Monday, June 20, 2011

Stunted Growth & Soli Deo Gloria Party

Welcome to Soli Deo Gloria, whether it's your first time here or your 25th.  Basically, we are a community of women that seek to encourage, support, love each other with our words.  It's a fun party and I love hosting you here each week.  If you would like more information about this community, please click here.  Just a note:  Please don't feel that you have to visit every single person that links up.  We are all on a time budget.  That being said, I do invite you to pray and ask God which blogs to visit simply because there may be words for you left in that place or words that God has given you to share to those specific people.  Also, if you would like to be on the email list for reminders and the occasional prayer request, please let me know if the comments.  Blessings to everyone!
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I wandered outside this morning in search of fresh mint and juicy ripe tomatoes.  In my puttering, I was amazed to see this:
I've never seen a more perfect sunflower.  Everything about it is simply glorious.  It is flaw-free.  There is splendor arrayed here, a breathtaking form of nature.  Every detail adds to its glory, every petal stretched to the sun, offering all that it can to whomever stops to admire.


In my eyes, perfection.


I moved on to tend to the other sunflowers in my garden and was struck by this one:
Although there is plenty of beauty here, too, you can see for whatever reason, some of the petals are stunted.  They are not beautifully arrayed like the others.  Something kept them from fully developing, from reaching out far and wide, from reaching their full potential.


As someone who had been struggling with feelings of inadequacies, I relate to this far-from-perfect sunflower.  I can clearly see that I have some good qualities, but I am first to list all the ways in which I fall short.  But what God has been teaching me to believe is this:


Despite my flaws, I am still beautiful.
Despite my imperfections, I am still worthy to be chosen.
Despite that which keeps me from fully flowering, He is there to cover me with His grace.


And so, I say to you:


Despite your flaws, you are still beautiful.
Despite your imperfections, you are still worthy to be chosen.
Despite that which keeps you from fully flowering, He is there to cover you with His grace.


31 comments :

  1. That last part is so helpful - He is there to cover me with His grace I don't have to be perfect! Thank you for that, Jen. Beautiful photos.

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  2. Despite our flaws He only sees our beauty..to always use this when the lies are whispered. Glad last week is over and you can begin your summer. Enjoy all of the beauty around you...especially if it's flawed:)
    xo

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  3. How often I need to be reminded of this: to "take captive EVERY thought and make it obedient to Christ," to cling to Truth to counteract the lies!

    Thank you for the reminder once again!

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  4. Such a beautiful reminder, Jen! Thanks!

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  5. So true...despite our imperfections...we are still made to be beautiful...perfect by His grace! Thanks for your visit! ~ Jen from Rich Faith Rising.

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  6. I love this. In fact, the blog I am linking is regarding some that many find too imperfect to love.
    Thank you for hosting.

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  7. I absolutely love this metaphor -- it is perfect (just like you -- in His eyes!).

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  9. Thank you for hosting. I'm a new follower, and I'm adding your hop to a page on my site that lists more than 300 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to http://theblogfrog.com/1504201 to visit & participate.
    NCSue

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  10. I can't believe you took those photos ... they are so beautiful~ just like your writing!

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  11. I hate the way the enemy lies to us about our worth. I've been thinking about this a lot with regard to G-man. He easily gets down on himself. But I'm ever so thankful that we serve a God who sees us as we are - perfect because HE is perfect. We are made in His image and redeemed into it over and over again every second of every day. Praise Him!

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  12. What a beautiful reminder. So glad God showed you this as you looked at your sunflowers this morning. They are lovely.

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  13. I know I can always use the reminder. I can get so caught up in the perfection thing I forget that I am beautiful just as I am because He tells me so.

    Lovely dear friend. Absolutely lovely. <3

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  14. Beautiful sunflowers...and none of them flawed in the Sight of GOD...

    and all of us...flawed but He sees us through Eyes of Grace and Love...wonderful analogy Jen!

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  15. You are beautiful, my friend. Has anyone told you lately that you do a wonderful job hosting this little Tuesday Par-ta?

    Consider yourself told.

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  16. Isn't it amazing how He speaks to us through creation? Beautiful, Jen. Thank you.

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  17. I so needed to hear this today. It is true we are all imperfect but He alone makes us perfect. Thank yoou for your beautiful pictures and authentic words.

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  18. Lovely writing, Jen. Lovely THINKING - cause that's where it starts, right? As someone said above, 'taking every thought captive...' You ARE beautiful, just as you are. You ARE loved, just as you are. And, come to think of it...so am I! Love to you this Monday night - when the linky was still open. :>)

    Diana @http://drgtjustwondering.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Jen. This is a awesome reminder. I often feel like that 2nd sunflower but its freeing to realize that God loves me the way I am, faults and all. I went through a season in my life where telling myself that many times a day was the only way I got through.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  20. Love this, Jen. As one who has many flaws, I'm thankful that He accepts me.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  21. Beautiful reminder, Jen. And beautiful picture!

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  22. It's my habit to look in a mirror (lately an illuminated 10X magnified one) and count the flaws. I need to remind myself of your words this morning.

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  23. The covering of His grace makes all the difference, doesn't it, Jen? Lovely reminder!

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  24. There is such a comfort knowing this Truth! We are all wonderfully and beautifully made, when we stop and see ourselves through His Eyes! :)

    Grace & Peace to you Jen,

    Maria

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  25. I'm on God's side -- you are beautiful and worthy to be chosen! You've been such a blessing and encouragement to me.

    Joyfully,
    Pamela

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  26. This is a beautiful, encouraging post. Thank you for allowing Him to speak through you.

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  27. Hey Jen...hope you don't mind but I just had to link up my sunflower post... thought it might be appropriate :)

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  28. Jen, thanks for leading me to your blog and this wonderful Soli Deo Gloria Party! I look forward to reading your posts and the blogs of other women!

    Yes, we are going to Disney this Christmas! We will be there Dec 17th through 22nd and are going to the Christmas Party Sunday night the 18th. Send me an email on FB about when you are going :)

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  29. Enjoyed your post and the sunflower pictures. And the words-- much needed. Thank you.

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  30. Ah, Jen, I like the quirky cuteness of the second sunflower.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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