Sunday, August 8, 2010

Not by Might, Not by Power

I am visiting a friend and enjoying a much needed get away right now. But before I left, I asked Michelle @ SomeGirls Website to guest post here at Confessions of a Snowflake. I first met Michelle through Twitter and I have enjoyed getting to know her through her blog where her love for the Lord shines brightly. I thoroughly enjoyed the message she wrote for us and I pray it is a blessing to you.


Not long ago I tried to fix a leaky valve in one of our toilets. I had repaired a few before so it didn't seem like that big of a deal. (Just for a visual picture, the toilet I was working on was a lovely pink one that had reigned in its spot for nearly 50 years.)

I took apart the insides just like normal, removed the tank from the base and sat the tank sideways to remove the final nut that held the last piece I needed to remove. I grabbed the nut to turn it, just like I had with all the other nuts, but it didn't move. I grabbed more firmly and twisted harder, but still no movement. For the next several minutes I tried everything in my might and power to move that nut... my handy dandy orange gloves (that remove the toughest of jar lids), WD 40 (to loosen the nut), pliers and wrenches... but nothing.

Finally I called in the big gun, my husband. He kindly agreed to help remove that stubborn piece. He positioned himself and gave it a big heave-ho, but to both of our surprise, it didn't move. He tried again with all of his power and might, but nothing. For another several minutes we struggled with that thing... pulling and pushing, tugging and twisting... but nothing.

So, my sweet husband went off to find some bigger tools to assist him. Then I remembered something I've done many times in the past. I stopped and talked with God. I prayed that He would help me remove the nut. Then I took my hands to it... took a deep breath... and started singing a song that I've song many times in situations like this... "Not by might... Not by power... But by My Spirit says the Lord. No, it's not by might... not by power... but by My Spirit says the Lord."

Then, while singing, I began to turn on the nut with my bare hands, my weak bare hands, and guess what... It turned with very little effort and came right off (before my husband had even come back with his tools)! I just held it up to show my husband when he entered the bathroom and PRAISED God! HE had done it!

There was no way (short of breaking the toilet) that we were going to get that nut off with our own power and might, but He removed it by His Spirit... I have no doubt about that!

That makes me wonder... what is it in our lives that we have been trying to remove? What have we been struggling with all our might and power to change? What have we been pushing and pulling, twisting and turning to try to loosen in our lives?

Can you imagine that if God can loosen a nut that's been securely screwed in place for nearly 50 years by His Spirit, He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine in our lives?! He is the Lord, our Maker, the GREAT I AM. He has the power to speak and things can change! He has the power to say to that nut "be loosed" and it will be loosed!

Let Him speak into your life and loosen what's been so securely fixed for so long... Let's let His Spirit make the change! And let's let our testimony be that GOD did it! Let's let His Glory shine through our difficult circumstances! May God be glorified through the things we can't do, but only He can do!!

♥ Michelle

Michelle (aka SomeGirl) is a fresh, new blogger with a passion for encouraging others to live and love intentionally. She defines herself, first and foremost, as a child of God. After that she is thankful to be called wife to a wonderful husband, mom to 2 crazy boys, and friend to many. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her at her blog SomeGirlsWebsite, on FB or through Twitter where she is active as @SomeGirlsTweets.


Thanks, Michelle! May God bless you for sharing His word with us today.

Thank you, my sweet friend, for visiting. May you have a blessed week.

Just keepin' it real,


  1. What a great post! Really speaks to my heart in this season of my life. Nice to meet you Michelle. Blessings to you.

  2. Another inspiring post by Michelle. Not only is He able to move a bolt, but He is willing! I have struggled my way through too many things on my own because of my own unwillingness to reach out. This is an amazing reminder. Thanks Michelle.

  3. "I prayed that He would help me remove the nut..." <--I have to laugh--> I wasn't sure if you were referring to the toilet or your Big Gun!

  4. Great post! His might and power are so much more than ours can ever be! I pray that I can rely on Him more!

  5. Yes do love the analogy, repairing a rusty part...our need for help from the Spirit.

  6. Beautiful post, Michelle! I love the song – and your story is great! A wonderful reminder that He who can change small things can change anything.

  7. What a great story, Michelle! So true--God can do more than we'd ever imagine if we'd just get out of the way! I know this wasn't the point of your story, but I'm impressed that you were working on a toilet to begin with ! ;)

  8. Oh, I love this, Michelle! Thanks for sharing!!! If only we would pray with faith as a mustard seed more often, right?!? A reminder I needed this morning!

  9. Humans... we're stubborn creatures. Thank You Father for Your patience with us. Thank You for giving us Jesus as our salvation. In Jesus' name, amen.

  10. Thank you for all the wonderful comments (and for taking the time to encourage me with your words! And thank you, Alicia, for letting me share my thoughts here on your blog! Thank you!! ♥ Michelle

    SparkleFarkle - LOL! I hadn't even noticed that! That's funny!

  11. The song about the ant moving the rubber tree plant came to mind. It's such an encouraging thing to know that when we take on tasks and ordeals in our lives, we're never along.
    That's a great post.

  12. Isn't God amazing? He care about the little things like nuts.
    Hope you're having a good time, Alicia!
    April Gardner

  13. Enjoy your getaway Alicia.

    When you have a minute, come pick up your Sunshine Award at Chrysalis ღ.

    Blessings, e-Mom

  14. Why is it that we often forget to do exactly what you did? I find myself struggling and getting more and more frustrated that I can't achieve something I'm trying to accomplish...on my own. But, of course I can't. It must come from God. When I stop and remember that, He always handles everything. Of course, it's not always in the way I expect it to be, but it's resolved...through Him; not me. Thanks, as always, for your insight, Michelle.


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