Some of my favorite quotes (I’ve been reading on my Kindle; sorry no pages numbers):
- Feeling safe does not guarantee safety.
- One of the hardest times to remember God?s truth is in the midst of strong emotion. Fear, worry, or even excitement can cloud our perception of truth. If it doesn?t feel true, it?s hard to believe it is true.
- As long as I am busy protecting myself, it is difficult for me to experience the life of Christ.
- When your safety is challenged and you recognize that familiar tug to pull out your girl-made mask, ask yourself these four questions instead: What is the truth? (Spirit) What will you believe? (Mind) What will you do? (Will) Will you give up the right to feel as if God?s truth is true? (Emotions)
- Sometimes when we talk about setting our minds on truth, our feelings and emotions are painted in a negative light. I am still learning what it means to embrace my emotional self and not hide behind my fake fines, while at the same time learning to set my mind on God?s truth even when my emotions tell me otherwise.
- Sometimes in those days, it helps to remember that God has enclosed me behind. That means everything in my past?every situation, circumstance, pain, fear, and longing I?ve ever had?he has been a barrier between those things and me.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
I’m safe, even when I don’t feel safe. I love this verse that Emily points out. God is all around me. He’s in control. He’s keeping me safe; even when I don’t feel safe.
I have to seek after God’s truth and believe that truth. I have to give up my right to be “right” and my incorrect assumptions and take hold of God’s truth.
Taking off the masks leaves me feeling naked and vulnerable, but I am safe in Him. Completely safe.
It’s bittersweet to be at the end of this book. From the beginning, I didn’t really want to write about this book. Honestly, there were weeks that I procrastinated and tried to fight writing about this book, but it was God’s way of helping me pry off the masks. I pray that my transparency has helped you understand that you’re not alone in dealing with these things, no matter what kind of “good girl” you are.
Grace for the Good Girl is an amazing book. Get a copy and then share me your thoughts on the book in the comments of the posts in this series.
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