I believe one of the sweetest gifts you can continually give to your Heavenly Father is embracing and walking confidently in your unique, beautiful self.
Does that make sense? If you are a Christian, you are in Christ. Being in Christ means a lot of things, but one is that it is a real, actual, living and breathing relationship. You have a perfectly loving Heavenly Father.
A Father who knit you together, pieced you together, to be precisely you.
You. Your personality, quirks, habits, features, passions. What comes naturally, what is more challenging.
Me. Curly hair, conversationalist, perfectionist, sensitive, emotional, diligent. Eats too much peanut butter. Likes to have a plan, hates to arrive late. Enjoys time alone. Creative because God is creative.
The Bible says we are God’s handiwork. His craftsmanship. (Ephesians 2:10) Part of His creation. Fully loved and completely accepted.
It makes me sad to realize how this culture has taken it upon itself to name ‘beauty’ as one particular mold or set of features. Right?
In the past month, my infatuation with books of all shapes, sizes, and topics has exploded.
Below are recent reads. One of my best friends, Ashton, and I, love to trade book titles with each other. With this post, I invite you into the trading game!
- Cold Tangerines, Shauna Niequist
- Choosing Joy, Kay Warren
- Gift From The Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh
- Imagine Heaven, John Burke
- Lean On Me, Anne Marie Miller
- Giddy Up, Eunice, Sophie Hudson
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, Peter Scazzero
- Perfectly Unique: Praising God From Head to Foot, Annie Downs
- None Like Him, Jen Wilkin
- Wild and Free, Jess Connolly + Hayley Morgan
On my to-read list are:
Clue me in to your favorite reads!
Let’s cut right to the chase, shall we? These are pretty groundbreaking… things I (imperfectly, but valiantly) try to fight off… an effort to feel joyful, free, and light-hearted.
It brings you down. It brings other people down. Complaining casts a shadow on just about any moment, don’t you think? Maya Angelou said this, “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”
Sometimes we are our own worst critics. And majority of the time, what I’m worrying about (a bad hair day or forehead zit), other people don’t even notice. So instead of beating myself down, why not build myself up? Why not preach positive affirmations to myself? Why not remind myself of God’s beautiful and powerful promises, my identity in Him, and His love for me? Boom.
Sometimes (maybe often is a better word) I over-think a decision. Whether it’s what to eat for dinner, what to say in a text message, or how much to share on social media, I put in a good deal of thought.
In his book “The Parody of Choice,” Dr. Barry Schwartz says it’s important for people to feel like they have choices when making decisions in life. And the only way we learn about the wide variety of choices we have is by obtaining knowledge and accumulating information.
Yet, having too much information at my fingertips, which is characteristic of our world today, I become overwhelmed. On top of that, as we get older, we’re continually learning new perspectives, growing into new attitudes; thus, the endless choices and pressure to choose perfectly every single time seems paralyzing! That pressure also drains some of the freedom out of life.
ISFJ-T … The Defender
According to this online test, my role is sentinel, and my strategy is constant improvement. Not sure what sentinel means, maybe I’ll figure it out as I live on. Many of these sentences are from the site results page, I didn’t come up with these phrases myself. Just FYI.
55% Introverted, 55% Observant, 62% Feeling, 74% Judging, 80% Turbulent
“ISFJs are true altruists, meeting kindness with kindness-in-excess and engaging the work and people they believe in with enthusiasm and generosity.” via
ISFJ personalities (especially Turbulent ones) are often meticulous to the point of perfectionism (Yes.), and though they procrastinate (Yes.), they can always be relied on to get the job done on time. ISFJs take their responsibilities personally, consistently going above and beyond, doing everything they can to exceed expectations and delight others, at work and at home (growing up I would have called this people-pleasing).