You Are Enough



That's me, amongst the Redwoods just a couple of weeks ago. Such a freeing feeling and exhilarating, but far more often than not, we don't feel this or experience this as women, do we? The going gets tough, the tough get going, whatever that means. But seriously, life is hard. We are all bearing our own and others burdens. We all have our own Cross to carry. Each one of us women struggle in a unique and different way. And such a wide range of suffering I have noticed. Some happen to suffer and struggle quite a bit more than others, and we'll never know the ins and outs of exactly why until we meet with our heavenly Father. But one common denominator that we all have, I think is, is that we all struggle with feeling like we are not enough.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9


Something, thee thing, I hear most often from fellow {and myself} woman/mothers/wives/friends is this:
"I don't feel like enough." "I don't do enough." "I don't have enough."

{those are lies}
I think the most important thing to remember is that this sentence does not translate into:
"I am not enough."

I am filled with compassion toward others when I hear of this so often.
{I need to have more compassion for myself I think, and love myself better in this area.}

For me I struggle because I can't physically do all that I want to do; even just around the house {making my bed can be tough on me}, so it can be maddening mentally if I think of all that needs to be done that I am unable to do. I've so grown and been refined in this department, {cough cough}, learning to let go of a lot. I have no choice but to let go of a lot. Sometimes, that's the only way to survive. Letting go, that is.

We are so hard on ourselves, often comparing ourselves to other women and mothers; whether we are feeling inferior about our talents or creative endeavors, or we can't keep up around the house, or feeling like failures as parents, it's often a feeling that leaves us hollow and wishing we were more. These are the kinds of things the deceiver and accuser would have us believe. He comes for 3 things, and 3 things only: to kill, steal and destroy {John 10:10}
That is all he is after all, an accuser, accusing us of stuff that isn't true.

I like this little quote I posted above with my photo because, honestly how true is that?
{awake. alive. blessed}

If I keep gently tugging at my skirt everyday to tell myself this quote, drink some coffee, worship God, call a friend, watch for birds, love God, hug my daughter, encourage my husband, call my parents, pet my dog, bake for my neighbor, and pray for the homeless, I know I'm OK. awake. alive. blessed. awake. alive. blessed. awake. alive. blessed.

Well, here's the deal{the real truth}:
You are enough.
You cook enough.
You work enough.
You clean enough.
You play with your kids enough.
You smile enough.
You bake enough.
You craft enough.
You volunteer enough.
Your car is enough.
You exercise enough. You exercise enough. Again---You exercise enough.
You are creative enough.
You care enough.
You car pool enough.
Your house is enough.
Your apartment is enough.
You attend children activities enough.
You walk the dog enough.
You eat healthy enough.
You drink water enough.
You organize enough.
You do laundry enough.
You are think enough.
You read to your kids enough.
You weed enough.
Your car is clean enough.
You read enough.
You write enough.
You paint enough.
You listen enough.
You are attractive enough.
You share enough.
You discipline enough.
You care enough.

You are beautiful.


34 comments:

  1. It's very true that comparison robs our joy. Thanks for the reminder that I am enough.

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    1. Totally, doesn't it, robs our joy, well said. Thank you for reading and for your encouragement !

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  2. I saw this pop up on Facebook and I just had to come over to read. I am really feeling like a failure in so many areas today. I really needed this one. Thank you!

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    1. Oh good Barbie, nice to meet you--so so glad God's timing reigned today, as it usually does!

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  3. you are enough...you are enough. a new mantra!
    Thank you Gina for your wisdom, love and for this truth of this message.

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  4. Yes, hard to remember sometimes that we are truly doing all we can. Thanks gene!! great post.

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  5. Needed that Corinthians verse today, read it, prayed it through tear filled eyes...thank you for a beautiful post.

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  6. Oh Gina, this brought tears to my eyes! I often fall into believing Satan's whispers in my ear. Life just seems so overwhelming at times and it's those times that it's so easy to believe all the lies. I needed this today! Thank you for the encouragement friend! Thank you for speaking the truth of our LORD into my life.

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    1. Liza I am so glad and you are so right, we so believe the lies way too often, I need to disregard them minute after minute! Thank you for reading so faithfully!!!

