Within us all there is a deep and driving desire to be known.
At the same time, counteracting this desire is the fear that if we are truly known, we will not then be loved. I want you to know that this fear is real and nothing to be ashamed about. Despite the polished life you may see on peoples social media, or even the way they portray themselves in real life, everyone is imperfect and messy and makes mistakes.
In order to be known we have to be vulnerable and when we are vulnerable, we run the risk of people turning their backs on us when it gets hard and messy.
FREED Magazine’s Spring Issue has come out and is packed full of real and vulnerable stories of people encountering the grace of God, thriving in difficult circumstances and expressing their amazing creative abilities.
My article, Plant Language, focuses on learning to be content and thrive in low seasons, as well as high seasons.
A few nights ago I had one of those weird in-between-sleep-and-waking dreams.
It hit my soul hard, so hard in fact that I woke up and got out of bed to write it out. At 12:30. (for those of you who are not aware, my bedtime is usually a solid 8)
It’s okay to fear.
Just like the word squash refers to a yummy veggie as well as a strange indoor sport, (sorry it was the first example I could think of) the word fear for Christians can mean two totally different things.
We have a mission to speak the truth.
More than tough love, more than an excuse to use ungracious words; our calling is to walk in the Spirit speaking what he desires us to speak, encouraging others into a life of fullness and freedom in Christ.