WE ARE NOT ENOUGH...by Alyssa Alexander

WE ARE WOMEN who wear many hats: moms, wives, friends, leaders.  There are many people in our lives who count on us, who need something from us.  It can be a struggle to feel as if we have to keep it together for everyone else in our lives.  We often feel like we can’t manage it all.  We feel like we should be able to handle all of this, but it’s hard and sometimes we fall on our faces.

When we feel like our cup is almost dry and there is just nothing left to give, what do we do?  What do we say when we don’t think we have the right words to encourage someone or we haven’t experienced enough life yet to offer a modicum of advice?

We women often worry we might not be enough.  We might not be helpful enough or smart enough or experienced enough to come alongside others in their journey.  The irony of this crazy upside-down kingdom of God is that I don’t think God ever meant us to be enough.

Throughout the Bible, God sends angels to appear to his people and ask big things of them.  But the angels don’t just ask and leave.  The angel always comes bearing a promise.  He told Hagar God had heard. He told Abraham God would be with him. He told Mary she had found favor with God.

These promises remind us we are not enough on our own, but with God, we have everything we need.

God has heard. He knows when you have reached the end of yourself and you are crying out for a little help.  He hears you when you shut the bedroom door after a long exhausting day and you think you just can’t do it anymore. God hears your prayers, he sees you right where you are.

God is with you. He will not leave you.  He will always show up.  He will never let you down.  When you walk into a room with all eyes on you, full of expectation and trembling, he is with you.

You have found favor with God. He is proud of the woman you are, and the woman you are becoming.  You do not have it all figured out yet and you don’t have to; he loves you because you are his child and nothing else really matters.  God’s favor and love are unconditional, irrevocable and irreplaceable.  You will never have to earn a spot at his table, your place is permanently set.

These are the promises God made to his people then, and they are the promises he makes to us now.  The next time you feel like you might not be enough, remember God is the one who gives us exactly what we need to do what he has called us to do.  We need to read his promises until they burn their way onto our hearts.

Being brave means trusting the God who brought us to this place, in this moment, will come through for us.  What would it be like to know God so intimately you trust him implicitly? That has become my prayer:  that I would know God better and believe in his promises to me. So when I feel like I am running on empty with nothing worthwhile to offer and my insecurities threaten to overwhelm me, I remember God is enough.

He is more than enough.

Used by permission from MOPS INTERNATIONAL. Taken from the Winter edition of CONNECTIONS – a MOPS publication.  Alyssa Alexander is a wife, mother of two, registered nurse and most importantly, a lover of Jesus.  She is learning to let go and choose joy.