Wear it Wednesday 

Hello Beautiful… Welcome to my world!! Today on this lovely, “Wear it Wednesday ” I choose to wear my button that reminds me that I am enough!!! My whole life I’ve struggled with feeling like enough. As a child I tried to be good enough. I believed if I was good enough my parents would get back together and we would be the perfect family.  As a teen I compared myself to others never feeling pretty enough or skinny enough, causing me to abuse diet pills and try every new product that Teen Magazine advertised.As a twenty something I worked hard at my job but rarely felt capable enough. In doing this I always sought the approval and praise of man.As I nursed my husband through open heart surgery and recovery there were many times when I didn’t feel adequate enough. I thought that I had to totally control every aspect of his healing, not fully trusting God … how sad this all seems to me now! So much time wasted in the land of “what if”.In many ways my life has been defined by my belief that I fail to measure up in many ways. This belief has caused me to feel insecure… I’m sure that many of you reading this are nodding your head in agreement, fully understanding what I’m talking about.Those are just the things that pass quickly in and out of my mind … but then there are the times that I will sit in the quiet and instead of hearing God’s voice I allow the voices in my head to have center stage, they tell me…- I am not smart enough.- I am not a good enough friend. I should be more and do more.- I am not mom enough.- I am too much of all the wrong things and not enough of the right things.- I can’t possibly step out in ways God has gifted me, because everyone will see my failures and weaknesses.- Etc, etc, etc😥In 20 years of ministry I have talked to enough people to know I am not the only one that gets stuck in the mire of the “not enoughs.” We are hard on ourselves, quick to point an accusatory finger inward, and prone to believe our condemning thoughts are directed by God himself and believed by all those around us. When the truth is that when it comes right down to it we are usually are own worst enemy!Then this morning even before the sun came up I found myself reading a scripture, this is the same scripture I shared with one of my children last week when they called to tell me about a major change in their life that was making them feel not good enough and felt as if they were being cast aside and replaced! (Being a mom for 25 years this was one of the hardest moments) With love in my voice , sadness in my heart , and tears in my eyes I shared this with my beloved child …..But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. —2 Corinthians 12:9(gotta love google) The Greek word order of 2 Corinthians 12:9 provides us with meaning we don’t want to miss:“Sufficient for you is the grace of me.” That is an incredible promise! Essentially the Lord told the apostle Paul, I am the grace. I’m all the grace you need.God does not dispense strength and encouragement like a pharmacist fills a prescription. God never says, Here, take two of these and call Me in the morning. He is the grace. He is the strength. His presence is the power. All we need comes through intimacy with Him. No matter what we face, Jesus is the complete answer. “Sufficient for you is the grace of me.”He doesn’t give what we need and then go somewhere else. He comes to stay. “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).Notice that the Lord explains how I’m all the grace you need actually works in our lives: “For my power is made perfect in weakness.” “Perfect” means fulfilled, accomplished, completed, finished.My beauty friends I leave you with this… you are HIS beloved, you are more than enough … and every thought you think that doesn’t line up with His thoughts, is a lie!!! And it is finished because of Christ you are more than enough .Love you xoxo 😘 Be blessed, be bold, and be you

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