Sisters, I want you to close your eyes and think back to your last meltdown?
Mine was last week and it was over something incredibly silly.
At that moment, I felt like the world stopped and the room was caving in. SO EMBARRASSING. Wanna know why? Because I was in a public place.. in a stairwell to be exact. Did that stop the tears? Nope. They just kept on coming. I was the girl UGLY crying on the stairs in front of so many people.
I have talked to many girls who often feel discouraged of who they are and where they are going. They are scared to step out and serve the Lord because this world that we live in is scary. People are so quick to screenshot and laugh or talk about you behind your back.
And as soon as you begin to change your life for the better, you friend circle gets smaller and you slowly feel like you are forgotten.
These events cause meltdowns. We begin to feel much less than amazing. But you are. You are so amazing. Just because you are YOU.
Or maybe you are the girl that feels like a mess and leaves a mess whenever she leaves.
I think at times we forget that we are human beings–very messy human beings. We make every wrong decision before we are left with the right one. We are often left with messes that we have no choice but to clean up by ourselves. We cry until there are no more tears to cry. Thank goodness that they run out after a while.
The good news is that it’s okay.
We often live through situations that leave us feeling discouraged. Like we can’t possibly continue on the path that we are on. We want to quit.
For example, for some time I have felt led to lead a Bible study for college and high school girls. I was scared to make it known because, what if no one responded on social media? Everyone would know that I failed.
Well, I wrote the post and I posted it on Instagram and Facebook. I want you to guess how many girls took the bait..
At that time, I wanted to delete the posts, delete my account and run into my closet and hide. That is pretty embarrassing, right?
Well, it’s a good thing I didn’t do those things BECAUSE…a few days later I took some time to pray about it. I was pretty angry and I questioned the Lord, because after all I was trying to be obedient here. In my conversation with God, I asked him to make it clear to me. I wasn’t sure if this was an actual calling or if maybe this was just something that I wanted to do and wanted it to be a calling. I asked him to slap me in the face with His answer.
That day, 15 girls signed up. FIFTEEN. Yep, he made it clear.
I now have 21 girls that have eagerly signed up to join the community. God is GOOD.
However, if I could go back in time–I would hit myself with some truth because the truth is that it’s not about the numbers. Why did I feel so discouraged when one girl signed up. That’s one girl in this town that I could help. That should be encouraging to keep on.
I would also pick that little mess of a girl up off of the stairs, hug her and tell she’s going to be okay. That girl has some pretty incredible friends that love her and a Lord that died on the cross so that she could be united in heaven with Him one day.
My point here is that we all face battles of different kinds. Instead of quitting or letting defeat knock you down, let’s scoot up closer to our Lord and let Him whisper to us that it’s going to be okay. You’re already amazing. Embrace that.
The Lord may end your subscription to old friend circles, you may cry some ugly tears, or maybe you’ll pitch a fit and ask God to slap you in the face–discouragement gets the best of us sometimes.
Discouragement can be ugly but leaning into God and obeying is beautiful.
This Sunday night I will be choosing one lucky girl to receive her own copy of You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth. This book is a must read for any girl of any age. Make sure you leave a comment below to enter this giveaway! Merry Christmas and remember that you are SO LOVED.