This morning as I sat and watched Ann Voscamp's Bible Study, "The Broken Way" I am once again reminded that it is in so many ways easier to pour out than to allow ourselves to be filled up with God's truths. We often run around in circles trying to figure life out, we sometimes put up walls to not allow our vulnerability to show through and always I believe we are afraid to risk loving with all of our hearts because deep down we are afraid we will not be loved back as we need to be in return.
We are all broken people living in a broken world. Once again this morning the reminder of how broken so much in our world is...a scary threat at the High School my grandson is now attending...hateful texts on our daughter's phone...and a host off other things that come across our lives daily. All of our broken places need to be touched by love...His love and the love of others He has placed in our lives. Jesus freely gives us His love and His grace should initiate transformation in our lives. "We love because He first loved us." In the video Ann points out "feelings must be fully felt and then fully surrendered to God. Our feelings, our emotions are meant to move us closer to God. As women we need to remember we don't have to fix things, deny things or pretend things away before coming to God. Can we simply allow ourselves to feel the brokenness and be ok with it? We can choose to be ok with the brokenness when we believe that Christ will always make a way for us.
She reminds us "if we listen to the voices that tell us who we should be or who they think we are we soon grow deaf to the beauty of who we really are. Girls can be rivals toward one another but real women revive each other. Girls compare...Women champion; Girls impale but Women empower other women. Real women seek to break ground not hearts. Real women make peace not trouble and they shape freedom...not fate. "
Daily we need to choose if we are going to allow others and this world we live in to shape our identity or will we choose to believe our identity is in Christ, the One who created us. We aren't able to experience the power of God in our lives until we know without a shadow of a doubt who we are in Him. The Bible tells us He is the ROCK...and when we are grounded in Him our future is ROCK solid.
I loved this part of the video "If God is for us it doesn't matter want mountains rise up before us. You are not your yesterdays, you are not your messes, you are not your failures, you are not your weaknesses, you are not your failures, and you aren't your brokenness, You are BRAVE enough today because He is; You are STRONG enough today because He is STRONG enough for whatever is coming And most importantly you are enough for all that is because He is. `Our lives can be like a boat snug in the harbor in the midst of a hurricane when we know with all certainty who we are in Christ. The waves can crash down on our lives and all they need to break is the lies the enemy has fed our souls.
Ann writes, "the greatest danger to our souls is not success, status, or superiority it is the self lies we tell ourselves or the lies we listen to. We listen to the voices that say, you're unloveable, unacceptable, unwanted, under educated, too fat, too thin...and when we do that we are choosing to seek our identity in the trappings of this world and not in the One who died to save us from all of that. Lies destroy our souls...whether they are self-lies or the lies that others spread about us. When we listen to those lies we "drown out the sacred VOICE of the one who can never stop whispering the TRUTH...you are chosen, you are LOVED." Our hearts will never find rest until they rest in Him and in His truths.
The truth is that He loves us with an everlasting love and in Him we are more than enough. I pray this truth touches someone's soul today and they will feel His hands holding them and will be able to hear His voice saying, "You are My Beloved child."