Friday, October 18, 2013

Shh! There is Beauty Hiding in the Ashes!

Ladies, this one is for you.

(I hope this link works! We saw this tonight at church and EVERY woman should hear it.)

I have a little secret. Do you want to hear it?

Are  you sure?

Ok. Here is my little secret. Did you know that I think that a.... Are you positive you want to know?

I think that everyone is beautiful. Every single woman has something to be proud of. Every. Single. Woman. Every sincere smile is beautiful. A smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds on a rainy day. It literally lights up your entire face. Your beauty shines through your smile; it comes out your eyes and is radiant.

Now I am sure that you were expecting a more gasp-worthy secret but nope, not this time at least.

We also all struggle and doubt ourselves. We find ourselves listening to the little voice inside our heads that tell us to doubt. That little voice speaks volumes to us. I know that you know exactly what voice I am talking about. It is the loud voice that completely shuts out other sound. It tells us, "you can't do that", "you are ugly, unworthy." "No man is ever going to love you." "You are worthless." That voice makes me so mad!

That voice, ladies, it lies. Not one word it speaks is true. That voice is  meant to deceive. It is meant to keep you in that a low, dark place and never come crawling out of it. That voice means to hurt. It speaks those words that make you disbelieve in yourself, in others, even in Jesus. That is the goal of that voice.

Words cannot express how much I disdain that voice. The words that it spews is filth. Lies. Things that you hear often enough and just at the right time, it tears you apart. It leaves you shredded and crying. It drowns out all the good you KNOW you know.

That voice needs to be silenced. Satan is the great deceiver. Scratch that. I don't want to associate "great" with him, even if it is meant the way it is. "Great" is a good word. Good is not associated with Satan. He is evil, speaks evil and wants to drown you in it.

When that voice speaks, don't listen to it. Now, I know. How do I not listen?! I am right there with you, ladies. You are not alone. When that voice speaks, I wholeheartedly pray that the voice you hear, be the voice of God. Now that is one voice that I love to hear.

God's voice speaks love. It speaks beauty. It speaks truth. Come on ladies! God is love. God is truth. He looks at you and sees beauty. He listens to you and shares your emotions. Those times when you are touched by something (emotionally) and the hairs on your arms and the back of your neck stand up, that is God's hand at work. He wants you to feel loved, cared about, beautiful. When you are sad, the angels cry with you, Jesus is right there with you, crying and still wiping away the tears. When you are happy, the angels rejoice, Jesus right along beside you, holding you close, rejoicing with you. When you are feeling alone? Guess what? You cannot be any closer to God. He is right there. He is just there. Always. He holds you in his strong arms, protecting you. Caring for  you. Loving you. Even if you doubt, or just don't feel His presence, He is right there, waiting on you.

Here are some words that you should focus on. Beauty, for you are beautiful. Strength, because you are stronger than you know. Worthy, because you are worthy of love. Worthy of affection. Worthy of being loved by a God who created the entire world, who loves you so much that He sent His only son to die on that cross, for you. His son, Jesus took on your sin. Every single sin. He took it all and hung it there on that cross, so long ago. You are worthy of the love of a man who cares enough to die for you.

Beauty. Strength. Worthy. Brave. Funny. Strange and unique. Cared for. Loved. You are loved.

We all walk through life. We fly high on the good and crawl like a snail on the bad. We all have fears. We all feel alone at times. We all go through things that we are 1000% positive no one else in the entire world has ever gone through. We are not alone. Somewhere, probably a lot closer than you think, there is someone going through the same thing, or has already gone through it and made it out the other side alive. These are the times when that cruel voice speaks the loudest. These are the times when that voice desperately need a good duct-taping. Permanently!

Have you ever felt so alone, so defeated that you just wanted to give in to that voice telling you those lies? Has life pushed you so hard that you have no clue where to turn, what to pray - how to pray? There is a whisper talking to you. Ignore the loud, obnoxious voice that screams lies and obscenities at you. Focus on that itty, bitty voice. Focus on the words it speaks. For it speaks truth. It speaks love. It speaks compassion. It speaks LIFE. It speaks LIFE. That tiny whisper needs to be heard. You desperately need to hear its words. You desperately need to believe those words. You can believe it. Every single thing that angel-soft whisper says, is life. That is God's own voice.
God wants you to feel beautiful. God wants you to feel love, to be loved and to love. He wants so much for you! You are His creation, His daughter. You are the product of His love. God never lies, never is unfaithful and will never let you down. I know that last part can be hard to believe at times, but have faith.

With faith we can move mountains. With faith, impossible becomes possible through Jesus. There is nothing that is impossible for Him. He was sent down from Heaven to take on our sins because of God's love for us. The sky turned dark when Jesus died on that cross. Many people truly believed that that was it. The Savior who they waited so long for, was dead. Impossible became possible, which became truth. God said that three days later, the savior would rise again, the living Savior. He would once again walk among the living. Three days later, Jesus got up, left his grave clothes behind and walked out of that tomb. Impossible becoming possible, became truth.

God loves you. He sees you and He loves you. Think on that for a minute. God loves you. He loves you. He looks at you and sees beauty. He sees strength. He looks at you and sees a person who is so worthy of His love.

I want you to remember - I know it's hard - in those dark, lonely times, God loves you. God is with you, whispering the TRUTH, the true words that you need to hear. He has his arms wrapped around you, crying with you. Lean on Him. Let your body speak the words that your mind doesn't know to pray. Let the Holy Spirit inside you be your voice. I want you to remember that you are worthy. You are loved and you are cherished! You are worthy.

Abba, (that's Papa by the way),
Abba, I am on my knees before you with my heart in my hand. My heart breaks over the pain that Satan has caused - and is causing - so many women. His cruel words shatter even the strongest souls. Father, I ask that your voice be the voice that we women hear. I pray that your words be heard and that it drowns out the lies that Satan speaks. Fill these women, Abba, with your love. Open them to feel that love. Open them to the fact that they are worthy, priceless. Open them to your truth, Abba. Some women right now are crying out for help, for love, for compassion. Let them seek you and find you. Wrap your arms around them tightly, Abba, let them feel your arms, your strength, your love. Fill their minds with LIFE, Lord. Fill them with feeling of strength, of courage. When they look in that a mirror the next time, show them the beauty that you see in them. Give us a heart like your heart, Abba. Fill us with your love to overflowing. Let it overflow and spill and completely fill someone's heart with your love. Abba, Papa, I have crawled this earth when I should have let you carry me. I have turned to others when I should have turned to you. I make mistakes, constantly, and yet, you still love me. Let us feel that love, let us share that love. I pray that God works the miracle that each and every one of you ladies needs in your lives. I pray that your eyes will be opened to the good inside you, the beauty inside you and that it comes spilling out so you cannot help but notice it. Abba, silence the wicked voice in our heads. Drown out the death it speaks and instead fill us with love, life and truth.
Abba, thank you for your love. I love you.
In Jesus' name, AMEN!

I am honestly not sure about how much  of this post will actually make sense since it is midnight and I am writing it, but I had this on my heart to share with you. Please, please, please remember that you are more worthy and loved than words can express. You are beautiful, inside and out, ladies. I really do hope this makes sense and isn't too "rambling" but these are the rambles that are my thoughts. Good or bad. ;-)

May God bless your lives, ladies, bringing you the answers to your prayers. Even if those answers do not come in our time or in our "wants", He always answers.

Have a great week, my friends. God bless and love you lots!