A few years ago, Brene Brown, author and researcher, partnered with Oprah and taught an online class from her book, The Gifts of Imperfection. One assignment from the class was to write the words I’m imperfect & I’m enough on our hands and take a selfie.
The point of the book and the class was to squash the lies of the enemy that I would be enough if I was more Godly or more beautiful or thinner or lighter skinned or less loud or had more money or drove a better car or lived in a nicer home or, Or, OR…
A few months ago, author and speaker Jennie Allen wrote a blog post that said we’d gotten it all wrong. She says, we are not enough. In her book, Nothing to Prove, she says we are right, we aren’t enough – but Jesus is. And we can rest in freedom from our self-induced pressure to measure up.
Well, wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute. Two of my favorite authors saying the exact opposite thing. Say it ain’t so! Who and what are we to believe?
Then, the realization struck me that they are both correct. I am enough, but only because of Jesus. Yes, I am enough (with Jesus) AND I am not enough (without Jesus.)
Recently, this message was reinforced for me. I lead “Sanctuary,” retreats for women who are seeking to spend time with God and in the company of other like-minded women. We have completed our seventh retreat in six years, and it finally struck me what my role was to be.
God inspired the theme of our retreat: BreakThrough. After sending out emails and Facebook posts and having 13 women join me from around the country, panic set in. “God, I promised these women a breakthrough. How am I going to do that?”
His response? “Bless your heart. Beloved daughter, you can’t. But I can – if they, and you, will allow me.” Let me tell you what a relief it was! My role was to be a vessel! Sanctuary retreats provide the place and space for women to gather so God can perform a mighty work in them.
We got out the way and gave God the opportunity to do what only He can. Breakthroughs were bursting out all over the place! The experience taught me that I can do all things, but only through Christ who strengthens me.
God calls us to accomplish more than we dream imaginable. And none of it would be possible without His strength and power.
The very next time the enemy whispers lies in your head or sends doubters to litter your path, speak God’s promise out loud. I AM MORE THAN A CONQUERER .
It does not matter what we look like or how well we speak or how educated we are. God does not care what we drive or even if we can drive. If God is for us, and He is; that wayward child you’ve been praying for? Keep praying. God has a plan for their life. If we can do all things through him, and we can; that ministry you thought was just a pipe dream? Go for it. You and God can handle it!
In our own strength we are limited, but with God, we are limitless!
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.
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