Archive for ‘Womanhood’

November 11, 2010

One half of a great pair of shoes…

by Veronika

Shoes just have to come as a pair!

You’re just a half. A missing chunk of something whole, or the second part of two. You know you have something great to give someone else, that you and he – together – are just going to be great.

Halves, after all, come in twos. That’s why they’re “halves.”

If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting for that second half to show up, that other shoe, that lead to your pencil, that ice cube to your tea, that root to your branches. You go together with something. You always have. And when they’re taking their time revealing themselves, you feel like you’re lost.

That other half, believe it or not, is not in the form of a physical person. You’re not just made up of the physical; you are also made up of the spiritual. And it’s the spiritual half that you’re lacking. Man and woman can bond physically; they can bond emotionally; and sometimes, when all’s right in the world and the sun is shining, they can bond intellectually.

(That’s a joke. Har, har.)

But man and woman cannot bond spiritually…at least at the outset. The spiritual understanding of a human only happens when they’ve bonded to something higher than themselves. When they’ve made contact with God.

That’s the other half of the really great pair of shoes you’re going to be a part of. When you’re connected to God with all your heart, with all of your being, you’re part of something spectacular. You’re part of something far greater – and far more eternal – than you can imagine.

The man that God might give you? He’s the added bonus. He’s the cute polka dots on the side, the silky scarf you found to match, the click-clacky sound that thrills you when you walk across the floor. He’s not what defines you. He’s what God decides to throw in when He’s ready. And he’ll match you perfectly. 

Until then, you’ve got a great pair of shoes to get you wherever God can take you – which is anywhere. With Him, you can encompass the world.

*Thanks to Leigh McLeroy for this awesome metaphor. I hope you don’t mind me taking that idea further, Leigh!

October 15, 2010

Beauty Talk

by Kelsey

“We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10

If you’re anything like me, you don’t think the best about yourself. You don’t think you’re anything special. And you limit your true potential because you have a negative view of yourself. Well, we all have days like that, but we can’t stay that way. There is a true beauty inside you that is meant to shine. But it has to start with you. God has already put this beauty in you, but you have to live it.

So what do you think about yourself? I hope you think that you are an amazing, wonderful, beautiful princess, full of gifts that only God has given you.  And why wouldn’t you think that? After all that is what Psalm 45:10-17 says: “For the King will greatly desire your beauty, He is your Lord, worship Him.”

It’s not wrong to think this way; our King and Father believes this way, and wants us to use our beauty and gifts in a way that honors Him. When we have a negative view of ourselves, we are telling our King that He messed up when He created us, or that we’re not as special and wonderful as we should be. No matter what it is about yourself that you don’t like, God purposely made you that way (unless you’re talking about a specific sin, of course, that’s different). But if you’re feeling negative about your outward beauty, personality traits, or what have you do or do not have, remember this: God loves you for you. He doesn’t love the dressed-up version of you any more than the just-rolled-out-of-bed version. He doesn’t care about how good you do or do not look in that little black dress. He doesn’t care if you have short hair or long hair, whether you have freckles or clear skin. He loves you as you are.

God is a  perfect God. He is a perfect Father. He can do no wrong. So guess what? That means that, in Christ, you are perfect just the way you are! Yep, you, right now, are a perfect Creation of the Lord!

So what abilities has God given you? Whatever they are, you should use them for His glory. I hope that you will give everything you’ve got for Him. Because of Christ’s redeeming grace, we are His perfect Creations. Let’s live like it!