word women sign giveaway

 

I’ve S L O W L Y been working on signs. words actually.  I was inspired by Tara and her Family Rules Sign.  I feel so strongly about words and the power they have over us.  I’ve got more but I wanted to offer this one as a giveaway tomorrow on our Word Women Wednesday…to one of you. My friends.  Fellow Word Women.

and here are the purple tulips that I have been enjoying….

 

and here is ” my version ” of the Family Rules sign. When I look at the words my heart is reminded of their meaning and I smile.

Come back tomorrow and visit for a chance to enter for the Word women sign and sit a spell with Lissa @ Humble Pie. I highly encourage you to read her post from today.  It is SO true! I feel this way myself.  You can get so wrapped around this blogging thing that you are not living life anymore. Please…go read it. See you tomorrow:)

XO,

Sharing over at Jen’s with the Soli Deo Gloria Sisters…hope to see you there:)

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and Kellie @ This Blessed Nest

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and JRU Studio!

sneak peek

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Jen - Tiffini! I love your art — it is such a pure expression of your heart. Don't you worry — I'll be back tomorrow to enter the giveaway!

Christy - Oh my. I absolutely adore your art. It is gorgeous!! Sometimes I wish my creativty extended past the computer but alas He knows my gifts and I do too and I love them just as He has give.

LOVE your header too ;) So fun!

Robyn Q - Lovin that sign! Whoo Hoo!

Jodene Shaw - What a beautiful and personal sign, tiffini!

Your blog is a lovely place to visit. i adore your banner/header!

Makes me think of TobyMac's song, "All In".

Love & grace,

jodi

Amy Sullivan - T,

Coming here always puts me in a good mood. You always have something fun happening and kind words for those around you. Plus, I love how you dig up all these good writers and cool things. It keeps me from having to click all over the place!

Nancy - Love, love, love the word sign–almost to the point of coveting it! I DO covet the art skills that so many of you and my friends have. Thanks for stopping by my place with your encouraging words. Now, off to check out Lissa's post!

diana trautwein - ALL of your work is astoundingly lovely, thoughtful and fun. Thanks so much for this post.

Libby - Hi, I am visiting from This Blessed Nest and am your newest follower! Love the word sign! I am also a huge fan of Lissa at Humble Pie. I look forward to her post.

Glenda Childers - What a lovely sign you have made for your family, Tiffani. To me it is more a piece of art, than a sign. But words matter and your have chosen some lovely ones for your kids to see every day. I love that.

Fondly,

Glenda

Mrs.B - Love the signs!

this blessed nest - your sign is a wonderful reflection of your heart.

it's just gorgeous. your header just makes me smile from head to toe!

thanks so much for linking up with the SPRING FLING!

have a super weekend.

xo

kellie

Beth West - I especially love your family rules sign. I'm new to your blog and looking forward to browsing through it.

Cindy - Still loving these signs, Tiffini!

I might have to incorporate "God of the Word – give us a Word"…that is just such a powerful yet simple thought/prayer/request!

christina - I too feel strongly about words and the power they have over us. Perhaps that is why calligraphy is one of my passions. : ) Your signs are lovely, full of communication.

wanda - Gosh….I love words too!

And your sign is magificent!

Jennifer - Word woman… I *love* that! :) I love your sign, so full of meaningful words. And you know I love my words! I am so happy you joined us for 'studio sneak peek' on (in)courage. We have the same link party every Friday on my blog and would love to have you join us! :)

Dear Monday…how to get out of a funk

Our dreams become real by building

God has given me a path to follow…He has spoken through His Word to my heart but lately… I’m in a funk. Really?

I’ll let you in on something. I am inclined to think my “funk” is lack of doing what He has already shown me.


I think the ” funk ” is me not picking up and building!

I am still up on the hill looking over the dream. Now is the time to prayerfully dissect all He has spoken to me and do it. I pray to share all of these ways as I do them … with you.
God has been showing me my life through a wide angle lens.  I put the camera to my eye…squint…and turn the lens.  I see more detail now.

the dream becomes something I want…

You see – I’ve only lived with half a heart. I’ve lived 16 years in a relationship that has literally made me sick and almost crazy. There have been many rocks overturned in attempts to mend things. You can’t fix what doesn’t want to be fixed so what is one to do?

