January 23, 2015

Do You Know?

A few weeks ago I was at a three year old's birthday party. Princess themed of corse! The walls , the cake, the balloons, it was all Rapunzel.  The birthday girl, my little Sweet Pea {:my best friend's little girl:}, was dressed in a princess dress for her big party. 

I came over early and stayed late after the party to help out and spend extra time with the girls while I was home. 

As my bestie was putting a pair of leggings on the birthday girl she asked her "Baliee, do you know how beautiful you are?" Baliee nodded yes. "Baliee, do you know that you have a lot of people that love you?" She nodded again. 

I have relived this moment in my head several times since that day and each time the above verse came to my mind: 

For I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are you works, my soul knows it very well.

For Baliee, her soul truly does know that "very well." She does believe she is  fearfully and wonderfully made. She believes fully in her beauty.  Thoughts to the contrary do not even crowd into her sweet, innocent three year old mind.

So when is it that our soul no longer knows this truth "very well?" 

As I was searching Pinterest for Psalm 139:14 images, this is the only image from many that added the part "my soul knows it very well." Could this be because we are totally okay with the fearfully and wonderfully made part, but struggle with the part that makes us look within ourselves to answer the question "does my soul know this very well?" Am I simply okay with God saying this about me or can I say this about me as well?

Our world is unfortunately polluted with images and ideas that have made us all question just how fearfully and wonderfully we are made. 

The highlight reel of your thoughts might go something like this: Am I really that wonderful? If I was that wonderful wouldn't I be married by now? If I was really that wonderful, I wouldn't be searching high and low for a job and coming up empty handed. If I was really that wonderful, my credit card statements would shoe a big fat zero instead of the 5 digit number it continually shows. If I was really that wonderful, I would still be able to fit into my old jeans.

In Genesis Adam and Even are in the Garden of Eden after they have eaten the forbidden fruit. After eating the fruit, they suddenly realize they are naked and try to cover themselves. 

In Genesis 3:11 God says this:

"Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?"

I think God is asking us the very same question he asked Adam and Eve. 

Who told you that?

Who told you that you were not fearfully and wonderfully made? Who told you that you are not good enough? Who told you that you are not pretty enough? Who told you, you are not capable enough? Who told you, you aren't worthy enough?

Who told you?

I believe our souls don't fully know how fearfully and wonderfully we are made because we have chosen to fill ourselves with the things we were never meant to fill ourselves with. 

Adam and Eve filled themselves with the forbidden fruit, but we fill ourselves with the opinions and views of this world and others when He has asked us to come to him and and fill ourselves with HIM!

We don't fully understand our identity, because we have chosen to seek our identity in every corner of this world except for the one sole place it is found - In Him.

Open your heart before Him and ask him to search it. If your soul does not fully understand the beauty and breadth you were created with I urge you to ask him to reveal this truth to you. My prayer is that our souls would know our worth "very well" so that one day for our daughters it won't even be a question.
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December 10, 2014

The Brave are Never Fearless

Brave (v.): to endure, face, or meet courageously; to defy challenge; dare.

Brave. I've been hearing this word a lot lately. It's a word that many people have recently used to describe me in this season, mostly because of my decision to say yes to the calling of God on my life, even when it means moving half way around the world.

But, Brave? Really? Me? 

They obviously did not see the numerous times I was alone in my house before moving and just started crying because it all seemed to happening so fast. Or the times that I would wake up at night sweating and in a panic because the reality of leaving everything I knew and found safe was more than I could handle. Or the times after moving when I sat in my room overwhelmed and wondering if I could really do this. If I could really even handle everything God was/is calling me to.

A wise woman once said "Do it afraid." {:Joyce Meyer:} That has been my mantra in this season of life.

To look fear in the eyes and move forward in the direction of fear is a choice. It is not comfortable and it is certainly not natural. 

Today in my quiet time God spoke something into my spirit that was too good not to share with you:

"The brave are never fearless."

The brave are not superhuman people with a backbone of steel. The brave are you and me. They are not people who are unknown to ourselves, rather they are ordinary people that take the fear they have that has the potential to paralyze them, look it in the face and say:

"I dare you to try and stop me from everything God has planned for me."

This is the stance I have chosen to take in this season and every season. Fear has the potential to cripple you or motivate you. The places you find fear are often the places where you also have the most potential. If it wasn't why would Satan try to replace the potential with fear? Some of the worlds greatest authors have never written because they are afraid no one will read their writings. Some of the best evangelist have never shared Jesus with anyone because they are afraid that they will be rejected. The greatest God calls on peoples lives have yet to be tapped into because they are often the places that our greatest fears hide.

Today is your day! Look fear in the eye and DARE it to stop you from everything He has called you to.

Don't wait until you no longer feel the fear, do it afraid and remember...

The brave are NEVER fearless!

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. Deuteronomy 28:7

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