Sunday, February 16, 2014

#musesofamom: When is Enough Enough?

“Have you ever said, ‘Enough is enough?’”  

This was the question that Pastor Cheryl started with this past Wednesday at Sisterhood.  Confirmed with nods from around the room, I am sure that we all felt as though we had had “enough” already – just this week!  I loved where Pastor Cheryl went with this statement. She wasn’t talking about if we had enough trouble, disappointments or problems, she was telling us that WE are enough.  WE don’t have to be anything more or less.  Wherever we may be in our lives right now, it’s enough. Even if we are a mess.  In God’s eyes, we are a mess – but a hot, beautifulgorgeous mess.

Right now in Sisterhood, we are learning lessons from the book, “Becoming Myself” by Stasi Eldridge.  It’s a deep, insightful book, and if you haven’t already purchased it or downloaded it on your Kindle, I highly recommend it.  Stasi is straightforward and honest about what she has learned about becoming herself, through God’s handiwork, and she openly shares that encouragement with the reader.

One of things that I personally believe that we as women seem to do best is “suck it up.” When bad things happen to us, we bury it as quickly as possible so we can move on.  When there is pain, we hide it inside because we do not want to trust others with our problems. When there is betrayal, we become skeptical, cautious and fearful.  We have the feeling of unworthiness.  But you know what?  You are worthy in God’s eyes, regardless of the past, or the present. Your worth is greater than what is even here on earth.  You have an eternal purpose – not just the one that you can maybe see here on the earth.  After all, each of us is created in God’s image!  He already knew where you would be today when He created you.  Every one of us is created for good works.  Ephesians 2:10 says,  “For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”   (HCSB)

Because we have such great worth, God can always use our “mess” as a message to reach the world around us.  Even now, God wants to heal you.  Allow Him to do that for you!  The healing process can be a difficult one, but God our Father, is there to give us courage, wisdom and healing from that past so you are on your way to becoming yourself.  “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” (I Thessalonians 5:23-24 HCSB)

The wonderful thing about the healing process is that it is also a time of rediscovery.  You rediscover your identity, your dreams.  You begin to remember who you really are.  And who you really can become in Christ.  The best part is that you don’t have to do this healing alone!  Join a community where you can be a part of the journey together with other women who are encouraging, growing, learning, and healing – just like you.  It’s a blessing to know that you don’t have to do live alone! 
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