Tuesday, March 20

Captivating

Every woman was once a little girl. And every little girl holds in her heart most precious dreams. She longs to be swept up into a romance, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, to be the Beauty of the story. Those desires are far more than child's play. They are the secret to the feminine heart. And yet- how many women do you know who ever find that life? As the years pass by, the heart of a woman gets pushed aside, wounded, buried. She finds no romance except in novels, no adventure except on television, and she doubts very much that she will ever be the Beauty in any tale. Most women think they have to settle for a life of efficiency and duty, chores and errands, striving to be the women they "ought" to be but often feeling they have failed. Sadly, too many messaged for Christian women add to the pressure. "Do these ten things, and you will be a godly woman." The effect has not been good on the feminine soul. But her heart is still there. Sometimes when she watches a movie, sometimes in the wee hours of the night, her heart begins to speak again. A thirst rises whithin her to find the life she was meant to live-the life she dreams as a little girl. The message of Captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation. The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman-they are telling you of the life God created you to live. He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman. A woman who is truly captivating.

I just shared with you a brief summary of this book I've been reading and I encourage everyone to one day read it. John & Stasi Eldredge are the author's to the book Captivating. The author goes on to say, Eve was created as the crown of creation, the image-bearer of an intimate, passionate, and captivating God. This book is an invitation to become that again, become the woman you truly are, Just as Cinderella was invited to the ball, God is inviting you to a great Romance with Him. "The eyes of his heart are ever upon you. The King is captivated by your beauty."

So I encourage you to take a journey with us, a journey of discovering and healing. For your heart is the prize of God's Kingdom, and Jesus has come to win you back for himself-all of you. We pray that God will use this book in your life, in your heart, to bring healing, restoration, joy and life! And if God does that, it will be cause for a wonderful celebration. With teacups and china. Or paper plates. Whatever. One day, we will celebrate together. In anticipation and hope, may this little book draw you closer to God's heart-and your own.

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