What’s Your Weakness?

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As I was doing my usual Pinterest scroll the other night, I stumbled upon the t-shirt above, and I couldn’t stop laughing. I really related to that feeling of exhaustion before there is even reason for the exhaustion.

The ironic part of this article is that I am currently sipping on a hot cup of yogi lemon ginger tea {delicious}, and the label on my tea bag reads:

“Share your strengths, not your weaknesses.”

Now, while I understand the motto of not being negative, I like to be real and authentic with you all. Perfection is not relatable, and it’s not a reality. We all go through suffering, difficulties, and weaknesses. So today, friends, I will share my weaknesses with you, despite what my tea tells me to do.

I have always been anemic {primarily iron deficient anemia}, and it has been something I have learned to live with. Some days are easier than others. Recently, however, my anemia has been harder to handle than ever {and I am also battling a chronic pain condition}. My body has felt weaker than ever. No matter how healthy I eat, how many vitamins and supplements I take, or how much sleep I get, I wake up feeling exhausted. I am fatigued all day. While I love hiking and doing yoga, now a simple walk with my dog leaves me feeling light headed and breathing heavily. It’s hard to be productive, social, or get any real work accomplished. Some days, I can’t even eat normally or keep food down.

And yes, as I sit here, I already want to take a nap tomorrow.

The frustrating part of anemia and chronic pain is that it’s not always something that manifests outwardly or where people can tell that you’re sick. It’s hard for people to sympathize or relate when they don’t understand or even see it. But the beauty is that God sees and cares.

One of my favorite verses for when I’m feeling alone in my struggles is Psalm 56:8, which says:

“You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.”

While I don’t believe in dwelling on our pain and struggles {because it becomes unhealthy, pessimistic negativity}, we are not benefiting ourselves or others by pretending to be perfect.

Yesterday, our pastor at Central Avenue Church in Glendale, gave an amazing sermon for Palm Sunday about the beauty and importance of Jesus crying out to God, suffering, and feeling weak.

God doesn’t ignore our pain or drown out the sound of our cries. And even the King of Kings didn’t feel the need to put up a facade or pretend that pain simply did not exist.

As I apply makeup to the pale face and dark under-eye circles that my anemia has given me, I am reminded that Jesus suffered and sacrificed it all so that I didn’t have to be perfect. He gave it all so that I could find freedom out of my brokenness. He laid down his life so that I would see beauty come out of my flaws.

We do not have to dwell on our weaknesses. Sharing your weaknesses or knowing what they are doesn’t even mean liking or embracing them. You don’t have to hold onto them. But when you hold them up, with a humble faith-filled heart, God will shine through your weakness. In our weakness, He is strong.

There is something therapeutic about opening up and not hiding our weaknesses, because they are a part of who we are. We are all human! If you want prayer today for any weakness in your life, simply leave a comment below.

What’s your weakness?

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8 thoughts on “What’s Your Weakness?

  1. I love this. I have recently been thinking about how to be real and authentic with people and I definitely think that sharing our weaknesses is something that needs to be done more often. Sometimes i get the feeling that people expect me to be a smiling happy face all the time and they don’t fully understand why I can’t be. I am 19 and recently got diagnosed with hypothyroidism and maybe hashimotos disease. I struggle with mood swings and depression and anxiety out the wazoo! I struggle with so many things beyond those but sometimes i feel like i can’t even put my finger on what they are. It’s hard because people rarely take the time to understand that part of me and it always seems like they don’t care. So, I just wanted to say thank you for taking the time to write encouraging posts, i read them all and relate to them all as well. You are inspiring and your posts are a blessing in my life.

    1. Rachel,

      It must be so difficult and frustrating to live with those obstacles. It is especially hard when it isn’t something people can always understand or visibly see. Thank you for sharing and for being authentic and brave. I will be praying for you on your journey!

  2. I absolutely love your writing and your heart. You may feel physically tired and weak but you are shining His light so vibrantly! I think you are a beautiful person outwardly (obvi!) and inwardly too! God bless you and keep the fun, inspiring, and lovely posts coming!

  3. Rachel thanks so much for writing this! Our weakness make Christ more beautiful and your ability to be vulnerable demonstrates to our world that Christ is your strength. I struggle a lot with this same issue and wanting others to see me as perfect while being ashamed of my struggles with overeating. Definitely praying for you!

    1. Sadie,
      Thank you for opening up, sharing your heart, and being so authentic with me and others. I will be praying for you on your journey! You are so right that in our weakness, Christ is able to shine and show his strength and beauty through our obstacles. What a wonderful life it is that we do not have to be perfect! xo

  4. Dear, Rachel thank so much for sharing that post, I suffer from OCD and it can get so hard dealing with it and it can bring u down and make u feel bad, but God’s grace is so wonderful and mercy so great I am so thankful it was him that saves and not me because I am so imperfect. Thank you for the encouragement Dear sister

  5. I love your site! Your symptoms sound like adrenal fatigue, something I have been in the process of recovering from. I struggled for many years with dizziness, exhaustion, anemia, low immune function, etc. until prayer led me to a naturopath who diagnosed me with severe adrenal fatigue. Recovery involved lots and lots of rest, whole foods, red meat, egg yolks, coconut milk and oil, and supplements, along with walking through an amazing healing journey with God holding me all the way. It was not easy but the transformation that took place was amazing. I ended up studying nutritional therapy because of the dramatic upswing I saw in my health, both physical and mental. Desiccated adrenal supplements saved me and I suspect that they might be helpful to you. Many blessings to you!

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