Happy Friday Friend! I hope you are learning to love who you are as much as I am this week . This is actually one of my favorite chapters. As I have mentioned a time or two, my word for this year is “Grow”. This chapter has been one that has lead me to deep learning and leaning in as I continue to work on “Loving Who I Am.”
I am a “Connector” which when I read the strengths list wasn’t a surprise to me. I love making people feel welcome, being the center of attention, telling stories, and I am upbeat and optimistic.
Most of my life I have been upbeat and optimistic, and I am sure many of my family members would tell you I enjoy being in the spot light. As I have grown older, the spotlight isn’t as important, and I see the strength of making people feel welcome more prominent.
How about you? What was your personality type? Have you always had these strengths or have they developed over time? (I do have a fabulous give away)
So we can really focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses, let’s start today by giving our weaknesses to God. Let’s start choosing to accept our God created gifts. I love Cheri’s words on page 121 of “Exhale”, “When you receive what is yours, you won’t “need” what is not. You won’t fall for the lie that it’s selfish to embrace and enjoy who God created you to be. You’ll stop trying to change who you are and -taking a big, brave breath- start being more of who you are. You’ll remember that you’re the beloved daughter of our creator King.”
Did you write key words about your personality strengths on Post-it Notes and place them where you will see them? Take a picture of your notes and post them in the comments!
Moving on to Chapter 11, Amy tells us that “When we look through our redeemer’s lens, our quirks become our strengths” (“Exhale” page 124)
Do you have a trait that you have hidden just to fit in?
How is or has God used your “quirks” in ways that you never expected?
How can you use your “quirks” in your community?
Amy tells us we need to:
“Abandon the Norm to Follow Jesus”
“Make a Ruckus to Make a Difference”
“Let Jesus join His Name with Ours”
Here are this weeks Extras for Diving Deeper into “Loving Who You Are”
Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode 88 https://gritngracegirls.com/episode88/
Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode 123 https://gritngracegirls.com/episode123/
Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode 137 https://gritngracegirls.com/episode137/
Grit ‘N’ Grace Episode 59 https://gritngracegirls.com/episode59/
Praying for you to have a wonderful weekend. Next week we will continue to learn to “Love Who We Are” in Chapters 12, 13, and 14!