Authentic

authentic

Authentic: genuine/real/true

What does it mean to be authentic? What does it mean to live as your genuine/real/true self? When I hear the word authentic I define it as being the same you regardless of who you are with or where you are. The same character, the same values, the same beliefs. The back and forth between put together self and ugly cry face self is exhausting. I’m not rock solid on this by any means but most of the time I don’t hide who I am. God made one me, one person who is  uniquely gifted to fulfill His plan for MY life. Along with being uniquely gifted i’m also humanly flawed and that is the piece that is often the cause of me not being my authentic self. I’m learning that being authentic means that you trust that God made me intentionally and on purpose. You were not a mistake, I was not a mistake. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it” Psalm 139:13-14

I believe the number one thing that holds people back from being authentic is the fear of what others will say. The fear of being gossiped about or ostracized from the “popular” moms or the “in crowd” at church. We think if we can act the proper way, say the right things, and dress nicely we can fool everyone even ourselves into thinking this is who I really am. Luke 8:17 says, “There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light” God already knows what you are hiding. What freedom we could all have to live in God’s grace and be our true selves. I am giving myself grace in my journey to be authentic in my relationships, it’s not always easy to show someone your true self and I am constantly telling myself that. Be who God created you to be: your personality, spiritual gifts, character, and everything in between are such a individualize blend He just made one of you.

 

in grace and love,

amber

 

 

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The Beauty in Trying

doitafraidI’ve been thinking a ton about failure lately and what that looks like and means. What I’ve come to realize is that the problem with failure is that we miss the beauty in trying. We often criticize ourselves for failing but we should be praising our ability to be brave enough to try. As a parent I am always telling my children just to “Try your best” because that’s all we can ask for, but as an adult I tell myself trying isn’t enough. There’s a huge disconnect from what we teach our kids versus what we say to ourselves. I am 110% guilty of this. When it comes to failure I need to practice what I preach.  Failure comes in all shapes and sizes. From not being able to get that Pinterest craft to turn out just right to not being able to conquer that self doubt. I’m starting to learn that failure is one of the ways the Lord refines my spirit. The Lord shows me his grace when he’s picking me back up. I got some advice a few weeks ago, “Do it afraid”.  Whatever the Lord may be calling you to do or say may be scary but DO IT AFRAID.  Trying requires boldness and a sense of fearlessness. Trying my best means giving it my all regardless of what the outcome will be. I need to become comfortable with the effort despite the ending. God tells us in Isaiah 41: 10, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” While God tells us not to be afraid he also tells us he is with is. For me I understand I shouldn’t be afraid but I know that they are things in life that I will be afraid to do or say but God says, “I AM WITH YOU”. The next time you are worried about failure, remember to be bold and beautiful in the trying and DO IT AFRAID because the Lord your God is right there along with you. 

in grace and love

amber

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