Do you know who you are?
I have returned from a week of loving on women in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. A big week indeed for the Kingdom, and oh, how I love so much sharing with women face to face. Meeting you here is great joy, but there is something much deeper when I can see the eyes of a women that needs joy or has found joy or that exudes it. To be hope or lend hope or to receive hope sharing our lives together is priceless. We get connected, right Debi?:)
A beautiful woman came to me last week as I shared my heart for exposing that "thing" that grips us to the light, so that the light may take hold of it, and as I looked into her eyes, I felt she would say that she were lonely or grieving loss.....I would expect that from a women that looked as she did. However, I was little taken back when she said I am an alcoholic, though no one knows because I hide it well, but it has hold of me. Can you pray with me?
I won't forget her face and the feeling in my heart of sadness that so many women are walking this thing alone looking all put together on the outside while dying within. What would happen if you truly confessed it to your dearest friends or your church? Would they support and stand and keep it entrusted? To think that you need a complete stranger to confess to grieves me, because our arms should be open as Christians to pursue the hurting just as Jesus did, and regardless of the words we hear confessed to show Grace just as Jesus did. But I know it myself, all to intimately, the feeling of hiding while looking so perfectly put together and finding myself alone with this "thing" that had hold of me, and it was relentless. Is anyone immune to it?
The good news is that even though the darkness may seem relentless, so is our God to deliver us from that very thing. He is relentless to give us freedom! And if our God is for us, who should be against us, right? Her root like many others came from the world saying she was not enough.....not pretty enough, or good enough or worthy of love.
This is one of the reasons I believe the Word of God is so necessary in our lives. I believed it too....I'm divorced, broken, mess juggling babies and finances and schedules and trying to feel like a woman too somewhere in all of it. But I got to a place where I said, if I believe that He is real, I must also believe what that means for me and for you. The world may say we are broken, damaged, unworthy, barren, lost, not pretty enough or skinny enough or tall enough or smart enough or a mess, but His Truth says this......
You are beloved. The Bride. An overcomer. Chosen. Set Apart. A pearl. A treasure. Radiant when you look to Him. Forgiven. White as snow. Loved!Loved!Loved!
Don't we all need to run to His Word? His Truth will set us free! This world does not have hold of us, and I dare to say that if we could finally get this truth and stand as ONE, allowing every woman to pull off the mask and be bathed in HIS light,
we would change the world!
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
His love never fails, and when we don't know what to say or to do, we love one another back to Jesus!
Seek. Love. Follow. Ro