This one’s for the ladies!!!
How many of y’all can say you have a perfect life, with a perfect home, perfect family, perfect job and perfect relationships? What if I asked if you think you’ve got your life figured out? I know I sure don’t.
Social media makes it so easy to pretend to have your life perfectly together. It also makes it easy to compare your life to others who you THINK have it all together – when the reality is that they don’t, and neither do we, but that’s okay. Here’s the truth: it often seems that we are imperfect and flawed by worldly expectations. I don’t put makeup on every day or dress cute all the time. I get anxious in large groups of people. I constantly compare myself to others and set standards that I know I’ll never meet. My marriage is far from perfect, and I struggle to maintain friendships because I can be introverted. But you know what else is true? God sees beauty in our flaws and imperfections, because they are the prelude to our story. The story of love, acceptance, adoration and redemption.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” — 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
No one has it all together, and no one is too broken for God’s love. We are all torn, damaged and flawed. The crazy thing is that no matter how broken we are or what our story is, the reckless love of God chases us down, pursues our hearts, and makes us something beautiful – and THAT is a story to be told. Jesus wants us to come to him, in all our brokenness, carrying all our broken pieces. God doesn’t just want the good parts of us, he wants it ALL. The good, the bad and the ugly.
“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners” — Mark 2:17 (NIV)
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted” — Psalm 34:18 (ESV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
He opens his arms wide to embrace us in our brokenness. We can fall short of our own expectations, but we serve a mighty God who accepts us and constantly shows us grace, love and mercy. I am so, so thankful for a Father who never stops loving, never stops forgiving, and never stops pursuing, no matter how imperfect I am. Not only is our brokenness welcome at the cross, our brokenness is REDEEMED.
“You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord” — 1 Corinthians 6:11 (ESV)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” — Romans 3:23-24 (ESV)
“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story” — Psalm 107:2 (NIV)
I encourage every single one of you to go follow, subscribe, or at least check out, Jordan Lee Dooley from SoulScripts. She is truly inspiring and has started a movement that encourages every woman to know that our flaws tell a story worth so much more than how we see them.
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