Dear Tightly Wound Woman:
You do so much. You run and you serve and you try hard to please. You aim to exceed expectations. You long for those pats on the back, the gold stars, and the compliments that stamp “approval” upon your soul. The message that you hunger to receive is, “You are enough.”
I understand your striving and driving. I know you’re secret…that you are afraid. You fear the bad news, the surprising news, and the this-is-not-what-I-was-expecting news. You control so you can feel safe, but you know deep down that you aren’t really the One in control nor have much ability to keep you or your loved ones safe…and that makes you mad and scared.
You are hard on yourself. You give hard punches to the gut and accuse that woman in the mirror of all sorts of awful. You bounce back and forth between superiority and inferiority and rarely land in the middle. You size yourself up to see where you are lacking and struggle to celebrate the grace-filled everyday moments. Be patient with yourself and be kind. Watch me unravel grace before you as you encounter the unexpected.
I know how hard it is. I know the inner workings of your mind. I know what makes you tick. I know what triggers your pain. I see the loneliness and how others misunderstand your confidence. I catch the tears that fall as others wait for you to initiate friendship and communication. I see how you just wish you could be heard without feeling like it’ll be “too much” for someone else to handle.
You have many strengths that this world needs. You are woven together tightly so that you are fit for the tasks ahead. Your intensity is present for good reason. But, it also can leave you lacking laughter and can easily cause a fret fest.
Let Me take care of the details. You don’t have to shoulder all this. I didn’t make you to do this alone. Let me carry this and carry you as we move forward.
I am capable of holding it and you together as we go forth.
I enjoy you.
I like you.
I love you.
Spending time with you is a delight. Relax the tension and lean into My ability. Oh, how I care for you.
Let Me be enough for you.
Remain tightly wound to My side; it’s a good place to be.
Linking-up with Testimony Tuesday and the #RaRaLinkup on Tuesday and then Woman 2 Woman, Coffee For Your Heart, Three Word Wednesday and Tell His Story on Wednesday. Come on over, link-up, read, encourage and join the fun.:)
P.S. Come on back this Thursday (January 15th) as we talk about being put on hold. I am delighted to be guest posting at (in)courage that day. Would love to see you here and over there.:)