Did you hear that #morethanaframe is back?! That's right! It's not too late to join the fun!
This week's prompt was IMPERFECT. Oh, how I struggled with this prompt this week. But then I was reminded that my caption doesn't have to be perfect. It doesn't have to say exactly what I feel. Because I AM imperfect and I can rejoice in that truth. Thanks for sharing your hearts this week friends. Here are my favorites from this week:
I'm learning that the way my God loves me is wild. It amazes me, humbles me, and puts everything broken back together again. His love is deep, His love is wide, and it covers us. His love is fierce, His love is strong, and it's furious. It's been a week of feeling like a failure, feeling discouraged and overwhelmed, and wanting to just quit and give up and shut down. My imperfections have never been more clear to me. But I am loved with a wild, furious, relentless love. That love is changing me day by day. I'm so grateful for a love that never gives up, for a perfect Father who gives amazing grace. I'm writing it on my hand until the ink fades and writing it on every page so I never forget it. What a wild, wild love. // #morethanaframe #vscocam
This week's #morethanaframe with @thatsageblog and @mrthomasandme is #imperfect. It's a funny thing for a perfectionist to write about. Today in my journal, I am writing the rough draft for a blog post about one of the messiest moments in my life since this Thursday is the year anniversary of sharing it with the world (Dear Nina in a Prom Dress). This is what I know about imperfection. It's necessary and the sooner we learn that, the more peace we can know. Why it's easier to accept in others than in myself, I don't know. Why writing about such an imperfect and disastrous moment in my life, one I've already shared, still scares the breath out of me, is just another mystery. I know God does not desire perfection from me. He desires love and obedience. And so I must remind myself, the recovering perfectionist, over and over again. And so I write the hard, messy, imperfect stories, knowing that in time there is always beauty from the ashes. But there has to be a fire first to cause those ashes and finally the beauty. #beautyfromtheashes #lampandlight #holdersnotfolders
If someone said my life was perfect, I would smile but say that it's not. Life is all about the imperfections. It's the imperfections that make life beautiful and worth living. I would tell them that I don't ever want my life to be considered "perfect". Perfect is boring to me and who wants to be boring? I love all the imperfections between myself, my husband, and our life together. I think being imperfect is perfectly beautiful. #morethanaframe
Marriage isn't all rainbows and butterflies. For the longest time, I've had the luxury of living with my family, so co-habitating with my husband is proving to be challenging. We deal with each other's idiosyncrasies on a daily basis. In this seemingly perfect life we're living, we're #imperfect. Marriage is a lifetime commitment, and we remain to be a work-in-progress. #morethanaframe
The definition of I M P E R F E C T is pretty self explanatory: not perfect; however, further reading on Google I saw these two: faulty or incomplete. This week's prompt is a struggle for me because who wants to focus on being incomplete or faulty? I know I will never be perfect at anything on this Earth, only Jesus was. I had dinner with my favorite 6 year old Monday night and she said: "You know what I can't wait for?" I randomly responded with "Halloween?" and she said "YES! Because once Halloween gets here then its fun things, especially Christmas!" 🎅 I told her that I couldn't wait for Halloween either, but that she should celebrate today - because each day is a gift. I could tell she soaked in what I said because the next thing I know, we are in Forever 21 and she is dancing around the store to the music. Her dancing was the opposite of perfect; but I grabbed her small hands in mine and we danced IMPERFECTLY next to a rack full of discounted clothes. In that moment, I realized that being an adult can be hard. Our 20's are nowhere near stable, and a lot of the time we feel really incomplete. But I think that's the positive side of I M P E R F E C T - we will never be perfect here on Earth so we should all take a collective sigh of relief, grab someone's hand and just let go of our constant perfectionist qualities. But when we get to Heaven? Let the perfect dancing begin.
beautiful scene just steps away from our home. my husband is happy, my dog is happy and my brain has been filled with anxiety since about 2am for no apparent reason. i have worked out, meditated, had zero caffeine and eaten healthy and i still can't shake it. it's making me moody, impatient and not even fun to be around myself. sometimes i feel like i've gotten a hold of my anxiety and other times it's still got a hold on me. so for the remainder of the day i am focusing on gratitude because i do believe this platform can be #morethanaframe. if you're having a rough monday, find 3 things to be grateful to see, smell, taste or experience and take deep breaths. this too shall pass...
My imperfections run far deeper than these mismatched socks. I have battle scars that still flare up at the most unexpected of times and I can treat people poorly because of them. I lash out at my closest friends and family who love me in the valleys and at the tops of my mountains and I am so grateful, because I need them during the valleys and appreciate them there so much more than I do at the mountaintops. #Meghandoes2015 #morethanaframe #onmeghansheart
Today I am mentally, physically, and emotionally drained. This parenting business is hard work. Wanting to ease your child's mind and burden yet knowing you can't wrecks you. But as this week's #morethanaframe prompt suggests everything doesn't have to be perfect. In fact even though life is #imperfect it's still pretty sweet. I love that saying, if everyone threw their burdens into a pile and saw what everyone else carried, they'd quickly grab their burdens back. So....it could always be worse. I'll take these issues and cope. And celebrate this I M P E R F E C T life of mine.
Perfectionism is such a beautifully dressed up lie. This weeks #morethanaframe challenge left me thinking about what it means to be #imperfect, and moreover, just how much Jesus loves and accepts our imperfections, forgives us though we might not deserve it, no perfection required. I've been a Type A, people pleasing, perfectionist worry-wart for about as long as I can remember, and I'm so thankful for @thatsageblog picking this prompt! I need a swift kick in the butt to remind me, perfect is so overrated, so unnecessary, and so unhelpful. The only thing I should strive for is to be more like Christ. And though I fail, a lot, He keeps picking me back up.
This week's #morethanaframe topic is IMPERFECT, and I love that Paul understood how to run with imperfection. Reading through the Corinthians, you see that Paul was extremely confident in his calling, but also extremely aware and embracing of his own shortcomings ( I love 1 Cor. 2:1-5 ). This is how I want to live my life, confident in who Christ made me to be & simultaneously constantly allowing my imperfections to create space for more Jesus. Because this world doesn't need more of Amy, it needs more of Jesus.
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