Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

A Work In Progress

A Work In Progress

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How often have we allowed a hurtful comment someone made to us to take root in our minds and hearts? And how many times do we allow a situation we don't want to be in define us, even if just for a short while? We know, deep down, that those hurtful comments or those situations aren't truth, so why do we allow them to affect us so much? As someone who struggles with anxiety, these occurrences are nothing new. I've struggled with this since I've been old enough to feel societal pressure, and it's something I still struggle with. On those days when depressive symptoms set in, it gets even worse. On top of that, I put so much pressure on myself to perform in certain ways. I often get frustrated if I don't get something on the first try. This season has shown me that is something I need to work on, so I've tried to seek out those opportunities. They're riddled with anxiety and fear, but each time I persevere, I feel a little better.

"Anytime we feel not good enough we deny the powerful truth that we are a glorious work of God in progress." - Lysa TerKeurst, It's Not Supposed To Be This Way

We have to be kind to ourselves. That may not be easy, but it's necessary. And God can help us find that self-kindness. When we pray and look back on the ways God has provided for us in the past, we can see He has shown us grace and kindness, and if he's done that, it can be easier to do it ourselves. If He doesn't expect us to be perfect, we shouldn't expect ourselves to be perfect either.

I've heard the phrase "I've changed" a lot recently, and I've said it a lot myself. It's the truth. But an even bigger truth is that we continue to change because we are always learning something about ourselves and God is always working on us. We are all works in progress. God is constantly shaping us and providing us with tools to carry on. And if we are works in progress, then so are those around us, and we have to show them the same kindness.

That means practicing patience. And who better to look to for guidance on that than God? If we turn to Him every time we feel like we don't measure up, He will give us peace and assure us that we are loved just as we are.

So, the next time you feel not good enough, remind yourself that you're a work in progress and that it's okay. Take a deep breath, step back, and look at how far God has brought you and how He has shaped you. Sometimes all we need is a little perspective.

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