You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. ~Psalm 139:13–14~
I’ve spent more time than I care to admit, thinking I wasn’t good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, or smart enough. I put myself down and beat myself up while comparing myself to others, looking at them and saying to myself, “I wish that I was more like them.” I spent money on self help books, reading other peoples words in hopes of finding my way to accepting myself for who I was while also trying to figure out my purpose. I spent so much time disowning how God created me while trying to fit into a mold I was never meant to fit in in the first place.
The truth is, God created me fearfully and wonderfully! Fearfully And Wonderfully!! He gave me my own gifts and talents. He has a very specific purpose for my life here on this planet. I need not be ashamed of who He made me to be. Instead I’m choosing to accept and celebrate the Linda He created! I AM NOT AND WILL NOT BE A SECOND SOMEONE ELSE..WHAT I AM IS THE FIRST AND ONLY ME!
Summer is starting to make its exit for autumn’s arrival. The morning sun has and continues to shift. There is a crispness in the air. The days are brighter and I’m beginning to ‘see’ things with new clarity. The trees are beginning to let go of their slowly decaying leaves. I sit and watch as the leaves, faded green, yellow and brown, twist and fall, and dance gently across the yard on the breeze. Their time is drawing to a close.
Autumn is my favorite season. It’s a wonderful time to witness nature in all its magical, colorful glory. There are lessons to be learned in this new season. The trees are not holding on to those dead leaves that no longer have a purpose, instead they are being dispelled, to fall back to earth and eventually decay back into the soil whence they grew. A good reminder to me that I shouldn’t be holding on to the the dead weight of all that is holding me down. Covid knocked me to my knees. The isolation and loneliness unbearable. Yet, I’ve been pretty good at fooling myself and others that I’ve had a handle on things, that I was ok, until I wasn’t ok.
One cannot flourish in a new season carrying the dead weight of the past. For me, it’s grief, pain and despair. It’s loneliness and hopelessness. It’s bitterness and it’s fear. Throw in guilt and I’ve got myself a pretty heavy chain there. And truth is, I can’t do this alone………..
So, in this new season, I’m working on letting go and really turning to God for His strength and guidance. I’m studying Philippians at the moment, and this verse is one of my go to’s.
Old habits are hard to break. One of those habits is thinking I can handle things on my own. I know I can’t, yet I try anyway. As a new Christian, I tend to get sidetracked by self, forgetting God is right there, just waiting to hear from me. In this new season, I plan on continually praying and asking Him to shine His light on my thoughts, on my life and journey as I work towards letting go of my ‘decaying leaves’ and these weights that bind me.
This was my backyard view this morning. An incredibly beautiful start this new day courtesy of God 💛☀️
“In the morning, LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.” ~Psalm 5:3~
Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen. -~Ron Moore~
This beautiful cross was gifted me from one very special Earth Angel. It was handmade by a homeless man she got to know and help. He has since found a place to reside as well as a way to earn an income through his gift.
Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the LORD has commanded ~Exodus 35:10