I can’t thank You enough for being patient with me, Lord. So patient. So loving. Healing is the best word I can find to call this season. Healing from all my wounds, way back to my childhood wounds. Freedom from all the lies of insecurity, abandonment and worth. You are so faithful, Lord, so faithful. :’)
I know that as long as I am breathing on this world, wounds to be healed will never run out. Why, this world didn’t promise to give me no more tears? But I refuse to be afraid now. Your love is more real to me than any hurt. Your healing is more real to me than any scar. I’m letting myself to be vulnerable only to reveal Your faithfulness, grace and strength in me. I now understand the beauty in vulnerability.
Of course it’s scary. It’s vulnerable. It’s naked. God calls us to stop hiding, to stop dominating, to trust him, and to offer our true selves. He wants us to bring to bear the weight of our lives and all that he has given to us, worked into us, and offer it to the world. He will give us no guarantee that others will enjoy us and respond well.
In fact, we can be sure that there will be times when they do not. Jesus offered like no other and many rejected him. In those moments or seasons when that happen to us, God’s invitation is to bring our sorrow to him. Not to shut it down with “I’ll never try that again.” But to keep our hearts open and alive, and find refuge and healing in his love.
Unveiling our beauty really just means unveiling our feminine hearts.
It’s scary for sure. That is why it is our greatest expression of faith, because we are going to have to trust Jesus—really trust Him. We have to trust him with how it goes when we offer it, because that is out of our control. We’ll have to trust Him when it hurts, and we’ll have to trust him when we are finally seen and enjoyed. That is why unveiling our beauty is how we live by faith.
—Stasi Eldredge, Captivating
(This book has ministered so deeply in me. :’) )
You tore down my walls and taught me to receive and share Your love. I’m casting all my cares to You. Strengthen my heart when fear tries to take a grip of me. Increase my faith when doubt tries to disturb my peace. And in Your love I will take refuge when this passing world brings me sorrow and hurt.
In Your love, Jesus, I found myself secured. In Your love, I found myself complete.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate me from Your love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither my fears for today nor my worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate me from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate me from Your love, Christ Jesus my Lord.