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The Lord said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
— 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)
Although I’ve never been formally diagnosed, I look back over my childhood and recognize the symptoms of a learning disability now called dyslexia. A good memory helped me in school; but insecurity, doubt, and low self-esteem made me question my value. As I struggled to overcome obstacles, hurts, and disappointments, my perception of God became distorted. I began to question God’s love for me. What people thought about me mattered more than God’s opinion. I set unrealistic goals for myself and often thought, If other people can do this, why am I having such a hard time?
When I became a wife and mother, I admitted that if I couldn’t accept myself the way I had been created, I wasn’t trusting God. In the beginning, getting rid of negative thinking and replacing it with the word of God was a slow, daily, and sometimes painful process. Then I began to believe that God took great delight in me and that I played a necessary and significant role in God’s work on earth. Now my goal is to please God, reminding myself that I have been promised, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”
Daily devotionals from The Upper Room