If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome! I’m so glad you are here.
Maybe you feel unfinished.
I used to think that was a bad thing, but now I realize most of us are unfinished in some way. It’s become an adventure of sorts.
Where we discover what our God sees that we don’t.
Where we take big steps of faith (that might seem small to others) and discover God waiting on the other side, applauding as we follow the path He carved out for each of us.
Where we find grace when we fall short and not to linger in that place overly long, but to keep on moving.
Where we dance in delight when we accept our unfinished selves as we trust in a God who completes us.
If I could share one piece of advice from living unfinished, it would be this:
Unfinished doesn’t equal unworthy.
It just means that we are still growing.
Maybe like me you need a reminder of that from time to time. I’m so excited that you’ve joined me today that I want to share one of my favorite visuals. When I get all tied up in knots about what I’m doing, or not doing, or what I’m supposed to be doing, or comparing myself to what others are doing. . . (exhausting, right?), I just remind myself of these truths:
God is with me every step.
I am never too broken (too unfinished, too anything) to be restored and loved by God.
I can rest in what Jesus has already done on the cross.
God loved me first. He meets me right where I am.
There is a place beyond where I am today.
Maybe you need to remind yourself of those same truths. Download this free printable to help: The Mended Heart_Quotes Poster
I hope you come back. We love nothing more than talking about living free in this community.
If you are searching for a resource to help you as you grow, The Mended Heart and The Unburdened Heart are gentle, transforming tools to take with you on the journey.
One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I would recommend this to any and everyone. I could relate to so much of it and put to work in my own life the things she talks about. ~ Trisha H.
If you want to read a free chapter of each, here you go!
The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places
The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness
Thank you, Suzie. What a beautiful viewpoint that is not guilt-ridden or depressing. We are unfinished and in the hand our our great God, that is a beautiful and hopeful thing. Thank you!
Who has time for guilt? It’s a worthless emotion that keeps us stuck, but conviction to grow and encouragement to discover what God has? That’s healing! That helps us live free.
Well done arilcte that. I’ll make sure to use it wisely.
A number of years ago I had a magnet on my fridge, saying, “God isn’t finished with me yet.” It was of great comfort and encouragement to me in those early years as a wife and mother. Even now, 20+ years later, I can see how God is still at work. Thanks, Suzie, for your encouraging words!
I plan to be a kicking old lady one day, still growing, still discovering what God wants to do in and through me. Still learning. Still reaching!
Refreshing encouragement, Suzie, because really we are all unfinished until the moment we step into glory. I pray I continue to grow until that day.
Perfect word for this discouraged girl. The waiting can be wearying sometimes. Thanks, Suzie.
I can relate to how you described your younger self. I was shy but also very introverted. I did not like to greet people in public and just went about my business with head down. Partly because of shame or avoiding having to explain myself (an unwed mother at 22, college drop out…..etc…) It took time to learn to hold my head up and smile at people or ask how they are doing. I still tend to avoid people but He is growing me and I am able to come out of my shell much more these days by His Spirit. I’m so thankful for that Holy presence in me and for the ways He helps me overcome this. I am unfinished but I know the one who is shaping me. Thank you Suzie.
Exactly how I feel today – UNFINISHED
Thanks for encourage me today.
Suzie, I love the thought I am unfinished but I am worthy…worthy in Him. Have fun in DC. I live 40 miles south of DC in Fredericksburg, VA. Tons of history here too. Thank you for sharing His truth and your dedication to the ministry He has called you to. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.