Well hi there friends. It seems nearly another week has passed without me saying hello.
Our retreat was a blessing. I have been quietly contemplating our topic all week and I am excited to share with you now. As women spoke on the topic, God is Enough, the Spirit impressed on my heart the idea that this weekend was a launching point. It is imperative that our spirits our hearts and our minds understand this foundational truth- God Is Enough.
On March 24th the IF: Gathering Facebook page asked women to share a core lie that they wrestle with and then for other women to reply with truths to combat the lies. It was beautiful and powerful to participate in. As I scrolled through women's posts, over and over again I read in their responses, "I am not enough." These women are burdened to care for their families, their churches, their neighbors, their schools, the orphans, the widows, the voiceless, the powerless - and they are so discouraged because they are not enough for everyone! Of course they're not enough! We were never intended to be enough in and of ourselves.
God is raising up a generation of men and women who understand God's heart and God's call for us to serve the least of these in His name. It is beautiful. It is inspiring. It is holy. But, if we aspire to serve others in the name of the Lord without deriving our power and strength and hope from His love, we are doomed. We are doomed to burn out, to hurt others, and to become cynical as we face our limitations. We in our frailty are simply not enough. If we expect for ourselves to be enough, or if we look to others to be enough for us, we will always be let down.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 22:36-39
Let's notice the order of these commandments here. First, we love GOD with everything we've got. Then we love our neighbors. So many times I have been guilty of skipping that first step! I am a sensitive, empathic person so it is not difficult for me to consider the needs of others and desire to meet those needs in any way that I can. Over and over again I love out of my own strength and I end up so exhausted! Is it possible I am not the only person with this tendency? The darkness expertly takes the good desires of our hearts and twists them so subtly, so insidiously, that we don't notice we have gotten in over our heads until we are gasping for breath. Have you ever been playing in the ocean without paying attention? In what seems like just a moment you have gone from wading near the shore to drifting out to sea! The pull of the tide is subtle, yet it's power can drag you places you would never have gone intentionally. This is the life of trying to be enough. If you have been given many gifts and abilities, you may keep your head above water for a long time before recognizing your need for rescue. That has been my story more than once.
God is Enough. Such a simple phrase with complex and beautiful purpose and meaning for our hearts and minds. Today's post will begin a series on this topic. We will be hearing from other women how God has been enough in their life and how this phrase is transforming their daily walk with the Lord and with others. I will tag each story with "God Is Enough" so if you click on the tag next to the title, it will take you to a page with all of the posts. I'm excited to see what God has in store as we explore this redemptive and freeing truth - He is enough.