; past participle:
- give (someone) the authority or power to do something.
When I decided to do the Proverbs 31 online bible study on "Made to Crave" by Lisa Terkeurst, it was not a coincidence. As usual, God knew just what I needed when I needed it. See, I had been having a bit of a pity party for myself lately. Not that I didn't have a legitimate reason for it... money being tight, the holidays being over, my health problems STILL being around and a new wave of grief over missing my mom are all good enough excuses for being depressed on their own, much less all piled on top each other. But after a couple weeks of feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and just plain blah... it gets old.
So right about the same time that I jumped back up on my proverbial horse, Proverbs 31 started a new bible study. Coincidence? I think not. And the first week's word? "EMPOWERED." Funny, because this is pretty much the same feeling that I've referred to before as "yummy" (see previous blog post).
So how does this week's word empower me? By reminding me that God has already given me all the authority and motivation that I need to accomplish what He has planned for me. I just tend to forget it sometimes. In our daily hustles of bills, jobs, volunteering, families, chores, etc, etc.... it is easy to get caught up and feel more ran down than lifted up. What is the easier thing to do when things are going bad? To look past them, think above them and proclaim good things in your future? Or to slump down on the couch, eat some ice cream and say whoa is me? Yea, I thought so.
But that is when I need to remember that I am empowered. Just as I am, where I am. God is always with me and "with God, all things are possible." You don't need the support or approval of others to succeed. You don't need a certain amount of money or a specific job title. Long before you started building up your resume, God already gave you the skill set and talents you need to accomplish His will for your life.
I am empowered right now. I don't have to wait until I have a certain amount of money or until I've reached a certain level of success. I can make all of my dreams come true. I can achieve God's will for my life. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I am able. I am capable. I am strong. I am empowered.