In a discussion based on her book, For the Love, Jen Hatmaker describes how women can find freedom from unrealistic standards of perfection and embrace God's grace in their lives, marriages, parenting and communities.
Mrs. Jen Hatmaker: Pretty much every day I wake up and I think, "I'm gonna make a short list of who I am prepared to disappoint today. Someone's gonna be on it." And so, I have made my peace with never, on (any) given day (be) able to meet every demand in front of me or please everybody that wants something from me...so, in some regards it's a pressure I took off of myself.
Listen now to the broadcast: "Letting Go of Perfection and Accepting God's Grace".
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
As I read Isaiah 40, I’m preparing to finish one of the biggest projects of my life. This season has been hard, and the work has come about with great sacrifice, determination, and if I’m honest . . . assistance from others.
I’m not sure why, but the older I get, the harder it is to ask for help.
Why is that?
As women we need help, but often fail to reach out and get the support we need. When times get tough, our instinct is to hunker down and weather the storm, rather than making ourselves vulnerable by asking for help. As I reflect upon my journey, here are a few common themes I’ve noticed...read more
I never thought I had an issue with forgiveness. I mean, in my sheltered life, I've never been abused or victimized. My husband has always been faithful to me. In general, I hadn't suffered grave offenses warranting major forgiveness.
However, the small things have tripped me up the most. A harsh tone. An unkind word. An unappreciative action. I've realized I can easily be hurt by those closest to me. And when left unchecked, this hurt can lead to bitterness and anger and a downward spiral and...well...I think you get the picture.
So, apparently, I DO have a forgiveness issue. I really thought I...(continue)