Unspoken words hung heavy in the noisy room. The ladies quickly connected as we women will do and laughter-peppered banter became music to the lonely soul. But the unspoken could be seen in the dart of their eyes.
Will I find a friend?
Can I feel safe here?
Is anyone else hurting like I am?
Do I dare open up?
Will they understand?
Will they accept me?
Can my life really be different?
I’m awed at their bravery. It takes courage to show up in brokenness. I know. We gather, because we are tired of feeling alone. We are drawn together because deep inside we know there must be a way to be changed. There is.
God is waiting to answer the questions each as unique as the number of women, yet all stemming from one.
Am I loved?
My heart swells with hope for the hearts of these women hungry for change and I pray.
Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete.
Romans 12:2 The Voice
Today I was in a black mood even though I started the day with reading His word. I easily slip back into conforming with the world. I look over my shoulder and somehow am tricked into being the person I dislike so much. I become prideful, self-centered and insecurity all wrapped together. The world rubs off on me and I have to come to God again. Messy, ugly and ready to be transformed again. Transformed more.
We can’t change by our own powers. Ever. Romans says we can be changed from the inside out by renewing our mind and that renewal happens through the work of the Holy Spirit. Not me. Not you.
The only thing we can do is make ourselves willingly available to God and the Holy Spirit.
We enter into His holy place when we come to God. I hope you can hear God pleading with us to put our hurts, our joys, our hang-ups and brokenness in His hands. Bring it ALL. He can handle it. He doesn’t want you to keep living without everything He can give. That is how much He loves you.
Let’s admit we are powerless and simply pray.
Lord, here I am.
Make me new.
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