we are doing next year I will lose it. There will be tears and it won’t be pretty.”

How have I gotten here?  Just a month ago I wrote about faith in the unknown… and now I am losing it.

Maybe I am really having to put my money where my mouth is…
I said I would have faith.

Now with no job.  I mean we planned for that, for a few months at least, so maybe I wasn’t having faith, maybe it was still self-reliance.  Now it is faith, and it is uncomfortable.
Now with no home, we have to move out in about a month.  Even when we moved to New Orleans we knew we had a place to live.  Now it is faith, and it is uncomfortable. 

I mean, this really makes me wonder.  How many times have we been in situations where we have said “We have faith in God” when it was really just faith in our own abilities or strengths?

 In our world, we hide weakness and camouflage problems.  

Well, God has a different system- He is glorified in our weaknesses. 
Paul writes…

6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 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 about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:6-10
How backwards is this in our world?  Boasting of weakness so that Christ is glorified.
And Paul asked… 3 TIMES- remove this thorn, but to keep him from being conceited, from having faith in himself, it remained.
And here we remain.  Bankrupt by the world’s standards.  But today I claim our weaknesses for his glory.  We are no longer self-sufficient (and we never really were).

For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Thanks Sybil for letting me share!  I would be honored if you would check the blog out and follow along! 🙂

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