FOG: Focus on Gratitude Day 20

Thank God I’m free. Free from the labels people use to define me. And it feels wonderful.

I’m grateful…

There are three women God used this past year to break my pattern of internal response to outspoken expressions. What they said didn’t feel good. Much of it wasn’t true. They tried to make their issues my fault when I can only take responsibility for my own.

But, by God’s grace, I did what I tell my children all the time. I kept the baby and threw out the bath water. I let God filter out the kernel of truth in what they said and dumped the rest.

And I GREW BLOSSOMED.

Holding off taking offense to ask the Lord if there’s any credibility to what someone said takes courage. Moving past people’s messiness to search for a message from God ain’t easy. But I’m grateful for the women God used. Bless them Jesus.

Because of them I’m bearing fruit that remains.

And I’m free to be me. Not me in response to anyone, but the me Jesus loves while working on me.

 

Focus on Gratitude:

What about you? Are you free?


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FOG: Focus on Gratitude Day 9

“You’re not allowed to share your thoughts. You’re not allowed to express your emotions. What will people think?”

We’ve all heard those messages, but women own them as the rule of life. Rules not based in truth because Jesus never uttered them. And He is the truth.

Jesus removes masks and probes behind tough exteriors to expose the truth of where we are, so He can speak truth to who we are.  Sometimes He does it during our quiet study time, sometimes through a sermon and sometimes through small group members.

I’m grateful…

There’s power in small group ministry. Where we take off our masks and makeup and show our scars, even our gaping wounds.

We got real again today. Speaking freely, expressing overwhelming emotions, releasing toxic guilt. And Jesus responded to our vulnerability with grace and truth, instead of shame and condemnation.

God met His daughters in the faces of each other and He is beautiful.

 

Focus on Gratitude:

Do you do small groups?


Click here for The Vine Life Faith Devotional written last October. It’s 31 days of bite-sized insights on living the abundant life of Jesus, our gift to you.