This month I’m highlighting some very wise nuggets from the book, Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. I am taken by this book. It’s ridiculously good for my impatient, tore up little heart some days.
If you are like me and are prone to make up stories in your mind about what you assume people think about you, you need this book.
You also may need this book if you have at anytime in your life been hurt or rejected by a family member or close friend. Lysa has revealed in this book ways we as women can overcome the crippling and stuck feeling of rejection.
I’m going to highlight two words in the first couple chapters that made me spit my coffee out of my mouth!
1) AIRBRUSHED LOVE
2) LIVE LOVED
Lysa, is talking about comparing our marriages with unrealistic expectations. The pictures on instagram that are perfect are not reality. We need to be careful summing up our behind the scenes to other peoples high-light reel moments on social media.
“I’d think, I am doing everything I can to protect my marriage, but then watch a movie with so much airbrushed love that I couldn’t help but be slightly disappointed with my reality.”
The real love we need and may already have, but fail to see is hard and requires blood, sweat and tears. Nobody wakes up perfect. We have to give ourselves GRACE in our marriage, raising our kids and in our relationships. We need to check our expectations at the door of our hearts. It’s only going to cause us to be discontent.
I’m struggling with my patience lately. It’s a funny thing… I don’t have anyyyy! I get super frustrated if the kids aren’t moving fast enough, things aren’t done in my timing and when I say. I need help in this area. I probably need to slow my roll down and remember what’s really important. I need to live in the LOVE OF MY HEAVENLY FATHER. I’m tore up about this! LOL!
We can’t give away something we do not really have. How do we have a genuine and authentic love for people?
We must first understand God’s love for us, Lysa says, we need to LIVE LOVED and then the overflow effects all those we come in contact with.
When I haven’t spent quality time with God, I’m lacking LOVING my self fully, therefore I most often have nothing to give others.
Lysa talks about the Fullness with God, in the context of spending time with him that fills us completely up, overflowing.
“Fullness comes to us when we remember to be with Him before going out to serve Him.”-Uninvited
Let this statement rock your socks off. Let this sink into your GUT! God wants you to Thrive. He wants you to LIVE LOVED.
“God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live…LOVED.” -Uninvited
So our first way to UNCOVER our “WONDER WOMAN STRENGTH” is to trade our too HIGH EXPECTATIONAL EMOTIONS for realistic viewpoints and consideration and secondly, live from a FULL PLACE of LOVe from God. The more we get this, the more peace we have. I don’t know about you, but I need more peace.