Sunday, October 17, 2010

Work in Progress

I've been on a Kristen Armstrong kick and yes, I did buy my sister her own copy of Heart of My Heart.

Work in Progress: An Unfinished Woman's Guide to Grace is just as wonderful. I'm on my second time through. Kristen explores 12 traits of being Christ's woman in today's life. She starts with Beauty, the thing we're probably all most focused on and redefines it to "When you are reveling in your passion and living your purpose, you are becoming transparent, reflecting the inner beauty of God." She reminds us of Psalm 34:5 "Those who look to him are radiant." Not the mascara wand, though there's nothing wrong with that,  but enjoying who God created us to be and looking to him for everything.  That's a new definition of beauty.

In the 11th chapter called Authenticity she addresses Pleasing, Calling, Inhabiting and Walking it Out. It's tough to be authentic when you're busy being a people pleaser.  It's tough to live who God called you to be. And it's tough to inhabit your skin.

"The finest things in life (love, red wine, deep friendship, a true spiritual walk, a good novel, the raising of a child) cannot be rushed.  God reveals things to us only inasmuch as we can understand him. He builds our awareness over time, valuing relationships over resolution. Your authentic self will never be a departure from what you loved from the beginning because He created you to love those things. you are good at what you are good at because He made you that way. You love what you are good at because God made you to enjoy your destiny and play your part with great aplomb. every hint, every nuance from God, builds your character and emphasizes the angles of your personality and depth of your passion, eventually revealing your authentic self. Great sculptors don't create the art from their medium; they reveal and release it. Who is a finer sculptor than our mighty God?" (192-3)

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