My Hope for the Blog
My hope is that this blog directs girls to the only dependable Source of truth, fulfillment, and peace. Regardless of age or stage of life, we are constantly searching for satisfaction through means that inevitably do not deliver our desired fulfillment. Whether it’s through the latest beauty secret, a guy, wealth, a perfect figure, professional accolades, athletic ability, children, designer jeans, close friends, or a thriving ministry, our quest for fulfillment seemingly never ends. No matter how many items we obtain from our wish lists, the common denominator is that they inevitably leave us searching for more. My prayer is that this blog will be a catalyst for women to not settle for fleeting satisfaction apart from God, but learn to experience life as He intended through an intimate relationship with Him:
“[Jesus’] purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” John 10:10 (NLT).
Although I have experienced many wonderful blessings, “rich and satisfying” have not always been the words I have used to describe my life. Too often, I have robbed myself of joy by worrying too much about what others think of me. I have also consumed too much time caring about a perfectly decorated house or a fashionable wardrobe. Additionally, I have exhausted myself trying to portray that I have it all together to gain others’ acceptance. And finally, I have squandered my time by comparing myself to others’ standards to determine if I am pretty, talented, or godly enough. From my interactions with numerous women, I believe many of you can relate to feeling held captive by these misguided ambitions. I hope this blog will empower women to embrace God’s truths, break free from such bondage, and experience the freedom described in John 8:31-32:
“If you stick with living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you” (The Message).
As women, we can easily justify our unhealthy practices by telling ourselves that they are typical girl behaviors. However, as I spend time in God’s Word, I realize He did not intend for us to be consumed with measuring up to superficial standards, nor does He desire our past or present wounds to negatively affect us or our relationships. On the contrary, God yearns for us to see ourselves through His eyes, and to live freely and securely in that God-given worth.
I never want you to feel shamed or judged by reading this blog because I assure you I share many of the same struggles you do. My hope is that as I vulnerably admit my shortcomings, you will feel empowered to do the same. Together, as we process what hinders contentment in our lives and passionately pursue an intimate relationship with God, I am confident we will experience the healing and fulfillment for which we long.