Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Word-filled Wednesday

© Karen Kyle Ericson, all rights reserved.

I've noticed how when things are smooth and there's no problems, I tend to not be as dependent on the Lord.  "It's ok God, I got it now!"

I've pretty much learned even a good day is better when Jesus is included.  But I confess, when there's an emergency or problems, I'm praying non-stop!  That's why I love this verse.  When I'm afraid something bad might happen, or dreading something in the future, I try and remember, "...when I am weak, then I am strong," in Him.  It's such an amazing experience when He lifts us above the weight we carry.

I've had nights, especially when I worked in an office, where I went to bed and my prayer was, "I give up."  Then I'd drift off to sleep.  The minute I stepped out of the house, in the morning, peace and strength came to help me face another day.  Giving up is good when we turn it all over to the Lord.

This is a still life I just finished.  My lights are behind me and my camera is staring at my computer as I type.  I wanted to illustrate weakness and thought of little chicks.  They are so fragile and tiny- but they survive.  God gave them durability, and the ability to grow strong.  He did that for us too.  Sometimes learning isn't fun.  But it's definitely worth it.  The weight symbolizes strength. This is one of my little 3 lb. hand weights so I can be strong physically and spiritually.

I paid the little chicks under the weight extra chick feed (just kidding), the one on top is praying and praising God. Her reward will be in Heaven. : )

Challenge sponsored by Katie Lloyd Photography.

Challenge sponsored by Internet Cafe Devotions.


  1. His strength will make you strong. Just follow Him, Jesus Christ our Lord. God bless you.

  2. Happy Word-Filled Wednesday. An encouraging verse, and a VERY cute photo.

    Blessings, e-Mom @ Chrysalis

  3. Yes JT- Jesus Christ is our strength! Thanks. And God bless you!

    Thanks e-Mom Happy Word-Filled Wednesday. God bless you!

  4. I forgot to post the rest of the verse. The apostle Paul who wrote it, had a lot of stuff to deal with!

    "That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

  5. Hi Karen,
    That is an awesome scripture to remember. Jesus is our strength, but too often I want to handle it with what little strength I have. Nice job with the still life and awesome post.

  6. Hi Karen,
    I am the same way, I have to constantly be reminded to both pray and praise when things are going smoothly, but those things seem to be instantanious when trouble arises.
    Love your imagination!

    ~God Bless You~

  7. Thanks Ken! It's not easy, but faith is a decision for sure. We all struggle with this. God bless!

    Thanks Lisa! I appreciate the encouragement. The bad side of imagination is when I hear a sound at night hahaha. But it is a blessing too. God bless you!