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Anjuli grew up as a missionary kid secretly wondering, “Why does everyone else understand what a relationship with Jesus is, but me?” It wasn’t until she ran into her fears instead of from them, that Anjuli found her voice and the love of God meeting her there. She is a...

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  1. I feel like I just read a description of myself in another person! I resonate so hard with this. Thank you for writing from your heart and allowing us to really see ourselves in each other.

    • I actually feel as though this was my writing as it is my reaction in most of life. I strive to be perfect as a perfectionist and am never pleased or content with myself. I am trying to learn that God loves me and is more than content with me.
      Carol

      • carol,

        i’m right there with you. i’m learning how to fight my destructive/negative thoughts. as she mentioned, im learning to show myself/accept grace. it took 37 years for me to come to this realization, it’ll take some time for me to reverse it or just do better. (heck, i’m proud of myself for being able to acknowledge and be willing to even address it.) know that you are not alone. it won’t happen over night and we may never be completely “fixed,” but we got this!

      • Carol,
        It took me a LONG time to learn this and I still fall back into old habits but…

        Perfectionism is trying to be perfect, like Jesus, without Jesus.
        When I/we try to achieve perfection in our own self-sufficiency it’s basically called “pride.”

        When I came to grasp that perfectionism = pride, it really changed my way of thinking. The only
        way to be perfect is through the blood of Chirst. No striving, earning, performing needed 🙂

        Hope that helps?
        Blessings,
        Bev xx

        • That helped ME, Bev! Thank you for your wisdom: “Perfectionism = pride.” I still have to fight the urge toward perfectionism, but that little quote is good ammunition to use against the temptation!

  2. I did sort of feel like you over paint I picked for our hallway. We done not so long ago. It was lovely looking on the paint chart. I knew in my heart of hearts when it would be on the walls on our hallway it would be lovely. But as it was being poured into the painter bucket and the painter started putting it on the walls. My Husband said Dawn I do hope you choose well in this color. His face began to show it. Then I began to dought myself had I choose well in the color for the walls. What if my Husband was right it was not going to be nice when it was all painted. I then began to doubt myself. Had I after all pick a nice color for the hallway. Would it be nice. Was my Husband going to be right. Well I did ask my Husband to help me pick the color. But no he left it up to me as usual. He the type everything has to be looking well. When we do something up. It is not often we do the house up. Only when it needs it. As we both are saved. We both believe it is God who gave us the money we have. We tithe to God’s work first then pay our bills. As we believe it is God who gave us the lovely home we have. As there are people in our world today who don’t have a roof over their head we both believe that. We give God thanks for what we have and that we have a roof over our heads. Plus all God gives us. So I began to Pray as the painter was putting the paint on the walls to myself. God please make the color I have choose for the walls look nice when it is finished. Give my Husband that he will like it. Yes when it was finished it was lovely. I had chosen well. Then I thank God. So when I read your incourage reading today. It makes me say. Stop be thank full on to God for the Grace God has given you. Plus be thank full you have the Grace to do everything in strength of God. Plus God Grace is with you every day. You don’t need to be a Perfectionist or have the perfect colours on your walls. You have them painted and what’s more you have a roof over your head. So many in our world don’t have that. That is far more important than worrying about if the color looks right or nice on the walls in your home. At least the paint no matter what color it is. It will freshn up the place in the home you had the paint for. God wouldn’t want you to be worrying about the paint color. When there are more important things in our world to worry about. Love today’s incourage reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

    • Dawn,
      Thank you for sharing your story! I’m not alone! I’m so happy the color turned out nicely! I love how God can meet up even in the smallest details of our lives!

  3. I just started receiving these messages this week and every one has spoken to me in such a personal and profound way. None like today though. I need to read it everyday – several times a day. I am quick to give grace to others but so slow to receive it from myself. Thank you for allowing Holy Spirit to speak through you to me today. I felt the “God hug” and it is wonderful.

  4. Anjui,

    It has been said that we are our own worst critics. We often fee that if it isn’t perfect, beautiful or whatever then we have messed up. Then comes the beatings & the you’re not good enough thoughts. Do it again stupid. Try harder. I’ve said all these things to myself. The problem for a lot of us is comparison. We see how others do things so easily & beautiful. We want to be like them. Trouble is we aren’t. God made us all unique with varying talents & degrees of those talents. We need to be a little kinder to ourselves. The world is harsh enough. Go ahead & give yourself some grace.

    Blessings:)

  5. Anjuli,
    Maybe this will help you see your paint color in a different light? Strauss had as his inspiration for his famous “Blue Danube Waltz” the beautiful waters of the Danube river that runs throughout the Europeon Union. Play the waltz, dress up and dance with your daughter like you are at a famous ball in Vienna…maybe you’ll both be inspired? 🙂
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  6. “I can beat myself into being better or I can accept grace.” When you put it that way, the choice becomes obvious! We forget sometimes about being gracious to ourselves. Thank you, Anjuli!

  7. Yikes! You act/think just like me! Thank you for helping me to do more than just putting up with myself! The Holy Spirit has been subtly showing me these truths too! I now hear Him say ‘Ease up Girl!’ My expectations of ‘heaven on earth’ have been way too high & often just silly!

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