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Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith through following Jesus Christ. As president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, Lysa has lead thousands over the past 15 years to help make their walk with God an invigorating journey. Not...

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  1. Lysa,
    So true that we so often look at what we are not, and do not celebrate what we are. I “do” guilt really well, but I am learning, deep in my heart, that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” and to constantly feel this false guilt is criticizing God’s awesome workmanship. May we all “cut the threads of guilt with the edge of grace”!
    Blessings,
    Bev

  2. Thanks to God and my Christian friends, I have learned during those moments of guilt to say, “But I’m a good person.” I guess that’s celebrating.

  3. I guess none of us is superwoman. Thanks for reminding me of this. I’m sure your friend who cooks the homemade meals isn’t writing books and speaking! Today this helps me cut myself some slack!

  4. I get so wrapped up in those stinkin’ garbage bags, literally and figuratively! Thank you for a heaping helping of encouragement, Lysa.

  5. Thank you! Thank you! As I look around at school books in every direction and day planners that seem to be for looks only I am slowly becoming an overwhelmed mess. Your words were came through on my newsfeed just after I finished my prayer journal entry about what a mess I am today. I appreciate your transparency. Thank you

  6. AMEN!!!
    Seems like so much of what we read and hear is telling us to be more or do more. Sadly…even in the church and from fellow Christians.
    Jesus loves us. He died for us. He made a way for us to live this life by His grace. Perhaps the joy is gone because we are always comparing ourselves to what we read and see. Time to enjoy being us…made in God’s image, filled with His love and peace. Paul said “I have learned to be content…”

  7. I’m currently walking a tightrope of three kids in three different schools with a ridiculous list of activities. Trying to do it all is impossible, and there’s a little freedom in knowing it:)

  8. Thank you for that reminder and allowing myself and other christian women share your love of God. I’m currently reading “And He dwelt among us” teachings from the Godpel of John. By AW Tozer. I reccomend this book to everyone who wants to know the Lord in more ways than we can imagine.

  9. This morning I found a sermon note in my Bible that said ” the enemy works through accusation, discouragement and isolation.” Thanks Lysa for helping us do battle!!

  10. Just wrote a blog about Who I Am…I am not the sum of what I am not. Or even my “positive” traits strung together. I am the daughter of the king, a woman who says “Yes” to God. Guilt has not place here! Only God’s grace. Thank you for saying the same thing…only better.

  11. My daughter tried to commit suicide in April. May she find a place
    with Jesus as did the girl in your story.

  12. I loved your post. My garbage overfloweth with take out and microwaveables far more often than fresh peelings too. My house is often cluttered and messy. But, I have a heart for God, I try to do my best raising my sons and to be active in my church in various ministries and in Celebrate Recovery. This reminds me that it is my story and my heart that will lead more people to Jesus than my culinary skills.

  13. Thanks for a great article. I sometimes get caught up in that lie, that I must do more. Have a perfectly organized home, weigh less, and prepare the perfect meal every night. At 55 years old, I’m learning to relax a little, take time out for me without the guilt. I try not to let guilt take free rent in my head and my heart, it’s okay to take some time for my crafts, as it’s meditative for me, my quiet time with God. It’s sad that women are made to feel they have to keep doing… We are human beings, not human doings!!

  14. Such Truth. We are so prone to comparison and all it does is take our eyes off the Lord.
    Thank you for the renewed perspective.

  15. Being a recovering drug addict, I feel like I have a lot to feel guilty about. Guilt is something I’ve dealt with for most of my life. Recently God has been speaking to my heart, and the other day when a woman I didn’t know came into my store, walked up to me and said, “I hear that you’re listening to Jesus music, would you pray for my grand son? ”
    I smiled and told her of course! And somehow I didn’t feel like so much of a failure after all!
    God is just so amazingly awesome.

  16. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in guilt and so much harder to accept grace. I saw Lysa at a speaking event on November 3, 2012 and it changed my life. That was the day I said yes to Jesus being the Lord of my heart.

  17. Lysa,

    That is soo very true. I often look at my downfalls–can’t hear good, can’t speak good and complain. I should look at the many gifts I have and thank God for them. We have so much to be thankful for. Rather than complain about stuff I’m going to put the trash out and start listing my thanks.

    I’m going to stop comparing myself to others and realize I am fearfully and wonderfully made in the eyes of God and He loves me most of all!