When Vulnerability Leads to Strength and Wholeness

The above message is a Facebook post from #onthisday 2010. This was the beginning of a woman learning to be vulnerable. She didn’t know it then but reading this five years later, she realizes it as such. These are tools that have helped her gain strength in her time of pain and brokenness.

CAREFULLY, putting things out there gave her a sense of relief. She was no longer obligated to live the lie that she was alright and had it altogether. NONE of us do! Never have and never will! One of life’s greatest lessons is learning that we’re always a work in progress. #whatsheknowsforsure

It also started her on a path of discovering her REAL self, “she.” The she according to Him. The she that understands that she does not control everything. She does not have to be who others think she should be. She can be her authentic self and allow the world to come along for the ride, if they choose to do so.

On that ride they’ll find a woman free from pride, arrogance, strife, envy, and the like. She is full of love, grace, peace, joy, wisdom, passion, and adventure. She is humble. She no longer struggles to fit in where she does not fit. She is no longer a people pleaser. She welcomes, seeks, and adheres to wise counsel because she knows that help will always be needed. She gives love unconditionally and has learned to receive it as well.

She is by no means perfect. Like others, she still experiences hurt, pain, sorrow, disappointment, loneliness, etc but she knows that the One who has carried her this far, will continue to do so. So she casts her care upon Him.

She understands that who she has become (is becoming) must be attended to carefully by being in His presence daily, praying often, and practicing what she learns. She believes that these words from Jeremiah 29 (MSG) are truly coming to pass in her life…

“I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned outโ€”plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

And most importantly, she recognizes that none of this is of her own doing. It is ONLY through Him and by His grace, mercy, faithfulness, and unconditional love that she is now experiencing life from a place of strength and wholeness. And for that, she is eternally grateful!

Please know that if you’re facing painful circumstances there is hope. And sometimes becoming vulnerable will lead you to that hope. Begin with prayer. Asking what vulnerability looks like in your situation. It may not look like hers or anyone else’s.

She wishes you all the best in this coming year and beyond. Thanks for stopping by…blessings! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒˆ โ˜”๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„

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