Tuesday, February 12, 2008

God's Original Plan

IOW quote February 8, 2008

Why do our days seem so unimportant, filled not with romance and adventure but with duties and demands? We feel unseen, even by those who are closest to us. We feel unsought--that no one has the passion or the courage to pursue us, to get past our messiness to find the woman deep inside. And we feel uncertain--uncertain what it even means to be a woman; uncertain what it truly means to be feminine; uncertain if we are or will ever be.......And in all the exhortations we have missed the most important thing of all. We have missed the heart of a woman." Quote taken from: "Captivating" by John and Stasi Eldredge

When I first read this quote boy it was, “Yes I can identify with that. Oh yeah why all the duties and demands, feeling unseen, unsought, uncertain. Yep that’s me. My husband never has gotten to know the woman I am inside.” Then I got to the last sentence where it talked about how in all those thoughts and feelings we have missed the most important thing and that is the heart of a woman.

We may be able to blame others but we are guilty of it ourselves missing this important piece in the midst of everything else happening in our lives. We’ve somewhat intermixed the roles of men and women and have gone away from God’s original plan and buried it in the center of busyness and rush hour living.

As the old saying going we need to get back to the heart of the matter. When I had epilepsy in order to solve my problem with stress seizures I needed to get to the heart of the problem. The same in school issues, church politics, and so much more the solution always seems to be the same and that is getting back to the basics, going for the heart of the matter.

We don’t need to go seeking for who we are, trying to get in touch with ourselves we just need to allow God’s original plan to come out in us. Oh how beautiful of a plan it is as we look at a woman’s heart at work. My mom was always a good example of what a woman was made of but it showed up even more in her, I think, after her major stroke. Or maybe it was because it caught my attention more to see her at work in her now handicapped body. Unable to talk but only a word or two, her right arm no longer operational and her right leg doing its best to get her around, the heart of a woman in her never skipped a beat. She came out fighting, still a mom, still a grandma, still a wife, still a woman doing her duties the best she possibly can.

We don’t have to be some kind of a super woman that can do all things at all times. Capable of multi-tasking with the greatest of ease and never miss a thing. Our husbands, friends, or relatives may never see the woman we are inside of us but that needs to be their loss not ours. In all reality they probably have seen the woman we are inside because it shows. They just never take the time to appreciate it or acknowledge the fact, almost like I had been with my own mother.

The appreciation of what God designed us to be needs to start within our own selves. Don’t let the world hand you the floor plan of what the heart of a woman should be. Get your floor plan from the one who designed us, God himself.

CLOSING THOUGHT: Everything God has designed hasn’t failed yet and never will. The sun, the earth, the seasons are all still going on as premeditated and so will the heart of a woman. We may think it has failed when we look at the things we’ve messed up or haven’t done as other women would have done. But we haven’t failed yet and never will as long as we stick with the designer himself, Jesus Christ. We can’t be guilty of burying what God intended to shine just because we’re afraid we may not do it right.

Our days are important to God. The duties and demands He gives us are there to develop our heart via our soul. In His eyes we are never unseen as we are being sought by Him diligently to join His team. There’s no greater passion or courage seen as He goes from orphanage-to-orphanage, house-to-house, city-to-city, church-to-church in pursuit of children to adopt. He sees past our messiness as He stops to help us clean up what has become a clutter. Uncertain? No way when we have Christ in our lives we can be certain we will turn out just as He planned if we stick with His floor plan, His design, His original copy. Indeed the heart of a woman comes from the heart of God.

Our host this week is Christin over at As Gold Refined. Why not pop over there and see what others have to say about today’s quote.


Amy B said...

"The appreciation of what God designed us to be needs to start within our own selves. Don’t let the world hand you the floor plan of what the heart of a woman should be. Get your floor plan from the one who designed us, God himself."

Well said, my friend. Well said!! Beautiful!

Christin said...

Thank you for your beautiful thoughts. They are right on!

Anonymous said...

Great post!

Thank you!
Terri Sue

Bonnie W said...

I count it a priviledge to be your friend and writing buddy. God is doing so many wonderful things in your heart that it makes my heart rejoice!

Bless you and thanks for your wonderful post.

LisaWA said...

"Indeed the heart of a woman comes from the heart of God."

I love this. I appreciate your post very much and think you were able to say what I was thinking better than I! lol. You wrote beautifully!


I really want to read this book now. Thank you for your thoughts.