Hey there! How are you? Good week so far? I hope so!

Welcome to another round of Five Minute Friday, where we write fast and free and throw encouragement in the air like confetti.

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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt is: 

enough

 

Ready? Setting my timer for five minutes, and … GO.

 

It’s a phrase that seems to have become somewhat trendy in recent years:

You are enough.

Ever since the first time I saw those three words strung together, they grated on me. I bristled at their proposition. Why? Because I know I’m not.

I’m not enough. 

And sometimes that bothers me and I feel the weight of it, the weight of giving, giving, giving, and always coming up short.

But eventually God pulls me out of the fog by His grace and reminds me of the truth:

I’m not supposed to be enough.

If I were designed to be enough on my own, I wouldn’t need Him. I wouldn’t need a Savior. I wouldn’t need a Lord. I wouldn’t need a Redeemer.

It’s like Paul says, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Paul knew that if he were enough, if he were sufficient to meet his own needs, He wouldn’t need Jesus.

It’s not easy to boast in weakness. It certainly doesn’t come naturally. Not to me, at least. It’s not easy to boast about the fact that I’m not enough. I want to be enough. But that’s not what I’ve been created to be.

I was created to be a worshipper — and in order to fulfil my God-given identity, I need to worship the only One who is enough. The One who is more than enough for every need I’ll ever encounter.

He is more than enough for me.

 

STOP.

 

 

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31 thoughts on “five minute friday :: enough {plus a giveaway}

  1. Such a great post, Kate. It resonated with me. When I saw tonight’s word, my mind went in a ton of directions. I’ve struggled with this words FOR YEARS. Because I always thought of myself as “less-than.” Never enough. So, it was similar to what you shared but different. Because of Jesus, we are enough to God our Father. But, I am not enough to do anything that will be significant in His kingdom. So, so true. Loved your post!

  2. Kate,
    oh I had the same reaction! I am not enough. I resent them trying to convince me that I ever could be, because I spent my life trying to be and kept failing.
    Love love LOVE your post this week!!!
    I related so well to it and have come to a similar conclusion!

  3. Thank you for saying what I’ve often thought. I’ll admit that when people glibly trot out one of those cliched platitudes without, I believe, even thinking of what they’re saying . . . well, it irritates me. Like you, I’m not enough. And God does give me more than I can handle . . . on my own. And so on. You said it so well . . . from first word to last!

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  5. This is really good, Kate – this phrase HAS become very trendy. I don’t think most people who use it mean “I’m perfectly fine as I am and don’t need to change,” but rather “I don’t have to strive to be good enough.” Either way, it’s so true we need to depend on God’s more-than-enough-ness, not our own. Thanks for this.

  6. This here >>> “If I were designed to be enough on my own, I wouldn’t need Him.” Yes! The Lord knew the only way I would continually rely on Him was for me to realize continually that I am not enough. It is our weakness that keeps us ever dependent on our always enough Lord. Wonderful prompt this week!

  7. It has been so inspiring to read so many who have learned they ARE enough through God and through Christ. 🙂 It has been a common thread on this one. 🙂 AMAZING! Thank you for hosting this, thank you for sharing. 🙂

  8. Created to have an appetite for Him alone! Because only He is meant to be enough! Thankful for all the good words flowing out of this word-prompt today, Kate. Lord bless you bigger than big today!

  9. Amen. Sometimes, I read further on these “enough” posts– and the total-picture results in a more well-rounded viewpoint… I agree with you here, though– I am happy to be *made enough* through Him!~ <3 Happy weekend, Writer-I-admire~~ ~

  10. You write with such wisdom. Really enjoyed your perspective on this particular word. I do think our weaknesses can be a great connector and encourager to other women, sometimes moreso than our strengths. Parenting and marriage both are quite refining, and I sometimes think the seasons we walk through in these areas are what keep us on our knees. I finally attacked the word. I am determined to participate more in the FMF. Such a nice community! Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you for hosting!

  11. Beautifully written perspective filled with such truth. I spend loads of time trying to make up for my ‘not enough’ attitude. I need that little old lady in the insurance commercial who says, “That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.” 🙂

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