CHRONICLES FROM THE PORCH!
Treasured by God!
Got to ask why we keep honoring STRONG women? Yes, it sounds good but there is a serious cost in choosing strength over acknowledging the cost and the pain. That means we mask it, don't deal with it, and carry it when we need healing and a break from whatever we'rebeing strong about! We continue on at the expense of our health - mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Oh, and the opposite of strong is not weak! It's surrendered to God so He can carry what I can't and shouldn't. It's a realization that I don't have to try to reach an unrealistic and unsustainable standard set by man, not God. I don't have to take on what I truly can't and shouldn't carry, what beats me down and tires me out.
Ultimately, it's embracing who I am in Christ and focusing on pleasing an audience of One, my Abba Father. Being strong in the world's eyes is not a goal for me. Being strong and empowered by Jesus is all I need.
Being identified as a strong woman is a title I've laid down and don't want or aspire to. Instead, this is where I'm parked:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
(Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)
Be Encouraged! ❤