I’ve been sitting and looking at this question for at least 10 years.

Here…today…pen meets the paper. Where it starts. The journaling .

If I can allow change in circumstances that aren’t what one would dream…that when one’s WHOLEHEART is changed it will change everything else.

I haven’t lived what I’ve loved. For many reasons but one reason that immediately comes to mind is that I didn’t KNOW what I loved and I didn’t love myself so I didn’t set boundaries for anyone else to treat me well.

God keeps bringing me back to my dreams. Dreams I had as a child. Things that give me pleasure .. bring me contentment.

One REAL SIMPLE thing I did this weekend from reading Lissa’s post was to intentionally buy fresh flowers for my home. I’ve always enjoyed flowers but could never bring myself to spend the money on something that dies. Silly right? for me I’m learning that is wrong. This simple money that was spent gave me immense joy just looking at them…with gratitude at our Creator for making something so exquisite it brought praise to my lips.

I hope you will humbly allow me to share what is to come.  First and foremost this is for me. Secondly- for others.  I need to get all of this out. Sort through. Let go of what isn’t beneficial to me and to the children. I don’t have the big picture…at all. But it is time. I am ready to stick around this story awhile. Explore it with the zoom lens…close up. Taking the tangible things He is teaching me and put them into my life. See what it would look like for a woman to live wholehearted and how that would infuse change in life as she knows it.

Have you ever been in a place..a funk… that could be traced back to not doing what God has told you to do?

beginning the re-write

XO,


 

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I‘m still working on a big project that I am just so excited about. I am in the middle of a flair which has caused me to slow down even more so soon…soon.

This Wenesday we will have Lissa from Humble Pie speaking words of life to us, a Linkup and something little I’ve been working on that I will be offering as a giveaway. So – please come and enjoy some wrapped in love words from Lissa and join in our Word women by linking up a post that would encourage our journey together AND get ready for a fun giveaway…would you?:)

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You all inspire me in so many ways. Getting out of a life long rut is so much easier to grasp when you have others who are genuine hearts who share, encourage..to  just journey with you. thankyou…I often am so overwhelmed by your words that I wish I could visit each one of you everyday and hug you and we could visit over coffee for hours on end.

Linking up with Graceful for Hear it on Sunday.  Use it on Monday

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Eileen - Tiffini, I can so relate to this statement "I didn’t KNOW what I loved and I didn’t love myself so I didn’t set boundaries for anyone else to treat me well."

Unfortunately, it took me years of bad choices and failures before I started to understand what I loved and to love myself enough to stop compromising these things in my life. So thankful that the Lord finds away to teach us through all our experiences. It is certainly a journey and every step He seems to reveal something else to us.

And you are so right when our wholeheart changes THAT's when everything else begins to change.

Michelle DeRusha - I'm sort of a jump before I think kind of person, so I get the opposite kind of funk: too much action, not enough reflection. But I do get what you're saying…sometimes simply procrastinating puts me in that kind of stagnant funk.

I bought myself fresh flowers this week, too — for the first time in about 10 years, no lie! I bought 4 red gerbera daisies, and put them in a white vase on my kitchen windowsill, right above the sink. They have brought me so much cheer…all for $4.99!

Thanks for linking up today!

jenny - "I am inclined to think my “funk” is lack of doing what He has already shown me." Good for me to think about – thank you.

Also, with regard to the flowers, I totally, 100% support this. I had a similar experience this weekend. Without planning to, I found myself in Target shopping for clothes. I rarely do this – I'm really not a shopper – but I had a date night with my husband planned, and I wanted to feel beautiful. We don't really have the money, but something in me said to splurge. So, I bought one new item and went on our date.

I told my husband about the Target splurge, admittedly a little sheepishly. I wasn't sure how he would respond. He immediately said, "buy the shorts (what I had purchased), every time." We talked more, and he elaborated: "your heart was in the right place, Jenny. I almost feel that if you hadn't bought the shorts you would have been less pleasing to God. Here's what I mean: by choosing to engage your own beauty, you were making a statement that you are beautiful. And, that you are worth it. In short, you are honoring God."

