Ok. So I have decided to start doing my blog posts every Sunday. There is just something about going to church and having everything that the Holy Spirit has laid on my heart during the church service that makes what he has to say through me on here even sweeter.
Secondly, as I went through this week's study, I found myself wanting to really spend some time reflecting on some really important things that I think we all need to let soak in before moving forward too quickly. So, this study may actually end up lasting longer than I had originally anticipated.
The first part of the chapter of "You're Already Amazing" starts off talking about how important it is that we figure out who God created each one of us to be, individually. I am going to quote several key things that the author said in these chapters because they really resonated with me.
The first point she made that really struck me was when she said, " Being disconnected from who you really are leads to depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, and a host of other troubles...Being free from insecurity allows us to serve and offer the world what only we can." Ladies, this includes not just our strengths, but also our weaknesses...and yes, even our mistakes and failures. God allows these things in your life to show you who you are and who your are NOT created to be. Don't be tempted to be like someone else who you perceive to have it all together. Because, guess what...THEY DON'T. The enemy wants us to strive to be like ANYONE but Jesus...and he emphasizes their highlight reels to us to do just that.
Pain brings purpose! Our pastor read us a letter from someone he received a while back this morning during his sermon and one sentence hit me like a ton of bricks. This person said to him, "I am so grateful to you for your pain." WOW! 2 Corinthians 12: 9 states, "“My grace is sufficient for you [My loving-kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.”Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me." God knew even what our weaknesses would be when he created us and made a plan for our lives that was and is customized for each one of us, individually. Without our weaknesses how could we relate to the struggles of others...and help them through it?
"You created every part of me;
you put me together in my mother's womb.
I praise you because you are to be feared;
all you do is strange and wonderful.
I know it with all my heart.
When my bones were being formed,
carefully put together in my mother's womb,
when I was growing there in secret,
you knew that I was there—
you saw me before I was born.
The days allotted to me
had all been recorded in your book,
before any of them ever began."
I wanted to end here for the first week because it is SUCH a great introduction for where I want your mindset to be before you move forward on this journey of discovering WHO God lovingly and purposely created you to be...warts and all. He uses it ALL in ways you could never even imagine.
My homework for you this week is to think back on your life and begin to realize the ways in which God has used your pain and your struggles to bring about blessings in your and other people's lives...and then thank him for his mysterious ways...and really begin to TRUST that he's got this!