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Day 6 Devotional (Week 2)
Saturday, April 23, 2011

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'  Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power my rest on me." -- 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

"We are going to build this house to live in!"  After building a home that would "sell" in Austin, this was our mantra as we were transferred to Dallas.  Rick's promotion would carry us away from our church, and friends in Austin, but the sadness was tempered with excitement.  After just two years in our new home, the company downsized, and we were a casualty.  What would we do?

We watched savings diminish, and severance payments neared the end.  It was hard to get up in the morning and face each new day with more resumes, more phone calls.  Most of our contacts were here, in Austin, and very little hiring was happening in the Dallas area.  Sitting at the kitchen table feeling very helpless, we grasped hands and started to pray.  Not that we hadn't prayed before, but with each day and each new prayer, we could feel that we were not able to fix this situation.  If God's grace did not fix it, it was not going to get done.

As we prayed, the phone rang.  The voice on the phone had heard we needed a job.  His company was looking for someone with just Rick's background.  Could he fax a resume?  They would be in touch soon.  After a round of faxes and interviews, we were headed to Austin with
a new job offer in hand.  Austin, that we loved!  God provided all the right contacts, and brought us back to Austin.  We just had to turn it over to him.  Our acknowledgement of our weakness and inability to change the situation allowed God's power to be made perfect in our lives.

As we move into this building program, let us always be reminded that though a task seems insurmountable, or an amount seems unattainable, it is through our weakness that God's power is made perfect.  So let us delight in all our weaknesses, hardships, and difficulties, for when we are weak, then, we are strong.

Lord helps us in all our weakness that your power might be made perfect for our community to see.

Prepared by Pam and Rick Barry

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