My man's words really hit home that night. He was right – in that moment the "something" in me must have been the Holy Spirit. It is very hard for me to spend on myself, and I definitely don't feel beautiful right now. That small action was a way to agree with how God feels about me: I am worth it, and I am beautiful.

So, to make a long, rambling comment short, I'm very glad you bought yourself flowers. Even if they give you joy for half a minute, those moments are worth it. He loves to see you delight, I know He does.

One last thought…"beginning the re-write"…I love this. You are such an excellent writer – you put words to thoughts and feelings that somehow pen them down in a way that keeps them from flitting away before being noticed. I appreciate it, and I'm with you on this journey. I have been praying for you.

Love in Him, Jenny

Loni - I am thankful we don't always have the big picture, because it would scare us all we may have to go through for the final results. But always . . .

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7

Fonda - Isn't it amazing how much pleasure we can get from fresh flowers?

Stephanie - Loveing the idea of fresh flowers, and I love what you said about "beginning the re-write". I feel much that way myself. You know the best thing about blogging, and blog comments. When you look at what everyone writes, God speaks to each and every one of us in a different way through just one single post. He is so cool that way! Love you Tiff, praying the icky funk away!!!!

tia - I needed to read this post. This was for me today. Thank you, thank you , thank you!

Tracey Soko - It is a hard lesson but true – funk and disobedience are often connected- its so hard when you see a loved one in a funk to know how to address this is a way that won't make things worse.

Jen - Do you know how much I just wish that I could reach into this screen and hug you? I feel as though I could communicate so much better if I could just do that. I would be honored to read what is to come and see how He plays out the dreams in your life.

And, I'm with you about the flowers. I did this a lot after my grandmother died. Something about just craving beauty amongst the ashes.

Kim - I have week-old white flowers in a blue vase, given to me by my neighbor from her husband's funeral. They have graced my home this week and reminded me that every moment, every decision, counts. Hold your lens tight, gather the light, and really SEE as you make this revision.

LLH Designs - When I'm in a funk (too often), it's usually because I haven't done the basics of praising his name and giving thanks. Without worship of the right One, I am all out of sorts and too prone to wanting things my way (then disappointed when they don't go my way, which equals FUNK!).

I've always had the same attitude about fresh flowers, was touched by Lissa's used of them, too!

Off to a colder part of the country…Minnesota!!!

Xoxo,
Linsey

Connie@raise your ey - oh Tiffini…can you feel our hearts hugging you as you walk through this road? Tomorrow, I'm going to buy flowers…real ones, not my "fakey" ones that I make do with…and they'll remind me to pray for you…for all of us to walk in obedience

Abby - I am like Michelle 'jump in, think about getting wet later', but I know for you, this 'funk' has the generational ties, and the strongholds that the Enemy doesn't want you to be freed from. So, I stand with you in prayer…I cheer you with all I've got and KNOW HIS STRENGTH IS PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS!

AND I ask you to boomerang those prayers back to me…isn't intercession amazing? We can pray into others' lives what we can't into our own…just His way of showing us how we need each other to raise the arms like Aaron and Hur for Moses…so, sister, I raise yours, will you raise mine? love u!

it is in the exchanging

moving toward simplicity of surroundings …content without a lot of possessions to distract me.  That is what I am being pulled towards.  What about you?

cleaning out my life…opening my heart to change.

exchanging feeling progressively more alive for progressively more dead.  Because if I tell the truth that is where I’m heading.  Death of Life…of living. I have, as far back as I can  remember, been miserable with what I am doing.  Always having this dream but no time or not making any time for things that I have passion for.  It is called life.  It happens.  You get married have children and wake up decades later only to find that life has happened but life has not been lived.

Sometimes, we cannot change our circumstances but we CAN add things into our live that bring us joy.  That is within our power.

I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop.

