Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 29: You

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Sometimes, I think God didn't really know what He was doing when He created me.  I look at all my weaknesses.  I see all my failures.  I see how I try and try and try to be better, and yet, I still fall short.  I still wrap my heart around things that are not of Him. I still doubt His promises sometimes.  I still let fear and pride creep in and suffocate the good things He has planted.

And yet, sometimes, when my eyes are open and my heart is ready to receive, I realize that God knew that I would struggle with all this stuff and He still chose to give me life.  He still chose to love me... despite.  And in fact, I think He finds joy in the process of redemption, as well as the redemption itself, for in the process, He finds me clinging to Him, to His Word, to His strength.  And even with all my scars and sins and pitfalls, He still calls me to be His friend.  He still sends me out into the field to work.  He still gives me good gifts.  He still allows me to hear His voice.

And you, sweet one.  It's the same thing for you.

Challenge:  Write out ten things that are really good about yourself -- the gifts that He has given you, the strongholds you've overcome, the things that make you unique.  Thank God for those things and smile at your progress.



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10 comments :

  1. Thank you! I needed this today. He knows my weakness, how I feel insecure and get my feelings hurt. Yet, he redeems that!!! And uses all that to send me back to HIM!

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  2. Shanda, this must have been for you because it wasn't supposed to post until tomorrow!

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  3. Jen, yesterday we were watching the latest Narnia movie and there is a scene where Lucy, the youngest girl, wishes she was her sister Susan, who is beautiful. She has a vision where she is Susan and Lucy has never been and what the world would be like if she had never existed. Anyway, Aslan, the God-figure, comes and talks to her and tells her that she wished herself away and the world was a different place without her. It convicted me because that's what we do every time we put ourselves down: we wish ourselves away and we undermine the One who creates us with a purpose and a plan. Anywa, long answer to a simple question. You will be happy to know that I finally lost my writer's block and I have a post I will be linking to SDG next week! Yeay!

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  4. Hey there ...just letting you know that I love your blog so much that I am sending rays of sunshine to you (and your lovely blog) in the way of a little blog award. Which is a nice way of saying your blog rocks and to encourage you with all your fabulous thoughts and musings. So stop by and pick up your 'Stylish Blogger Award' sometime soon ... and if not, just know that your blog is a sunny place to be :) xx

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  5. I love this amazing jounrey you have been on. Im so sad on was gone for most of the writing so I will have to head back and read them all and catch up.
    I love how the Lord brings and draws us closer to Him. I love the challenge to write ten things really good about yourself, the gifts, overcoming, wonderful!
    I think i would have to go through this whle adventure to come to that place even though I know there are many.
    Thank you for sharing
    Blessings

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  6. Great idea and maybe post it on my mirror in my bathroom so that I can remember that I too do have a place somewhere in this world. Thanks Jen!

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  7. Hi Jen. This is a lovely post. I will take up your challenge but it won't be easy! I love how you end your challenge...Thank Him for those good things about yourself and smile at your progress... Sometimes you feel as if you are getting no-where fast - but if you look back and see where you came from on your spiritual journey and how God has helped you - you cannot fail to see the progress.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  8. Jen, great post.
    Gaby, I LOVE THAT SCENE. It totally, deeply touched my heart and brought some yucky things to light.

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  9. Ooooo, so good!

    have been busy, busy, enjoying the start of summer with my fam - but am still appreciating your wise words!

    Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight.com

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  10. These last few days have been so timely for me-thank you for these. Love how God knows what I need:)

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