A couple months ago, I sent copies of “You’re Already Amazing LifeGrowth Guide” to our community of truly phenomenal women. It might seem like a strange pick (these women already have it all together, right?) but it doesn’t matter how long I’ve been in ministry or leadership or life, for that matter, but I still sometimes wonder if my gifts, talents, and offerings are enough. I also wonder if my personality and the way I’m wired is just too much. It’s hard to see how amazing we are when we’re surrounded by people who seem just a bit more thin/smart/talented/beautiful/capable/insert-other-amazing-quality-here.
Honestly, though, when I look at my friends, I see how amazing they are, and have a hard time understanding why they’d ever think they’re not.
I stand in awe of these women around me who juggle so many things, who make courageous choices, who face fears, who take risks, who sometimes just put one foot in front of the other in faith that everything will work out. I see that they’re incredible, but if you asked any one of them, they’d all likely say that they’re lucky to have slid in under the bar of critical self-measurement. They often say they’re not pretty or smart enough, that their families aren’t perfect enough, their houses aren’t clean enough, that they don’t have much to offer, that answers are just too far out of reach and that others have got it far more together than they do. I don’t think one of them would self-identify as amazing. (Putting on the mantle of Amazing feels a bit strange, doesn’t it?)
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The end of spring break, along with the return of kids to school, could rightfully be called “Mom’s Break.” Somehow, coffee tastes better when there are no interruptions. #readytolearn –
So excited to have the opportunity for the moms of WINGS to start this new book/study in April. You’re Already Amazing – Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be. By Holley Gerth. Thank you to Ellen Graf-Martin and Ellen’s Picks for sending this out this month. I love this and 5 young women at WINGS Maternity Home plus our leaders will benefit greatly from this. What a blessing this will be… Thank you Ellen for your generosity… – Marion Cozens
This book is a beautiful, fun journey that you’ll love to travel with Holley. If you take the time to use the book, watch her videos and implement what you learn, you’ll Become All God Created You to Be when you understand that You’re Already Amazing! – Sherry Stahl
Too often as women we neglect to pause and reflect, through scripture, on how big God is–what he has done, what he is doing and what he will do in and through us–and in light of that, recognize our need for Him to work in us so that He can reflect His ‘amazingness’ through our lives! We are amazing, in Christ–only because of Christ! Hoping to never loose sight of that truth! – Jenn Martin
After a couple of super intense weeks, the thought of going to church & seeing people was too much. But this? This is perfect! – Holly Baxter DeGraaf
I think we have an enemy of our souls, who studies us and is super deceptive and crafty…and his lies are often far easier to believe about ourselves. I remember reading a quote by Priscilla Shrirer that says something like “the enemy knows if he can get us focused enough on our weaknesses, we will never get around to using our strengths for the kingdom of God”. As Jenn so eloquently said above, if our focus is Jesus, not ourselves, our entire perspective shifts and then we can begin embracing how He made us, because we are looking through the right lens. – Elizabeth Forde Pierce
I am in a season of self examination. Although, if I am honest, it feels like I almost always am. For better or worse I am constantly asking myself if I am truly listening and being faithful in what I am called to be and do; or making it up as I go along, justifying choices and tolerating complacency when I shouldn’t be or driving myself and others in some misguided attempt to “make a difference.” Have you ever felt that way? – Ellen Duffield