Thursday, January 29, 2009

You're Something Special

There are so many wonderful things about blogging.  But there are also some sides to it that are not so great, at least for me.  One of those is the way it brings out insecurity.  

You know what I mean...... when you read all the other blogs and start comparing yourself to the many wonderful writers out there.  Or when I receive all your wonderful comments and this little voice says "if any of those people really knew you and what you're like on the other side of this screen, would they still come back and read your blog?"  

For the most part, I think we all try to be real, but honestly, you don't see me when I'm being ugly.....that is usually reserved for my family...lucky them.  

 I'm not about to post a video on I See What You're Saying of me yelling at my kids. 

 But you know what?  The reality is that I have that side and I do those things.  How does God feel about me when I allow that side to rear its ugly head?  

My devotion today was directed right at these feelings and I want to share it with you:

Nothing....in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God.  Rom 8:39

We want to know how long God's love will endure...Not just on Easter Sunday when our shoes are shined and our hair is fixed...Not when I'm peppy and positive and ready to tackle world hunger.  Not then.  I know how he feels about me then.  Even I like me then.

I want to know how he feels about me when I snap at anything that moves, when my thoughts are gutter-level, when my tongue is sharp enough to slice a rock.  How does he feel about me then?...

Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us?

God answered our question before we asked it.  So we'd see his answer, he lit the sky with a star.  So we'd hear it, he filled the night with a choir; and so we'd believe it, he did what no man had ever dreamed.  He became flesh and dwelt among us.

He placed his hand on the shoulder of humanity and said, "You're something special."

.....................I loved that reminder today!

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18 comments:

darla said...

well said...it's nice to remind ourselves of that! I'm so glad that we have a Father who loves unconditionally. (or i'd be in trouble!)

Heather of the EO said...

So true, Sara! I think about this about blogging a lot. It does feed our natural tendency to compare and think another woman has it so much more together than we do. But the truth is that we're all the same. We have strengths and weaknesses and despite every fault and failure we are loved, loved, loved...wholly, fully, eternally. It's mind blowing. Thank YOU for your honesty and this beautiful reminder today.

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

Beautifully said. Thanks for sharing with us.

Sara@I.Sass said...

You are speaking my language today woman!
My wise friend.
I can be ugly too. It happens often. (We are still working on potty training arrgh.) That makes me the worst, I hate messes that I didn't make but have to clean up.
I never thought about THAT when I was dreaming to be a mama. ;)
What I love about this blogging thing is I can lay it out there, bare it and know that their are others in the exact place as me, only how they got their is different. I like knowing that I can support someone when they need it, I like hearing the wisdom from each person. I think it is pretty special how we have this blog circle...I have never met ANY of my pastor's wives and I know plenty and yet I have 4 friends online that are! (My friend Molly doesn't count cause I met HER first and her Hubby was never MY pastor, he was my drama coach.)

Sara@I.Sass said...

Oh, and you had asked me if I change my furniture around.
OH, YES I do! I can't stand it the same. I wish that I had more space so I had MORE options!
I can't find a blog design I LOVE so I keep changing it...I'm debating sending the $65 to get custom. But then that seems silly and wastful cause Chirstmas will come around and I'll want to change it for that!

countrygirl said...

I agree well said! I have those days too just like all of us do. No one is perfect but its what we learn from all of these things that matters. God love us unconditionally and I am so thankful for that!

Smilingsal said...

No one wants to display our UGLY side. God sees it and still loves us, but we hurt Him when we deviate from Christlike behavior. This is a good devotion, Sara. Thanks.

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

So, so true! I sometimes laugh when a blogger friend thinks that something "didn't sound like me" because really...it did :)

So thankful He loves me inspite of myself!

Great post, Sara...thanks for sharing :)

TCKK said...

Thanks Sara. That was so good and Thank you God, it's really true!!

I do the same thing always comparing myself to the other bloggers and be as good as them. But alas, I'm just me and yes I yell at my kids and I get grumpy and even nasty sometimes. But as your devotion said. He still loves us.

Thank you so much for the reminder

Mocha with Linda said...

So so good, Sara! I've been mulling over some similar thoughts as well!

Dena said...

Great reminder! I've been kind of a 'grumpy gus' all day, so it's good to know God isn't ready to kick me to the curb, even if my family might be. :)

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

I loved that reminder too...it was a much needed reminder for me. Great post!

Mom To Six said...

Sara,

I love this post! I walk around feeling like I disappoint Christ all the time, yet I know in my heart, as my father, he never stops loving me. Isn't that awesome?

And I totally agree, I often think how can people be so together when I'm often a mess.

I love your heart!

Ohilda

Rach@In His Hands said...

Thank you for this, friend.

Today I give thanks to the One who always sees me as special!

Esthermay said...

OUCH!
So true!
Especially in my pastor-wife-shoes, this stings.
My blog is very impersonal in this sense - I don't share much of ME - sometimes "ME" is not pretty.
:-(
You've given me much food for thought tonight.
~esthermay
:-)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

But how did you know I was planning an "I See What You're Yelling at Your Kids" vlog?? Ha. My insecurities were heightened when people who actually met me in person went to great lengths to tell me how different I come across than I do on the blog. Yikes. Oh well. Thanks for the honesty here and encouraging words.

Christine said...

I loved the reminder too. Thanks, Sara, for reminding me that God loves me - even in the middle of my messes. I could easily spend a whole week humiliating myself by taking pictures of the messy stuff in my life! Or just cropping less out of my photos! :)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Sara, so true...I struggle SO OFTEN with my identity, both bloggy and otherwise, and how I come across to everyone around me. And I know that I need to start viewing myself as He sees me, not how I see myself.