I can sense all the heart opening..I can see it all blurry out in front of me.  Anticipation dancing all around.  I just don’t know what it will look like. Faith is believing without seeing right?  so I whisper … Father help my unbelief..I pray for Giant Faith.

I have read ” only put into your life those things you cannot possibly live without ”  I have been thinking lots about these words…lately.

What makes you burn to live? if you could do one thing … anything… what would it be?  If you can’t do that now -what is one thing you could add into your life that would make that dream one step closer to being reality?  That one real piece of joy that you could put on everyday?

Maybe it would be taking a class, volunteering at a homeless shelter or your child’s school, striking up a conversation with that person that has been on your heart for a year, baking cookies and taking them to people, learning to paint or photography, a writing class;) swimming, starting your own business, going to counseling for yourself this time, making a new friend, start gardening, singing, a dance class maybe?

Philippians 4:13

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

it is in the exchanging.

sharing these words with Emily @ Imperfect Prose


Happy Weekend:)

XO,

 

 

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Katharine - Beautiful, true words, and ones that I needed to hear today.

Blessings~

LLH Designs - After years of half living, I'm reedy to live life to the FULL! I have to CHOOSE to BELIEVE the John 10:10 promise. I have to believe that it's TRUE for me! There's a thief who comes to steal and destroy, but a greater One has come to give us LIFE. I choose life!

Happy weekend, sweet friend!
Linsey

Stephanie - What makes you BURN TO LIVE? What an awesome question. Writing, freedom, praying with girlfrieds, meaningful deep coffee discussions, giggles as me and my kids make "arm farts" on eachother's arms, my husband's cuteness, dancing, watching Lauren dance, meeting a new bloggy friend, hearing a story about healing, sleeping with my head on the open bible when I need to know He holds me….yep that's what lifes all about. Thanks for reminding me of what is most important sweet sweet Tiffini. Love you.

Patti - Great post! =) Love the Rock with the bible verse. Thank you for helping us all think about these things!

Shari - I am now doing those things which I held back from myself, and I can tell you: it IS freeing! I feel connected again… to myself, to the Universe…. I feel the source of all, God, moving through me… where before, I felt always at odds with myself, and everyone else.

Life (to me) is about asking the right questions and then having the strength to answer them with your whole heart. And in finding those answers, moving forward. That's all we can really do, isn't it? Faith is what propels us forward.

Glenda Childers - I really like this post, Tiffini, because it reminds me of things I believe to be true. While I was/am a usually great mom . . . such an important and busy job . . . I always saved time for myself and pursued my passions. I did it in ways that made my daughters stronger, not left out. So, go for it. The Lord will show you how to have balance. And listen to your husband, he will have good ideas too. Sorry, didn't mean to get preachy here. . . but this is something I care deeply about.

Fondly,

Glenda

brian miller - I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop….that line was worth the read today….so true…

Cathy - Inspiring, the fire and flood of life.

Cindy - This is beautiful Tiffini… and I love the neon green of the mums! I too love the idea of having less so that I can live more…So glad to see you at Emily's too!

Joybird - I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop.

This has been bumping around my heart the last two weeks, too. As my perspective changes and my world opens up again, what small things can I do now to be ready for new/old dreams? And I am praying Giant Faith for you.

emily wierenga - oh tiffini, i always love coming here, to find the calm, but also the challenge, in your words, in your photos. thank you.

alittlebitograce - My head aches leaving me unable to find words to do your piece justice. But I just wanted to tell you how much I adore your header, especially the spoons!

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naked on the battlfield

 

They who are God’s without reserve, are in every state content; for they will only what He wills, and desire to do for Him whatever He desires them to do; they strip themselves of everything, and in this nakedness find all things restored a hundredfold.

 

The land isn’t sown yet..Jeremiah 2:2

His are birthed into a battlefield..an unknown land.  An infant.  He’s given us all we need to live all neatly tucked in.  The infant grows in this battle field and the front lines grow heavy and she retreats.  The years pass in a blur of waging war.  Sitting in foxholes made by her own hands.  Watching those she loves fall by arrows aimed … seeing fetal curled life stopped for lack of hope… tongue cleaving to the the roofs of mouths for lack of water... harrowing cries of prisoners fingers blood dried wound tight around bars of cold steel.  Wounds laid down with lies.

