All You Need is Love

Recently, I picked up a book entitled “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst, a book I simply could not put down until completed.  Here is a link to the book.

In the book, the author discusses various topics women face such as fears of rejection and failure but she also talks about love.

As women we all want to love and be loved. But, after reading this book, I realized perhaps we are, like the country song says, “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Sustaining love will never be found in others approval or acceptance, in a bottle or a bar, lovers or labels, accolades or achievements or perfect conditions or circumstances. Lasting love cannot be measured by the number on the scale or the number of likes on social media. It cannot be bought, traded or bartered for.

Genuine love begins with God, is placed within the woman, is excavated by Christ and cultivated daily through grace.

Col 3:14 tells us that “And above all these things, put on love.” Why? Because when we are wearing love, and are “rooted and grounded in love.” (Eph 3:17) we are then equipped to handle life’s storms and disappointments. We don’t fall apart when lovers leave, friends walk away, failures haunt us and labels fade.

We are loved by a Father who doesn’t make His love circumstantial, has no weight requirements, demands no achievements be made or accolades be won, finds us gorgeous when we are made up and stunning when the makeup comes off. He loves us when we don’t feel loveworthy or when others treat us as unloveable.

My encouragement for you today is that you step into His love. Breathe it in, luxuriate in it, and simply accept it. We sing a song at my church that says “Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never walks out on me.” That is the love that will sustain you through sleepless nights, lonely days and discouraging times. Embrace the love and embrace Him. Then simply be yourself knowing you are loved and loveworthy.

Sandra Hubbard
www.elevatechicinspiredliving.wordpress.com

 

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What is The Chic Creative?

In response to a friend asking “What is the Chic Creative?”

Feeling suffocated by the useless excess, emotional garbage, limiting beliefs, self imposed insecurities and a lack of defined desires one day I simply broke. It was time to fully accept responsibility for where I was and commit to making necessary adjustments to changing it.

Change begins by asking the right questions and that day my questions were “WHO do I want to be, WHAT do I want, WHY do I want it and HOW can I obtain it?”  My initial answer was “I don’t know” but determined to excavate the truth, I kept digging until the answers finally emerged. Knowing these answers changed EVERYTHING.

Being a list-lover, I wrote down those answers then a list of tasks necessary to get what I longed for which was and is to infuse my everyday with inspiration, adventure/travel, elegance, simplicity and joy because that is what my heart craves. (I silently referred to this list as “Operation Comeback”).

When others noticed my “Comeback” their question was “How?”

And from sharing my struggle, my story and my faith with them, a deep desire to pursue a life intent on inspiring you to satisfy your heart’s cravings was born.

From this blog to sharing with ladies groups as well as coaching women individually, my ultimate goal is to provide you the motivation, encouragement and support needed to experience life on your terms.

 And that is how The Chic Creative came to be.

Thank you for being here! As always your comments are welcome below and you are welcome to share this post.

Sandra Hubbard

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The Canvas and the Clay

It started with a 40 Day Prayer Challenge at church. Diving in I was ready to see God answer all my prayers.  And He is  – in His way not mine.

While prayer has alway been included in my morning time it had become less passionate and more perfunctory.  Now, being guided by the book “Draw the Circle”, my prayers were forced from the repetitive to praying with authenticity, honesty and a call to surrender completely to Him, something I had never fully done.  I regularly and freely offered God suggestions as to how He could and should answer my prayers.

Yet one morning the frustrations became too much, the formality fell away and out came the truth, all of it pouring forth like a rushing river that could not be stopped.

And God listened.

I vented and complained about my disappointments, cried many tears, asked “why” repeatedly, admitted truths about myself I self-righteously ignored, utterly fell to my knees in surrender then pleaded for grace.

It was raw and it was real. Then it was quiet.

What had I done?  Had I alienated or angered Him? Now what?

Then He was there softly speaking His word through Isa 64:8 “…You are our Father, We are the clay and You our potter” and Gen 1:1 “… God created the heaven and the earth.”  Could I trust Him the Creator in every area of my life?

After years forcing God from His rightful place behind the potter’s wheel and in frustration grabbing the paint brush from His hand all I had to show was a useless lump of clay and a blank canvas.

I wasted tears and years trying to be the Painter and the Potter and out of sheer desperation was ready to finally accept my rightful place as the canvas and the clay.

To watch, wait and seek His will instead of forcing my own then blaming Him when it failed.

In letting go I found what I thought having control could give me – Peace.  He is capable, He cares and I now know that surrender comes before success.

This canvas and clay owes her all to the Painter and the Potter.

Sandra Hubbard

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