Tuesday, January 24, 2012

You Are Enough

2 Corinthians 12:9But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

Something, thee thing, I hear most often from fellow{and myself} woman/mothers/wives/friends is this: 

"I don't feel like enough." "I don't do enough." "I haven't done enough."

{those are lies}
I think the most important thing to remember is that this sentence does not translate into:
"I am not enough." 

I am filled with compassion toward others when I hear of this so often.
  I need to have more compassion for myself I think, and love myself better in this area.

For me I struggle because I can't physically do all that I want to do; even just around the house {making my bed can be tough on me}, so it can be maddening mentally if I think of all that needs to be done that I am unable to do. I've so grown and been refined in this department, {cough cough}, learning to let go of a lot. Sometimes, that's the only way to survive. Letting go, that is.

I think of this so often, about how as women we are so hard on ourselves, and think:
 We are either not good enough or not enough. Or that we don't do enough.
 Whether we are comparing ourselves to other women, or feeling inferior about our talents, or we can't keep up around the house, it's often a feeling that leaves us hollow and wishing we were more.

I like this little quote I posted because, honestly how true is that? {awake. alive. blessed}
If I keep gently tugging at my skirt everyday to tell myself this, and drink some coffee, call a friend, watch for birds, love God, hug my daughter, encourage my husband, call my parents, pet my dog,
 and pray for the homeless, I know I'm OK. awake. alive. blessed. awake. alive. blessed.

Well, here's the deal{the real truth}:
You are enough.
You cook enough.
You work enough.
You clean enough.
You play with your kids enough.
You smile enough.
You bake enough.
You craft enough.
You exercise enough. You exercise enough. Again---You exercise enough.
You are creative enough.
You care enough.
You car pool enough.
You attend children activities enough.
You walk the dog enough.
You eat healthy enough.
You drink water enough.
You organize enough.
You do laundry enough.
You are think enough.
You read to your kids enough.
You weed enough.
Your car is clean enough.
You read enough.
You write enough.
You paint enough.
You listen enough.
You are attractive enough.
You share enough.
You discipline enough.
You care enough.

You  are  beautiful.



Erin said...

What a wonderful and motivating post! I often never feel like I am quite doing enough...but I need to remember all that I DO do! :)

melissa said...

this is great. we should chant this list daily until it is embedded in our hearts.
we are enough...yes we are!

Lydia Criss Mays said...

This just made my day. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I'm enough.

Have you visited Just.Be.Enough on the web? They're a pretty great group!

Happy seeing beautiful!

Cherry said...

Hey Gina, I just drop by to say I have added your blog to my "blogs I love" [see tab]. It's time for you to know that I've been a frequent visitor of your blog. It's full of nice stuff and inspiring words like this post. :) keep writing!

I've just wrote on my journal these words... I AM ENOUGH. :) Thanks!

SymbioticLife said...

I really quite honestly can't tell you how true I find this post to be. I battle with accepting my own limitations. I've gotten better with it over time but it does seem like that list of stuff we feel we should be doing grows but never shrinks. Why is that? I think "awake. alive. blessed." is a fantastic thing to keep in mind.

Mr. Taylor and his Lady said...

i feel like this is a mantra that women should tell themselves every morning. love this!
xo TJ

stephanie said...

i needed to hear this today friend! so so good. thank you!

Autumn said...

Enough is an important message :)

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theolivetree said...

love this! I struggled with this for a little bit b/c I spend most my days with a 2 people under the age of 5. However any little thing done for God is always good :)

Janis said...

I couldn't agree more!!! "The King is enthralled by your beauty..." Ps. 45:11 is a favorite of mine. And the great thing is, I don't have to DO anything to be beautiful!

jennifer blair said...

Man, I have really struggled with this on and off. This is a beautiful reminder!

Sydney said...

AWESOME!! A very lovely blog you have :)

and in response to your pancake comment, mine were very nice! Not mushy at all. If you'd like a recipe, just holler :)

Nicole said...

Awesome post. You conquer enough? Well go through troubles in our lives that we overcome (:

Ivy said...

I LOVE this blog! it is seriously so adorable! This post is beautifully written and so true.


Emily Rose said...
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Emily Rose said...

So empowering and beautiful:)

Marci said...

I really needed this today. Thank you for these words. They are empowering.

Deirdre said...

I have to tell myself this all the time -- I am enough.

I would like to add: "You give enough."