August 08, 2010

even me

You make a practice of judging yourself, based on how you look and behave. If you like what you see in the mirror, you feel a bit more worthy of My Love. When things are going smoothly and your performance seems adequate, you find it easier to believe you are My beloved child. When you feel discouraged, you tend to look inward so you can correct whatever is wrong.
Instead of trying to "fix" yourself, fix your gaze on Me, the Lover of your soul. Remember that I see you clothed in righteousness, radiant in My perfect Love.
-Jesus Calling, Sarah Young

I needed to hear that, needed to be reminded. How often do I gaze into that mirror and retreat with a heavy heart... feeling unworthy of goodness? Too often. And only when I know I have lost a pound or two do the feelings of beauty sneak in... slightly tugging at the mask of ugly. The mask I choose to see myself through, never thinking that it might block my line of sight to Jesus... Lover of my soul. Who am I to cover His radiance with my own feelings of inadequacy? I am nothing... not without Him. And still, He loves me. Perfectly.   I guess I see the world through rose-colored glasses... perhaps all the world but me.  But Jesus... He sees us all through grace-colored glasses... even me. 

edit:: almost a year later and this still speaks to my heart.  honestly, i still need to hear it.  so today i am linking up with richella for her new series grace imparted.  oh my, don't we all need a bit of grace?  okay.  i need a boatload. 

Imparting Grace

7 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

Perfectly beautiful.

Kelli said...

Just the encouragement I needed today! THANK YOU!! Anxious to hear about your trip!

Kay said...

Absolutely lovely! Thank you! : )

imoomie said...

Balm to the soul...thanks!

Richella said...

I need a boatload, too! Oh, I love this post, Dawn. I like the way you speak of "grace-colored glasses." Would that we all could see the way God sees. Especially if we could see ourselves the way God sees!

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Hi, I'm visiting from Richella's party. We so often don't realize how we inhibit the Lord being able to bless us when we choose to believe the lies of inadequacy. Beautiful post, thanks for sharing your heart. :-)

Maya at Ms Buddha said...

I think of it as seeing myself through the eyes of God or Love. I can not hear this enough!! It takes practice.