monday . needy

I woke up with a feeling of neediness that seemed strapped to my chest. As I unloaded my burden to the Lord, nervous and not sure, He answered me. 

Yep, girlfriend, you are needy. And yep, I’ve got you.

Isaiah 57:15 

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up,

who inhabits eternitywhose name is Holy:

I dwell in the high and holy place,

and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit,

to revive the spirit of the lowly,

and to revive the heart of the contrite.

— We don’t want to admit that we live lowly, but the High and Holy One says He lives with us… and don’t we want to live with Him?

Then I read this

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“God has given you so many limitations because he loves you. He wants you to experience as much of his love, in as many ways as possible. And for that to happen, he must provide you a never-ending river of reasons, and an enormous range of diverse ways, to receive and give love.⠀


And this is just what he’s done! He has made you a very limited part of his body, the church, and he places you with other parts that are also very limited in different ways (1 Corinthians 12:18, 27). As the interdependent parts work together, the whole body functions (Romans 12:4–5) and it displays the love of God (John 13:34–35). Your unique strengths and weaknesses are indispensable gifts to this body. Without them the whole body suffers because unique expressions of God’s gracious love will be missed.⠀

If you’re frequently discouraged over your limitations, it’s an indicator that you’re looking at yourself from the wrong perspective, and looking at yourself too much. You’re not seeing what God sees; you’re likely feeling discontent from comparing yourself to other people, other parts of the body.⠀

A wonderful treatment for such discouragement is prayerfully meditating on 1 Corinthians 12 and 13. And also it’s likely time to reframe the question from ‘Why can’t I be more like that?’ to ‘What opportunities is God giving me in my limitations to experience more of his gracious love?’⠀

Because the truth is, you are so limited because you are so loved.”⠀

— Jesus, thank you for loving me.

I heard Him singing this song to and over me… Lord, I need You by Matt Maher

 

The Lord spoke to me

 “‘My grace is sufficient for youfor my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknessesso that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of ChristthenI am content with weaknessesinsultshardshipspersecutionsand calamitiesFor when I am weakthen I am strong.'” – 2 Cor 12:9

Your greatest need, forgiveness + life, was met in the greatest act of history, the Cross, by the greatest person ever, Jesus Christ. I am your Need-Meet. 

 

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