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6 Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say,

7 or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.

9 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 may rest on me.

10 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 6-10

Today I fast from Strength

“I wish you rest today. I wish you a deep knowing that exhaustion is not a normal way of living.You are enough. You can rest…You are worthy of care.”

Tricia Hersey- founder of the Nap Ministry

O Lord;

Today, I come before You to fast from strength. Lord, I confess that I have grown tired and weary from being the strong one. O Lord every woman in my family was the archetype of the “Strong Black Woman”. From my earliest memories I was taught and told, “You have to be strong”. “You have to be twice as good”. My parents challenged me to always be the best. The Legacy I inherited was to not only be strong for me, but rather be strong for my family; be strong for the community, be the voice of reason on the job, you were gifted to be the strong one where ever you go. O Lord, I am so tired from being strong. O Lord when I resigned from my position, they had to hire 5 people to do the work I did for a lesser salary. I was the one always taking the hit for the team. There have been times when I could barely put one foot in front of the other, but I carried on. There have been times when I just could not bear the burdens alone. Too often I heard, "God helps those who help themselves"; but O Lord, I was spent from helping others - all the others - doing all the things.

O Lord, on this day I release the messages from my past that demanded my strength for the greater good. O Lord, on this day I release the imagery that as a strong woman I can do it all on my own. Forgive me O Lord for attempting to live life in my own strength and self-promulgating power. O Lord, on this day - I sit. I sit in Thy presence. I sit and meditate on Your word, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Yes Lord, on this day I sit in Your grace. On this day I know that I know that I know Your grace O Lord is sufficient for me. I sit in perfect peace knowing that Your Power O God is made perfect in my weakness.

O Yes, Oh Lord, on this day I decrease so that indeed You may increase. Yes, O Lord- today I sit still and know that You O Lord are God. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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