Yesterday was a big day. Building Circles of Grace, the second Bible study in the Girls of Grace Bible study series celebrated her book birthday, and it was wonderful! Better than wonderful actually.
Friends cheered and shared. New friends reached out and connected. God’s presence was felt. Yet, at the end of the day, I found myself wondering,
“LORD, DID I DO ENOUGH?”
It’s easy to get caught up in the number of likes, shares and total sales when your book baby finally has her birthday. Oh, my gosh, though. That’s not what it’s about, is it?
Yesterday, Prince Charming worked from home and played Mr. Mom as I engaged and chatted with friends in-person and online throughout the day. I was exhausted last night and still looking at my computer when I heard a little voice asking, “Mama, are you ready to snuggle and watch a movie?”
IT GAVE ME PAUSE.
My mind quickly raced through whether or not I could set aside my computer when I realized…YES. YES, I CAN. This sweet baby girl who patiently waited all day for a chance to snuggle with her mom.
WHAT AN AMAZING GIFT FROM GOD.
God placed a calling on my heart to write Bible studies for other mamas and their tween girls as a tool to help equip and encourage them in the Word. I write all the time about the importance of prioritizing time with your children in a world that encourages us to set our lives to the never ending rhythm of rush. What kind of example would I be setting if I didn’t do this for my own girls?
Even better. The WHOLE reason for yesterday began with a cry from my own heart to press pause, stare into my daughters’ eyes and spend time together discovering God’s Truth.
So yes. I set aside my computer and curled up with my baby girl to watch a movie and snuggle. It.Was.Blissful. The insecurities that I felt melted away. Those insecurities I was harboring inside my spirit were doubts the enemy cunningly placed there.
BECAUSE THE LIKES, SHARES AND TOTAL SALES DO NOT REFLECT MY IDENTITY IN CHRIST.
My identity rests in the girl of grace God designed me to be. I am a daughter of the King. A wife. A mama. A daughter. A sister. A friend. These are the attributes that God wove into my identity, and I am so very thankful He did.
I pray this new Bible study finds her way into the hands of moms and girls everywhere, but not for the sake of likes, shares and sales. I pray Building Circles helps answer the prayers of other mamas who so long for a tool like I did to help them prioritize time with their girls and spend time together in the Word of God.
This morning, as I reflect on yesterday, I am so at peace. My job was to write and help shepherd the message God placed on my heart. And now I trust in God to sow those seeds where they should be sowed.
Because at the end of the day, I am still a wife. A mama. A daughter. A sister. A friend. At the end of the day, I am still HIS.
I WANT TO REST IN THE TRUTH OF MY IDENTITY AS GOD AND GOD ALONE HAS DEFINED AND DESIGNED JUST FOR ME.
I pray each of you do the same. Press pause. Soak up those snuggles. Bask in the Truth that YOU are blessed. Just as you are. Just for being WHO you are. Because YOU are a girl of grace.