I Am Enough

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I bought a necklace the other day.  I’d been looking at it for a while.  Did I need it?  No.  Did I want it?  Yes.  But I kept putting off the purchase for one reason or another.  I’m not really sure why.  Let me show you a picture of it and see if you can figure it out.  Also, go to the website to check out their other stuff.

What do you think?

Yeah.  I know I’m not really a pink girl, and I’m usually not a necklace girl, but those aren’t really the reasons.  My reason?

Do I believe it?

Do you?

We’re living in a society where we’re constantly told and showed that we’re not enough, that we’re not quite there, whether it be physically, emotionally or spiritually.

Yeah.  I’ve lost a few pounds, but I’m not a size 2 yet and I don’t look like the girls on the magazines.

Okay.  Yes.  I’m starting to get my head on straight for the first time in a long time, but look at her.  She’s on it.  She’s the one I want to be like.

You’re right.  That was a very touching prayer I just prayed, but did you hear what he said?  Man, I felt God move when he spoke.  That’s how I want to pray.

We’re constantly bombarded by the pictures of who we’re supposed to be that sometimes we forget that we were created for something special.  It’s special because it was created for us.  And only us.  God created you and me one at a time.  We’re not alike and the more we try to be, the more we lose who we were created to be.

Yes.  I would like to look like Julia Roberts.  I’d like to have it all together for once.  And I’d like to pray like Billy Graham.

But that’s not who I am.

I get caught up in trying to say the right things and to pray the right prayers that will change the lives of those around me that I forget that it’s not about me.  I need to step back and let God do His thing.  And by letting Him come in and take over I become more and more like the person He created me to be.

I become enough.

So here goes.  Hi.  My name is Julie.  I like basketball, strawberry-pretzel salad and a great new movie, usually of the romantic comedy genre.  I don’t like confrontation, too-cold temperatures or too-hot temperatures.  I eat too much most of the time.  I don’t exercise enough.  I’d play guitar better if I’d practice more, and my writing really suffers when I’m not in the Word.  My musical interests range from Hillsong to Heart, from Poison to Passion and from Janis Joplin to Jars of Clay.  If you would happen to stop by my house and I’m not expecting you, it will probably be messy, and I’ll probably be talking to myself trying to get motivated to clean or work out.  I’d like to write a book at some point in my life…hopefully soon.  I sometimes don’t like myself when I look in the mirror.  The longer I know Jesus, though, the more I like who He created.  The sins I struggle with, I’ve struggled with for years.  Sometimes I feel like I’m not worth putting effort into, but then I hear a little whisper that I am.  He created me.  And because He created me I know one thing for sure.

I Am Enough.

Because of who He is.

I. Am. Enough.

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  • Debbie

    SO true. Thanks Julie. I needed to hear that today.

  • GOOD word. Thank you so much for your writing.
    Preach!

    • Thank you for reading it! Went to your blog. How long have you been in South Korea?

      • My husband and I are almost through 3 years here in Korea, most likely going on a fourth year. Wow, it just struck me that we’ve been here that long! ^^

  • Andrea

    I haven’t thought about strawberry pretzel salad in forever! I might have to make that this weekend. Great idea!

    On a separate note the fact that you are pursuing a big project is really encouraging me right now. I think God gave me a glimpse of my future today and it is really overwhelming. But I think, you are doing it, so I can too. (Whenever God wants me to start with it.)

    • I ask for strawberry-pretzel salad for my birthday every year! Last night someone made it at Bible study, though, and since I gave up sugar for lent, I couldn’t eat it. Actually, I chose not to eat it. There we go.

      Glad I can be of some encouragement. It’s crazy and overwhelming and down right ridiculous, but we can do it, whatever it may be!! Praying for you, friend!

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  • Dena G

    Good stuff, J. I’m glad I waited, though, to read it until I plowed through my own little “am I REALLY enough?” junk that I was going through.

    Funny, isn’t it, how God brings you to a place where, as you’re being led along, you’re thinking “no one else in the WHOLE WORLD will understand this” and then you get there…and someone’s already standing there, holding a little pink necklace with the same words you’re fighting with…or am I the only person that happened to? 😉

    • Thanks, Dena. I know exactly what you’re talking about. That’s why we’re friends 😉

  • Love your blogpost. Very good!

    • esauproject

      Thank you so much, Linda! Thanks for stopping by!

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