“She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs with no fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.”
Proverbs 31:25-26 (NLT)
Today’s post is from an amazing young mom and wonderful writer, Amy Agimudie. I have known Amy since high school, where we were only acquaintances, having many overlapping friends in various circles. This was inevitable in a school our size (over 2000.) While I did not know her well, I always thought she was a friendly, caring, and genuine person. Through the “miracle” of Facebook, I can say that she still possesses those qualities, and many other admirable traits. She actually married a guy we also went to school with, Nick, of whom I was better friends with, and they just celebrated 11 happy years together, along with two gorgeous children. A special Happy Birthday to her little man, Reuben, who turns 3 today!
I have been in awe of Amy’s gift of writing and I look forward to receiving her posts via email. Her posts cover everything from DIY projects to words of inspiration that lift the soul, such as will be shared today. You can read more Amy HERE, and follow her blog, Life Through My Eyes.
Amy shared this wonderful post last week, and it ministered greatly to my soul; I knew I wanted to share it. I knew today’s Scripture verse was the perfect introduction and Amy’s words the perfect illustration. I hope her words speak to your heart! Now on with the show….To see the original post, You Are Enough, click HERE….
Here is Amy….
To the stay-at-home-mom who feels insignificant because her days are a monotonous repetition of preparing meals, washing dishes, doing laundry, wiping runny noses, reading stories, putting together puzzles, and preventing meltdowns all on significantly limited amounts of sleep. Who feels she might be forgotten by or unknown to anyone besides the cashier at the grocery store or the woman working the front desk at the doctor’s office. Who wonders if her college degrees hanging on the wall will ever be used for anything again. Who is riddled with guilt for having a short temper and patience that is worn thin. Who is beginning to believe a to-do list is just a waste of paper because anytime she starts a task, she is interrupted by a little person who needs something…right that moment. Who is desperate for connection with people outside the four walls of her home.
You are enough.
To the working mom who can barely keep her head above water while she spends all day keeping her plates spinning hoping they don’t crash, or if they do, it won’t be too noticeable or create too much of a mess. Who carries a burden of guilt for leaving her children under someone else’s care even though she knows she’s doing what she needs to do for this season of her life. Who wonders if she’ll ever get any time for herself in between the endless hours of caring not only for her family’s needs, but also those of her clients/patients/customers. Who dreams of taking a week of vacation to run away and take care of no one but herself, and not feel bad about it.
You are enough.
To the woman who so desperately wants a child, but for some reason is having difficulty conceiving. Who feels insignificant or isolated because everyone around her seems to be getting pregnant with no difficulty and, therefore, gaining the attention and celebration of others. Who feels like she will scream if she hears one more pregnancy announcement or receives one more invitation to a baby shower in the mail. Who would give anything to see a positive sign on a pregnancy test and relish in the attention focused on her for once. Who has the courage to muster a smile in circumstances in which she only wants to run away and cry.
You are enough.
To the girl who has struggled with weight her whole life. Who feels she’s been consistently looked over for opportunities, friendships, and experiences just because of the way she looks. Who has been told time and time again by an appearance obsessed society that she is not good enough because she doesn’t fit into a certain size jeans or can’t shop at a certain store. Who hesitates to begin a journey of weight loss because she fears she is setting herself up for failure. Who believes that her identity is and will always be “the fat girl.”
You are enough.
To the woman who reads blogs and scrolls through endless pins on Pinterest feeling insecure because there isn’t a creative bone in her body nor will there ever be one no matter how hard she tries. Who may feel embarrassed to let people in her home because it doesn’t look like the front page of the latest Martha Stewart magazine. Who never has and never will sew any stitch of clothing for her children or herself. Who would rather drive on by Hobby Lobby than peruse aisles of supplies that are worthless to her.
You are enough.
To the daughter/sister/friend who worries if she is caring enough, attentive enough, loving enough, available enough for her family and friends. Who won’t let herself live down the time she forgot the birthday, neglected to send a note of encouragement even though she’d been thinking of the person for days, didn’t sign up to help host the shower, hasn’t picked up the phone to call because life has been crazy. Who wonders if she’ll ever be able to live up to the standards she has set for herself.
You are enough.
YOU are enough because HE is enough.
I’ve been on a journey. A search for my significance, if you will. As I go further down my path of discovering the truth of who He has created me to be and who He sees me as, I’m becoming more aware of the LIES I’ve been believing for so long. The lies that are often very much a part of what society feeds us as truth. Along this journey, I’ve been talking with those close to me and learning that the lies are everywhere, taking every shape and form, and they’re nasty. The predominant lie is that you aren’t enough. You aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, efficient enough, early enough, productive enough, etc, etc, etc. You can’t compare. You don’t measure up. You might as well stop trying.
It’s a lie. It’s absolutely NOT true.
YOU. ARE. ENOUGH.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Psalm 139: 13-18
Psalm 139 is such a beautiful description of the way God saw us, planned for us, and developed us EXACTLY how He wanted in order to fit perfectly into His plan for our lives. He has created you in His image, according to His plan, and you are enough. You are worthy of His blessings, deserving of His love, and created to live a life full of joy and purpose.
Yes, we want to strive to be more like Him. We want to know Him more so that we can better understand how He sees us and what He has purposed us to do. But in order to know Him more and serve Him more fully, we don’t have to have a journal full of confessions, to-do lists, accomplishments, or failures. We come to Him as we are because He sees us as complete, perfect, beautiful, acceptable
and He sees us as ENOUGH.
Thanks to Amy for sharing God’s message.
Daily Step for Day 18 is to read Proverbs 31, and remind yourself, You Are Enough!
I hope to see you for Day 19!