I belong to a woman’s Bible study. From September to May we meet on Wednesday morning and discuss the chapter we read for whatever book one of the leaders has picked.
Since we started meeting in September we have been reading, “You’re Loved No Matter What. Freeing Your Heart from the Need to be Perfect” By Holley Gerth. In between meeting on Wednesday and going back the next Wednesday I typically write a summary about what I got out of the chapter.
This past week we read chapter six and for me it was my favorite, eye opening and perfect (yes perfect) chapter that all women (and men) should take the time to read.
I think at this point this past chapter has been my favorite so far. Chapter Six was truly eye opening for me.
Daring to Be Who You Already Are was just what was needed for me.
My husband often asks what it is I want to do. My answer 9 out of 10 times is, “I don’t know because I don’t know what I like to do anymore.” It was similar to what Kathy was saying – I have lost myself because I have thrown everything into my children and husband.
When I started to work on finding myself I would often feel beaten down by others. One of the things I love to do is write (shocking I know). Things I would hear would be stuff like, “You want to write? How can you help others when you were horrible at English?” and that would end that direction in my life. About three years ago though; maybe longer, I realized that it isn’t about those people. It was about me and God and who He made me to be.
When I started coming to New Community back in 2004 I was lost and confused and I just wanted to feel loved. Over the past 12 years I have been involved with many things at the church. Kingdom Kids, Choir, Small Group for Choir, Bible Study, Secret Sister, and more. All of those things pointed me to the one way to feel loved, building a relationship with Christ. I had grown up going to church but the one thing I was never taught was building a relationship with Him!
I still felt lost though because I didn’t know how to build that relationship. I would pray. I would just talk. I would try to read the Bible from beginning to end. I would listen to music and sing. I would read the books for our studies. I would try to connect with Him in all the different ways people were recommending to me and I still felt like I was missing something. I just didn’t know what it was. How was I missing the connection? I wanted a relationship with Him so what was I doing wrong?
Last year I started to see so many people talking about Bible Journaling. I thought hmmm maybe that is for me. But I am not artistic like I would see some of these people be. I am lucky I can draw a stick figure and that others know it is a stick figure. I am creative in many ways, just not with drawing. So after much pondering I decided I was going to write in my Bible. I purchased a journaling Bible and some pretty pens.
In the very beginning I would read, underline and pretty much just write in the margins where they had lines. Then the more I did it, the closer I was drawn to Him. The closer I was drawn to Him, the more I heard Him. The more I heard Him, the more I was free to write in His Word with my Words (see below).
Discovering who God created you to be and becoming that person is the most important things you can do for yourself. Your relationship with Christ depends upon you knowing and being who you are meant to be. Whom He placed you here to be! When you are that person, you are closer with Him here on earth than you could ever imagine. He speaks to you in ways you understand. That is why He made you this way. So He can build that relationship with you and so you understand what He is doing and saying.
If you have not taken the time to take these different “tests” I highly encourage you to do so.
Five Love Languages: http://www.5lovelanguages.com
Sacred Pathways: http://www.northpointministries.org
Personality Tests: http://www.myersbriggs.org
Your Strongest Life: http://www.stronglifetest.com
I can’t tell you how to create your path to our Creator but these tests may help you get there. I just know that this chapter confirmed why over the past eleven months my relationship with Him has bloomed. It allowed me to truly see I am unique and that isn’t bad, it is fabulous! I am turning into the person God made me to be and that path is leading to a much closer relationship with Christ!
Chapter 7 next week ladies! Can’t wait to see you then.
I am still discovering who I am in Him. I am still growing and learning but at the same time I am getting closer and closer to Christ. It is a great feeling to be getting closer to Him. I don’t feel as if I am lost anymore.
I am not perfect. I will never be perfect but I am not lost. I talk with Jesus. I walk with Jesus. I sing to Jesus. I write to Jesus. I read His Word. I listen to Him. I dance with Him. I am finally on the path to being the exact person He made me to be.
It is one of the most freeing things I have felt in a very long time. It helps me to know that we really, truly are all unique and different and beautiful in our own way. He speaks to me in ways that are not the same that He speaks to you. I love that we are all different. We all have something in common…. God, Jesus Christ, & the Holy Spirit…. That One is enough to draw us all into a like family, a loving family, and it is how we find who we are as individuals!
I finally have this peace about being unique. I used to dislike that word, now I am embracing it!
Do you know who you are in Him? Do you know how you connect with Christ and how best to build your relationship with Him? I hope you find your way if you haven’t already!
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