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Thank God For the Gift of Helplessness!

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Thank God For the Gift of Helplessness!

On this Christmas Eve Day, we’re thinking of gifts given and received. Right now I’m remembering another kind of gift – the gift of helplessness.

Vanessa knows what I mean.

I met her today through the beauty of the internet. She reminded me of this gift: When she reached the end of herself she found the Lover of her soul.  Vanessa: she had twenty-one surgeries by age thirteen. Years in the hospital. Verbal and physical bullying from schoolmates. Multiple miscarriages as a young wife. the death of a child. a debilitating progressive disease. Riveting pain. Abandonment. Unwanted divorce. She begged God for the grace to deliver her, but God offered her much more – He offered her His sustaining grace.

Read her book, The Scars That Have Shaped Me, and see the miracle found in the gift of helplessness.

I know what it means to be helpless. I wrote this post thirteen months ago and yet it is appropriate for today so I thought I would remind you of this different kind of gift.

Over a year ago, I survived brain damage and nearly died twice. My world was out of control and I was spinning in its wake. In humbleness and with trembling lips I came to Him.

 “Lord! Help me! I need you!

He answered me in a way I couldn’t have imagined. I was helpless, but my Abba Father was not.  He took my hand, like a child, and led me through my helpless in grace, beauty and peace. In  His gift of helplessness, I found Him faithful!

 

The Gift of Helplessness

Trouble troubles the mind
Worry worries the soul
Sleep eludes me

I’m helpless to help myself

Self-confidence brings no relief
Self-assurance does not assure
Self disappoints

I’m lost
Self-seeks her own way
The deafness of self
hears nothing

I yield
Relinquish all rights to self
Lean into the living God
 
Helpless I come to Him
Broken, He finds me
Love, He lifts me up

Comfort upon comfort comforts my soul

Self flees
God comes
The yielded heart refreshed

Thank God for the gift of helplessness!

 

Prayer of the Helpless Heart:

Lord!   I cannot handle this!  If left to myself, who would hinder my fall, mend the broken places, steady my shaking soul? I cannot trust myself. Lord, I need you! 

…….

Do you remember when you felt helpless? What happened?

Uniquely Yours in Him,



By | 2017-03-24T01:32:18+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Categories: Heart of God|16 Comments

About the Author:

Christine encourages others to live passionately for Christ. She inspires women of faith to enter freely into God’s presence with a yielded heart, walk by faith and not by sight, seek opportunities to know God by name in His Word and live confidently in the Lord.Christine, also known as Chris, has been married for over forty years and she has two grown children. She is a retired Army officer and a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God. She adores her dogs, walking, and writing. She is passionate about motivating others in a deeper level of faith. One of her life verses is Philippian’s 4:5b-7: The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

16 Comments

  1. Johnnie ( Lizzy) December 25, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Sista bear, I remember well when you were in the hospital, from the accident that caused you serious brain injury!
    The road rash, cracked ribs, wrist and the knowledge that Whispered Words could have been silenced forever!
    PRAISE GOD HE treasures His treasures and His treasure you are!
    I know this road to recovery is long and is still proceeding, yet GOD.
    And one day I will hold in my hands not only your beloved face but also a Book and hear your sweet voice via audio and in person.
    None of us know this journey of Dash Living the many twists and turns but God does and His plans are always for our good and His glory.
    I do remember a time when I said to God Oh’ how I trust You, and He spoke back to me saying, let Me trust you as you trust Me.
    I was laid on my face before Him in this intimate conversation, that the Creator of All Creation would want to trust me!
    Sovereign is He, as you told me so long ago, ever learning of His greatness.
    Sista bear I pray He keeps you here for a goodly long time so we can read and learn the way of a Yielded Heart.
    See you this Friday 30 to hold your face and hear your voice.
    Love you dearly Merry Christ=mas.
    Little Lizzy

    • Christine Malkemes December 31, 2016 at 12:06 pm

      Sista bear, your words touched my soul. It was so nice last night to have some moments to share and reflect. i love you…..more!
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  2. Jerralea December 24, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This is just as good the second time around!

    Anytime I try to rely on self, I am disappointed. He is the only one to lean on.
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  3. Lynn Severance November 25, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Sweet Christine – I came from a time of journaling about the strength God has for me today as I have so very little – was thanking Him for how faithful He is to me in my weakness – and opened up your posting. It surely capped off what I had just been thinking and feeling. It is good to be “reading you” again. I’ve an email from you tucked away and hope to respond ( but I do love the new website look!! ). Blessed holidays — yet when we walk with Him, each day – each moment – is holy! xo Lynn
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    • Christine Malkemes November 27, 2015 at 11:41 am

      My most precious sister in Christ – Lynn. I journey with you down this road and am encouraged by your words of encouragement. thank you. I am glad to be back. Yours in Him, Chris
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  4. Kathie November 19, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Thank you, Chris. Yes! The gift of helplessness – acknowledging our helplessness leads us to discovering HIS strength displayed in us! What a gift!!
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  5. Kathie November 19, 2015 at 11:37 am

    This is so good!! Thank you. The gift of knowing we are helpless; acknowledging our helplessness leads us to discovering HIS Strength displayed in us! 🙂

    • Christine Malkemes November 19, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Hi Kathy. Thank you for joining in on the conversation. When we experience the gift and take His hand we’re never the same again. I bet you have stories to tell. His testimony in your heart is as fresh as the touch of His love.. Uniquely yours in Him, Chris~
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  6. Leah Adams November 19, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I’ve never thought about thanking Him for helplessness. Such a great post to ponder. It is true that when I am helpless, I go running to Him. Love you, friend.

    • Christine Malkemes November 19, 2015 at 8:55 am

      Like a child He leads us. It took me nearly 40 years to learn this and I’m glad I did. I just love you comments – they encourage me.

  7. Linda Stoll November 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Christine … So glad to see you back in the saddle again! Thanks for coming to call … I look forward to picking up where we left off along the way. Welcome back!

    ;-}

    • Christine Malkemes November 18, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      Linda, it’s funny how there are some people you’ve never met face to face, but treasure staying in touch with them. Well…. you’re one. Thanks for your visit. Look forward to seeing more of you. Uniquely Yours in Him, Chris~

  8. Jerralea November 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Love this Christine! When we are weak, that is when He shows up strong.

    I never thought to thank God for helplessness before!

    Thanks for sharing The Loft today.

    • Christine Malkemes November 18, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Jerralea, my mind doesn’t work like everyone else. I guess after years of seeing Him in the most unexpected ways I’ve learned the true value of “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Seeing His intervention is the beginning of praise (thankfulness of the heart). Thanks for visiting from The Loft today

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