Strength found in weakness I wanted to be strong. I wanted to be a good girl. Otherwise, I believed, no one would ever love me. So I hid my weakness, shame, guilt, and emotional scars all inside. People saying “you are such a good girl” made me somewhat happy, but I knew the mess in my heart behind my mask and I hated myself for it. Growing up, my parents have taught me that God exists and that He loves me. But I thought He, just like everyone else, would love me only if I stay “good”. As I learned more about God in depth, I learned that what I hid inside was never hidden from Him. He knew it all and yet loved me. Regardless of what I could or couldn’t do, His love remained the same. God has loved me without holding back. Even in my worst, feeling like no one loved me, God still loved me. Knowing that, I was able to accept my weakness and came to God the way I am. Then God’s love was poured out like rain on me- and I felt my guilt, shame, and the feeling of not-enough being all washed away. True strength is given by God’s love, through the Cross of Jesus. I don’t need to strive alone. When I am weak, through my weakness, His strength is revealed even greater. Now I don’t need to compare myself with others to make sure I am “ok”. I am more than “ok” in God’s eyes. I am weak but loved by the Greatest Love. That’s me with strength. That is how I received the Good News.