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We all have things on our "wish lists," things we want or need or would just like to have. But this is what we really need. (iStockPhoto © Maridav)

I felt a lot like Paul in Romans 7:15, when he said, "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do" (NIV). I just didn't understand why I couldn't change! I wanted to be sweeter and quieter, but that never lasted long. And just like Paul found out in verses 24 and 25, I began to realize that I can't change myself—only God can. So I asked Him to change what needed to be changed in me.

If you're struggling to feel good about yourself or be what you think you need to be, I want to encourage you to stop trying and start asking God for grace. God made you who you are, and He knows what you need and what needs to change in your life. He wants you to enjoy your life while you're in the process of becoming all He created you to be.

God will give you grace for your case. That's why I call Him the Great Equalizer. We never have to settle for less than God's best in our lives when we have access to His grace—His power to do the things we can't do in our own strength—at all times. God's grace has no limit, it won't run out. It is available to any and all who will humble themselves and receive it. Remember, we can never ask Him for too much grace. He always knows exactly what we need. And He is always ready and willing to help us—each and every one.

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Joyce Meyer is a New York Times best-selling author and founder of Joyce Meyer Ministries Inc. She has authored more than 100 books, including Battlefield of the Mind and Living Courageously (Hachette). She hosts the "Enjoying Everyday Life" radio and TV programs, which air on hundreds of stations worldwide. For more information, visit

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