As previously shared, my family and I are in a season of struggle. But I think I might even amend that statement to be ‘peacefully struggling victoriously’. Is that an oxymoron? Maybe, but it’s accurate for us. This time in our lives is tough-outwardly. No car. Everyday we are depending on people for transportation. Which is fun when all of us are going somewhere (putting 2 car seats in and then taking them out-over and over). We’ve definitely tried staying home unless we need to go to work. We haven’t been to the grocery store in a while and I’ve officially ran out of even the most random dishes I could throw together. You know those meals that you create from all of the possibly freezer burned meat and old cans of weird veggies in the dusty part of your pantry? Yeah even all of that’s gone! But I’m not here for your pity. On the contrary, I’m here to ENCOURAGE YOU! Because even though our circumstances aren’t that great right now, Jesus is enough for us. Is Jesus enough for you?
“For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.” (John 6:55 NIV)
I remember the first time I read that, thinking, “okay Jesus that sounds a little weird”. But now I get it. He’s saying that He is enough for us! I know what you’re thinking. But can Jesus really bring me food when I’m hungry? Can Jesus pay my bills? I believe in miracles and know He can do all of that. But what I think really changes things is when the chaos surrounds you and yet you decide that you’re okay with all of that because you have Jesus’s Spirit within you. Circumstances can change in the blink of an eye-for better or worse. But what lasts forever? Jesus. His unchanging love for you. Your life with Him beside you. Don’t let the small measure of a single moment, transform the perspective of your entire life. Don’t let your current struggle steal your gift of peace instilled in you through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. I recently saw my best friend comment on a Facebook post:
“It’s just a bad day, not a bad life”- Maddi Webb
10 points for Maddi! Here’s your first published quote. But seriously, thanks girl. I needed that truth! It’s just a bad situation, it’s not what’s to come. Jesus can sustain you through it all if you allow Him! He is real food and drink!
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.” (Revelation 12:11) NIV
We are overcomers. We will be victorious no matter what. Regardless of what’s in my fridge, or how I’m getting to work, my family is filled up and overflowing. We triumph over “the accuser of the brethren” aka the devil by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony! See God has gotten us through a lot. And this current struggle is nothing compared to the mountains God has crumbled before us. There was a time when my husband had to longboard to work every day while I was pregnant with our first child! Some random photographer caught this picture of Brenner truckin’ along to get to his minimum wage job at Walgreens. And now I’m so thankful God gave us this physical memory. Because that simple job made a home for us. That hard work brought food on the table. That dedicated faith, to believe that Jesus was enough, kindled a motivation within us to go the extra mile; even if it meant we were going to walk or skate that distance. Jesus isn’t enough for us because of our works. We work hard because Jesus is enough.
And yeah. Here we are with no car. But this time we have been given people who are willing to give us rides! That’s incredible! Jesus is enough.
Let me say that one more time…
Jesus. Is. Enough.