Hi there! I can’t believe we’re in our final week of study for Uninvited. This has been such an amazing experience, and I’m really going to miss my girl time!
Can I share something I experienced while reading Uninvited? I used to live in fear of what others thought of me. My goodness, the crazy scenarios that would run through my mind. Good grief! Then one day a scenario became reality.
Two people I know personally were having a conversation they thought was done in secret, but I heard everything said about me. I felt like I was in a bad dream, and I couldn’t wake myself up.
Standing there, tears running down my face, Lysa TerKeurst’s words kept repeating over and over in my mind: “I’m living loved ... I’m living loved!” Then I stepped outside, closed my eyes and whispered “I forgive them” ... and I could feel the love of my God, as I felt the warmth of the sun on my face.
In that moment, I was able to remember what we’ve been learning in Uninvited. So even though the words spoken about me attacked who I was as a person, I knew in my heart God fully accepted me. He made me to be ME, not what others thought I needed to be. And guess what? Knowing I was fully loved by God ... WAS enough.
When I read this in Chapter 16,I highlighted it and drew stars all around it with arrows pointing toward it:
“It’s not about you becoming anything. Your soul was made to simply be with Me. And the more you are with Me, the more you will stop fearing what the world might take from you. With Me you are free to be you. The real you.”
Past rejections attempt to cause devastation, but God’s love gives us new revelations.
God used John 6:37 to speak directly to my heart, which reads:
“... those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.” (NLT)
What a sweet confirmation to my soul! God created me to be ME, and He will never reject ME. He loves me, the real me, even the stuff I’m still growing in. And, the same is true for you too!
I love how Lysa closed out Chapter 16 with this beautiful declaration, so I wanted to end our time together with it as well:
“With you, Jesus, I’m forever safe. I’m forever accepted. I’m forever held. Completely loved and always invited in.”
Reflect and Respond:
Observe — Have you ever feared what others thought about you?
Bible — Read John 6:37 then share: How does this verse help you look at your rejection situation?
Stretch — When you have a moment to be quiet, ask God one or both of these questions:
- God, what do you call me?”
- “Who do you say I am?”
Write down what He says in your OBS Journal so you can remember the truth of who you are!