Eyes open wide in fear as mouths open wide in screams where there is no sound coming … bloodied corpse’s lay with loved hearts laying over gut wrenched as they can no more hear the heartbeat…walking life only their eyes are dark and lifeless with little ones begging for them to look. to listen and there is no one home.

we are birthed into a battlefield.  the shadow land.  and we’ve been given a seed and this seed. .. Its rolled around and around in my hearts hand and I am asking.  I sit… blood dried wounds oozing and it wells from down gut deep and pain comes in torrents out of my mouth to the heavens and rends them wide open. I see not with my naked eye but with my soul eye…what is one to do..Father I see..can you see?  the people they are dying.  women are falling heavy on the ground and their babies.

I have this seed Father.  You gave it to me on my birth day.  I still have it  I’ve been watering it with my tears but I don’t understand.  I’m undone in the doing.  I have nothing left .  What is the next step?  What do I do with this seed in this land of giants that are to big for just one? There are to many dying and I can’t save them all.

Daughter..the land isn’t sown yet.  You have my seed.  You cannot save them all   It is not up to you.  This seed I have given you I give to all.  I will show you how to plant it.  Here is a first step.

I want to learn..to sit at the feet of those who have gone before.  to be tutored..mentored.  It’s time.  I am going back..I am called to be a warrior woman.  I had never been to Lysa’s blog before until I read Brooke’s post. I clicked over to read what this She Speaks was…and my breath caught.  I want to go.  A step.  A step I could not take on my own.

I’ve been given a seed for the hearts of women..I‘ve fought against it for years…mostly out of lack of understanding and my own waging war.  In every woman’s heart … I see mine.  For every woman held captive by lies that wounded them in childhood I see my lies..my wounds.  For every woman bound in fear I see my fear.  For all the living and doing…out of those lies and their consequences thinking it is to hard and to many mistakes…there is hope.  There is a way out.  Follow me.  I want to go..I can’t go alone.. I need help..I need more training in how to cultivate seeds.

We are birthed into a battlefield.  I want to fight like Great Heart.  I tenaciously ask for Big faith…not little faith.  We are just the messenger.  All of my heart wants to learn how to speak and write the message so those that read it can run.

I stand on  the battlefield in nakedness asking of the only One who can restore what needs restoring.  I hear their silent screams do you?  Let’s be carriers of hope to hearts that are hopeless making heart healing accessible to all…freely…with not strings.

I can envision women standing together..hearts broken by their own woundedness…wounded warriors carrying the medicine … the seed… that will set captives free.

We are breathing in a real battlefield..will you stand naked baring all before the One with whom we have to do? Will you allow Him to send you? Will you be vulnerable in your woundedness…will you be a wounded healer?  Are you called to be a Warrior Word Woman?

Are you His without reserve?

If so – I challenge you to click this link and pray about this conference. She Speaks Scholarship Contest 2011

She Speaks Conference 2011

I pray we might become called women, not driven, with well thought through and prayed through goals in our lives.

XO,

 

 

 

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Pam Balla - We have such a loving and wonderful God
so grateful for his forgiveness and guidance
Learning and yearning to hear HIM everyday
xo
Pam

Glenda Childers - I adore women and have invested most of my life in them (my own two) and many others. It is such a joy to me. Love your seed thought here. . . and love watching God grow it in you.

Fondly,

Glenda

Deborah - This is such an awesome opportunity! I want to go too…I pray God will provide a way for each one of us who feels this seed has been planted in the soil of our souls. Good luck and Gods Bless. Hope to meet you in NC…Deborah

Robyn Q - Only God would give you the courage to write this – to challenge me and others. This is a big deal. I know it's no accident that our paths have crossed. I pray with you & for you. I pray for myself. I will dare to let the cry inside have a voice. Big hugs, my friend! Robyn Q

Eileen - Hey Tiffini,

Hope to see you there. It is my goal to make it there this year too :)

LLH Designs - I love your seed for the hearts of women. You're a precious one, Tiffini.