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  7. found this blog through "happy days" . This is a wonderful post! This whole month, that is all I have been occupied with. thinking I´m not enough. And comparing myself. I love that you chose to share your thoughts and words of wisdom throgh this blog I´ll come back here :)
    love to you

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    1. Looking forward to hearing from you again Dana!!! Thank you so much for reading, I am so glad this post could mean something to you!

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  8. If we are enough, why do we need Christ? Rather, we are not enough, we need a perfect risen savior to be enough for us.

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  9. I totally needed this today. I struggle with this sometimes, more often than not, and I really needed something to wake me up today, Thank you so much. You write beautifully.

    Growing Mama

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    1. Growing Mama, how sweet, thank you!!!! What a compliment, I am so humbled and give all the glory to God!

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  10. Oh goodness, I am nothing without my sweet Jesus! (Actually my favorite song is "Enough" by Barlow Girl...But this particular post was more specifically to encourage women and to provide a tangible way that we can all relate to one another. Day in and day out, with God's power and guidance of the Holy Spirit is how we are even able to "do" any of it, that goes without saying:)

    Thank you ladies for your precious feedback and comments, it completely fills my heart, and means so much!!! God's timing is perfect I see from your comments XO

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  11. Love this. I see the thread woven through this. It's grace and it says "stop striving. I love you right where you are."
    Thank you.

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    1. Yes I love that Betsi, stop striving, God is enough for us, which means we are so so way more than enough!

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  12. I am so thankful that where I really am NOT enough, HE always is. He makes me enough! Your words always hit the exact right place. Thank you for this encouragement.

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    1. I love the fact and reality and Truth that God is more than enough for us, which cancels out the fact that we aren't enough! Thank you for reading!

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  13. This is perfect and my soul needed to read it so very much. My trouble is letting my heart believe the truth but then my mind and mouth work overtime apologizing for an unkempt house when hubby gets home from work, or that we had to eat out AGAIN because I was too tired to make dinner, etc. If being "enough" would just settle in to my soul then maybe I wouldn't feel the need to excuse myself all the time.

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    1. Erin, thank you so much for reading first off, and for your encouragement to me, it's so special to me! I am so glad God's timing was yet again so perfect, Amen! I hope you keep reading this over and over as long as you need to, nice to meet you!

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  14. Wonderful post!!! We really do have to remember that He is enough for us and makes us complete.

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    1. Jennifer, yes He makes us complete so we are far more than enough! Thank you!!!

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  15. This is wonderful, thanks for sharing :) Comparison is so so horrible.

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    1. Autumn, thank you hon! Comparisons can eat us alive huh?! thank you for reading dear friend of mine!

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  16. beautiful, as always, gina dear. thank you so much. what an encouragement!

    xo

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    1. Thank you Hannah for reading and for your support :)

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  17. thank you for this. I've been struggling terribly with this over the past several days and now have a renewed peace to trust and abide in Him as He continues to work in me. It's His strength I need to rely on and not my own.

    I feel such a weight lifted off my shoulders.

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    1. Shelley, what great beautiful news this is, thank you for sharing this with me and for reading! God's timing is so right on, it's a wonder we ever worry isn't it?!

      Oh this comment filled my heart!

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  18. It is well with my soul. I am going to do my best today and know that it is enough. Thank you for reminding me that I am made in HIS image and that there is a thing of beauty. Because HE was enough that day on the cross, I can be enough in all that I do. You spread peace here and I am grateful!

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  19. Sarah! It's so great to meet you and I thank you from the ends of my heart for your support and uplifting! It means so much to me that any one is touched by anything God puts on my heart to write, and the fact that I can be used this way is humbling and mind blowing. Thank you for reading, and for sharing your heart!!!
    Hope to see you again!!!
    xo

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  20. I often struggle with the feeling that I'm not enough, but this post reminded me that it's not about how many books I read to my kids, how much I work out, or anything else. I need to find my identity in Christ and remember that temporal earthly things will pass. It's time to give myself a break for not having a perfect home, figure, or anything else for that matter. Thank you so much, and God bless!

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