Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Weak or Strong?

I don’t know how many of you caught the Gabby Gifford’s special broadcast last week or so (I seem to have lost track of time a bit as the days run together)
Anyway, it was very inspiring on many levels. At one point she and her husband, Mark Kellly were being interviewed and she was asked how she was doing, she replied “pretty good”...then a few seconds later with her signature fist swing she added, “strong, strong, strong!”
It was a powerful and touching moment, as this women who had escaped death and was fighting her way back from a myriad of physical effects associated with her brain injury, proclaimed herself as strong.
Gabby may be small in stature, but she is big in courage and hope. ( that must be why her book is called A Story of Courage and Hope..:)
I have felt WEAK this past week ( no pun intended) physically, as the anti-cancer drug races through my system, it feels like a roller coaster ride in my very being. Nausea and her host of nasty friends come to visit and make it hard to get off the ride!
I consider others who have gone through far worse treatment in their battle against cancer and I exclaim, “I don’t know how they did it! 
Like one person said, ”It’s like having a case of the flu for a year.”
I applaud you ..seriously!
But I AM WEAK! I admit it. I hate feeling sick. In such a moment of proclamation,  a verse came floating back to me: 
“But I am poor and needy;
Yet the LORD thinks upon me.”
 Ps. 40:17
And thus, I was so encouraged!
I AM POOR AND NEEDY (and really insignificant in this world of 7 billion people,)
BUT the Lord - the God of this vast universe .....thinks upon me.
Why would He? Why does He?
I honestly have no answer,  I mean, I know the theological answers: He loves me (understatement), He is faithful to those that are HIS, (indeed) He does so, for His name’s sake ( He is GOD!)
I just know that daily He hears my every minor cry, He answers somehow when I call, He picks me up when I am weak, and gives me strength to keep going.
So all you weaklings, c’mon!
Shout it out with me ” I am weak!!” and when you do, realize you are in good company!
Listen to the apostle Paul concerning his bodily affliction:
“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor. 12:7-10
And then look at what God has promised us!:
“He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
A song came to my attention last week (surprise!) It has become my theme song for right now. I just love it and am so en-courage-d by the words
Here are the lyrics and below is a link - you simply must listen!
It’s true--fear is a lie!
Strong Enough to Save
by Tenth Avenue North
You fought 
but you were just too weak 
so you lost 
all the things you try to keep 
now you're on your knees, you're on your knees 
But wait, 
everything can change, 
in a moment’s time, you don't have to be afraid, 
Cause fear is just a lie 
open up your eyes 
And He'll break 
open the sky to save 
those who cry out His name 
the One the wind and waves obey 
He's strong enough to save you 
now is not too late 
lift up your head 
let the rain fall on your face 
you’re not far from grace, your not too far from grace 
And He'll break 
open the sky to save 
those who cry out His name 
The One the winds and the waves obey
is strong enough to save you 
I know the weight of this world can take you down like gravity
And I know the current of yourself can take you out, out to sea
But hold on, hold on 
And he'll break 
open the sky to save 
those who cry out His name 
the One the wind and the waves obey
is strong enough to save you
To listen:
*As for me, I am just daily taking the medicine and waiting for Jesus!
 I have another PET /CT scan on Dec. 16th..
“Let the weak say, “I am strong..” Joel 3:10
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13


  1. Greetings you tough little weakling! I have been so concerned about you not having heard your words of wisdom for so many days! I am so sorry you are having to endure this trial...but, isn't it astounding how much the Lord helps us! And, don't you wonder how in the world people survive life without the Lord to carry them? That fact should drive us to win the world to Him! When I was 7 and just before I accepted the Lord, I learned Philippians 4:13 to earn my way to camp, and it has been my strength through many trials. I have experienced much chronic sickness over the past decade & on days when I cannot move, I hide in sanctuary of the Lord...and it is my favorite place to be! I'm praying He is covering you in that special place where only He abides and where His presence is peace and grace. I love you, Lisa! Cathy T.

  2. Listening to KLOVE on the way to/back taking Brooke to school, I realized so many songs talk about us being weak!...and Him being strong! This world would cringe at proclaiming individual weakness...but here I am...WEAK WEAK WEAK! And needing Jesus every moment. Love you Lees. So awesome to hear you made it to Bible study last night. Keep fighting...we're praying!

  3. I am weak! It is good to have you back. I've been looking for your messages, wondering how you're doing; praying God's best for you.

    I agree with Terry's comment about how the world sees weakness. You know this is the time when you can be totally weak and drink in the overflowing abundance of love God has for you expressed through the body of Christ. I never knew how much God loved me until I got cancer. I still only have an inkling but so grateful to know what I know to carry me the rest of the way home. Take heart Lisa. You know He's always teaching us something.

    This one just came to mind..."For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:14-19)


  4. Lisa, I'm so glad when I see your blogs posted on facebook. I love reading your positive perspective on life. I have been thinking about you a lot, and my family and I lift you up in prayer regularly. Just last night I woke up in the middle of the night, and the Lord put you on my heart to pray for you. I will continue to pray for you, along with so many others, and we will continue to expectantly wait for the Lord to deliver you! Love, Michelle

  5. I am praying for you Lisa.You encourage me...May God's healing hand be upon you,and fill you with the peace of knowing he is in control.Sisters in Christ.Kimberly

  6. Lisa, my prayer partner and I are praying for you here in California. I even have a pastor friend of mine from Maine who is recovering from cancer praying for you too. Thanks for posting this link for this Tenth Avenue North song, I've heard it dozens of times and now every time I hear it now, I will think of you and pray for you.

    Cynthia Hampton
    Downey, California