I am honored to be a part of this project. I believe in it. I believe in the power of being real and meeting others where they are at all across the world... letting people know they are not alone. It wasn't so long ago that I found a blog for the first time and read this quote written by my sweet friend Leslie,
"If you haven't already gathered, or happen to be reading this blog for the first time in your life, I am a melancholy girl through and through. I find beauty in not only the beautiful things in life, but the bittersweet and sad as well. To me, there is something poignantly lovely about the human experience from its splendor to its grief. God created all our emotions, not just the happy ones, and for His good purposes. That's why a good cry can feel so good. And hitting our limits forces us to look outside ourselves for a Savior. It is in the plea, when we're at our end, that we can find that which is truly life-giving. Personally, my moments of deepest grief, deepest pain, have resulted in the most beautiful seasons in my heart. I've met God more intimately in those moments than in all the other pleasant ones combined. What isn't completely lovely about that?"
She met me where I was. I was hurting and I was in a desperate place of need and this quote did that. That is what this project is... opening our hearts and our raw most inward parts.
I am insecure.
I battle fear & anxiety.
I am sensitive & emotional.
I struggle with feeling like I am enough.
I wrestle with questions like, "God I know you can protect us and save us from pain, but will you?"
Nothing moves me quite like good music at sunset with my windows down. The Dallas city lights glow over the horizon. The smells of summer leaving and the fresh new smells of fall beginning to creep through the open windows as my hair blows in the wind.
I get through my struggle with fear and insecurity in constant prayer throughout everyday of my life. It keeps me relying on Him. It gives me hope. In the past fews weeks I have desperately cried out to Him for some answers. He created me, He knows me- He has the ability to reach me.... will He? Blogs and social media have such an amazing opportunity to do good. But they can also magnify our hurts, our struggles. Feeling left out, out of place, not enough... Today though, today we trust in the truths.
Today I pray for courage and to be brave.
Today I trust and rest in His plan, not mine.
We surrender. Don't Give up. He hears me and He hears you too.
Wherever you are today, let Him meet you there. You are absolutely not alone in your struggles.
He is enough.
"God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns."
If you are interested in joining this traveling shirt project to encourage each other through Christ, email firstname.lastname@example.org for detailed instructions & to sign up. Hashtag on instagram is #DGUshirt