It is a beautiful thing to experience God’s love through his people. It’s life changing.
Not everyone can bear the weight of our stories, but there are those friends in our lives who allow us in and offer to come into the most sacred places with us.
They see the beauty of our brokenness…they remind us that God is able to bring beauty from the ashes.
When our eyes get fixed on our brokenness, they are the people who turn our eyes back to Jesus, our true help.
They allow us to expose ourselves, our hearts, our souls.
They appreciate the beauty of who God has made us to be.
They’re not threatened by or afraid of our weaknesses. They can handle our imperfections.
When we don’t feel “enough” in motherhood or marriage or in our careers, they remind us that we’re not enough. And, they carry us to the one who is more than enough.
When we forget how to dream for ourselves, they dream for us until the fire in us is ignited again.
They call out those things that God put in us that shine bright.
They aren’t threatened by our gifts..our gifts inspire them. They celebrate who he has made us to be.
These dear friends refuse to let us wear masks to protect ourselves.
They aren’t afraid to have scary conversations, and they’re willing to help us let down our guard.
They urge us to let ourselves be seen.
Brene Brown reminds us that the people who love us aren’t cheering for our freedom from the stands.
No. They’re inside the arena with us battling for our freedom. They won’t stop until Jesus has set us free.
In Luke 5, there was a man who was paralyzed, and he needed Jesus to touch and heal him. The crowds were surrounding Jesus, and the man’s friends couldn’t find a way to get the man in front of Jesus, so they carried him to the roof and dug their way through it until they could lower their friend down. They carried him to Jesus, and he was healed.
Do you have people that are in the arena battling beside you and with you for your freedom?
Are you doing that for someone in your life?
I’d love to hear your stories…
* The beautiful church painting was painted by my sweet & talented friend Jackie.
She is a friend who has stepped into the arena with me and has allowed me to step into the arena with her.