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When I Am Weak, Then I Am Strong

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My last training session involved a lot of failure. Particularly when experimenting with a heavy front squat.

Both times I tried it, I couldn’t get back up and had to drop the bar on the rack. My trainer took some weight off the bar and changed the movement since it was clear I wasn’t strong enough to do the lift yet. No drama… I’m well past the point of being upset by that type of failure, and now look at it as part of the learning and growing process.

I’m no longer scared of coming across as looking weak.

In fact, allowing myself to be weak has totally changed my life.

Weakness isn’t something to be avoided or glossed over. Embracing weakness has allowed me to grow at an incredible pace over the past year.

Even I have been shocked to see the kind of changes I’ve seen in myself and my relationships as I’ve pushed myself to open up and show my weakness to others.

One way I’ve been embracing weakness is by practicing vulnerability. 

Vulnerability feels like weakness but it is in vulnerability that we become connected, that we experience our true selves.

And for someone like me who often prides herself on being strong, being vulnerable has become a choice that I make in my life on a regular basis.

Lately I’ve been experiencing much deeper vulnerability in my relationships than ever before, and it’s been awe inspiring to reflect on the way my personal life has changed as I’ve allowed myself to wade into the deep, dark ocean of vulnerability.

I will continue to share my progress towards greater strength, both physically and mentally, through the work I do.

Being strong is awesome. I love encouraging women to build their strength.

But remember that when you allow yourself to be weak, there is a strength that emerges that you may have never believed could exist within yourself.

It took me years to discover this but now that I am grasping this concept, my life has been completely turned upside down in the most wonderful ways.

For true strength, you must learn how to embrace vulnerability and weakness. And trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. 

2 Corinthians 12:10

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  1. If you can’t see beauty in your brokenness, how can you see beauty in the broken bread, which represents the body of Christ broken for us? If you see beauty in the broken bread, then why would you deny that there could be beauty in our brokenness and weakness and dependence?