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Fullness of Joy
Transcript of Fullness of Joy
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed. ~ John Newton
I was taught to be practical in everything I do
Holding on to what is tangible, and then came You
That's when I found myself so far away, from everything I knew
I took a leap of faith
Even though You're difficult for me to explain
I know I'll never be the same
You're everything I cannot see
You're everything I cannot say
I know it all seems so illogical
But that's okay
You're the love You give to me
You're the love I give away
You are everything impossible
And that's okay
~ Mercy Me
FAITH GRACE WOUNDED HEALER My Childhood Out of darkness into light my purpose 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved-- 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:4-10 FULLNESS OF JOY by katie foote “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy.” ~ Psalm 16:11a As Frankl puts it a person’s “search for meaning is the primary motivation in his [or her] life and not a ‘secondary rationalization’ of instinctual drives. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning” (99). -Older sister, brother Jared 2 years younger
-Dysfunctional home life, brother diagnosed at age 3 with ADHD and parents always fighting or disciplining
- “ugly duckling” archetype of the “wild woman”
o“exile of the unmatched child,” where the “basic psyche of the self is wounded early on” in “girl children who display a strong instinctive nature,” which was very much me at an early age. Estes’ goes on to explain that as this “significant suffering in early life” occurs “the girl begins to believe that she is weak, ugly, unacceptable, and that this will continue to be true no matter how hard she tries to reverse it” (184).
-Loss of innocence
-Loss of confidence and an increase in anxiety and fear
-Low self-worth – not worth of my parents attention
-Put the pressure on myself to be “perfect,” “good,” and “never mess up”
- shame and guilt
“There is something beyond the ordinary facts of men’s behavior, and yet quite definitely real – a real law, which none of us made, but which we find pressing on us” (27). There are “two odd things about the human race: First, human beings, all over the earth, have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it. Secondly, that they do not in fact behave in that way” (18). ~ C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity
As a child I “didn’t have the faculties to process or sort through what was happening to [me]. [My] parents were godlike. [I] believed them to be right.” If [I was] overwhelmed or belittled or hurt or abused, [I] believed that somehow it was because of [me]—the problem was with [me] (Eldridge 68).
- "Belief" in God, but no real meaning to my life
- family stopped attending church at a young age God has “great power and mighty strength…and his understanding no one can fathom” ~ Isaiah 40: 26,28 -5th grade – went to Church for first time with friend
-Junior High – asked Dad to take me to Church, felt momentary comfort and peace, and “good” or “moral” for going
-8th grade – retreat with church called “The Call” – very unlike me and out of my comfort zone
-Accepted Christ in my Heart as Lord and Savior, admitting that I was a sinner, or broken and imperfect, and that God sent His Son Jesus Christ onto the earth to become a man and carry the burden of our sins, dying on the cross so that we might be forgiven, and that he was buried and on the third day rose from the dead, defeating death and giving us eternal life and freedom!
-1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. 4 ~ Psalm 40: 1-4 Insecure............................Secure in Christ
Fearful and Shy.................Bold and Confident
Ugly and Weak.....................Beautiful and Strong
-complexes = “part of our identity, especially our vulnerability, without which we would not be human. Indeed they enrich our lives by connecting our woundedness and finiteness” and they have “an additional value in discovering our woundedness is that of finding a truer sense of our capabilities” (Matoon 80-81). “7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 I genuinely believe that my aim in life is to share with others the JOY within me, being once a wounded little girl that felt shy, weak, and insignificant and that is now being transformed into a woman that feels strong, bold and valued in Christ.