I was going through a box full of memories and came across this photo. I don’t remember how old I was but I felt feelings of sadness as I looked. You may ask, why?
When I look at this photo I see a girl who lived life fiercely. I wish I had been kinder to her growing up. I wish I had known that it was okay to not be perfect. As you can tell in this photo one sleeve is puffy while the other is not. This is most likely due to me playing too rough in a dress. I wish I could’ve told her that it was okay to be all girly and school the boys on the playground… That the rips and tears of the lace and ruffles was only a sign of joy and freedom. You can be a girl and still be strong and fierce and even a bit muddy and sweaty.
I wish I could’ve told her that it was okay for people to see her cry… It was okay that she didn’t know how to protect herself but that she had a great, big God that looked out for her and saved her from unimaginable horrors unknown at the time. I wish I could tell her that she had every power and authority given to her over fear and that the night had no hold on her.
But this all is looking back. I have had to walk a path of forgiveness unknown to many and the most healing act was forgiving myself… Loving the girl I was and the woman I have become.
God has done mighty things within me. He has helped me break free from fear, sorrow and chains intended to shut me up and keep me down.
What do you need to break free from?
What is your focus on today? During these days of slowing down and coming close in your homes we have time, finally, to get “unbusy”… We have been forced to halt and stop what has become our normal.
I love the unbusy… I love the slow. For me it means we get to focus on relationship better. I see so much hope for families and spouses reconnecting during this time.
At the same time I know that a lot is up in the air, and many are scared about many things. When the unknown hits, when tragedy hits the world or your own small world it can be so easy to focus on what we’ve lost versus what we’ve gained. It can be easy to focus on the chaos of fear.
But today I say, focus on hope. Focus on every hour kissing the faces of your kids, hug your spouse extra long… Go out of your way today to love those around you bigger and better than the day before. If you know cleaning the toilet would make someone happy and feel loved then clean that toilet. If it means making coffee and sitting down just to be close and that is what fills someone’s love cup, then get to it!
In the time where things keep getting banned, sickness takes over and grief of your normal sets in– turn to hope. Hope helps you see the many opportunities before you now.
Focus on what is good. Philippians 4:8
I keep hearing phrases like, “In these uncertain times” or ” These are uncertain times”… And I don’t like it. I get it but I don’t like it. I like knowing what is going on. I like having a sense of certainty.
Even though we don’t know what is going on… How severe things really are or aren’t… Even though life has changed drastically so suddenly, I do know one thing for certain: God is good and He can be your certainty. He can be your source of peace. He can be trusted!
We see in the gospels where Jesus commanded storms to be still… He healed the sick. He delivered people from oppressive demons. He never faltered, never stammered and certainly he never doubted. He was available even on the Sabbath to help someone.
If fear is making your heart race, your thoughts go round and round and stealing sleep, and moments of joy… Let God come. Peace. Be still. Fear go back to hell. Peace. Be still.
He is not scared. Let Him take care of you and your family. To any storm you face, He can and will speak,
When life looks uncertain God is taking care of you. You do not need to be afraid. He has coordinated your victory before you get there.
Raise your head. Set your shoulders straight because of hardships. The enemy views you as a threat. Your worth is immeasurable.
Love is unafraid.
Take more ground rather than retreating back. You are a force to be reckoned with because of God within you. He makes your path straight. You are surrounded by him.
Dear Reader, God has got you.