Updated: Oct 5, 2020
Vulnerability breeds growth! No one is perfect. Even those who sit on their "thrones" have flaws. With all this isolation, we have more time to think about ourselves. As we take this time, we begin to recognize our weaknesses, but we can work on them to correct our course and grow.
Grace in Vulnerability
I choose to give myself grace! Why? Because none of us are perfect, and recognizing my flaws helps me to grow! To encourage you to give yourself grace, I'm going to share some of my flaws. Then, I'd like you to take a minute to appreciate yourself for your strengths and give yourself grace where it's needed!
1️. I have cottage cheese legs & flabby arms! (I'm working on it though)
2️. I have a major sweet tooth & much of my frivolous spending goes towards it!
3️. I have "moments" when frustration overtakes love & comes out of my mouth!
4️. I often mix up letters & numbers and don't always see the error when I double & triple check!
It took me years to accept my flaws for what they are and, to be honest, sometimes I still struggle. Though I've come a long way, I know I still have growing to do. I will NOT forget that I am made perfect in God's image, and HE is NOT done with me yet!
Take Time for Withdrawing
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." Luke 5:16. If even Jesus took time for Himself, how important is it for us? How often do you withdraw? How often do you allow yourself rest? Do you regularly allow yourself time to unwind and be refreshed? I don't do it enough, at least not in the manner that I should. Sure, I sit down daily and watch TV or something of that nature. However, I have to confess that I have not been great at truly resting.
In Luke 5, Jesus gives us an example of rest. Not only did he pray often, but he withdrew to a "lonely "place. He needed time ALONE. No one was there to bug Him, call or text Him, He wasn't able to check Facebook or Instagram, He didn't have the kids banging down his door, and people were not trying to ask him a bunch of questions. Why? Because he found a place where He could be all alone with his Father. This may be hard in a busy home/life, but it's still possible to "withdraw" – at least mentally.
- Take a minute right now and close your eyes and take a deep breath.
- Hold for 5 seconds & exhale slowly.
- Repeat for 5 minutes while in prayer for whatever is on your heart. You may not be able to leave physically, but you can withdraw to be alone with the Father.
Friend, if you want to grow, you have to be vulnerable. You have to be in an attitude of prayer. You have to be in a state of worship. Being vulnerable with others and with God about who you are and what you feel is essential to moving to a new level in your relationship with Him. Are you ready?
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