Years ago, I was on a journey to discover true healing and forgiveness and learning to accept and embrace how much God loves me (despite me!). I felt stuck in a rut in my heart and my life, even though I knew God probably had plans for me based on what I’d read in His Word.
It was during that season of life where through a series of divinely designed occurrences, God led me to volunteer at the Charlotte NC Pregnancy Resource Center (I share more about this experience in my book Your Life Still Counts)
I had volunteered there for several months as a counselor before being asked by the PRC Director to consider becoming a bible study leader for a class they were going to begin offering, called Surrendering the Secret. My lips desperately wanted to say no, but something (or I should say, Someone) in my spirit made me say yes instead.
Little did I know that through reading that book and watching the accompanying DVD bible study series, God would mend the final healing stitches into my broken heart. I thought I was reading the book/study in order to prepare myself to help other hearts find mending, but God had plans for completely mending my heart instead.
The author of that book and study was Pat Layton, who at the time was a total stranger to me .. just another beautiful woman of God who wrote a great book and who I watched preach and teach on a DVD … but she became a woman who God used to help heal and transform my heart in ways I never thought could happen.
A couple years later, Pat and I crossed paths at a ministry conference, and have been friends and fellow ministry sisters ever since. She is a precious woman of God, just like the one I saw on the video all those years ago, but now I have the privilege of knowing her and her heart on a personal basis. I am so thankful that she followed God’s call on her life so that she could speak truth into mine, and now we can serve Him together.
Recently, Pat published a new book, titled Life Unstuck: Finding Peace with Your Past, Purpose in Your Present, Passion for Your Future, and I admit I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I pray her words will bring you hope and healing and excitement about who you are in Christ. Please take a moment to read a word from my friend Pat .
To enter to win a free copy of Life Unstuck, read Pat’s devotion below, and then leave a comment sharing what it means to you to know that God sees and knows everything about us, but relentlessly loves us still and doesn’t want us to stuck in the muck of life.
Oh Lord, you have searched me and you know me. Psalm 139:1
My slightly “unscientific” conclusion is that we are truly 3-D women.
My philosophy is that at any given moment we are either dizzy, desperate, or digging. Sometimes we accomplish all three in a day, sometimes all in the same minute, but I have decided that all women are 3-D. Don’t believe me? I bet you that one or more of these “Ds” describes your life right now.
Dizzy: Dizzy women live life in a perpetual spin cycle. Constantly juggling the unforgiving demands of life – children, jobs, husbands, responsibilities – the dizzy woman has no time to even ponder what God thinks of her. Dizzy women search for unstuck peace.
Desperate: Desperate women seek God with every fiber of their being. Such women are in a place so intense, so painful, so seemingly hopeless that only God can rescue them. Desperate women search for unstuck hope.
Digging: Digging women just want more. Digging women can be dizzy and they can even be desperate, but they are also daring to dream of their purpose. Digging women search for unstuck answers.
Was I right? Can you see yourself in at least one of those descriptions? Womanhood is not an easy journey. I don’t know about you but I often feel the opposite of “searched” and “seen,” but rather feel invisible, completely unnoticed, like my life is just a vapor moving from one person’s neediness to another. But the truth is God does search you and He does know you. He knows your secrets and He still loves you without exception. In fact, to God—it is all about you.
I can honestly say that I had never (until I dug deep into Scripture), ever uttered the words “It’s all about me,” unless it was a joke. I want you to just stop for a minute and say those words yourself, out loud.
Say it: “It’s all about me.”
Say it: “God is all about me!”
Still don’t believe it? I can prove it! Jesus said so! “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”. John 10:10 NKJV
Jesus is all about you. He left the holiness of heaven for you.
Want some good news? The reason we all live as 3-D women is that you and I were created by and serve a 3-D God. He is not dizzy or desperate, but He is digging . . . for you! God used a pattern of Himself to create each one of us and we were fashioned after a three-dimensional God. The Bible uses some big words to describe our big God.
He is omniscient (all-knowing). Psalm 139 reveals a God who knows everything, at all times, for all time
He is omnipresent (ever-present). He is a God who is anywhere and everywhere all the time.
He is omnipotent (all-powerful). God is limitless in His power and is in complete control of all circumstances.
As women, we should be comforted knowing God’s eyes are always upon us, but I know sometimes we are not so sure. There have been many times in my life when I was not so sure God could see me, and even times when I didn’t want Him to see me. Yet when we are able to fully grasp the truth that God knows all our past, is keenly aware of our needs, is with us in the present, and holds every moment of our future, it is then we experience true freedom.
The truth is: When we see ourselves as God sees us, we will believe about ourselves what God believes about us. The good news is that God sees our sin and our running. He also sees us as we are meant to be. He holds us right now! True freedom begins with a 3-D God searching and knowing us as the 3-D women we are. We begin to live the abundant and free life Jesus wants for us when and only when we see what God sees in us and embrace who we are to Him.
Let’s allow ourselves to be searched and known—past, present, and future—by the one who truly sees us. To God, you are not invisible. You are not too broken, alone, or damaged to be seen through His eyes. You have not messed up too badly and you are not too far from His grip to be wrapped up in His loving arms.
Author, Life Unstuck (Revell, 2015)
Enter to win a copy of Life Unstuck! Leave a comment sharing what it means to you to know that God sees and knows everything about us, but relentlessly loves us still and doesn’t want us to stay stuck in the muck of life.
*The winner of Stressed-Less Living from Tuesday’s blog giveaway was Kellie Metzker, notified via email.