Writing "Enough" On My Sleeve

December 31, 2016


I am enough.

That is my word for 2017, enough. 

I raise my hand when I say I have struggled this past year. I have been beaten and broken and crippled from fear, sorrow, anxiety. Whispers of defeat and worthlessness followed me around -- quiet screams of inadequacy. Worthiness is something I love reminding others of. I love reminding others of how beautiful and valuable they are. I love lifting others up. I forget to lift myself up. As I am lifting others up, I beat myself down. I write 'inadequate' on my sleeve and 'worthlessness' on my hands. I pull and tug at every inch of my body, because I am fed with the standards that the world sets on my plate. Meals have been skipped. Tears have been shed this year. Vulnerability has never failed to cripple me.

There has been goodness out of this year too -- friends who make my heart beat and jump just a little bit faster, random dance parties that feature my awkward skills, roars of laughter following snorts and wheezes, the doors opening for my Guatemala trip, a church that loves me unconditionally, a family that puts up with my very strong opinions, and a revelation of grace and abundance from a really good Father. 

My word for 2016 was 'beloved', and I have chosen "enough" for 2017. I am enough, because of His grace. I am worthy of joy, because of Him. He will sustain me through it all, because I am enough. 
I am enthralled with mercy on a daily, because I am enough. I am showered with grace, because I am enough. I am embraced with immeasurable love, because I am enough. I am enough, because of our good Father. I am enough, because of the cross that stood high on that hill. I am enough, because that is what my Father proclaims me to be. My identity is in the Lord and He alone. 

Colossians 2:10 // "I am complete in Him."

Lay your shame down and lift your brokenness up to our Mendor. 

We have a God who doesn't put broken things on the shelf and never uses them. He is a God who takes us out of our dark cupboard and mends us, so we can be used. 

Instead of filling yourself with the world, feed yourself with Truth and goodness. Our God is so so good, and in Him, we can find contentment in whatever season we are going through. 

Hey, don't feel ashamed of lifting up your hand up -- admitting you are messy and not as perfect as what your insta feed perceives you to be. You are worthy. You are a broken masterpiece -- susceptible to sin but grace abounds much more. 

Isaiah 43:2 // "When you go through deep waters, I will be with you."

2 Corinthians 12:9 // "My grace is sufficient for you. For my power is made perfect in weakness." 

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