First of all, in regards to Chapter Seven, I have to say that I have really enjoyed looking for and recognizing the ways in which God is romancing me. Just being aware of the fact that God is romancing me has really enhanced my life, has made me feel more alive, and made things so much more enjoyable. This past week I have seen several rainbows, the clouds have been absolutely and abnormaly amazing, my children have been ten times cuter in many different ways, and more. I just want to encourage all you ladies participating in the study, and anyone else who wants to, (if you haven’t already been doing this) try to find the ways in which God is romancing you this next week. Ask him to show you how he is romancing you, you wont be dissappointed.
On to chapter eight, which talks about us unveiling our beauty. This chapter talks about women who invite in different ways. There are women who invite us to death and women who invite us to life. Women who invite us to life are women who invite us to rest. We can be comfortable, and we can be ourselves in their presence. Women who invite us to death, are women who invite us to strive, they are not at rest, and we are not comfortable in their presence. I had to ask myself if I was the right kind of inviting woman while reading this passage. I hope that I am. But truth be told, I can find examples in my life where I am not.
I plan on changing that.
I can also relate to the fear that comes along with putting oneself out there, with inviting others to relationship, as the book says “exposing my true heart and inviting others to share theirs.” It is in this illustration that I am beginning to fully understand and put together the peices of the message in this book. The reason I can relate to that fear, is because I have been wounded in the past doing just that, putting myself out there. And with this new found intimacy with Jesus, I know that I can put myself out there again, and when I am hurt again, (because, after all, we are all human) I pray that I remember to go to God with my pain. Give it to him and allow him to heal me so that I can continue to be a beautiful woman. And that, my friends, is what I think is the main message of the book (I know it hasn’t been that clear the whole time *wink*) I said this in a comment on Heather’s post about chapter eight, and I will say it again, “I am really enjoying the journey that is getting to know God. It just gets better and better and the coolest thing is that it will never end…the journey is the destination. ” If there is anything this book has done, it has really shown me how to get closer to God, something I have been praying for a long old time. Thank you God for that!
I also wanted to say that in reading your (the participants) posts, I am really seeing how beautiful you all are. I hope that in reading this book, and drawing closer to God that you all are realizing your true beauty, and know that another sees it.