Katie M. Reid is a tightly wound woman who fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her husband, four children and their life in ministry. Through writing, singing, speaking and photography Katie encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life. She has an album, Echoes of My Heart, and is a writer for God-sized Dreams and Purposeful Faith. She blogs at katiemreid.com and can be found on Twitter @Katie_M_Reid
Dear Tightly Wound Woman:
You’ve been feeling kind of lousy. You’ve come face-to-face with your failures and you don’t like it one bit.
You’ve been trying to gain ground by doing and doing and you’ve marched past my glory on your quest for significance.
Remember Daughter, “I’m rich in love and slow to anger”. I am rooting for you and long to give you fresh revelation. I know it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that you can’t do this on your own.
You need Me.
And I’m here, willingly—readily available to help, as you stop and admit your need, your lack, your weaknesses.
"Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.” Matthew 5:3, (GOD’S WORD Translation)
I know you pride yourself on being capable and creative, but both of these characteristics originate with Me.
I know this truth is somewhat difficult for you to swallow, but:
"I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:2, (ESV)
You keep trying to muster up change and command better resolve, but Daughter, you can cease striving. You can sit down, for I am enough for You.
You are not an orphan. I am the Shepherd of your soul, the Overseer of your life, the Guardian of your days, the Keeper of your heart.
And, oh how I love you.
I think you need to hear that again…
I love you—just as you are.
I came for you while you were still a sinner. And my love doesn’t stop, quit, walk out or get fed up with you.
Oh, yes, I long to see you free and whole. But I am Patient as well as Powerful, I am Kind as well as King, I am Healer as well as Holy. And you belong to me.
I am interceding for you and praying that this truth will move from your head to your heart. At times it feels like a long journey, but you are taking ground as you follow my lead.
When you seek my glory over significance you find abundant life. You find this kind of life by bowing—not to a crowd as they applaud, but to my majesty as I reign over my kingdom.
I am the Good Shepherd.
I am the Just Ruler.
I am the God of the Universe and I hold you in the palm of my hand.
You can trust me. I’ve got you covered.
*This post was first published on katiemreid.com as part of the Letters to the Tightly Wound Woman series.