A storm is rolling in, so the patio door is open. Nothing is more calming to me than a thunder storm rolling in on the tail of a smoldering summer day. It puts me in the mood to drink wine, think, reflect, and blog.
Life in Grace is my favorite blog. Hands down. If I could choose someone at random to sit and have a cup of coffee with, I think it would be Edie. I want to bake and cook everything she does. I want to talk about what she is reading and what is currently on her heart and mind. I listen to all of her podcasts and usually buy books she highly recommends. She has inspired so much of my home decor, including the deer head creature!! I knew she was cool when she threw in a fake deer head as decoration. It's gutsy.
The tomato pie/tarte I prepared tonight came from Edie's blog. Mine did not look like hers at all, but man, it was good. I layered mine a bit differently, but the content and recipe was the same. Here are a few pictures of how mine turned out.
You have to make it. Tomorrow. It's that good.
I consider the domestic type things such as baking, cooking, and decorating a strength of mine. Which randomly (my mind goes in a million different directions all the time) got me to thinking about strengths in general. I'm reading a book called, "You're Already Amazing: Embracing Who You are, Becoming All God Created You to Be." My mom gave me a little devotional that went along with it. We are present people!
And when I found my mama's inscription; Well you know, I lost it.
Anyway, I've been thinking about strengths. It came about as I was over focusing on my weaknesses: My disorganization, my tendency to be a little messy, my habit of losing things (KEYS), and my frustration at myself when all of these things occur! It happened an hour ago when I forgot to put the parmesan cheese in with the mozarella at the bottom of the pie pan. I cussed at myself, y'all! Hell, it's just cheese. It's OK! These things tend to happen when I'm exhausted, rushed, or fearful. After some thinking and reading a passage from "You're Already Amazing," I am beginning to reframe this negative self talk.
Here is the passage I'm referring to:
"But even in our areas of strength, we’ll mess up. We’ll fall short. We’ll make mistakes. That’s why there’s grace. Also, be gentle with yourself. When we’re tired, hungry, lonely, or afraid, our strengths can quickly flip to the other extreme. Passion becomes irritability. Sensitivity becomes worry. We’ll all slip out of our strengths at times. The key is just getting back to them as quickly as possible. Receiving God’s grace and giving it to ourselves speeds up that process. The goal is not perfection. It’s simply to be in an intimate relationship with Christ each day, fully embracing who He created us to be, and seek to fulfill the purpose He has for us. He is our greatest strength."
The behaviors I refer to above may be weaknesses, but they are a result of greater strengths! On the other side of the crazy, I am passionate, intense, creative, spontaneous, flexible, resilient, and servant-hearted. I'm right brained, which means my strengths will often lead to a little frenzy and chaos!! My mind tends to take me all over the place!
So next time when you "mess up" or feel like you are a big ball of weaknesses, think about the strength counterpart. Let's be gracious to ourselves. When our strengths begin to "flip to the other extreme" let's breathe, re-center, and slow. Let's make a choice not to shame ourselves for being human and imperfect. That is an expectation we put on ourselves and an expectation we have the ability to change. And that brings me to my word: BRAVE. It takes guts and bravery to change our patterns of thought and behavior. We can do this.
Alright, now go make a tomato pie, and embrace some grace this week! I better go make sure my keys are in my purse, now ;).