Often I see on Instagram and Twitter and sometimes even Facebook the self loathing that comes with the acknowledgement of sin.
You may not notice it, but I see lots of blog posts and status updates from women bashing themselves. Not the self-reflection that ends in peace or encouragement, but the repeated daily posting of how hard something is or how they themselves are repeatedly failing.
And while I have my hard days, and I often reflect on my own crap, it makes me sad to see these posts.
Not because I don’t have grace or compassion for these darling women, but because in those moments, it feels more like the devil is getting a victory for convincing one of God’s precious women of their supposed inadequacy. I do not believe its wrong to reflect on our sins and junk. I encourage it! Especially so that other women can see where you’re coming from or be encouraged by where you came from and how you’ve survived. It’s good to reflect on our hearts and let God dig deep and get the tumors of sin out.
But, dear friends, please don’t forget God’s delight in you. Please don’t forget that He madly loves you and is for you. Remember in those moments that God uses all things for our good and that whatever rough thing you’re going through, HE IS BIGGER.
It’s a lesson I have to learn over and over. Believe me, if there is anyone who gets overwhelmed easily, it would be me.
But please don’t forget you are an overcomer. And that God wants to mold and shape us through our circumstances into who He wants us to be. Don’t focus on the bad. But in the midst of the bad, bring the Lord glory by declaring His goodness. His control. OUT LOUD. Don’t be tempted to doubt His strength. Resist the devil and he will flee. Kids going ape-shiz crazy? GOD IS BIGGER. Feeling overwhelmed with life? Work? Business? GOD IS BIGGER.
I’ll leave you with a passage from Jesus Calling. I read this passage on a day I badly needed it and in that moment, I declared God’s goodness. The day didn’t get better, but God gave me strength for it.
Talk with Me about what you’re experiencing. Let my Spirit guide you through treacherous waters. As you move through the turbulent stream with Me, let circumstances mold you into the one I desire you to be. Say yes to your Potter as you go through this day.