“God often waits until we’re out of ideas before He lets us know His plans. He competes for our hearts, not our attention.” – Love Does

Reading these words and allowing them to sink into my core truly did a number on me. I am one of five children and growing up I would find myself working hard to be different – to stand out – to be noticed. Before I knew it I was involved in every club under the sun and said yes to way too many things. People often would say I was 16 going on 25 – ha for good reason.

Ladies, don’t we find ourselves doing this in relationships as well? I can’t help but picture myself dancing with Jesus after he picked up the pieces of my heart for the hundredth time. He would be so sweet to make me whole again and lo and behold someone would waltz in and take my breath away. Jesus would then be forced to take a backseat, again. I am so thankful for God’s sovereignty and free will but boy do I wish I would have trusted His heart more. Then maybe, just maybe my idea of love and wholeness would be much richer.

How beautiful is it that we exist to glorify a god who competes for our hearts? What a lovely picture of a promise rooted in love. I think about the many people God has placed in my life. I have some of the most incredible friends and mentors that I get the pleasure of walking through life each day with. I love hearing their stories and how God is glorified through them in His own way. All of them share how stepping into the promises of His will for them took them letting go. Dying to themselves. Walking into the unknown. Isn’t it interesting that our own Savior did the very same? He chose to follow the will of our Father. Beautiful.

1 Peter 3:4 tells us as women our beauty should be of our inner self, “the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” I have learned that although my heart and intentions may be pure – God wants all of me. That means he wants my whole heart. The broken places. The shut down places. The fearful places. The happy places. The confident places. The proud places. The insecure places. The girly places. The hopeful places. The gentle places. The kind places. The hard places. The willing places. The rude places. The judgemental places. The honest places. The joyful places. The crazy places. The unopened places. A L L ¬†places. Then, and only then, will he reveal His plans that He chose specifically and intentionally for me.

Today, I encourage you to step into the perfect plan God has for you. Give Him your heart – for he alone made it whole from the very beginning.