Love,
Linsey

tia - Tiffini You are one amazing woman with such a heart for God and encouraging others. Thank you for being you and letting God use you and not being afraid to let him.

Abby - I guess I'm realizing 'She Speaks' sounds in some ways like Synergy, where I was last week…a little different–but there is no doubt that I left with a fire to free women around the world.

I hope you enter my giveaway this week! I know you will love either book…'Half the Sky'…oh my, it will tear your heart and yet give you hope and courage–these women and their stories…honestly, you won't be the same–I'm not.

and yes, just love you and all the He is doing in you in these days…yes, warriors–'ezer-warriors' is how Carolyn Custis James calls us…we ARE IN THIS BATTLEFIED…now to awake, stand in healing, and bring His freedom to the oppressed…oh for His Spirit 'to run and not grow weary and walk and not be faint'

Jen - My heart is seared by your words. i am so blessed by you, Tiffini. In so many ways and i am grateful to call you…friend, sister.

Stephanie - Tiffini!!!!! What an absolutely beautiful post. And I have to admit at the thought of my naked saggy self on a battlefield, I am soooooo giggling!!!!! HA! Love you girl! I am with you, I want us ALL to go!!!!

Word Women Wednesday & Linkup

She made my top five favorite blogs that I love…even though this is not my niche but because I always come away feeling inspired.  She is giving… (click here for her March giveaway) and her heart for her art is transparent and contagious.  She has the cutest printables and simply adorable tutorials.

My heart was stirred to tears over her Twirl post so when I asked Emily if she would like to participate in our Word Women Wednesday, this is the post she suggested and I agreed…go get some coffee or hot tea and peruse down her blog posts.  She’s a beautiful heart that I am honored to share with you….Emily from Jones Design Co.

It was so fun to post new photos of Audrey’s nursery last Friday and you all said some very kind things about it. Thank you!

But the best part for me was that many of you were somehow impacted by the scripture in her room.  For some, it is your favorite verse. For others, it meant something special to you at that particular moment. I love how God’s word can do that … it is living and can speak different things to different people right when you need it most.

So today, I want to share with you why I chose that verse to be Audrey’s.  It is sort of a round-about story and this may go all over the place, but I’ll give it a shot.  Here it goes …

When I was pregnant with our No.1, I read Wild At Heart, by John Eldredge.  I think deep down I knew I was going to have a boy and so I wanted to learn a little more about how they are made and prepare myself for raising a son {as a side: you should read it whether you have boys or not … it’s a great book about manhood}.

When I was pregnant with No.2, I read Captivating, by John’s wife, Stasi.  Perhaps I read it because I thought I was having a girl {which, clearly, I was not}, or maybe it was just because I loved Wild At Heart so much, but truthfully, it didn’t have the same impact. Good, but not great.

Skip forward a few years {in between No.3 & No.4}.  I was at our Ladies’ bible study during worship time and had the sweetest picture dance across my closed eyes.  I saw a little girl, with the sun shining down on her, spinning.

She wore a light dress and with her arms outstretched and her face looking to the sky, she just twirled.

And what I heard in my heart was, “Emily, you’re my girl. I am so pleased with who you are and now I want you to twirl”.

It seemed so strange – twirl? What does that mean?

But because of the book I had read a few years before, I knew.

Stasi Eldredge wrote about little girls who stand on the coffee table and spin while their daddies watch them, adoringly. That desire to be adored by our dads is ingrained in us from such an early stage.  We want to be beautiful, cherished, captivating.  We twirl without a care, simply because we feel lovely and we want the world {or our daddy!} to see us.

So that Thursday morning, in the middle of bible study, I knew what the Lord was trying to say. He wanted me to know that just as that little girl spins freely in front of her daddy, I, too, can twirl without inhibitions before my Heavenly Father.

I am His girl.

He is delighted in me.

Not because I am great at twirling, but because I am twirling.  I am just being His daughter, His girl and He is pleased.

When I was pregnant with Audrey, I was, again, at bible study when the word DELIGHT came to my mind.  I looked up the word in the concordance of my bible {that back section where it tells what word is found in what scripture verse} and came to Zephaniah 3:17:

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I had read the verse before, but I read it this time with fresh eyes.

