Author: Cleere Cherry

I had messed up. Again. "How did I miss that?", I thought. I felt my anxiety start to whirl and self-defeat started it's soundtrack in my head. And then He said, "Hey, dear one. What if I told you that this is right where I want you? Don't you feel yourself leaning in, sitting at my feet, digging into My Word and what I say about you? Your supposed failure to be independent is my recipe for humanity-- dependence...

Would it? Would it satisfy you? If you had it all-- the job, the closet, the family, the relationship, the salary, the small group, the organized plan for your life-- would it fulfill those deep places in your heart? Don't say "no" because you think it's the spiritually mature answer, I want us to really think through this. If we had our current list of desires, would we still want more? And once we had it, what would we do...

You know what I think we are really, really good at? Making things WAY more complex than they should be. We worry about the future so we do our best to plan it with the limited information we have at our disposal. We experience a setback and so we overanalyze and hyper-criticize what went wrong and what we can do to fix it. We feel aimless or are struggling with our purpose and so we put our efforts into why and...

Defeat? Oh, you will experience it. Temporarily. You're going to get up to that plate and you're going to do your BEST to hit that ball. And sometimes-- sometimes, you're gonna miss it. You're going to hear that last "STRIKE!" and your heart is going to sink a little bit. You're going to be tempted to throw your bat and make a scene but you know what's on the line so you're going to simply return to your dugout. NOW,...

Who told you that you were supposed to be married by 35? Who told you that you should have gotten a raise by now and if not, you're unsuccessful? Who told you that your unique style isn't cool enough? Who told you that your life should look a certain way, the mirror should reflect a specific look, your relationship should follow a particular recipe, or that your priorities should reflect what's popular? Let me ask you this: If you didn't feel the...