17.2.16

CLOTHED IN STRENGTH

This post is in collaboration with She Is Clothing

I've been thinking a lot lately about the word "strength". I think we are all guilty of associating strength with confidence, having everything figured out, or facing challenges with an attitude of determination, when it reality it's none of those things. Strength is one of those things that means something different for everyone. For me strength is acknowledging that I have weaknesses and that I am going to make mistakes, but that through faith I can become the person I am meant to be. Here are a few things in which I find strength. 

I find strength in crying.  Crying is usually seen as being weak and vulnerable, but to me it is the exact opposite. Letting our guard down and admitting that we are not always going to be happy can give us so much more strength. We can't expect to go through this life smiling and laughing at every single thing that comes our way. There are challenges, heartbreak, death, and countless other things that will happen to us. It's ok to take a moment and cry. As long as we pick ourselves back up and continue to perservere, we will be stronger. One of my favourite scriptures is John 11:35: "Jesus wept." This verse takes place just after Lazarus's death, when Mary and Martha come to Christ crying and telling the Him that if He was there, then their brother would not be dead. I love that He didn't say: "You realize I have power to raise your brother from the dead right?", instead he cried over the loss of his dear friend, and the pain Mary and Martha were feeling. If the Saviour who was completely perfect and all-powerful cried and mourned with his friends, then it is ok if I do too.

I find strength in knowing who I am. It's so easy to loose sight of your identity in today's world. Especially with social media, we can become distracted too quickly and start comparing ourselves to others. I'm not defined by what products I own, what size clothing I wear, or how many followers I have, I'm so much more than that. I am a wife, a friend, an aunt, a sister, a mother, but most importantly I am a daughter. Not just a daughter to my mom and dad, but I am an individual who lived before I was born. I have Heavenly parents who love me and want me to succeed. God is always there. No matter how small or insignificant something may be in the grand scheme of things, if it is important to me, then it is important to Him. I am so grateful that I was raised in the gospel. When I was in Young Women's, every single Sunday we would recite the Young Women's theme which began with this statement: "We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us and we love Him." Knowing that simple truth has made all the difference in my life. I can face any trial with faith and strength that I can do anything simply because I am His. 

I find strength in my Saviour.  Because of what the Saviour has done for me, there is nothing I can not overcome. The more I learn about Him, the more I realize that I will never fully understand His atonement in this life. There is no limit to the reach of His atonement. It doesn't just cover our sins but it can also help us improve, comfort us in times of doubt, sickness or pain. He makes up for all that I lack. So during the times where I feel weak and uncertain, I can be strong with Christ.

I absolutely love this t-shirt from She Is Clothing because it is a visual reminder that we are all strong. Wearing this shirt and reading what it says when I walk by a mirror helps me remember that I am stronger than anything that comes my way.

2 comments

  1. This is so, so beautiful. I love each of your three ways you find strength. That verse about Christ crying with His friends always gets me, too. And now I NEED one of those workout tanks!

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  2. LOVE this post! I felt more empowered and strong just reading it, thanks Bekah!

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