August 6, 2013

Fresh and New

God is always up to something fresh and new in my heart and journey... that I am fully confident of.

Without fail, whenever I think I've reached an impasse or a pause along the way, or whenever I'm beginning to grow comfortable and probably a bit complacent, God peels back another layer of my heart, breathes his beautiful life there, and reveals more of himself to me.  

And, in turn, I become more of myself.

As I continue to "be... and keep being," God continues to make me more and more of the woman he dreamed me to be.  Though I'm well into my forties now, I'm still discovering on a regular basis what it means and looks like to be me... to be "Jenny Barker"...and it feels really good and really right.

wildflowers I spotted while on an early morning run

Sometimes that looks like a new haircut and highlights (After a few years of being a blonde, I'm back to being a strong brunette) or a change in my clothing style (What I may have worn years ago just isn't me anymore, like that cute watermelon t-shirt I used to own), or how I furnish and decorate my home (Though they're lovely, I'm really not into teacups and doilies any longer. They're just not me.) 

And sometimes that looks like being quiet when before I would have spoken, or being strong where I would have been weak, or being naturally confident when in years past I would have falsely shrunk back.  

God continues to call me to be who I am, where I am, to be all there, and to be nothing else.  

It's really quite simple and how incredibly liberating it is to JUST BE.  

"Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks, not in what they say, just in what they are."
~Marcus Zusak

"Wherever you are, be all there."
~Jim Elliott

"Be you... bravely."
~Unknown

"Know who you are and know it's enough."
~Unknown

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."
~2 Corinthians 3:18


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