I struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Not every minute of every day, but they are certainly there more than they should be. Failures, things I should have done, things I shouldn’t have, not having the appearance I wish I had. The list goes on and on and on.
I know many people struggle with similar things. All you have to do is look at the talk shows, the magazine racks, the bookstores, search the internet. There is so much out there about learning to love yourself. How to become a better person. How to lose 300 pounds in one week. Okay, maybe that is a little exaggeration, but you know what I mean.
There are a couple problems with this mindset.
First, in thinking I am not (insert your own adjectives) enough I’m questioning God’s handiwork. In Psalm 139:14, David declares:
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
Second, my failures shouldn’t lead me to feelings of defeat. Yes, I’ve not measured up. I’ve failed to be the woman God created me to be, I’ve sinned. But guess what? It’s a good thing I realize that because it is true. And it is only when I acknowledge that I am a sinner that I turn to God for His mercy and grace. And it is only when I do that forgiveness comes. Hmm. That is vitally important – isn’t it.
And finally, if I’m dwelling on these things, my mind isn’t where it should be. My eyes on me. And, oh, doesn’t that make the Adversary happy! As long as I’m focused on myself, I’m not obeying what Jesus considered the two most important commandments, am I? How can I be loving God with all my heart if I’m thinking about me? And could I possibly love my neighbor as myself when all I’m thinking about is me?
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
I need to stop focusing on myself and look to Jesus. When I start to obsess, I should remember Him, how He loves me. And focus on just how amazing He is. Allow myself to be awed by the truths in His word. Then I can be the woman He made me to be, loving Him and loving others as I should, through the strength of the Holy Spirit in me.
by Jennifer Rodewald
Series: Rock Creek Romance #2
Published by Rooted Publishing
Publication Date November 7, 2016
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
A single mom, a snowy Christmas, and a Secret Santa gift. Perhaps her romance days aren't over after all.
Someone has noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who sees how much I actually need help, even though I never admit it? Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful story—a romance full of hope and second chances and love.
A secret Santa gift left on Kale Brennan’s front porch opens up a fresh view of her ordinary life, and perhaps of God. Maybe she does matter. Maybe God sees her—as does a new-to-town music teacher who has her seven-year-old daughter gushing and her own knees buckling with his killer smile. But as Kale embraces new possibilities, a staple in her life—a man who is kind and steady, not to mention necessary for her injured daughter’s recovery—also snatches her attention in an unexpected way. Will the one pursuing her with his secret gift and kind gestures be the one her heart longs for in the end?
I would like to thank Jennifer Rodewald for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: Reclaimed
Kale felt like she was completely ordinary, except where it came to her daughter, Sydney. And in that area of her life, she felt like an extraordinary failure! I related so well to her struggles with not measuring up and my heart went out to her. The surprise she experienced when an anonymous gift was left on her porch and someone shoveled her driveway for her gave her hope that maybe, just maybe someone could care for her, despite her mistakes.
I loved this beautiful story! Author Jennifer Rodewald had my heart melting. It was a sweet romance, yet it was even about Kale learning – not to love herself – but to accept the love that her Savior has for her.
As a Christmas novella, Ordinary Snowflakes really emphasized the true meaning of Christmas. I’m not talking about the “spirit of giving and kindness” “peace on earth” and “goodwill to men”. I’m talking about the fact that Jesus left His heavenly home to be born fully man, fully God, in a smelly stable. To be tempted in every way as we were and yet not sin. And then to die on the cross and rise again for our salvation!
Readers of Christian fiction who appreciate reading about changed lives with a little romance mixed in will love this book!