I’m sorry I forgot to announce the winner of the Origami Owl charm yesterday on Periscope (can I blame it on pregnancy brain? Or just ask for grace please!) Join me today on Periscope (@Katie_M_Reid) at 1:30 EST and I will let you know who the winner is then.
It’s time to read your monthly letter. Grab a warm beverage and a few quiet moments to savor these words written for you.
Dear Tightly Wound Woman:
Restoration can feel anything but restful, but it is necessary in order to find true rest—soul rest.
You cork your grief. You explain away your losses. You brush off your pain. And you keep going and going and going.
I invite you to yield.
I ask you to stop your frantic pace.
Take some time and pour out your heart, your hurts and your hangups to Me.
Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” -Psalm 62:8, NIV
Shame is not my name. Nor do I bestow that title upon you.
I listen—fully attentive, not in a rush.
You hurry because you fear facing the pain within and behind you. But Child, I am a Perfect Father and I am not going anywhere.
I am of sound mind and I am here to help you navigate this restoration project. I invented redemption. I am able to restore all things. I renew your life from the inside out.
I came to save you. I was resurrected to free you from the power of sin. I intercede for you.
…He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” -Hebrews 7:25, NLT
I am for you. I am with you.
I take your deficit and cover it with My Sufficiency. I ransom you with My blood spilled for you. I delight in you Daughter. I am pleased with you—My grace adorns you as a garland.
I have woven you together and I am more than able to heal the broken places that have come through trials, trip-ups and thorns.
He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'” -Revelations 21:5, NIV
You are loved.
At the moment of your salvation your restoration process began. As you spend time with Me and My Love Letter—My Word—you are being renewed.
Follow My lead as I ask you to face the issues that bind you. I will help you—no matter what you’ve been through.
Sometimes this restoration process hurts, but I promise that it is worth it and one day all will be well.
…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” -Matthew 28:20b
This process is necessary. Trust Me to complete it and to uphold you through it.
You can unwind in My Presence because I am good, sinless and perfect. I don’t make mistakes. Even when you don’t understand My ways, be assured that I am who I say I am.
Faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9
Holy. Isaiah 6:3
Slow to Anger. Exodus 34:6
Abounding in Steadfast Love. Psalm 145:8
Mighty in Power. Psalm 147:5
The same yesterday, today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Creator. Genesis 1:1, Nehemiah 9:6
Just. Isaiah 30:8
Sovereign. Psalm 103:19
Shield. Psalm 28:7
Protector. Psalm 91
P.S. Linking up with Kelly Balarie’s #RaRaLinkup on Purposeful Faith.
P.P.S. Catch up on the other #TightlyWoundWoman 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
July: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Sustaining Peace
August: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Known By Me
September: Dear Tightly Wound Woman: Pleasing Sacrifice