I Am Not Enough

I am not enough

To undo my mistakes, to answer my own prayers

To make myself compassionate when I simply don’t care.

To give joyfully each time, to love those I don’t like,

To succeed without pride, to submit without a fight.

I am not enough

To seize every moment, to savor every gift

To put playtime above laundry on my to-do list.

To ease the worries that find their way inside.

To overcome the insecurities I so like to hide.

I am  not enough

But I know the One who is.

The One who

Forgives my mistakes and answers my prayers

Fills my heart with compassion that was not before there.

Who loves the unlovable, Epitomizes joy.

Submitted in humility to come to earth as a boy.

The One who

Never misses a moment, nor overlooks a gift

Who gives undivided attention to every petition I lift.

Who exchanges my worry for calm, my insecurity for peace.

Whose unconditional love will not ever cease.

I am not enough, but I know the one who is.

So thankful that though I have never been perfect and never will be, I know the one who is and always has been. And he loves me enough not only to save me but to gently guide me to become more like him.

By KimHarms

Kim Harms is an author, speaker, and part-time library assistant with two decades of freelance writing experience. She has a degree in English from Iowa State University. She and her husband Corey have three super-awesome sons and one crazy dog. A two-time breast cancer survivor, her first book, Life Reconstructed: Navigating the World of Mastectomies and Breast Reconstruction (Familius), is a guide for women walking the breast cancer road. She is currently working on her second book, a devotional for women going through breast cancer.


  1. That is a BEAUTIFUL poem Kim. You are creative and God has gifted you at least in one way of putting beautiful words on “paper”.

  2. Thanks Kim. After talking at the Christmas Gathering on Thursday I was really bogged down thinking about all the ways I fail, and God just reminded me that it’s not about me anyway, and that he can take all those areas I struggle with and grow me in them.

  3. I love this so much! I plan to print it out, frame it and put it by my bedside to remind me each morning that I am not enough and I can take comfort in the fact that I am intimately acquainted with the one Who Is! Beautifully written as well. Thank you again for sharing your gifts with us…Happy Advent and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Thank you! I’m honored that you would print it as a reminder. I had the opportunity to speak to a room full of women last week at a Christmas dinner, and though it went well, I was really attacked afterward with thoughts of all the things I screw up. But after some tears and prayer, I just felt like God was reminding me that I don’t have to be perfect and he can take every area where I struggle and grow me if I will let him.

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