Finding Jesus in Others

{part two of two} If you missed part one, you can get caught up here. The short summary is that last week I started to unravel. Self-doubt crept into my life and consumed me. And the worst part, I gave self-doubt (the devil) a seat at the table. I listened to the criticism and judgement. And I joined in, with a loud voice. It paralyzed me and put a stop on living my days as Jesus intended.

1 John 1:2

It was about mid-week, that with tear-filled eyes I cried out to Jesus. I specifically prayed that he strengthen my confidence and help me stop contributing to my own demise. {This is where you’re looking for the moment when the Holy Spirit fills me and I was reassured of my own abilities. Followed by a few skips through a daisy field and then I share how the week went on to be my best yet. Unfortunately, not the case. But read on… it gets better.} And still, I couldn’t pull myself out.

But here’s where I learned a few things… I learned that if Jesus can’t get you to hear His deliverence, He’ll seek out a messenger. In the midst of this self-doubt episode, I didn’t overcome the devil by myself. But that Jesus, He knew. He knew we weren’t intended to be alone in this life (scripture says so John 13:34).

So He sent a few messengers {some of you know you were that messenger, others of you will now – but I’m celebrating and thanking each of you} to pull me out. They came, unsolicited, with messages of encouragement and confidence. They invited conversation and sprinkled just enough reassurance to break that cycle. And that’s how the week got better. The criticism and doubt in my head slowed and the voice of truth has begun to grow louder. “You are enough. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. You are created in His image, clothed in stregth and dignity… “

I’m grateful for the reminder that we’re in this life together. And as vulnerable as I feel sharing, it’s worth it if it reminds you that you’re not alone. When the song God wrote for your life begins to get messy… and you find yourself contributing, seek Jesus, seek a friend and goodness, feel free to seek me. We’re in this together and we were created for a JOYful life. Let’s find it.

Relevant Scripture: “Dear friend, and I pray all goes well for you. I hope you are as strong in body, as I know you are in spirit.” 1 John 1:2

Jesus, thank you for knowing what we need when we need it. Thank you for hearing our cries and answering our prayers even when they arrive in ways we don’t expect. Amen.

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

2 thoughts on “Finding Jesus in Others

  1. “Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made it your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that your goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”-Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness
    Whenever I forget WHOSE I am, I fall into the trap of societal life of scarcity. The life of being never enough. But when I remember whose I am, there’s no negotiating my worth, and I continue living with the joy of Jesus in me. #easiersaidthandone

    Thank you for your words C, and THANK GOD for friends.. especially the soul sisters that He’s orchestrated into each of our lives. Don’t know what I’d do without ya as a friend and team member Care. Love you!

    1. Heidi… your reflections are such a breath of fresh air. Partly because you contribute to the message with quotes and personal thoughts that resonate with me. And partly because you’re honest about how challenging it is #easiersaidthandone. I’m with you… that trap is easy to fall in and I find it’s even more tempting to stay there. For me, it seems that once you travel down that path, it becomes more natural to tear yourself down than to see your reflection for what it is; perfectly beautiful and exactly enough – as. you. are. It’s then when He sounds the trumpets and calls in back-up. And in the voice of another, I’m grateful to find reminders of His love. Can’t wait to grab a coffee and continue this conversation! Joy on my sister in Christ.

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