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Square Peg

Krista Burns shares with us today about square pegs in round holes…I am so excited about this post, ladies!!  Krista is stepping out and being real and authentic and showing us her heart!!  Here she is….

 

You know that saying that you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole? Well I’m pretty stubborn, so I’ve been trying most of my adult life to make it happen.

I can shave a little here, shove a little there, bend a little, break a little, but in the end, the integrity of the square peg is destroyed. I mean, with all the struggle, and as hard as I may try, it was designed and built to be square; it was never intended to be put in a round hole!

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Women’s Ministry has always been very difficult for me.  

I would attend retreats and events and really feel very out of place the whole time. I began to resent traditional women’s ministry as a whole because as hard as I tried, it just didn’t seem to work for me. I would see women around me being affected, spiritually touched and renewed, bonds being made and strengthened, but I still felt like that square peg trying to fit in the round hole of how we normally do women’s ministry. I would smile and nod and pretend everything was wonderful, and then be exhausted and emotionally drained when it was all over. I would always feel like I would rather be on the men’s retreats camping out, shooting things, and burping and stuff. That’s way more my style!       

Please don’t get me wrong, the Women’s Ministry here at the Springs is fantastic and is meeting the needs of many, many women. Having the ministry team in place has been a great way to incorporate different ideas from women from different walks and stages of life.

But, it’s kind of like a sermon. One sermon may speak to the depths of one person’s heart but mean almost nothing to the person sitting next to them.

This is the point where God started to work in me a few months ago. Back in September when Phil was teaching about our giftings and how we could use them at the Springs, for some reason, when it came time to write something down on the blue cards, I wrote down women’s ministry. I didn’t know why, and I was even like, “What was I thinking!?”

When I was contacted about how I wanted to serve in that area, I didn’t even know how to answer.

And that’s when the “Aha” moment came!

God began to show me so many things about my life, and I could go on about that for quite a while, but it basically boiled down to this.

We are not all created the same.

He created me to be the person I am and to have the personality that I have. Maybe it was actually more of a “Duh” moment than an “Aha” moment. I am fearfully and wonderfully made! God knew what he was doing when he made me a square peg! And here I have been, trying to break down and change what God had made.

I realized that there were so many things that I had once enjoyed doing that I had given up in the name of “compromise.”  Yes, we all have to compromise; that’s part of being an adult, but that doesn’t mean that we are supposed to set aside the things that God has made us to enjoy! The desires of our heart come from God!

He created me to be adventurous and somewhat of a daredevil. He created me to want to shoot guns, ride roller coasters, and climb mountains, just as he has created other women to enjoy cooking and quilting. I realized that it’s okay if I don’t enjoy Ann Voskamp or Beth Moore as much as other women do, and that I shouldn’t be judged by either myself or others because of that.

I have to give myself permission to find that square hole that God created me for. We women have to give each other permission to really live the way God created us and not expect each other to fit a certain “women of the church” mold.

We need to give each other permission to take the pressure off of ourselves and each other so that we can be real – not who we think someone else expects us to be.

Through all of this the idea of the Women’s Adventure Club was born! It is not to be separate from, but rather an extension of our Women’s Ministry; to provide another way for the women of The Springs to bond and grow together, as well as being a great opportunity to get some of your unchurched friends involved. It is still in the beginning planning stages, and I would love any feedback, and welcome any involvement.

I am so looking forward to getting out and exploring this beautiful world that God created for us to enjoy. Who’s in??

 – Krista

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What Does 2013 Hold?

Cathryn Wright shares with us today what God is doing in her heart as 2013 gets under way…Thank you, Cathryn, for so beautifully sharing your heart with us and where God is at work in your life!

Happy New Year!

I hope your 2013 has been wonderful so far. This is generally the time of year when we reflect on the past year, 2012, and look forward to what is coming in the next, 2013. I can say that this turn of the year has been very different for me than the last.

 

At the turn of 2011 into 2012, I was truly fearful. I was so very afraid that the difficult circumstances that had hit us in 2011 would continue into 2012. All of my “this is how it is supposed to be” plans for our lives had drastically changed. I desperately wanted a new, fresh set of circumstances, to forget 2011 ever happened and take a redo. I was not sure that I could handle another year like 2011.

 

Well, the challenges and uncertainty of 2011 did continue into 2012, and I was right; I could not handle it.

 

I fell apart while trying to hold my family together and make our life work.

 

I failed daily because I had taken on a job that was not mine; I had tried to become God in my life. I had tried to plan my circumstances into submission and was crushed by the burden…

 

But God is so gracious. Even as I fell apart, I was in His righteous right hand the entire time. There was not a moment that He did not have a hold of me. And then, in His abundant love and grace, He began to rebuild me and reshape my heart.

 

I read January 5th’s entry in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, and it sums up what God has taught me throughout 2012. I’d love to share it with you:

January 5

You can achieve the victorious life through living in deep dependence on Me. People usually associate victory with success: not falling or stumbling, not making mistakes. But those who are successful in their own strength tend to go their own way, forgetting about Me. It is through problems and failure, weakness and neediness that you learn to rely on Me.

True dependence is not simply asking Me to bless what you have decided to do. It is coming to Me with an open mind and heart, inviting Me to plant My desires within you. I may infuse within you a dream that seems far beyond your reach. You know that in yourself you cannot achieve such a goal. Thus begins your journey of profound reliance on Me. It is a faith-walk, taken one step at a time, leaning on Me as much as you need. This is not a path of continual success but of multiple failures. However, each failure is followed by a growth spurt, nourished by increased reliance on Me. Enjoy the blessedness of a victorious life, through deepening your dependence on Me.

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
—Psalm 34:17–18

For we walk by faith, not by sight.
—2 Corinthians 5:7 nkjv

At the beginning of 2012, I had no clue how to live victoriously and overcome the world when circumstances were overwhelming me. Now at the beginning of 2013, circumstances are not all that different, but I look forward to 2013 because I know victory and God’s favor have nothing to do with circumstances. It’s about living in a deeply dependent relationship with God – come what may.

I love you ladies! Have a truly blessed 2013!

– Cathryn

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