Battling Confidence.

Incredible mother

Supportive wife
Loving friend
Prayerful soul
Over the top organized
Uniquely creative
Dedicated employee
Compassionate for others
Funny to the tickle bone
Addicted to chocolate

This describes my friend. Doesn’t she sound wonderful?
She is! The only problem is that she forgets these things about herself.
I see these things in her always!!!!
The weaknesses she believes in her mind win over the strengths I know
She needs affirmation. Who doesn’t?
She needs reminders that she is special, cherished, amazing, and talented.
If you ask my mom what is one thing she wanted for me she will tell you she wanted me to be confident. And while I can’t tell you her formula I can tell you she did a mighty fine job.
I have my moments that I dip into a land of pity but I quickly pop out of the mud. I can say I am confident in my strengths but also confident in my weaknesses. I find being confident in  both valuable.
I know I have to ask for help when it comes to spelling and grammar. I know without help I couldn’t keep a clean house. I know I cannot do it alone. But I also know what I am capable of and how God has gifted me to help others.  That is the way that God created the body of Christ to work.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:3-8
You see, you have gifts and I have gifts. You have weaknesses and I have weaknesses. 
Your gifts help me where I am weak and my gifts can help you where you are weak. 
We can work together.
As moms and as woman we can find ourselves delighting in each others’ weaknesses, we can become jealous of another’s strengths. But why would we do that?
Here is an idea!

Let’s use each other. See each other as a gift. Get excited when you see something in someone that you want. Ask them for help. Affirm them! Take 2 minutes…just two. I promise you can find them…really you can do it. Take those minutes and jot a fellow woman/mom a note of encouragement. It will be meaningful.
*originally posted in August 2011