I have this image of the woman God created me to be: calm, sensitive, wise, friendly, content, filled with hope and trust, and with a sense of purpose. And although I do have some of these traits to a varying degree I do still feel I am lacking. I rely heavily on what I like to think is bubbly personality and sometimes I speak without thinking. However, I believe all these desired qualities are traits of a woman "living loved", and what I believe Lysa is describing on page 46 in chapter 4 of her book. She states in the 3rd paragraph:
"No, the fullness of God is tucked into the secret places within them. The full taking in of God is their soul oxygen. It's not that they don't need people. They do. God created them for community. But they way they love is from a full place, not from an empty desperation. As we talked about in the last chapter, they are living loved."
I aspire, as I believe we all do (otherwise for those in the study wouldn't be, well, reading this book...), to find this fullness in God. To feel when we walk into a room rather than insecurity taking over we feel secure in the love God has for us just for being us. And by this love we will be radiant!
As I've had a few weeks of practice of putting this "living loved" into action, I will admit I am not yet there. I still feel insecure, however through this study and self-reflection on who I want to be, I have been repeating to myself in those "alone in a crowded room" situations that I am loved by God and that is enough.
How has God been speaking and loving you, lately? We would love to read about it in the comments section!