He will take great delight in you … He will rejoice over you with singing.

Well, no wonder He wants me to twirl, I thought. It’s because He is the one doing the singing!

Do you see it? Do you see that He loves you SO much that He sings over you?

In a society where we are never good enough, never pretty enough or thin enough or stylish or creative or talented enough, the Lord says,

STOP. I am with you. I am MIGHTY. Strong enough to save you from whatever it is that is after you. Let me quiet you with my love. Will you listen to my sweet voice as I sing my songs of delight over you? You are just as I want you to be. Now be free.

And twirl.

This is such a deep truth that I want for myself and one that I want for my daughter. I want her to know that above all else, she is perfectly and wonderfully made. She doesn’t need to strive for her God’s love. She doesn’t need to hide from her God’s love. She just needs to accept it.

And twirl.

And so, that is why I chose that verse for my baby girl. And I pray it for you as well.  It is hard being a woman – we feel so many pressures to be what we are not and far too many of us struggle with insecurity.  Oh how we long to be free! How wonderful would it feel to put on our best twirling skirt and dance – and feel beautiful doing it!  I know it is hard and sounds so lofty, but it is what I believe we are to do as daughters of the Most High God. Surely, if He can sing over us, we can step out and dance.

Perhaps even twirl.

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You?…Twirl? come on lets join Emily…close your eyes and picture the SON shining light all around you as you dance..free.. right now.  Go to the bathroom if your at work.  Make time as soon as possible to twirl and dance.  Just you and Him.  Nobody can see. If you have a hard time playing this could be uncomfortable for you but just try it ( it is for me too).  The earth is shaking from all of us dancing and twirling…ssshh…can you hear it?  His delight!

Now your turn to linkup anything you would like to share. Just linkup your exact URL to your post and bam!  that’s it.  ( linkup opens at 8:00 pm … it didn’t go up until this morning..my fault..ugh:)  If you could link back here in some way that would be just great.  We love to visit with each other.  Throughout the day..a little here and a little there just pop in.  Maybe 2 at a time? Thanks so much to all of you who support our word women wednesdays.  Thank you to all who have guest posted as well. Your bravery and honesty we will never know how God will use our obedience this side of heaven.

XO,

 

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Tara - Hi friend….
I haven't forgotten about you over here at House of Belonging….I've been slightly out on my back since our cruise, so I haven't been on-line as often…..hurts too bad to sit. :(

anyway, loved this post! Love her heart…need to spend more time over at her place browsing around…..

hope you are well….

Melissa Lewis - Midw - Powerful words. I love the truth in this and it's also a common thread in my life as well. Lovely!

LLH Designs - I loved Emily's twirl post. I think it got a whole bunch of us thinking! I loved reading it again here today. Thanks to both of you!

Xoxo,
Linsey

Jen - This was a really good exercise for me. To sit under this verse and absorb it. This is a wonderful post that speaks to me as a mom, a daughter, and a daughter of an amazing Heavenly Father.

Donnetta - "Not because I am great at twirling, but because I am twirling."

Just what I needed today!

Now if you'll please excuse me, I've got some twirling to do. Full skirts and all.

Thank you for this and for the invitation to participate!

Cha Cha - I remember reading about this on Emily’s blog and being so moved. I want to feel like that little girl twirling around in the midst of my Father’s approval. This is the desire of my heart–to seek His approval.

Thank you both, Emily and Tiffini, for this. I am blessed to know you both. One day in heaven we will sit together along with all the other word women worshiping our Father, what a beautiful day that will be.

Cha Cha

Becky @ Farmgirl Pai - Well that was just beautiful! Twirl is such a sweet word and I think it would look great on a cuff or painting:) Love the meaning and symbolism in it. Great post.

Cindy - Thanks for sharing! I frequently envision my self as a little girl in my relationship with God…so this was just perfect! Thanks for including me in this wonderful place of yours!

Monica @ I blog Jesu - What a wonderful post…what a wonderful way to bask in the Father's Love. Thanks for sharing.