"So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellent formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren't."
Truth is, our standards and expectations of ourselves can be unrealistic. If we compare our current situation to our dream Pinterest board, or a perfectly curated Instagram feed, it can feel really discouraging. How do we deal with the pressure that we (even unknowingly) put on ourselves?
We can't fight for equality and hashtag #girlpower on all our photos and use Deborah and Esther as our "girls in ministry" mascots then kill one another once we get onto the battlefield because we're afraid someone is going to get more attention than us.
We need to let women be women AND men be men. Let’s stop rebuking men for doing things instinctive to their nature like trying to provide for us and protect us. Let’s stop saying, “I don’t need a man to (fill-in the blank).” Let’s stop suppressing our feelings (emotions), bc we don’t wanna look weak. Because the truth is...we need each other. We really do…
That day, He told me He wanted to trade my burdens for joy and pain for healing. That day, He reminded me that He had seen every tear, every disappointment, every frustration, every compulsive behavior and every panic attack. There was nowhere I had gone unloved or unseen. He told me I wasn’t annoying Him but instead, delighted Him. And of all the crazy, lavish, nonsensical, reckless things, He had taken me to Scotland to do it!