Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.
In ‘A Light on the Hill‘ by Connilyn Cossette, Moriyah returns as our heroine. In ‘Wings on the Wind‘ we are introduced to Moriyah when the Israelites take the walls of Jericho. She was branded on her face as a temple prostitute. A brand that she is ashamed of. A brand that causes other’s to judge her for her past. A brand of her past that cannot be erased. Seven years after the fall of Jericho we meet back up with Moriyah to discover her story. In this book we meet Darek as our hero, a potential love interest for Moriyah, as she navigates through life a branded woman. Darek sees beyond the mark on Moriyah’s face to the beauty of her spirit. Who in your life do you feel sees you this way, in spite of any insecurities or flaws you might have? How has this type of love changed the way you see yourself? Have you reminded yourself lately that your heavenly Father sees you this way? If not, take a moment and thank him now for such unconditional acceptance and love.
I’ve never been the skinniest, the prettiest, the smartest, the funniest, or even the most interesting person in any group I’ve ever been in. I’ve always been a little bit geeky (not the cool kind) and nerdy (again, not the cool kind). I’m a homebody who prefers staying home and reading a book or watching a movie or play a game than going out and people-ing. To hear some people tell it however, I develop a following and people gather to me. I think I’m flying under the radar but if I believe those around me it doesn’t happen. Don’t get me wrong, I remember in college another student didn’t like me because I was ‘too perky’. People have never been easy for me and it makes it easy to slip into self-doubt and none too positive comparisons. The difference is I am blessed with people that I choose to surround myself with that see my value. OK, they tease me like crazy but they also make me laugh, fill me with love, and are a constant reminder of my worth. My local bestie jokes that my computer is my boyfriend but at the end of the day she sees the value in me and we worked hard (and fought hard) to strengthen our friendship and each other. My book bestie is forever reminding me that I am not nerdy and geeky enough to even be considered legit in either world. But at the end of the day she reminds me that some people are just worth knowing, even though we’ve never even met face to face. My Prison Yard girls (trust me, it’s way more interesting than it even sounds) remind me everyday of the value I bring to our space. They bolster me up and keep me grounded. It is a compliment to be teased about the book in my purse. Of course my Minions of Mischief remind me every day that life is a gift and you embrace it. Your flaws are what make you special. Your quirks are what makes you fun. In Meme’s house being called weird is a compliment. I don’t have to be the skinniest, the prettiest, the smartest, the funniest, or even the most interesting person when I am with My People.
Your turn! Who in your life do you feel sees you this way, in spite of any insecurities or flaws you might have? How has this type of love changed the way you see yourself?