Strength: The quality or state of being strong, the emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult.
Dignity: The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
Both are BIG character shoes to fill. How does one become strong, without first being weak? How does someone become dignified without first being UN-dignified?
JESUS. ACCOUNTABILITY. LOTS AND LOTS OF GRACE.
Strength comes from first being made weak. It comes from being broken. It comes from experience. "Sometimes you have to shatter, before you can heal." -Elenowen
There is such a difference in character, when you look at someone who has been broken,made weak, experienced life WITHOUT Jesus, than someone who has done all of those things WITH Jesus. A HUGE difference.
Dignity. To be worthy of honor & respect. Should we not be viewing ourselves ALREADY as dignified? Should we not view ourselves as Christ already views us? As noble and worth far above rubies? We are daughters of THE MOST HIGH KING. We MUST view ourselves as valuable and worth the best, if we expect others to do the same.
She laughs at the time to come/without fear of the future.
I rarely laugh without fear of the future, somewhere in the back of my mind.
Maybe not FEAR of the future, but I am definitely skeptical to put one foot in front of the other if I am unaware of where my steps will lead. We are called to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
(Proverbs 3:5-6)// I also read a quote that I can't find the original source of, but it said something along the lines of: "Faith is stretching out your hands, and being willing to be lead somewhere you'd rather not go." I probably butchered that, but the message is so crucial, and something that I am constantly sharing.
I don't have it all figured out, but God does.
Sometimes the idea of being made weak scares me, but I want to be strong.
I think of myself as if I am not enough, but Jesus meets me where I am, because I am enough.
You're going to fail. You're going to have insanely hard trials. You're going to have someone belittle you and treat you as if you're less than.
You're going to fail so that you can succeed, and God can use you to guide others away from the mistakes that you've made.
You're going to have trials, for the same reason.
You're going to have people treat you like you're not valuable, but they are LIARS.
God made you in HIS IMAGE, for HIS PURPOSES.
Don't be afraid to dream big, and takes steps that God is leading you to take.
He has gone before you. He knows.