Verse of the Year 2014: 2 Corinthians 12:9

At the International Christian Mompreneur Network, we’re not making New Year’s Resolutions. We’re choosing a scripture verse to guide us through the year instead. We’re selecting a verse that speaks to our hearts and offers support, hope or motivation for us to live out the following year with purpose and direction. The following is part of a series of posts featuring members of the International Christian Mompreneur Network sharing their scripture verse of the year. We pray these posts will inspire and encourage you to select a scripture verse to guide you through the year as well.

Scripture Verse of the Year 2014 – By Zohary Ross

“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.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Zohary Ross bio picAs I prayerfully pondered my word and verse for 2014 I felt the Lord draw me to 2 Corinthians 12:9. This verse has been one of my life verses for the last few years. So I was somewhat surprised when I felt the Lord wanted me to refocus on it. Grace? I thought I had already “been there done that.”

“Really, Lord?” I thought, “Not something new, not something different?”

I believe I have really embraced the gift of God’s grace and have been able to see the Lord work His almighty strength in my life. However, recently I realized that I have strayed somewhat from truly receiving grace, and that I have struggled with accepting grace from myself.

As a Christian Life Coach and a leader in women’s ministry I have had moments where I’ve felt unqualified to lead or like I didn’t have it all together so how could I truly lead others? What would people think if they knew what I mess I really was?

It’s in those moments that I reflect on who Jesus called as leaders and dig into His word as the bible is filled with imperfect people in need of grace who were able to do great things through the God who called them.

I truly believe that He calls the broken to lead the broken because it is never in our own strength that we can accomplish breakthrough but always through His mercy and grace.

We bless one another by sharing our stories including and often especially when we share our weaknesses. No one benefits when I act as if I have it all together. I’m not being authentic and I keep others from feeling free to be real as well.

As a Christian coach is it not my job to show people how to have a perfect life. I couldn’t do it even if I tried, there’s just no such thing. It IS my job to journey alongside them and point them toward the one who has a perfect plan and purpose for their lives.

Personally, last year was a hard year for me as a mom. There were many times I looked back and felt pangs of regret. There were moments that felt hopeless as I learned to accept the reality of having a prodigal child. I felt like I couldn’t breathe.

After some time, I was able to reflect on all that the Lord has done in my life and in my family and I have been able to trust that His grace really is sufficient, because truly in those moments when I couldn’t breathe and all I could do was pray for air. . . He showed up and breathed life into me.

Further, I became aware of the reality that dwelling on past and being stuck in regret took away the opportunity to give God glory for what I knew He was capable of doing in our story. My life, my mistakes and my weakness are infinitely small compared to His greatness.

The truth is that in 2014 I am looking to make room for even more grace.

I feel that this year maybe a time to return to basics for me. To keep things simple; real. To revisit old dreams and first loves.

I hope to continue to be blessed by the Lord’s favor in my life. I hope to receive grace from others as I truly do need it in all areas of my life, both professionally and personally. I pray I will be able to show grace to all those around me. And I truly hope that I will be able to let go of things past and show myself the grace I need to move forward confidently in Christ.

This year I am purposing to be even more authentic, to share the hard stories and to “boast about my weaknesses” so that I can be a mere vessel for God’s power to be displayed.

About Zohary

Zohary Ross is a wife and mom of four who lives fueled by grace. She hold a master’s degree in counseling psychology, is a California credentialed school counselor and board certified Christian life coach. With a background in counseling, coaching and education she is passionate about strengthening families and empowering women to live God’s promises in all seasons of life. You can find her sharing her stories at zoharyross.com

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  • http://www.facebook.com/pat.fenner1 Pat Fenner

    You motivated me! Wrote about my own life verse here: http://momsmorningcoffee.com/a-life-verse-to-lead-you/

    • http://www.theresaceniccola.com/ Theresa Ceniccola

      I love it, Pat! Especially the last two bullet points about guarding what has been entrusted to your care and avoiding godless chatter. I think I’ll adopt those goals myself:-) Thank you for sharing! @patfenner:disqus