“But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
Are you tired of how others and the media say you should act, should look and how you should feel? Do you find yourself trusting the words of others more than God’s?
And why is it we feel the need to be strong all of the time and never show emotion. It’s as if the expectation is for a bunch of robots to show up so no one feels threatened.
Can it be the expectations of others are what we wear everyday…expectation of perfection. Are the voices in your world telling you if you’ve not done anything spectacular then you’re not worth celebrating?
Hmmm…maybe if we remain conformed to the ways of the world we will wake up looking like the world, and then we can keep our true self hidden.
Now I’m not suggesting we wallow in the hard things of life, or stay stuck. Not at all! There is a season to mourn and a season to celebrate. We’re shaped by the experiences of every season in life.
Ladies, our emotions are a gift from God. They allow us to be an extension of His love so others may see his miracles lived out in us. In our every win and loss God will develop in us deep compassion and conviction for what matters to him. He will move us to change, and to be the change the world needs.
Today, may you see and believe just how fearfully and wonderfully you were created by your Heavenly Father:
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand –
when I awake I am still with you.
The wise, kind spirit that sees all and understands all. It believes in us even when we don’t believe in ourselves. It embraces our journey and has the highest hopes for us. It shares our sufferings and inspires us to endure to the end, arise and move forward. It is humble, patient and gentle. It rejoices in Truth and the lessons of life; It speaks on our behalf. It is the heavenly spirit that celebrates growth. The Father of the Prodigal Son was full of grace. (Luke 15:11-32)
Shortly after my move to Newport in 2014 I decided to make my way over to Balboa Island which soon became a favorite place of mine. Surrounded by cozy beach homes with roof top views of beautiful sunsets, and the smell of the fresh ocean air. As I made my way over to the S Bay Front anxious to see the boats coming in after a day out at sea I came across a little store with cards. The picture of the heart drew me to the post cards and the quote above referencing the book of Luke. I must’ve read this post card 10 times before purchasing it, and I’m not sure how many times I’ve read this Scripture. I just know it’s too many to count. But this particular day it tugged at my heartstrings and I knew I had to have it. I had to have it on my desk to read every day. Another reminder of the grace lavished upon us by our Heavenly Father.
Interesting how I’ve always thought of this Scripture being solely about the ungrateful son that took his dad’s wealth, acted foolishly and denied the father’s love and his heritage for the things the world could temporarily offer him. And, I’d think to myself, “Oh, those kids when will they learn!”
Of course being a parent I could relate to the experience with the son in Luke. I too had experienced the rebellion of kids who I love dearly and sacrificed for.
But this day it was different. As I stood reading the post card synopsis of Luke 15: 11-32 I heard God’s soft voice whisper, “I do this for you.”
The gentle whisper of God reminding me of who I am in him and how much he loves me. My heart was touched as I stood there realizing how Jesus’ words written by Luke were for me. They were reminders of my own rebellion toward my Heavenly Father. A reminder of the times I too insisted on my own way, choosing not to wait on God.
It was his grace covering my sin.
Suddenly I became overwhelmed with gratitude over the thought of God celebrating our growth! Just as we celebrate the growth of our children, He too celebrates ours! He rejoices in Truth and the lessons of life we so gingerly learn! Without them, how would we know of his deep love for us. He believes in us even when we don’t! He desires us to arise and move forward! He say’s to us, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Ah, how wonderful it is to be called a daughter of the Most High King!
Post Card/Picture created by: Larry Martin
“Though you may not see him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory.”
May the miracle of Christmas fill your heart and homes with love to…
and change the world!