Re-Discover Yourself

To Win Your Heart

“Every song you love, every memory you cherish, every moment that has moved you to holy tears, all have been given to you from the One who has been pursuing you from your first breath in order to win your heart. God’s version of flowers and chocolates and candlelight dinners comes in the form of sunsets and falling stars, moonlight on lakes and cricket symphonies, warm wind, swaying trees, lush gardens, and fierce devotion. (Your Captivating Heart by Stasi Eldredge)

He Knows Your Love Language

“God’s romantic gifts will be specifically for your heart. He knows what takes your breath away, knows what makes your heart beat faster. We have missed many of his love notes simply because we shut down our hearts in order to endure the pain of life. Now, in our healing journey as women, we must open our hearts again and keep them open. Not foolishly, not to anyone and anything. But yes, we must choose to open our hearts again so that we might hear his whispers, receive his kisses.”  (Your Captivating Heart by Stasi Eldredge)

Doing Life Together

“God wants to live this life together with you, to share in your days and decisions, our desires and disappointments. He wants intimacy with you in the midst of the madness and mundane, the meetings and memos, the laundry and lists, the carpools and conversations, and projects and pain. He wants to pour his love into your heart, and he longs to have you pour yours into his. God wants your deep heart, that center place within that is the truest you. He is not interested in intimacy with the woman you think you are supposed to be. He wants intimacy with the REAL YOU. (Your Captivating Heart by Stasi Eldredge)

A Place of Rest

“Think of what it is like to be caught in traffic for over an hour. Horns blaring, people shouting obscenities. Exhaust pours in your windows, suffocates you. Then remember what it’s like to come into a beautiful place, a garden or a meadow or a quiet beach. Amid beauty, there is room for your soul. It expands. You can breathe again. You can rest. It is good. All is well. (Your Captivating Heart by Stasi Eldredge)

God is inviting you to a place of beauty and rest.

THE CHALLENGE

Sometimes, in the busyness and pain of life, we lose sight of WHO WE ARE? Spend time this week, re-discovering yourself. Make a list of things you enjoy. This may be hard for some of you because you have been so busy taking care of others and putting their needs first, that you don’t even remember the last time you did something fun for yourself. So this will be a challenge. But if you don’t know what you enjoy, you may be missing out on the different ways God is expressing His love toward you.

Lord,
Thank you that you notice me. You know me deeply and intimately. You know what I like and dislike. You know my fears and my dreams. You also know my hang ups. I love that you love me and made me unique. You know that I love…

• smelly candles and soaps

• bubble baths

• home baked cookies

• sound of birds singing outside my window

• bargain shopping

• decorating the house

• Christmas

• new recipes

• gourmet food

• colorful autumn leaves

• good belly laugh

• crackling of a warm fire

• sound of rain early in the morning (while I drift in and out of sleep)

• vacationing with my family

• hunting for sea shells

• sound of ocean waves

• watching old movies

• an old-fashioned popcorn party

• colorful bouquet of wild flowers

• stained glass windows

• playing badminton (and croquet)

• cave exploring

• bike riding

• herbal and fruit teas

• comfortable shoes and right-fitting jeans