Yes, it’s a theme. It’s going to remain a theme for a while because I want to press into it almost as much as I want to press into the heart of God. (But nothing can come close to that!) This summer, I feel like I am just beginning to scratch the surface of God’s endless, boundless, fathomless, measureless, expansive, overwhelming, we’re-swimming-in-it LOVE. That is who He is. Love. And the fruit of dwelling in His love is pure joy and thankfulness and awe. It’s in His love that we live. It’s because of that love that we offer. It’s from that love that we find our strength.
And we want to find our strength. Jesus did.
And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. Luke 2:40
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
We are meant to grow in wisdom and stature as well; to grow in spiritual strength; to grow in our ability to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ; to grow in our knowledge of Him and His Word. To grow up up up up up. To become stronger and stronger and stronger.
Being strong is more important than being thin or popular or basically anything else we’ve thought was important. We are loved. Already. Done and done. Can’t get any more of it. Can’t lose it. But we can become stronger…and we are meant to.
Jesus grew in wisdom and strength and it was counted to Him an honor. It brought His Dad glory and pleasure. We get to do that too!
So I’m making T-shirts! Nice seg-way, huh. I’m using Teespring and you can have one too! They’re for women, (sorry fellas) and they say either “Strong Girl” or “Strong Woman”. (Strong Woman is coming soon…my son is the graphic designer and he’s away for a bit now). Anyway, I’m getting both. They’re for wearing when you hike or work out or dance around the kitchen or feel like you are slogging through your day. They’re to help you REMEMBER both who you are and who you are becoming. (Sadly, they only go up to size 2X.) You are STRONG!
I’m going to wear mine when I doggedly climb the incline in early September. I’ll let you know that date in case any of you are in the neighborhood and are training for it too and want to do it with me. We can all wear our T-shirts together! A group of Strong Girls cheering for each other in the love of God!
Oh, and P.S. You can order these UNTIL JULY 14, 2015! Also, This is not to make money. Any profits are going to be donated to Ransomed Heart’s fund for scholarships for women growing in strength to attend the Captivating retreats.
God bless your day, your week, and your summer. You are loved loved loved loved loved. And in His love, you are STRONG! Here’s the link for the T-shirts!
This one is bright pink with white writing:
This one is white with black writing: