Friend, we are called to not only guard our heart, but to simultaneously love those about us.
The relief to me when I read the quote above? HUGE!
You see, I was…
- The girl a best friend described as the homeliest girl she’d ever me.
- The girl the guys turned to to be tutored in English, genetics or French.
- The girl who was taken advantage of.
- The girl who worried more about what others thought of her than what she knew about herself.
But I was also the girl who God hardwired to be faithful. The girl who loves to learn, read, sing, laugh and write.
I hid myself behind my wall of hurts as a girl and teen, not trusting that those around me were safe with my stuff.
Looking back, I can see how remaining behind the walls was a very lonely place to be, but how it also kept me bound there.
Then His love broke through.
With God, all things are possible. – Matthew 19:26
And God has set out to prove this verse to be true in my life ever since I first encountered Him!
I have a family I am closer to than I could ever imagine as I stepped down the aisle on my wedding day.
I now have a safe circle of friends whom I can entrust with my heart, who God immensely blessed me with as He brought them into my life. They not only encourage me but kick my butt when I need it, as they remind me we are designed for community.
I have a church family who are there to support not only me but my family, who remind me I was primarily designed for relationship with You.
I am also blessed with wise bosses and coworkers who help me use my gifts to the best of my ability, and remind me the importance of team work and excellence.
I am learning how to live out being genuine and authentic with everyone, transparent with those holding me accountable, and intimate with my closest loved ones, as I fully trust in Him every step of the way.
Not only am I to show everyone His love, I am to also love myself as He does, and let Him love up on me as I trust Him to be my solid foundation.
The girl I was before I met God? She is learning to leave the worst behind and embrace the best He is replacing them with – His Spirit within me.
Instead of living behind that wall of isolation? I now (more than ever before) am enjoying the wide open space within He is freeing me to enjoy along side Him!
With Him, this expanse of freedom has been made possible!