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Dealing with emotions

BY TARA BURKE

“The prayers and supplications that Christ offered up were, joined with strong cries and tears, herein setting us example not only to pray, but to be fervent and importunate in prayer. How many dry prayers, how few wet ones, do we offer up to God!” – Matthew Henry


Let them out. Yes, let all the ugly tears roll down your cheeks, let the ache sit in your heart for more than two seconds, let yourself break.

In a world that glorifies being strong and resilient I think we’ve lost touch with being vulnerable and weak. We love to quote, 2 Corinthians 12:10 – For when I am weak, then I am strong.”(ESV), but if we’re honest with ourselves we often don’t ever want to go through the weak part… we just want to make it to the strong part.

For most of my life I’ve been very good at the strong part in public and the weak part in private. As I’ve grown in God it has blended into a mixture of both public strength and weakness. I think God is most glorified when our weakness acts as a wick, laid in the oil of our pain, only to be lit on fire by the strength of God Almighty himself. As we embrace our hurt, our struggles, our shame and our failures we can lay them before God to spark effervescent light, which is why Paul talks so passionately about boasting in his weaknesses.

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)

Enneagram 2 Problems

One of the qualities of the Enneagram 2 that I relate with A LOT is the ability to love and serve in such a measure that just doesn’t really stop. If y’all haven’t checked out Sleeping At Last’s Enneagram based songs, you need to because they are all pretty awesome, but I feel the “Two” lyrics deep. Although, it is describing a little bit of the unhealthy side of the enneagram (loving and sacrificing for someone to the point that you’re hurting yourself), something I can definitely be guilty of if I don’t keep myself in check, but it displays pretty well what lengths 2s will often go to take care of the people they love. So, I thought I’d share one of my “2” struggles in hopes of helping you navigate friendships and how they can honor God, your friends and yourself when you have this kind of love to give!

https://youtu.be/PrDzd4ufypE
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NY Reproductive Health Act Thoughts

love never gives up

Been doing some thinking on the Reproductive Health Act that was just passed in NY, especially late term abortions. Although it can be very easy to sit in judgement on either side of the camp, I often think using our voices sometimes drowns out God’s… even if our intention was to make God’s voice known. Comment sections fill with people simply defending instead of leading (I’ve got a whole essay behind this thought…if you’re interested in hearing it, lmk in the comments).

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