Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Becoming Myself: Embracing Gods Dream of You

Becoming Myself: Embracing God's Dream of You

   I LOVE Stasi Eldredge.  Not just because we share a name :)  There are other reasons.  Years ago, my Mom used to push books on me all of the time.  I think it was her way of trying to get me to look toward God, and I wasn't having it.  After graduating in 06' with a major in Journalism and a minor in Creative Writing, I swore the lit classes had done me in and I wasn't reading anymore.  (My how time changes you!)  Finally, she gave me a book called Captivated.  Since I was working part-time and didn't have a lot to do during the quiet times I worked alone, I started reading the book.  It was so incredibly practical!  This wasn't what I thought Christianity was..  I thought it was complicated, that you had to jump through hoops if you were going to be close to God?  I never really saw God on a personal level, even though I had became a Christian at eleven, I suppose i just assumed that was a ticket to Heaven, and that was as good as I was going to get.  I was not going to be one of those super spiritual people, it was just too hard.
   Funny story, in that same point in my life, at the same desk that I read Captivated and began to see God in a new light, I'll never forget reading a magazine article about people who were happy in their jobs.  I remember the least happy people were said to be gas station attendants.  My husband was manager of a service station at that time, lol.  The people happiest in their jobs?  It listed, Clergy.  :)  How ironic?
   I digress.
   Stasi is very real, and very open.  She is someone we can all relate too, and she loves Jesus with all of her heart, and leans on his grace with all that is in her.  This is a book about self love, and can I tell you how much I needed this!!!
   Here was one of my favorite parts of the book...

     "   I had a meeting to go to in a couple of hours, so I changed into more work-appropriate jeans.  I don't know what it is about the, but they work.  I put on a red top and big turquoise earrings.  Not my usual go-to outfit, but I loved it.
   As soon as I was dressed, a friend dropped by unexpectedly, and when she saw me she stopped dead in her tracks and exclaimed, "you are inhabiting your beauty!"
   I was inhabiting my beauty.  I had worn the jeans before, the top before, and probably the earrings with them, but something in my spirit had relaxed and I was embracing being myself, a woman who believed God when he said, "You are lovely."
   My friend left and John came home, and he had the same reaction that my friend did, and lets just say that outfit came off and had to come back on again before the meeting.  (It's okay.  We're married!  Its a good thing!)
   I wasn't squeezing into the pants by the use of an elastic torture device, nor was I squeezing my soul into any other prescribed form.  Rather, I was inhabiting my beauty, just being me and embracing who that is.  It might have been for the first time, but please Jesus, not for the last.  Some reading this may say, "Those jeans must be amazing and looked really great on you, but I don't look good in any pair of jeans."
   Can I just tell you that those jeans are a size 24?  Those fabulous, awesome, man-I-love-these-pants are a size 24."

    This book is all about accepting your beauty , no matter your size, shape or social status.  She also addresses some of the really hard stuff, like soul ties, which she explains far better than I ever could, but it has freed me from so many bonds that needed to be broken.  I'm so greatful that I was led to this book, and I can't tell you how changed I am in hindsight just from reading it!  I will read it again on down the road, and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to embrace who they are, love themselves, and realize that God made them just the way that they are, and you are perfect in his eyes.

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