Spending the weekend with these women from all phases of life was a beautiful reminder that at the end of the day, we're all the same.
We all struggle. There are some things we're all proud of, but they are often greatly outnumbered by our insecurities. The funny part is, most of those insecurities are things that others don't think twice of and yet we continue to beat ourselves up with.
None of us know what we're doing. Our calling is faithfulness, not perfection. One step at a time, walking in obedience.
We forget. We are daughters of the KING, my sisters! And how easy is it to focus on our shortcomings and insecurities? We were bought at a price, we have been CHOSEN. What freedom and rest lies in that! We have to remind ourselves and remind each other of that often.
We're incapable... But God isn't. Not one of us is capable of being what we're called to be- sister, daughter, wife, mother, friend. God gives us that though.
We need each other. Community is essential. Real community. It's easy to spend our lives searching for something perfect. If that's the case, you'll never find it. Life is happening wherever you are... are you part of it?
I want to "feel" again, to live richly and deeply. This will likely mean blogging more, too- "cheaper than therapy". This is something that's been stirring in me for a while now, but I'm just getting to the point of being able to put it into words. When we moved back from Africa, I felt like a chunk of my heart was missing and to deal with that, I ignored it. Too often I find myself going through the motions without intention, without reflecting on my emotions, my state. No more.
Creating works up something deep inside of me- something I don't always prioritize. Our God makes beautiful things. He created us to appreciate that beauty. Creating is good for the soul and I don't do it enough. I'm ready to change that.
So there you have it. Bits and pieces of an incredible weekend that left me longing for more. Since that weekend, I haven't stopped thinking of ways to recreate that weekend in some way- being a safe place for women to let down their walls, be real and vulnerable, to unwind, to love and be loved. Stay tuned...