home is where your family is found

I have a confession to make.

I love being in family.

I love family in all its quirks, black sheep, & uniqueness through the ups & downs of living life in close quarters.

I have found over the years that when I have been the loneliest, I have not been keeping in close touch with family.

God sets the lonely in families.
Psalm 68:6

Or my translation:
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And much as I love my earthly family, and the family I have made through friendship & church, I have discovered those aren’t the most important family connections for me to avoid loneliness. You can still feel lonely in a crowd of people who love you. Which I know first hand.

Because I have a tendency to feel like the black sheep, and want to hide when I don’t feel like I fit.  I am not gifted like many of my family members, and have felt on the outside looking in for more time than I care to admit….which is one of the number one contributors to my feeling lonely.

When loneliness swirls about me like a fog, I need to press in and draw close to my heavenly family, for:

My Father reminds me who I am to Him… chosen.

Jesus anchors me in the family…. beloved.

Holy Spirit guides me along the journey… pursued.

Together they want me, mold me, cleanse me, shape me, heal me, laugh with me, cry with me, comfort me and make me the best me I can be when i spend time in their Presence.

I am not a black sheep in God’s family…for all His sheep have been made white through the blood of the Lamb.

I can be myself, as God designed, when I am in His Presence.

I have found that sharing my words through writing, worshipping in song & silence, and spending time sinking into the Word, I draw closer to my Family, and somehow I also feel closer to my earthly family.

When we know we are loved, we are better able to offer love to those around us, especially the ones who know us the best – warts, quirks & all!

I want to thank you, reader, for sharing this, my 501st post to my blog!

To celebrate, please let me know if one of the below would interest you to read about by Feb 13th, and as a thanks offering back to you all, I will post about the most requested one on Feb 14th!

1. The Father’s Love

2. Psalm 139

3. The Prodigal Son

4. Psalm 23

Blessings,

Karla 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

broken & foolish

I know that God is good, merciful & gracious because He uses broken & foolish vessels like us to proclaim His unending love.

Eugene Cho

God chooses to speak through people like you & I.

Some days, I am more dumbfounded by that statement than I can easily express.

I am not shocked God chooses to speak through you.

It is knowing He wants to use me and I am His choice that leaves me flummoxed.

I know I am not worthy.

But He chooses me, you, anyways.

We are the part of the proof He uses to share His heart for the world.

It is with wonder at His grace, love and mercy that I cannot help but write or sing of how good He has been to me.
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How He has always been with me.

Never failed me.

Loves me with an amazing, breathtakingly passionate love.

Speaks to me…words of love, direction, sometimes correction with affection & wisdom reminders when I need them.

The same God full of goodness, grace, love, mercy is waiting for you too.

His Word being spoken through His beloved to those He is calling home.

A privilege I don’t take lightly, as I know just how foolish I can be, and how broken I have been without His presence.

And I will never stop being thankful and proclaiming how grateful I am to be His.

woman enough

Beth Moore said something years ago that she recently felt she needed to address on her blog.

She said something in the heat of the moment that didn’t make sense when she went back to look at it, and decided to take it back out and publicly clarify the issue.

I am glad she did.

Here is the excerpt from her post (link to the full article at the end of my post):

You’re woman enough even if some other girl did take your man.

You’re woman enough even if you’ve been ditched by a man for nobody but himself.

You’re woman enough even if you’ve been thrown out and rejected.

Overlooked.

Unloved.

Unnoticed.

You’re woman enough even if you’ve never had a man.

You’re woman enough even if you’ve never put on a stitch of make-up or darkened the door of a nail salon.

You’re woman enough even if you couldn’t care less about what purse you pick up.

If you’ve lost both breasts to cancer and don’t have a hair on your head, you’re still 100% woman enough.

None of those things make you a woman. Your Creator makes you a woman.

It’s not just men who can make us feel like we don’t measure up. It’s other women. We’ve got enough voices in this world telling us that we’re not enough. God forbid that we who are called to serve women echo the charge. Let’s watch our mouths out there. I’m talking to myself first.

Hopscotch through the Scriptures and you’ll watch God get a hold of one woman after another who didn’t seem to be woman-enough in her world.

As it turned out…
Hagar was woman enough. (Genesis 16)
Sarai was woman enough. (Genesis 17:15-19)
Rahab was woman enough. (Joshua 2)
Ruth was woman enough. (Ruth 1-4)
Naomi was woman enough. (Ruth 1-4)
Hannah was woman enough. (1 Samuel 1)
Elizabeth was woman enough. (Luke 1:5-25)
Anna was woman enough. (Luke 2:36-38)
The Samaritan woman was woman enough.(John 4)

For crying out loud, Jesus even saw to it that the sinful woman in Luke 7 was woman enough.  We’d assume Mary was woman enough from the start because she was handpicked by God but I’m asking you whether or not you think you’re woman enough. God handpicked you, too.

This is what makes a woman enough. And a man enough.

So God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27 ESV)

We are worthy of mutual honor and esteem because God granted such graces to humankind when He fashioned us in the palm of His hands.

You, and I, are woman enough.
If you are a man reading this, you are man enough.

God made us, which is where our value is to lie, not in what is done to or by us.

God chose us, knowing we were flawed, would be abandoned, would fail and would have deep pain.

He picks us, proud to add us to His family.

He restores us, pleased to help us become whole.

He loves us, delighted when we say yes to becoming His.

God is what makes us woman or man enough.

Its not anything we do on our own, but everything to do with God once He is in our lives.

Are you woman enough, man enough to admit that He is more than enough for you?
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Excerpt from Beth Moore’s post at:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/LPMblog/~3/XG13TvzyD-E/womanpainugh.html