Monday, July 28, 2008

Wow! I have had the most amazing week due to all of your responses to the Faith Zone Challenge, and my own attempts to take the challenge! If there is one thing that has been made crystal clear through this challenge, it is that we are all in the same boat.

As women, most of us tend to think everyone else has it all together, while we have to put on a mask every morning to hide all of our problems.

We tend to think that nobody else struggles with insecurities, unforgiveness, lack of quiet time, impatience, being a loving mom or wife, dealing with in-laws or other family members, forgiving ourselves for past mistakes, or taking a chance to do something new.

When we feel alone in our struggles, and feel forced to cover them up and keep up the "I-got-it-all-together" persona, the enemy will latch onto those feelings, and build on those fears. So take heart friends! We are all in this thing called life together!

As Christians, we are called to a life of transparency. When we are willing to be transparent for the sake of a higher calling, God will use us in amazing ways, and we can minister to those around us without having to keep putting on that uncomfortable mask every day!

Tip of the day: The only person that can make you feel inferior - is yourself! So fill your thoughts with positive feelings about who you are and remember that you are Gods pride and joy. If God carried a wallet, your picture would be in it! He would be bragging about all you have accomplished, and all the things He knows you will do in the future. He has faith in you too!

Your last challenge? Start the challenge again!

No matter how much we progress in our faith and our quest to live a Christ like life, the battle rages on! The enemy is always at work, in our hearts and in our lives, and oh how he would love for us to slip back into our old habits.
Are we not are so blessed to have a God who walks beside us each day, forgiving our transgressions, granting His mercies, and blessing our socks off.

The winner of the $15 Starbucks card is Mari, from Mari's Morning Room. If you get a chance, visit her blog! Thanks for participating in the blog and for letting me know how God worked in your life this past week! I am so happy for you!

Mari, please email me your mailing address, and you can be sipping your cold frappacino in no time!

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Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Ahh...a transparent woman living life fully for the cause of Christ. There's nothing that draws me more than those characteristics. Thanks for the challenges. As a newbie to your blog (and blogging in general), I have enjoyed seeing your precious heart through your posts.
blessing on the journey,

Mari said...

Thanks Tracie! The challenges really did make me dig deep. I felt so privileged to be able to participate.

I'm excited about the Starbucks card. Thank you again for providing such a life transforming experience. You are much appreciated!

Joyful said...

I didn't want to see this come to an end...and it doesn't...the challenge continues - love that!

Hopefully more women will find this series and take up the challenge (I gave a link to your blog yesterday in the post I wrote entitled, "Hugging the Curb").

Living like this can become a lifestyle if we continue pursuing Him. Thanks for calling me to draw closer to Him and follow wherever He leads.

Blessings to you,