may 6 2018
as i sat with an aching heart, filled with self condemning thoughts and for a lack of a better word… insecure, i wrote down these words.
“i want to live with a soft heart and open hands”
to me this looks like two things. first: being at a place of constantly allowing Him to renew and soften my heart of anything that is not of Him. second: in this stripping away process, i see hands fully open to receive all He has.
i forgot about this image until I was reminded of it this week, only this time in meant something more.
i want to live by this.
the beauty of living with of a soft heart and open hands means also having this posture toward yourself and others.
to love others, you must love yourself first. the only way to truly love yourself is by replacing every lie with His truth.
this goes with being content in who and where you are.
“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
here is where my contentment comes in:
I am not yet who I want to be…
I haven’t seen all I am believing for come to pass yet…
I don’t know yet where I will be in a year from now…
I don’t even know if or where I will go to college…
I don’t feel like I always hear His voice like I want to…
but what I do know is that it is okay to not know, because through His strength I can be content no matter the circumstance.
i want to encourage you today to live with soft heart and open hands. in each step you take, you will become stronger and confidently His. it is only the beginning of your story !!
xoxo, alivia leigh