A Moment of Weakness

Do you ever have a moment of weakness? I sure do. All day. Every day.

Journeying through this life is challenging. Moment by moment, decisions have to be made about what we will do or not do in the next moment. And our choices have consequences, some more significant than others, but consequences nonetheless. And bit by bit, these decisions shape who we become. And if we fail to think before we act, develop poor habits, sink into old addictions, and mindlessly while away the hours, we will soon find ourselves in a season of weakness.

We’ve all done it, and we all continue to do it. We experience moments of weakness and do what shouldn’t be done, or don’t do what should be. Our moments of weakness may occur because we make excuses, are afraid, hold stereotypes, and worry about what will happen next. Our moments of weakness may cause us to second-guess what we are supposed to do in a given situation, and then we miss the opportunity to do anything at all. At times, we walk in the flesh and not the Spirit. We rationalize, justify, and excuse our behavior. We hold on to selfishness, pride, and our own comfort. And our actions cannot be undone. What we have seen cannot be unseen, what we have heard cannot be unheard, what we have said cannot be unsaid, and the fact that we went somewhere cannot be erased. But, there’s hope because this is a new moment, and we can choose differently for our next actions.

For example, a few days ago (okay, even a few hours ago), I had an inappropriate thought. It seemed minor, inconsequential. I didn’t act on it, I just thought it. No one besides me knew I had thought it, no one that is except for God. But that is what really matters. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.1 It was wrong in His eyes, and so, it was wrong. I was shocked. I gave myself a talking to. But then in the next moment, I was right back where I started. Once again, I realized this thought process was not pleasing to God. I confessed. I repented. I asked for His help with this situation. And the next moment, my thoughts changed to something pleasing to Him. I did not do this in my own strength and power. If it was up to me, my thoughts and I would have continued on down this negative path, adding to the collection as we went along. It was when I called out for help and strength to redirect my thoughts that the next moment became a beautiful one.

As we journey through life, we need to remain aware and present in the moment. A moment becomes a season when we allow it to go past the next moment. And if we are not vigilant, a beautiful season can disappear, and we can be left standing in an ugly one. When we let our guard down or look the other way, we neglect the Spirit. And if we are out of step with God, our steps are going to be out of step. The strength that could be ours will go untapped. But things do not have to be this way. We can allow Him to reorder our steps and set us back on track. His power knows no limits, so whether it is a small thought or a huge, terrible deed, there is help and hope. We will continually have moments of weakness, but God has strength that will never go away. He never grows weary. He will always give power to the faint, and for those who have no might, He will increase their strength. Those who trust in the LORD will mount up with wings like strong eagles. They will run the race like strong athletes. They will walk through life without being done in by it. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, and will also be the author and finisher of our strength. 2

We may have acquired undesirable names and may have developed negative reputations due to our actions, or lack thereof, but our names and our reputations can change to the opposite now because God can change our lives now. We can be made into new creations. We can be forgiven for the things committed and omitted. And there is now, therefore, no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Today is a new day. This is a new moment. This is a new moment for grace.3

A moment of weakness need only last for a moment because in the next moment we can call out for God’s strength, and He will give it to us. If we are facing something we ought not be doing, in a moment we can receive His help to turn away and do something else. If our moment has become a season of moments, He can remake our lives, and in a moment, bring us into a new season. His help is available to us before we even ask for it, and while we are yet speaking, He will hear us. Before a word has been formed on our tongues, He knows it altogether.4 His power is exceedingly great toward those who believe. God resurrected Jesus and set Him at His right hand in heaven. He is far above all principality, power, might, and dominion, so we can come to the logical conclusion that He is able to give us strength.5

Walking with God is a moment-by-moment endeavor. Every moment, we have a choice: to continue walking with Him or go our own way. Every moment, we need His strength. Every moment, we need His sustaining power. And when we are weak, we can be strong, if we will allow His strength to pervade us and our situations. His power is incomparable, and it is available at this very moment.


1 See 1 Samuel 16:7.

2 See Isaiah 40:28–31 and Hebrews 12:2.

3 See Romans 8:1–14 and 2 Corinthians 5:17.

4 See Psalm 139:4, Isaiah 65:24, and 1 Corinthians 10:13.

5 See Ephesians 1:19–21.

©Text and photo, Francee Strain, September 27, 2022.

The Turnaround

What steps are you taking, and where are your steps taking you? Have they taken you somewhere unwise, unhealthy, ungodly? We have all been there. Actually, some of us are probably there right now. There is not one of us who has not chosen poorly. We make a mess of things. We make blunders and do foolish things. And then we wish our actions could be undone. We want to have a do-over, another chance. Other times, though, we willingly plunge headlong into sin. We think it’s cool, fun, trendy, harmless, or even expected. We think it hurts no one, not even ourselves, but the truth is, it does. It grieves the heart of God. It wounds those who watch us as an example. It disappoints those who thought we were something more. It dashes the hopes of those who were striving to become like us. And it keeps us from being who God created us to be.

