Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Cross, My Reminder.

Like Ann Voskamp I've marked on my wrist a cross with a black marker. To remind me that my name is beloved, that I am loved more then I could ever imagine, that in other to truly live I must die to self even in the small moments. A reminder to let myself love and be loved, I am enough because I have Him living in me and He is always enough, that He dwells in the brokenness. A reminder that "I am not my brokenness, I am not my yesterday, I am not my messes, I am not my failures, I am brave enough for today, because He is, I am strong enough for what's coming, because He is. And I am enough for all that is because He always is." - Ann Voskamp
A reminder to make Christ present in every situation. A reminder of my true Identity.

As I wash dishes and work with my hands through out the day the cross on my wrist slowly fades, and too often I forget. When I remember I go over it all again with my black marker. In the middle of the night when satan seems to whisper in my ears the loudest his lies I remember that cross I've marked on my wrist, and gently place my other hand over it and recall the reasons I've placed it there.

"Self-lies are the destroyer of the soul because they drown out the sacred voice that can never stop whispering your name: Beloved." - Ann Voskamp

In the middle of the day when the tears start to slowly appear in the corner of my eyes, In a moment I see that cross on my wrist and remember that my name is beloved, that I am forgiven, that He is enough, that it is finished, that I am free.

"In the middle of things seemingly not working out for us-God is working out something in us."
                                                                                                                      - Ann Voskamp


" A single word can be a powerful thing.
It can ripple in the pond that changes everything.
It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow."
                                                                   - Ali Edwards

And so my word for this new year is LOVE;

A word to focus on, meditate on, and reflect upon as I go about my daily life.

"Love is our deepest longing- and what we mostly fear. Love breaks us vulnerably open-and then can break us with rejection."  - Ann Voskamp

"Love is the willingness to be broken into." - Ann Voskamp

"You cannot be love until you feel you are beloved." - Ann Voskamp