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:
Good Morning dear one.
There is something you should know.
When Jesus died on the cross He offered an acceptable sacrifice—for every sin that has, is and will be committed. Like Abel, His sacrifice was pleasing to Me.
Offered in faith, without spot or wrinkle, My Son willingly placed Himself upon the altar of wood.
You work so hard to please…others, yourself and Me.
But here’s the thing you need to understand…I am already pleased with you because I was pleased with the sacrifice of Jesus.
It’s done. Complete. It is finished.
So you can rest.
You don’t have to work yourself into a frenzy to please Me, like the idol worshipers, in Elijah’s day, who called upon Baal to come and accept their offering, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made” (1 Kings 18:26, ESV).
You limp around the altar you have made. But this altar is misplaced.
Leave that way of thinking. And come to me, and rest.
Cease striving and be made well.
You are loved beyond what you can imagine, but you are sick. You need My remedy.
Do you want to be made well?
Let My love bandage you and cover you with healing.
Let My Truth wash over you like a cleansing rain.
Let My Spirit minister to your broken places as you dare to come closer to the One who knows your heart.
For You, I fight. I bathe darkness in light. I’ll bind your sores, and I will win the war. Be free, in Me.
The pleasing sacrifice has been found—once and for all—in My Son.
Rest at His feet and lay aside your feeble attempts to save yourself.
I love you—whether or not you have a quiet time.
I accept you—whether or not you have a good day.
I enjoy you—whether or not you believe that I do.
May you take your tightly-woundness and wrap it ’round the foot of the cross. Let me lead you with both cords of love and chords of love. Unwind in My Presence and let me wrap my arms around you—all of you.
You’re mine and I am Yours, for all time—I will hold you. You’re mine and You belong, completely to Me.
May your sacrifices of praise not be an attempt to gain approval but an extension of your devotion to Me.
You don’t have to earn My love. I have already given it—and Me to you—as gift.
The choice is yours.
You can unwrap My love or discard it.
You can receive it or reject it.
You can let it change you or be chained by disbelief.
You are enough Daughter because I am enough for you.
I am pleased with you because I was pleased with the pure sacrifice of the Messiah.
You are complete, accepted, whole, and cherished by Me.
Today is the day to stop living with an orphaned outlook and start operating with a redeemed mind.
Hosea 11:4 (NIV) “I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.”