Each decision we make, each action we take, has a consequence and brings us toward a destination. Where we are heading matters but so does where we are right now. And sometimes, we are somewhere we ought not to be. But although we cannot unsay what we have said, unsee what we have seen, undo what we have done, or change where we have gone, at this moment, we can turn our lives around and say something else, see something else, go somewhere else, and do something else with the time we have remaining in life. We can step in a new direction to come into alignment with what is right and good. We do not have to remain trapped in the wreckage. God’s hand is there to guide us out, every step of the way.

Every day is a new day, and God’s mercies are new every morning. So, if we failed yesterday—or even earlier today—we have the opportunity to be forgiven, to be made new, to be washed anew in the mercy of God. If we have failed in our weakness, we can let Him be our strength to move forward. If we have strayed off the path He has laid out before us, we can reroute our steps to match His. If we have been caught up in the ways of the world, we can be caught up in God’s arms just as the prodigal son was caught up in the arms of his father. If we have been wandering aimlessly, we can instead trust God to direct our steps. If we have unhealthy habits, He can heal us. If we have fallen into the depths of despair, He can raise us up to the mountaintop of joy. If we have been beaten down, He can pick us up. He is the cure for what ails us. What we are not, He is. He completes us. He is perfection. He supplies every need. And we can do all things through Him, including turn around.

Look at the life of Paul the Apostle. He said he sinned and did the things he hated to do and didn’t do the right things he wanted to do.1 We are just like him in this manner. We all struggle. We all keep messing up. We get set in perpetual patterns of sin. We have habitual hang-ups. But we also have the remedy for all of this available to us—Jesus. With Him, we can say we once were _____, but now we are _____. Saul, a persecutor of Christians, became Paul, the Christian missionary. And huge changes like he experienced all those years ago still happen today. For example, an extremist in Asia who used to persecute Christians has become a pastor and church planter, ministering to the very ones he used to persecute and sharing Christ with the ones he used to be like. An enemy of God has become His friend. A hearer of the Word has become a doer of it. A lost one is now found. A blind one now sees. An old man has become a new man. An old creation is now a new creation. The hopeless has become hopeful. The joyless has become joyful. The one who had wandered aimlessly is now moving with purpose. And all of these things can be true of us as well. This is the difference Jesus can make in a life. He can completely turn it around. There are so many possibilities, we cannot even imagine them all. But we do not need to imagine them, they can be realized:

  • If we are headed toward hell, we can change our destination. We can turn to Jesus for salvation and join Him in heaven for all eternity.
  • If we have been humiliated, we can have our heads lifted.
  • If the breath has been knocked out of us, He can breathe new life into us.
  • We can move from being lame to leaping in praise.

If we realize we are in a negative way, heading down a wrong path, making poor choices, and neglecting to follow the One true God, we can make a change. This is the turnaround. The place where we move from being a graceless wretch to a grace-covered child. We can’t start life back at the beginning, or somewhere during the last year, last month, last week, or last hour—we can’t undo what we have done—but we can make a change right where we are now. We can access God’s grace and forgiveness and seek His help to move forward.

Today is a new day, and it doesn’t have to look like yesterday. This hour is a new hour, and it doesn’t have to look like the previous one. This moment is a new moment, and we can choose a new direction. We can turn around. It’s not too late. If we have forgotten God, we can now remember Him. If we have turned our backs on Him, we can now turn and look upon His beautiful face. We can leave the darkness behind and enter into His glorious light. He is gracious and merciful, forgiving and compassionate.

Let today be the day of the turnaround.

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.2

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.3

The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.4


1 See Romans 7:15–25.

2 Philippians 3:13–14

3 Galatians 2:20

4 Psalm 138:8

Scriptures taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, ©1982 by Thomas Nelson.

©Text and photo Francee Strain, June 30, 2022

Moment by Moment

Life is made up of moments, a whole compilation of them—moment after moment after moment. And suddenly, they have made a lifetime, and a life has been made, whether it is long or short. A personality has been formed, a character developed, a reputation established.

Although each moment is different, something happens within each one that is the same: life happens, and choices are made. Will we choose to love, forgive, serve, and heal; or will we choose to hate, grow embittered, act selfishly, and wound? Will we choose self, or will we choose God? Will we live each moment in the flesh, or will we live in the Spirit? Will we walk independently, or will we cling to His hand? This is the time to decide, in this moment—once it passes, it cannot be changed; and we do not know how many moments will comprise our lifetimes.

Moments are gone in an instant, and so, too, can be our testimonies, reputations, credibility, and opportunities. Life itself can be gone in a moment, before we have a chance to change, improve, or make amends. Don’t wait another moment. Turn your moments into a beautiful legacy.

Choose this moment for Jesus.

Choose this moment for love.

Choose this moment for life.

This is your moment.



Francee Strain, April 23, 2018

Photo by Francee Strain