Cease Striving & Rest in Grace

JOY

These are the words on my heart tonight, the words I feel I need to write and share. Because there might be other women out there who need to hear these words, too. There might be other women who need the same reminder to cease striving, stop stressing, and know that He is God.

Tonight, I’m wondering this: why, as women, do we so often feel like we don’t measure up? Why do we so often feel like we’re falling short? And why do we so often compare what we can do against what another can? I think we know that comparison breeds insecurity and feelings of inadequacy, and yet, it’s so easy for our hearts and our minds to settle in that space…

I’ve also realized recently how detrimental it can be to our hearts and our spirits when we’re constantly focusing on what we could have/should have/didn’t do, instead of what we accomplished or did well.

For example, over the weekend, I may have written hundreds of words toward my eBook, taken a much-needed walk, invested in friendships and community, grocery shopped, cleaned out my fridge, did laundry, etc. etc., but rather than appreciating that list and thanking the Lord for my productivity, I started ticking off the list of what I never got around to doing.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live that way.

I want to embrace joy and contentment and appreciation for who I am and what my life looks like — imperfections and all. I want to continue to learn and grow and become even more of the woman God created me to be — BUT I also want to rest in His grace — even in the smallest of things.

I want to give myself permission to not always have the dusting and the sweeping done. And I don’t want to view life as a list that constantly needs checked off. I don’t want to feel guilty because I purchased non-organic strawberries and a container of soy ice cream this week, instead of healthier options that just weren’t available. And I want to appreciate how the Lord made me and rejoice in where He has me and what He’s teaching me.

I want to cease striving.

And I want to rest in grace.

And I want you to know that you can, too.

I want you to know that your quirks are beautiful, you’re beautiful, and you’re living out a story that’s beautiful, too — with the most faithful of Guides leading you each step of the way.

{Photo by Cariese on Flickr}

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5 thoughts on “Cease Striving & Rest in Grace

  1. Natalie Schlabach says:

    I think comparison is a stronghold in many women’s lives, especially in the age of social media. I know I have to guard myself against it constantly. It’s so easy to look at what we’re lacking rather than all that we have, and I don’t want to live like that. I have been blessed so abundantly. Great post!

  2. toliveinspired says:

    Great post! It’s so true, all to easy to see whats undone or still not done then to give ourselves credit for what is. I am undoing the thoughts of being “productive” =being worthy.

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