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Dear Tightly Wound Woman:
I see you.
I am aware of how you aim to please. You go above and beyond to be “the best”. You cringe at criticism and work hard to avoid it. You run yourself ragged with all the doing and doing.
You were made for great things, but you also need rest. It is not a suggestion or an inconvenience. You need to rest. Take a break from the doing. Sit still and do nothing. Breathe in. Breathe out. Look around and see all that I am. Just enjoy me. Oh how I delight in you.
You place so many expectations on yourself and on others too. You become resentful when others don’t line up to your high standards. I know all about the frustrations, the hurts, and the heaviness. I am not making light of your struggles but I ask that you lay them down so I can lift you up (see 1 Peter 5:7).
May I lift the load for you? I was made to carry this and carry you.
Admitting you need help is a beautifully hard thing. May I help you? May I lead this waltz through the wild?
Do you give to others because you hope that they will fill your cup with affirmation and pats on the back? Do you give because you are afraid that you won’t be loved if you aren’t productive?
Dear one, stop running for a minute. Apply the break to your racing thoughts and worries.
I am here, right here.
I haven’t changed. I keep watch. And I won’t leave.
I spin you around and smile. I declare that what I have made is “very good”. I like what I see (see Genesis 1). I do.
Sometimes you have unrealistic expectations as to how life should be. When you come face-to-face with suffering you are shaken and scared. The questions surge and you are afraid to admit how you really feel about it.
I want to hear your questions. I love to listen to you pour out your heart.
Will you listen to Me too?
I have so much to share that will fill you, warm you, and provide what you need for this journey.
I ask you to trust Me.
I know it is hard but it is necessary for moving on in freedom. When circumstances fall apart I am here to help you find your way through.
Just take the next step.
Don’t get bogged down by all there is to be done. Just do the next thing.
Be realistic with your time and what you can offer.
Let the guilt go.
Embrace this amazing grace provided daily, strategically and loving placed before you, like breadcrumbs, leading you Home.
P.S. I am linking-up with Suzie for #livefreeThursday, Holly for Testimony Tuesday, Kelly for the #RaRaLinkup and then Meredith for Woman 2 Woman, Kristin for Three Word Wednesday, Jennifer for #TellHisStory, and Holley for Coffee for Your Heart.