I don’t want you to ever think my life is perfect. I especially don’t want you to be deceived by my posts on social media that I have everything figured out. If we are being completely real, brutally honest, I do not live a perfect life and I definitely do not have everything figured out.

Over the last month or so, God has been showing me just how weak I am. For whatever reason, the idea that I am strong enough and can do it all started to creep into my life. I have no clue when the “I can do it all” mindset set in, but I am very much aware NOW that I cannot do it all.

This whole shift started one night at the coffee shop. I was talking with one of my best friends and just encouraging her through a tough time. During the midst of the conversation, I could see she had bought into the lie that she was supposed to handle everything perfectly, and be strong enough to do it all. I could see her fighting back the tears the whole time, afraid to show some sort of weakness to me. I looked at her and said, “It’s okay to admit that you’re not strong enough.” I reminded her that even though we are weak individuals, God is the Almighty. He has the ultimate strength.

I went home that night thinking about our conversation and praying for my friend, but then I felt God pressing on my heart the same words I had just spoken to her. God was telling me: Rachel, it’s okay to admit that you’re not strong enough. But instead of admitting to God I was weak and I needed Him to carry me, I continued to carry life with my own strength.

This is a constant battle for me, just so you know. I have seasons of life where I recognized my weaknesses and my need for God’s strength, but overtime somewhere along the journey I start to believe that I can handle it.

A few nights later, God pressed that same statement onto my heart again. And this time, I was angry. I remember that night well, and it was for sure not posted on Instagram or Facebook. It was one of those nights where I was just so angry and sad and hurt–BROKEN–so there was LOTS of ugly crying. In my anger, I asked the question WHY a whole bunch. I demanded (not a joke) answers from the Lord. If you’re at all familiar with Job when He is asking God for his day in court wanting answers from God, that was me.

But then, I was able to admit that I can’t. I was broken–still am broken. Because I can’t do it. I can’t be who everyone wants me to be because it’s too much pressure. I can’t be patient on my own because I want things now. I can’t control outcomes because that’s not my power. I can’t do it.

Through lots of tears, I finally admitted to God, “I need you. I am not strong enough to keep going on my own.”

So with that statement, I opened up my Bible to the book of Esther to hear from God. I was still angry. I was more broken now than I was when I started praying. I was hurting. And I still wanted answers.

Immediately, I started reading through that portion of Esther, and God started to speak, but it was not what I wanted to hear. It wasn’t providing the answers I was looking for. So as I read through God’s Word, I continued praying the same way–demanding answers, admitting my lack of ability to do anything on my own, begging God to speak something else. I was working through Beth Moore’s study on Esther at the time, and it got to this point where she referenced Philippians 4:13. I’m really familiar with this verse, so I kind of quickly reread it, but she had another verse to reference–Romans 8:37. I wasn’t as familiar with this one, so I went into it with fresh eyes.

“in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

Romans 8:37

The Holy Spirit used this verse to speak directly into my heart:

Did you see that part about in all these things? Everything you just prayed for is included in the word ALL.

You’re right. You can’t do it all. But did you notice what it says next? You are a conqueror through Him–that’s Me. You are a conqueror in all these things because of Me. Because of My love for You.

You will never be able to do anything on your own. But My love carries you. 

In that moment, a wave of peace flooded my heart to where I can’t even explain it. Through my absolute surrender that I can’t do it, God provided me with peace because He reminded me that it’s THROUGH HIM not through Rachel.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t live without the strength of God.

When you see these pictures below, on Instagram, or on Facebook, do not be deceived. I am not strong. I am weak. And I will gladly proclaim that brutally honest truth until the day I die because it’s not through me. It’s through Him.

11 thoughts on “Brutally Honest

  1. Your blog is so wonderful. I love the pictures in this post as well.
    Yes, it’s always a good reminder for others that what we see on social media is only the highlight reel. Comparing our behind the scenes with someone’s highlights will always lead to disappointment.
    Also, it takes so much strength to just say “God, I need you”. Even though God knows the deepest desires in our hearts, it’s always hard for me to be honest with him. Strange, I know. Admitting we are weak and allowing him to spiritually guide us is something that I’m still working through.
    Great post!

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  2. I can definitely relate to feeling like you need to have it all figure out and under control all the time. I am in the middle of a pretty intense battle with my pride. I spent way too long looking only to myself for answers when I should’ve been seeking God’s plan for my life, and it got me into a pretty dark place. That’s actually what inspired me to start blogging again, as a way to keep myself accountable in my thoughts and actions by making my struggles and lessons public. It’s kind of my reminder to look to the Lord for His guidance.
    I so appreciate when people can be raw and and real like this. It’s so important for us to be honest about our struggles because so many people are dealing with the same things and it can be really easy to assume we are alone. The same truth we preach to those we love applies to us too… how cool is that?
    Anyway, sorry for the novel and thanks for sharing! I look forward to getting to read more about your heart for the Lord!

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    • Maria, I’m so thankful for your comment! God is at work, and it’s apparent just through you. If there’s anything I’ve learned along my journey of faith is Satan likes to do everything he can to make us feel alone and ashamed, but that is not God’s desire. Instead, God frees us up from the weight of the world just by a simple confession! There is great freedom in being weak! I was just reading the other night in Luke about how Jesus came for the sick! It’s only when we recognize our sickness, so we have the ability to be healed (maybe that’s the next blog!). Thanks for the comment!!! 🙂

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