Thank you for all the sweet words regarding the giveaway! The winner of the giveaway is Julia! I’ll be sending you an e-mail today so I can get your “birthday gift” in the mail asap!
Over the past year I’ve spent time reading the book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It’s a short and concise daily devotional that takes just a couple minutes to read each morning, but I’m always surprised at the deep and profound nature of each devotion.
Comparison is the area of my spiritual walk that I struggle most to rid myself of. I’m a work in progress, but when I succeed at comparing my life to the lives of others less, I find I’m a much happier and content person. One of my devotionals this week really stuck with me for a long time. It said:
Come to me when you are weak and weary. Rest snugly in My everlasting arms. I do not despise your weakness, My child. Actually, it draws Me closer to you because weakness stirs up my compassion. My yearning to help. Accept yourself in your weariness, knowing that I understand how difficult your journey has been.
Do not compare yourself with others, who seem to skip along their life-paths with ease. Their journeys have been different from yours, and I have gifted them with abundant energy. I have gifted you with fragility, providing opportunities for your spirit to blossom in My Presence. Accept this gift as a sacred treasure: delicate, yet glowing with brilliant Light. Rather than struggling to disguise or deny your weakness, allow Me to bless you richly through it.
How beautiful is that? To know that God rejoices in our weakness because it draws us closer to him and that he feels each one of our pains and hurts as we go through life? Sometimes I think of God as close and personal, but it’s easy for me to fall into thinking that God is shaking his finger at me when I fall short, ready to pour down wrath when I fail to devote the time and energy I should devote to Him. But that’s not the case at our.
God has a purpose for our life and our journey. If you are the type of person who is skipping through life with relative ease, own and celebrate the gift God has given you. And if you find that the odds are stacked against you in this season of life, rest in our Lord’s arms, knowing that he has a plan for you and has mapped your journey out with purpose and compassion.
Do you struggle to embrace your journey and walk of life sometimes? How do you focus on inner beauty in your daily life?