Talk about being behind. It’s been a whirl wind summer of discovery for me, deep thinking, faith changing… just a big summer. I’ve been challenged a lot. I’m seeing things a bit differently. This study had a helping hand in opening my eyes to those around me. It’s only a 6 week study, but one that I feel about 6 months overdue in sharing with you. Ok, maybe not that long.
I was given the opportunity to get a sneak peek at I am Found, when Moody Publishers selected me to be a part of a launch team. The study is now available for sale, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Is this you?
Do you long for connection, but surround yourself with walls and a closed heart?
Do you battle shame, but long to be known and deeply loved by God? By others?
Are you hesitant to show others the real you? Do you fear rejection?
Do you desire to just been SEEN? Do you feel invisible to God? Are you hiding by choice?
I remember walking up to the counter at my Publix Deli. It was SWAMPED. The line was long, patience was wearing thing, the employees were doing their best. When my number was called, I began placing my order with the manners in which my grandmother instilled in me. Yes ma’am. No ma’am. Thank you ma’am. The woman who was serving me was worn out, you could see it in her face. It was tired, stressed, and the line after me was growing. When she handed me the last of my packages, I took a glimpse at her name tag. I said “Thank you, Linda. Have a blessed day”.
Immediately her eyes lit up, a smile appeared on her face, she relaxed just a bit. She responded with the normal “You’re welcome” and tacked on a “have a great day too”. Her attitude had shifted. I believe it was because someone recognized her. Yes, she may have been running my face through her memory trying to place me. Do we go to church together? Does she shop here often? Or, perhaps it was just as simple as being noticed in the sea of the hustle and bustle, the chaos and stress.
I believe we all have a deep desire to be seen by God, by others. We want to know that we are valued, wanted, desired. We hope that others will recognize our gifts and talent, our hard work and dedication. It isn’t even about having accolades tossed our way, being promoted and given a raise. Sometimes it is literally just wanting to know that someone sees us. Or, when we suffer that someone cares about us.
There are instances where we have created that environment because we have been shackled by guilt and carry the burden of shame. We build up walls around us so no one sees the real us, yet at the same time we scream out for people to see the false us. It’s almost like slight of hand. Look at the fake me, the perfect me, who as it all together… so that you don’t see the flawed me, the imperfect me, who is barely keeping it together.
There are times we hide because we have been hurt by others. Afraid to let people in, yet desperate to not walk through life alone. We constantly push and pull people, in and out of our lives.
Playing hide and seek with God, or others, is no longer enough. We want to be found. Seen. Known.
The I am Found study by Laura Dingman is a personal journey through the scriptures, biblical truths about how God sees us and Jesus loves us. Each week begins with a bible based teaching, followed by daily reflection, opportunities to journal your thoughts; as you explore your life. Your shame, your identity, God’s affection, relating to Him and others, and so much more.
This is a great study for personal use, small group, or ladies study.