I’ve had a lot of people say to me recently, “I don’t know how you do it all!” I usually respond with some little laugh, and then think to myself about all the aspects of my life that I’m failing at as I “do it all.” You see, this year for me was about creating balance and instead I feel like I’ve created chaos. Transitions are hard, motherhood is hard, being the encouragement your husband needs is hard, finding time to shower is hard. It’s all just hard, and sometimes what you see on social media isn’t really the reality. While it looks like I’m doing it all, I’m haphazardly doing somethings while others get neglected. God revealed to me this morning that I have this idol of perfectionism in my life. My house needs to be perfect. My kids need to behave perfectly. My hair needs to be perfect. It’s never ending. And I’m forever failing at achieving it. Know what He said to me after He revealed this idol to me? “You were perfectly created. You don’t need to work at it more.” Boom. 💥That’s what you call a Jesus face slap. I’m grateful for the loving way He speaks truth in my life. Maybe now I’ll embrace the baskets of laundry and toys that are the sea around me! 😂 #designshopdevotions#sundayvibes#howhespeaks#howheseesme#seekingperfection#handandheart#createdtocreate#handpaintedsigns#followinghislead#arosedesignsshop
How easy it is to lose sight of my identity. Just like SHE, I can worry about my appearance; how I look and how I am perceived (5-7). I can also get stuck when I look at HIM. The desire for closeness and intimacy only makes me more aware of my flaws. That is what happens when you encounter the holiness of GOD. But beauty erupts from an encounter with His holiness.
It is almost as if the two opposites are pulling me in different directions.
But instead of allowing SHE to withdraw from HE, HE tells how he sees her.
‘I liken you, my darling, to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariot horses.’ ‘Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.’ HE says she has value, strength, courage, finery, purpose and terrible to the enemy. She is delicate in appearance yet able to grow in difficult places. To him, it is obvious who is lovely.
HE sees her as she was created, HE sees what lays hidden, what hasn’t appeared yet, what she cannot see in herself.
Do you need to hear the words from your beloved? ‘How beautiful you are!’ Do you believe that HE sees you from a heavenly perspective?
Wrestling with some thoughts today. There’s always doubt when you put yourself out there 👊 or when you get off track - distracted. 😒 This week is about clarity for me. 🙌Clarity of... Purpose
The path I’m on
Fears holding me back
If you’re totally confident in yourself, WHO your are, what you’re doing, your total purpose...that’s awesome!! BUT I’m not talking to you...You got it going on and I should probably take notes. 🤷♀️ I’m talking to those who have struggled with anxiety. Doubt. Depression. Thoughts of negativity. Lack of joy or purpose. The comparison game. Feeling inadequate. 😔
When we lose sight of Him 👆🙌 and follow our own path there’s so much confusion. As we learned yesterday “Paths lead to places.” So much so that the (as a friend would say) “YUCK” that creeps in!! It’s killer on the soul. It’s hurts relationships. It separates you from being in the moment. It allows you to let go of your purpose and deeper you sink.
Songs like these remind me of the brokenness we all feel in one way or another. Guilt, shame, a LACK we sometimes can’t identify.
GOSH if I could only remember this EVERY DAY...EVERY MOMENT🙌 He’s got THIS, ME, And EVERY day forward! 💕