FAITH and grace:
LIve and learn:
this is womanhood:
I used to look at the world but not see the world. I would look at the things around me — nature, people, beautiful scenery, history, old buildings — and think nothing about it. I had no opinions about them: for me it didn’t matter. One day a friend asked me, “What do you think about creation, about the world around you? What do you think about God’s creation? Do you think it’s beautiful?”
I stopped for a minute and felt bad and had a hard time answering. I had no idea. I didn’t find the world beautiful; I had no interest in it. It was like looking at the world with blurry glasses. I had a distorted lens in front of my eyes. I realized that I was looking at the world with my brokenness.
At that moment I realized that she was right, I looked back on my behavior and my thoughts and she was right. Everything she would say I would bring it back to me and would say something on how ‘I don’t feel like I measure up’ or ‘I feel inadequate’. I thought too little about myself. I was afraid of being selfish that I tried my best to hide it by being the most selfless caring person. But I was actually only thinking about myself and how not enough I was for the people around me.
Why do I keep falling and why do I keep going to what’s not good for me? I don’t even want it. I know what I want for my life and it’s not this. It feels so much easier to just let go but it’s not. I want to fight this war and I want to win because Jesus already fought it for me and He already won.
I feel like I am failing at loving. I pour myself out and it feels like I’m doing it for nothing: like the ones around me are not receiving it. Am I not loving enough? Am I doing something wrong? Am I not loving them the way they want to be loved or am I just not the person they want to be loved by?
The whole world is filled, filled with His beautiful heart of love. He has given us all this beauty because He loves us. He really loves us. Like the song says, He doesn’t give His heart in pieces. He gave it all. And He is so much more than enough.
Adventure says, "I will take risks and face danger in order to happen upon piercing laughter and mile wide grins of mouth and heart—because this life is filled with danger regardless of if we sit in the corner with our crippling fear or step out in anxious anticipation!"
When we forsake our feminine glory in pursuit of the uniqueness that belongs to men, we abandon our God-given glory; we become usurpers, persistently insisting that our uterus and biology are equal to nothing, irrelevant. Women believe the lie that in order to be relevant in a man’s world, you become like a man, when the opposite is true.
"We think solutions, God offers strength." There are times when I pray pray pray and God doesn't 'take the hurt away.' But He ALWAYS comes with the very best He has to offer and the best that He knows He can give us when we ask. He always provides his strength. He is always by our side, and forever there when we ask in His name.
I'm convinced that one of the greatest things in life is a melt-in-your-mouth homemade cookie served with a tall, cold glass of milk. Can I get an amen?A few years back, I discovered an interesting ingredient to take regular chocolate chip cookies to the next level.