This is my favorite post to share each month—a letter written for you, with love. May God use it to help you unwind in His Presence.
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Dear Tightly Wound Woman:
I see how you try to balance it all. You juggle your responsibilities, ambitions and schedule with acrobatic maneuvers.
You often spread yourself too thin and sometimes injure yourself, and those around you, in the process.
I know why you do this—you think you need to and feel like you have to—you want to be enough, accomplish enough and keep things moving forward.
You’re combating hurtful jabs from the past.
You think you have to earn My love or repay Me somehow for your sin-debt.
You’re scared of what you may have to face if you slow down.
Daughter, you’re trying to sustain peace by attempting to control your environment, relationships and calendar. But, dear one, I am the One who provides sustaining peace—no matter what is going on.
I made a way for you to get back to an unbroken relationship with Me. I delight in walking with and talking with you. I care about what you are feeling, what you have to say and the things that keep you up at night.
The problems pile up, the pressure mounts high and peace feels lost in a sea of stress.
But, I bring peace to chaos.
I bring order to confusion.
I set boundaries for the waters.
I am capable of steadying you when your circumstances are spinning out your control. Because of My compassion for you, I am moved to help you and unwavering in My commitment to see you through.
Let me overcome the battle that rages in your mind. I spoke to those turbulent waves millenniums ago and now I speak to the torrent swirling within, “Peace, be still.”
Be still soul, I AM on your side. The waves and winds still know My voice, who ruled them while I dwelt below.*
Stop. Loosen your grip that grasps to fix things.
As you return to Me, the waves of doubt and anxiety are calmed. They may swell from time to time, but remember that I have given you authority over them—through the resurrection power of My Son and His Name, Jesus.
As a toddler steps, wobbly, one step at a time toward her attentive parent, she demonstrates trust in his ability to catch her.
You long to run gracefully but, for now, we go back to go forward. Like Peter you want to plunge ahead, walking on waves, but for now let’s sit and talk—let Me teach you something tried and tender.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” –Philippians 4:7
It’s time to relearn trust at the basic level so that you are better equipped for what’s to come.
Like a proud parent I wait for you. Trust Me to sustain and fill you with a peace that passes all understanding. You will stumble at times but I am here to catch you before you fall.
Stopping to rest is not foolish, it’s wise.
Laying down your load is not weak, it’s strong.
Yielding is not counter-productive, it’s crucial.
This stopping, laying down and yielding demonstrates your in-dependence on me—the One able to bring peace in the midst of storms, hope in the present of heartache and joy in the face of the unknown.
*lyrics adapted from the hymn, “Be Still My Soul” by Catharina von Schlegel.
Make sure you don’t have any unopened mail. Read past letters here:
January: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Facing Fears
February: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Unrealistic Expectations
March: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Deferred Hopes
April: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Waltzing with Wisdom
May: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: RESToration
June: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Hope Still
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