Lots of folks are better than you and loads of women are purtier than you. Lots are way more articulate, better word-weavers, and most have knacks for garnering attention. And you? Well, you are just you. Darlene. Country girl. Law school drop-out. And probably the most unfashionable woman in America. I mean really, who wears their husband’s Levis from high school to church? And who doesn’t at least try to hem that extra 12 inches rather than bunch it up at their ankles? Yikes, girl.
Oh, and let’s get started with some other stuff, shall we? You still have a root of bitterness that trips you. Down ya go, with a thud. How’s that feel? Pretty bad, huh? Why can’t you just get over it. You’re a Believer and you are supposed to be perrrrfect. All. The. Time.
Before I forget, here’s something else, you are never, not ever, gonna have the website traffic and popularity as lots of ladies out here. Good night, girl, if you don’t start telling people what they wanna hear, you ain’t never gonna be popular. Then, how you gonna sell any books. As if… as if you are ever going to get it together enough to finish that blasted book.
What are you doing up so early, anyway? I mean, it’s been dark for three hours. Go back to bed already.
Someone you listen to too much
(who loves you not at all)
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You are the daughter of the King of kings – that makes you a princess worth more than a wheelbarrow o’ gold, missy. You have been blessed beyond measure with unique gifts and treasures. And you? Well, you are just you. Darlene. Country girl. And that’s more than good enough. Even though you are probably the most unfashionable woman in America, I don’t give a rip-tootin’ snort because the shape of your heart is what matters most. You shine, girl.
Oh, and let’s get started with some other stuff, shall we? You still have a root of bitterness that trips you. Down ya go, with a thud. How’s that feel? Pretty bad, huh? Don’t forget to give it to Him, your heavenly Daddy. He’s here, with His strong hand out. All. The. Time. He doesn’t want you to fall, but if you do, He’s here to right the wrongs. And ya know what? You are perfect in His eyes, not because of what you do, but because of Who you are in Christ.
Before I forget, here’s something else, you are never, not ever, gonna have the website traffic and popularity as lots of ladies out here. Good night, girl, it’s not about popularity with the masses, it’s about loving God and loving people and sharing Truth. Kudos for doing that. And that book you’re working on? If its God-grande, well, that’s all that matters. If you are feeling discouraged, seek Me and I’ll set ya straight.
Thank you for getting up with your husband at 4am. He loves it when you make his coffee and remind him to take his wallet and keys to work. And the couple hours you spend with Me in morning’s dark, that’s really special. I’ll give you all you need to get through the day. I mean it.
Love, Love, Love,
Someone you don’t listen to enough
(who loves you beyond measure)
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“For you to be the slave of Jesus Christ
will likely mean a different set of assignments
than those He has given me or someone else.
We must resist the temptation
to compare what He asks of us
with what He may require of others.”
~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Surrender. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2003, 2005