Hey friend! I am excited to have an awesome woman of God share her inspiring writings here on the blog. I have the honor of introducing you all to my dearest friend across the pond Dawn Boyer from Journeys in Grace
There is a message that needs to be played out loud in the noisy crowd and in the
wooden pews, in the busy cars and in the bustling marketplace, in the littered kitchen and in the meticulous board room.
It is a heavenly reckoning, a calling out of sorts that has been blaring strong since the Word was inscribed upon our hearts and on pages of vellum thin but strong.
We miss it because we are caught unguarded by its simplicity, or rather the daring
way it pushes us to fly. It is an invitation that we easily miss because our ears have become dulled by the white noise that keeps the whisper from reaching deep.
The universal has been delivered through the ages, sisters, and unfortunately we haven’t listened to it close enough.
Daughter of Eve, the shame that we
willingly wear is not the garment we are called to put on, no matter where we
are or what we have done.
He weaves a tapestry of grace and mercy to cover us, and adorns our ears with the
gentle whisper of hope as a reminder of who He is.
Because, the real truth is that
YOU have loveliness inside when you choose to abide in Him.
YOU exist ….in the space of the One who binds up
brokenness and comes near to the shattered heart.
He lifts up the pieces that
are you and puts them in place and fills in every crack.
Beautiful one… yes,..YOU
unable to spread wide and feel the current of wind blowing for her launch,
…the one who lowers her eyes and her voice unable to ask to be included,
…the one who walks away believing that there is nothing she can give,
…the one who withdraws when the light touches skin because it is easier to hide,
…the one who questions her worth far too much.
Lift up your eyes and look at the
one who calls you. You have not escaped the notice of the One who sees into
your soul, who sees the real you and smiles, who waits for you to rise up and
Don’t you know that
you’re name is written upon His hands?
Behold, I have indelibly imprinted you on the palm of each of My hands: your walls are continually before Me. (Is 49:16)
Haven’t you heard that you occupy His thoughts?
How precious and weighty also are Your thoughts to me O God! How vast is the sum of them!(Psalm 139:17 )
Would you believe today that he calls you His beloved?
Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, yes delightful! (Song of Solomon 1:15)
The radiance of His love makes your beauty shine, it is the glow inside of you that draws hearts to look to the Father.
Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these? He Who brings out their
host by number and calls them all by name: through the greatness of His might
and because He is strong in power, not one is missing or lacks anything. (Isaiah 40:26)
When the true beauty inside of you is
dimmed, you tend to retreat.
Yet those whose heart radiates glory, not the temporary vessel that carries their soul, don’t have to shy away from transparency because there is knowing that outshines the fear of comparison.
Why do we play the part of the game that compares unique and set apart?
When our days are filled with unfair realities that stare at us from broken screens of untrue we are setting ourselves up to feel less than and friends that is NOT what He sees.
I want to reach out and pull them in, to invite them to exist in the midst of the same air we are called to share… I long to see them bloom in His light.
To know they are beloved and they belong, and to remember they are royalty.
To remember they were given wings to soar above the mess that life seems to make of our blessing and our burden together.
To know that strength comes because of the imperfections that we have allowed Christ to manifest His strength into.
Rise up and walk tall, Be Strong, be filled with a holy knowing that the headdress you wear is a royal crown placed by a heavenly hand which has also held tightly to your own every step of your journey.
Isaiah told us about the weak and the strong ones; the weary walking and the fainting runners. He reminded us WHO calls us out, above the storms.
Beckoning our eyes to adjust to His light show of acceptance. And while the storms may be unavoidable, remember there is one who calms our hearts in the midst, who teaches us the most important lessons right in the middle of the mess.
When we learn life truths in the hard wind battered days, it means so
much more, because we bear the marks it makes.
It is when we bleed our stories in a way that the stains resemble His presence, we are able to rise above the hard and difficult.
Think about the strong of faith, they were the ones who lost much, loved deep and were forgiven greatly. They bled their faith and it was accepted by the Father as righteousness.
Have you not known? have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator
of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching
of His understanding. Is. 40:28
Woman of God, you are not misunderstood, but rather you are fully seen and known by the One who made every fiber of you, woven intricately and delicately in the womb.
He has been a witness to the fullness of your days and has made a way for you to find Him in the midst of them.
He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases
strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even the youths
shall faint and be weary, and young men shall feebly stumble and fall
exhausted. Isaiah 40:29-30
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Look close at where you are and trust that He will provide for you.
He sees what you do, what you give, what you sacrifice.
He will not leave you discarded in the place of distress, but will send in His Spirit, like a tidal wave of grace, and fill you with a peace that passes all understanding.
But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall
change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and
mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not
be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Isaiah 40:31
If you are waiting in the hidden places, friend, He promises to renew us in the process.
If you are expecting, looking for, and hoping in the promises He has given, but are still in the manifesting stage of your real, He promises strength to endure and power to overcome every wicked dart of the enemy that comes you way by your shield of faith.
If you feel weary and faint and need permission to rest, remember that In Him we live and move and have our entire being.
We need to require Him like we require the next breath. When we make that our
focus every breath will be refreshed and bring life with it.
Look closely as you prepare to dress with the armor that you have been equipped to
carry. Most importantly,
look lovely at the wings which
the trials of your life have formed.
You can do more than walk and run with God, friend… you have the ability to soar.
Soar, Let all those who trust in the
Lord Find new strength and be strong.
Like an eagle, you are called to
soar upward on wings so that when you walk or run weariness slides off and
keeps from weighing you down.
As you soar on the
beautiful wings that were forged by the trial and struggle, you will find you
are equipped to be a liberator to others who are walking the road you were on
before He pulled you up and wiped the dirt away.
Praying today the you will soar above every storm in faith, friend. Know that your beauty is equal to your calling, you shine when you do what He has called you
to do. There is nothing more beautiful than the beloved of the LORD who shines
in His adoration and spills that grace into all who surround.
in His beauty over you!
About the Author
Author and Speaker, Dawn Boyer, is passionate about many things God, family, Prayer, food, and the Word. You can find her asking those hard questions, reasoning and rejoicing in God’s grace and mercy for those who are walking this journey of Grace on her blog, Journeys in Grace. Connect on facebook, Pinterest, Google+