When did Jesus stop being enough?

When did Jesus stop being enough?

This question punched me in the gut recently. And as I grappled with the answer, I began to see that if I was being honest, for me it wasn’t linked to a single moment, but instead it was a gradual decline. A gradual slide that reared its ugly head one night when I found myself defending what my version of God’s best looked like. A gradual deviation from relying totally and completely on Jesus and His power, to relying on Jesus plus something else.

Was I alone?

I don’t think so.

In fact this type of thought seemed to prevail everywhere I went. His power appeared to be enough in theory, in conversation, and even in my favorite worship songs but when life happened, Jesus always seemed to suddenly be coupled with something else.

What do I mean?

I mean Jesus plus a mask equaled protection. Or Jesus plus a vaccine equaled the end to a pandemic. Or Jesus plus therapy equaled mental wholeness. Or Jesus plus education equaled success. Or Jesus plus a big savings account equaled financial success.

Am I saying any of these things in themselves are bad? No… But I’d argue that putting one’s faith in them is…Because when did Jesus stop being enough?

When did the Healer stop healing?

When did the Provider stop providing?

When did the Prince of Peace run out of peace?

When did Jesus start needing our help?

When did Jesus stop being enough?

The questions though they may appear rhetorical if we’re being honest sometimes we could identify an answer. Well the Prince of Peace ran out of peace when this happened to me or that happened… you fill in the blank. Or he stopped healing when I got that terrible diagnosis or had that awful pain… Or He needed my help because I didn’t see what He was doing…

But when did Jehovah Jireh change meaning?

And when did Jehovah Rapha no longer apply?

When did Jesus plus something begin to equal the answer?

When did Jesus plus something begin to be “the thing”?

Regardless of the answer, the truth of the matter remains

JESUS + nothing = EVERYTHING

JESUS + nothing = THE SOLUTION

Have I figured out how to put these insanely simple formulas to practice everyday?

No, but I sure am asking the Holy Spirit to teach me.

IT DOESN’T (ALWAYS) HAVE TO BE THAT HARD…

It’s a little embarrassing how long it’s been since I’ve blogged 🤪 and if I’m being completely honest this blog post is partially motivated by the fact that my website renewed and I had to pay the yearly fee. 💯 And it was in paying that fee that I had to decide whether or not to continue to blog…And so here I am!!

Long time no see! 👋🏽

This idea that life doesn’t have to be that hard came to me sometime in 2018… And has kind of been like this faithful friend that has challenged me every single day.

Am I saying that life is easy?

No.

Life isn’t all rainbows 🌈 and unicorns🦄 and sunshine ☀️, but it also isn’t all about the struggle and the hustle and the grind. Life doesn’t always have to be so hard.

I think sometimes we (myself included) can kind of get so used to the struggle that we come to just kind of expect it. And expectation is a funny thing…what you expect you often attract 🙃

So let’s reframe the struggle! Let’s reframe the grind! Let’s not pretend they don’t exist, but let’s not get so caught up in their existence that we forget to enjoy the life in between.

I may be working toward a new goal, but I’m going to enjoy my today!

WHY?

Bc life doesn’t always have to be so hard. 💃🏾

IMPERFECT

So I took a personality test the other day, and they labeled me a perfectionist…

And I just kinda shrugged it off…*shrugs*

But then I messed up. *sigh* And I found myself having a phone conversation w/ one of my friends about the mess up and in the middle of explaining to her why I was so upset, it hit me I WANTED TO BE PERFECT…or I at least wanted to appear that way.

And as I admitted it out loud, it hit me even harder. Because you see perfection is an impossibly hard standard to hold yourself to…🤦🏽‍♀️ (side note: I’ve edited this blog more times than I’m willing to admit…bc it wasn’t…perfect 🙃)

But you know I realized something else quite recently too!! God never asked you or me to be perfect, He’s only asked us to be obedient…to do what He asks, to step outside of our comfort zone, to take the leap of faith…or sometimes just take the next step.

And it’s in that step of obedience He’s honored…not in our perfection.

So if not today, then tomorrow step out of your comfort zone, try something new but before you do remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect…bc God’s already got that covered.

Why A Blog?

So if I was being completely honest–and I intend to be 🙂 — this blog is many months in the making.  It’s the culmination of lots of lessons learned, some tears cried and more moments of frustration than I can even count.  It’s the final act in giving up trying to figure out how each part of my life fits.  How each part will one day unfold into the beautiful plan that I hope for and dream about.  It’s an act of obedience that for me doesn’t make a whole lot of sense which is why it’s ultimately an act of complete trust– trust that the plan will work out and be beautiful in its time…

This blog is just a piece of my story.

Can I share it w/ you?