Oct. 12th, 2013

Note: This is my diary entry from yesterday when I started reading a book called “You’re Already Amazing” by Holley Gerth. A friend on facebook at recommended this book and I already had it! So I didn’t need to buy it. God KNEW I needed to read it!

 

Oct. 12th, 2013

 

Well, I’ve only gotten through the Intro “The Dare…” in “You’re Already Amazing” and I started crying! A little :) I didn’t even get through one page of the chapter without crying!

 

Chapter 1 answers to the “study” questions: (I’m sharing this so you can see how this book is affecting me. I’m not trying to do anything that is wrong or illegal! :S lol)

 

1. If you had coffee with a close friend today and she asked how we were really doing, what would you say?

Broken. Beat. Tired. I get exhausted hearing all the things that some women can do in one day. Like I’m in pieces…not whole. Hurt and pain-Physical pain and emotional pain run rampant. I can’t even say it all for fear of not being seen as my usual cheery self. I’m wearing a mask at times to cover my anguish.

 

2. Which story at the beginning of the chapter did you relate to the most?

The counseling client I think I relate to most. (She had the “voice” telling her she would never be enough!)

 

3. Do you ever feel pressure to be like women in the media? Share one example.

Yes. The ones that seem to have it all…husband, kids, career, etc…they seem to have it all together and are perfect. The ones I’m so far away from being like them. I could never measure up!

 

4. “She is______________.” Fill in the blank with a few words your heart most needs to hear today.

She is loved.

She is enough.

She is beautiful.

She is wanted.

She is chosen.

She is called.

 

 

5. “Most people don’t, but I….” Finish the sentence.

Most people don’t, but I find joy even in the little things of life, of creation.

Most people don’t, but I write most if not all my feelings down.

Most people don’t, but I try to encourage people even if they haven’t asked for it.

Most people don’t, but I try to be who God wants me to be even if I have to remove the mask daily, I will.

 

6. Write a prayer asking God to heal your heart and make something unexpectedly beautiful out of your hurts.

Father God, You know my hurts, my heart. You know how broken I can be. Please heal my heart. Make it whole even if the pieces are put back in such a way that people can see the “damage.” I ask that You bring something unexpectedly beautiful-beauty from ashes-from this broken heart of mine. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

7. Read Psalm 139 and write a prayer that includes phrases from it below.

Father God, You have searched me and know(n) me! Nothing is hidden from You. Yes, God, I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Help me to grasp what these words mean and to realize that I AM enough! I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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