happy 2013 friends! i pray the Lord gives you much grace for the days ahead.
today, as we start a new season, & many say "a fresh start", i wanted to write about something that has become a huge sin in my own heart & in many women around the world. with our current technology of iphones, blogs, twitter, facebook, instagram... the list goes on, it is SO easy to be discontent with what our Father has so graciously blessed us with & the seasons He has us in in life. as we scroll through our instagram feeds we see pictures of cute-dressed-kids, mommies that look all put together & homes that are decorated adorably. those things in themselves are not bad things, but how our hearts respond to them can be sinful. we start to envy every person we follow. we wish we could travel as much as they do. we want to have cute outfits, pictures on the walls, hipster messy hair. we want to blog like they do. we want to own the latest cameras & gadgets to help us "look" cool to the world. we envy. oh but we are sinful & yet we are children of God! He has given us much to rejoice in! may our hearts be content in Him alone.
"my soul will be satisfied as with fat & rich food,
& my mouth will praise you with joyful lips." psalm 63:5
it's too often that we get caught up in everyone else's lives rather than being present in our own. maybe because of hurt, sadness, loneliness, maybe we're not being satisfied in our Father & so we want to avoid the way our lives make us feel? maybe it's uncomfortable, so it's easier to sit in a room full of strangers/friends/family & scroll through pictures of faces & homes we don't even know, to read emails, to read a blog or catch up on facebook. we're missing moments. we're missing life by longing to live someone else's. we've been given much, let's live in the present moment with the ones we love & the ones we don't know yet. let's talk. let's put our phones down & look at them later. let's be honest. my sweet friend adrienne wrote a post about a beauty revolution for darling magazine encouraging women to be real, honest & vulnerable. stop hiding. (hence the above photo of myself without makeup.) our Father made us who we are, perfectly & beautifully & to say "but i'm not good enough" or "i'm not beautiful" is to say our God's work isn't good. oh, but His work is perfect. all glory to the Lord for His beauties made in His likeness to bring glory to His name.
don't hide from what's uncomfortable.
you're beautiful & perfect.
people need to know you.
you need to be known.
fellowship is rich among friends.
honor Him in your imperfections & sins.
He is a wonderful Creator & Sustainer.
"see what kind of love the Father has given to us,
that we should be called children of God; & so we are."
1 john 3:1