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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Resolution for Women, Authentically Me

Authentically Me

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” -Ephesians 2:10

Dear Sister in the Lord,

You are valuable.
Loved.
Treasured.
Accepted.
Talented.
Beautiful.

A masterpiece designed by God Himself. His workmanship, created in Jesus.

The temptation in this world and in our walk with our Redeemer is to believe the lie that our identity, worth and validation is placed in something other than the person of Jesus Christ. It could be external appearance, performance or the opinions of others, but whatever we place our hope in–apart from the person and performance of Jesus Christ–will ultimately fail us and never leave us satisfied.

You are here for a purpose. You have a unique mission from God. You are designed with special gifts with which to serve te Master and others in a way no one else could. Embrace your differences and use them for God’s glory–whatever that looks like in your life.

So let us cast aside the sin that so easily entangles (the inclination to turn to the right or the left away from the cross) and look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. When our eyes are on Him they won’t be on ourselves and how we appear to other people. 

This chapter in the Resolution for Women was huge for me and my performance-driven personality and I hope it encourages you as well.

“You are a holy vessel of God, set aside for specific times when the uniqueness you offer can be fully used and valued.” 

“Come take your place. Embrace your special role. Enjoy the thrill of capitalizing on your strengths without wallowing in misery over your lacks and differences or allowing yourself to feel threatened by those traits you should be celebrating in those you admire. You are not a mistake, no mere outcome of happenstance. Your creation was supernaturally superintended by Almighty God. You are extraordinarily significant.”

“Rather than seeking to impress and outperform others, and rather than feeling ashamed by what you don’t have and can’t do, relish the opportunity to stand as a living, walking, eating, breathing example of what God’s grace can do with a woman He has set apart, weaknesses and all, to be a sacred vessel in His service. You are a purposeful place setting. A masterpiece worth celebrating.”

“He has loved you enough to make you like no other, and He’s given you a task that is yours alone to complete with His abundant help and empowerment. Resolve to love being you, the way He loved creating you.”

STUDY QUESTIONS:

Record uniquenesses other people sees in you. Which of these surprise you?

Record how you can be more intentional about using and celebrating these characteristics.

How would the dynamics of your family, your office, or your relationships benefit from your doing this?

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