We wrapped up football, soccer and guitar lessons this month! Wahoo! That being said, my kiddos start round 2 of guitar lessons this weekend. I’m so thankful for all the amazing opportunities they have to explore new activities.
Share Four Somethings – October 2018
Getting to learn from new authors at The Breathe Conference. My favorite session was about learning how to write an essay from Patrice Gopo. Any time you get the chance to learn from someone who is a passionate communicator I suggest you take the opportunity. Patrice is a professional essayist who loves her craft. Her clear and concise explanations made this skill something I’m intrigued to attempt.
Emily P. Freeman’s podcast The Next Right Thing is back for season 2. I’m so thankful for this weekly breath of fresh air. Episode 55 Learn to Walk in the Dark is worth 13 minutes of your time.
This month I learned that doing new things is doesn’t always have to be hard. I attended a local meeting of the women’s business council where I expected to be completely out of my element. Instead, I discovered a room full of women like me, with similar goals. Many are juggling the same life/work balance challenges while others have walked the path and had wonderful advice to offer. It was a great experience and I’m looking forward to more opportunites to engage with this great group of women.
A friend sent me the article Women, Trade Self-Worth for Awe and Wonder by Jen Wilkin this week.
Here’s a preview:
If you’ve spent much time in Christian women’s circles, you may have noticed that we have devoted many gatherings to exploring our identity.
Retreats, conferences, and topical Bible studies rush to assure us that we are redeemed and treasured, that our lives have purpose, that our actions carry eternal significance. If we just understood who we are — the message goes — we would turn from our sin patterns and our spiritual low self-esteem and experience the abundant life of which Jesus spoke.
Recently I attended a women’s conference at which this message predictably took center stage. One after another, all three keynote speakers took us to Psalm 139:14, urging us to see ourselves the way God sees us, as fearfully and wonderfully made. It could have been just about any women’s event, with just about any typical speaker. Christian women ask Psalm 139:14 to soothe us when our body image falters, or when we just don’t feel that smart, valuable, or capable. We ask it to bolster us when our limits weigh us down. But based on how frequently I hear it offered, I suspect the message may not be “sticking to our ribs” very well.
Why is that?
I believe it is because we have misdiagnosed our primary problem. As long as we keep the emphasis on us instead of on a higher vision, we will take small comfort from discussions of identity — and we will see little lasting change. Our primary problem as Christian women is not that we lack self-worth, not that we lack a sense of significance or purpose. It’s that we lack awe.
I’m linking up with Heather Gerwing for Share Four Somethings. Head to hear website to read what others are sharing!