You’re right in the middle of it. You’re experiencing more growing pains in your soul. And 2019 is turning out to be overwhelming. Again. Like it was last year. Only just recently you felt like you were making a lot of heart progress and it seemed like maybe you were turning a hundred corners and twirling in fields of wildflowers and brimming over with songs.
But now you’re not.
And it feels like Square 1 all over again. I’ve been there. More than once. I’ll be there again…maybe even this week. So you are not alone.
I get it.
I’m coming alongside you today….in whatever middle you’re sitting in (or crushed in) to whisper some truth to your weariness.
Continue reading “When Growing Pains Overwhelm Your Soul–”
The beautiful thing is God’s grace meets us as we are and does not leave us as we are. God loves us far too much to let us stay as the women we once were. God’s grace isn’t just a pretty word. His grace runs far deeper than watercolor or a brush of butterfly wings. He is Mercy upon our poor reactions, Comfort within our recluse structures, and Refuge in our chaos. And a grace we never have to work for works in us. It is impossible to truly explain the depth, the complexity, and the wonder of God’s grace!
But as we rest under God’s unmerited favor, He begins to change us to become more like Him. For our good. For His glory. From His love.
If not for God, we would be forever frozen in our old ways…stuck in a sedentary life. But His grace is more. More than a pretty watercolor quote. More than a brush of butterfly wings. More than a pretty self-help book that makes us feel good. No, His grace reaches deep into our gritty seasons where we are buried and pulls us upward–to hope, to victory, to change. Here we are shedding layers of who we used to be while we rest favored and secure in God (Titus 2:11-15). Continue reading “More Than Watercolor Grace”
Sierra, do you remember when you were four and I forgave you of your sins and saved you from life without Me?
What life you’ve known since then!
Sierra, do you remember when you were older and you’d lie awake at night, overcome and overwhelmed with doubt like you’d never known? Remember how you learned to be filled with gratitude instead of crippling doubt?
I rescued you.
Sierra, do you remember when you were 15 and you were scared of the pain and terrified that you’d die before you made it to adulthood? Remember how you shelved your dreams and you refused to do anything but sink? Remember how I showed you that life wasn’t over, that you had life now, that I gave you life today?
I helped you live.
Sierra, do you remember how tormented your mind became? Remember how you drowned in the dark and lived a kind of insanity, because the lies were all so real? Remember how my truth set you free? And set you free again and again and again! And today, you don’t live in depression or any deep kind of fear…
because of Me. Continue reading “When God Says Remember”
Here’s a thought:
Your unmet expectations don’t determine the worth of your story.
Your good, but unfulfilled desires and dreams don’t determine the success of your life.
The ideas others have of how your life SHOULD be turning out have no authority or ability to stop God’s good plan + purpose for how your life will turn out.
You are not living a dead-end story, because our God is not a God of dead-ends. He is a God of making old things new, of making new things rich, of making all things joy.
God didn’t create you so He could forget you.
God didn’t create you so He could hurt you.
God didn’t create you so He could waste you.
God created you out of His own desire and delight (Psalm 139). And God is for your right now (Romans 8:24-39). He will never stop being for you even when you’re pretty certain that this time He has (definitely, for sure) written a dead-end story for your life.
Well, He hasn’t. Continue reading “This Is Not a Dead-End”