Hi, readers! I completely forgot that I had to post today. Ah. Letting myself stress too much or something. I’ve been making soap, cleaning houses, and doing other work-related stuff, so I suppose it just slipped from my mind.
What are you all up to?
I’m currently reading Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for Your Anxious Heart by Maria Furlough. And I’m doing two devotionals on YouVersion about letting go of the past and beginning again. They’re truly messages I need to hear.
Let go of the past. Mistakes, regrets, hurt, fear.
Begin again. Start fresh! Rejoice in this new day that God can do wonders in.
Break the fear cycle. Constantly give over your anxieties to God. Pour out your anxious heart before Him – again, and again, and again.
And lean on Him. Rest. Completely secure. Forever loved.
It dawned on me that oftentimes we think that we need to be strong, and perfect, and have it all-together. We don’t give ourselves grace for past mistakes and stumbles. We try to tough it out, keep ourselves in order, and pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. We put so much pressure on ourselves, and then wonder why we crumble at the slightest provocation.
What if it’s not about us being strong, but about His strength shining through our weakness?
What if it’s not about us being perfect, but about His perfection working in our inadequacies?
What if it’s not about having it all-together, but about complete surrender to Him?
What if it’s not about us being something, but about Him loving us despite our sin, brokenness, and failure?
Instead of hiding, covering up, holding yourself together, and desperately trying to find a way to redeem yourself, your past, your sin, your errors … If I just do this, this, and this, maybe I’ll be good enough. Maybe I’ll be worthy of respect and love. Maybe I’ll be liked and cherished and wanted …
Maybe you can just open up your hands and surrender.
I found that when I just took hold of the truth – allowed myself to be weak and helpless and unsure what to do – it was okay. Because I realized that along with these things I was loved and cared for by a compassionate and powerful Father. I gained hope and security, joy and confidence.
I am weak, but He is strong.
This is how it is to be, and I believe I see His role as my Warrior when I surrender.
I am helpless, but He is my Helper.
He is my Provider, and I trust that He will sustain me and I have faith that He will provide all that in need in His timing. All I do is pray and step forward in obedience – trusting Him with results.
I am unsure, but He is all-knowing!
I can open up my arms wide and say, “God, do with me what you will!” He sees all, He holds me in His hand, and He has a future for me.
So I let myself be weak. Surrendered and obedient.
I am only human, but my God is the Alpha and Omega. In Him, I have all I need.
I listened to this Youtube video from Joseph Solomon this morning that was talking about being secure in God’s love for us. I found it interesting. I hope you listen to it and comment with your thoughts below!
God’s peace, friends.
❤ Lady Grace
2 thoughts on “Imperfect but Beloved”
Thank you for sharing the Joseph Solomon video. Having a hard day and totally needed this reminder! ❤
You’re welcome, Faye! ❤ I'm so glad it was a timely reminder, and I hope things look up for you. Keep pressing on. May God's love and joy surround you!
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