The Jesus-Hearted Woman

The Jesus-Hearted Woman Cover
I really enjoy blogging, and one of the best perks of the job is hearing from companies and authors that you most admire.  I was delighted recently to hear from the publisher of “The Jesus-Hearted Woman,” by Jodi Detrick, asking if I’d consider reading the book and blogging my thoughts on its message.

As The CHiC Scribe is my repository of all-time favorites, it’s not altogether easy to bend my ear and inspire a post {that said, definitely shoot me an email if you’re interested!}  I asked the publisher to please send me a copy and that I’d be happy to read the book.

Two pages in I was hooked and couldn’t wait to share Detrick’s encouragement with others.

I’m sure many of you have heard of the book, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life,” by best-selling author Joanna Weaver.  If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and pick it up.  Weaver wrote a great forward to “The Jesus-Hearted Woman” with these words…

“You’ll find practical advice in this book, but so much more.  I believe you’re going to find yourself falling more in love with Jesus as you discover what it means to belong to Him.  Drawn so close into His arms that you catch His heartbeat {italics mine}.  Held so near that your heart begins to beat in time with His.

“For you, my friend, were meant to be a Jesus-hearted woman: a humble, bold, and lovely woman who brings the love and life of the Lord to a broken-hearted world.  If you long to do something significant for God, this is the book that you’ve been looking for.  This is the book that you and I need.”

I’m not sure about you, but I’ve always felt an almost magnetic pull toward the broken-hearted in our midst.  I’ve longed to {even in a small way} touch the lives of those most in need of love.  And you must only open your eyes to see them.  {One of these days, I’ll bite the bullet and get that counseling degree to work at it full time.}

I could break down Detrick’s book chapter-by-chapter, but there just isn’t space.  Instead, I’ll focus on her first chapter, which really impacted me.  “These Shoes are Too Big,” focuses on the leadership quality of confidence, but it also directly addresses one’s life purpose {What on earth are we here for, anyway?}

The Meaning of Life - Shakespeare
Anyone else yearn to make a difference and fulfill God’s unique mission for you?  Detrick addresses that noting, “But that stirring in your chest to use your gifts and abilities?  That urgency to do something about the broken lives around you?  Those dreams of how things could be different and what it might take to make them so?  That’s the heart of Jesus beating in you.”

Tapping into Your Potential

Regardless of your current situation, God can use you exactly where you are.  Do you have a lingering longing that you think might be out of your reach?  Detrick addresses the biggest obstacle to your success… namely, your doubt.  She considered the following questions when she was asked to assume a leadership role she found well above her head…

What if this is one of the things God put me on earth to do?  If I say no, will it be because I’m living a fear-based, instead of a faith-based life?  Is dread of failure bigger to me than wanting to do God’s will?  Do I really believe God can do amazing things through ordinary people who love and trust Him?  Do I really love and trust Him enough to say yes if I believe this is what He wants for me?  

Great questions that I’m sure we’ve all considered.  She goes on to admit that she didn’t have the academic degree, formal training or the credibility to assume that level of leadership.  What would others say?  {If we’re honest, doesn’t this question get us every time?}

She refers to Robert Frost’s famous poem, “The Road Not Taken,” to challenge us on this.  It says, “Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back.”  She notes, “‘Way leads on to way.’  When we take one way, it leads us on to another way and another and another…  places we could never foresee when we’re standing at the fork deciding whether to take the safe, predictable path or the less-traveled one that requires risk and trust.”

Be brave, little one

Aargh!  There’s that word trust again!  Always the hardest thing for me to master.  Doesn’t it always boil down to faith?   Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

And what could please God more than tapping into your God-given gifts and using them for His glory?  Detrick describes someone who meets this challenge as having, “gracious confidence.”  According to her, a person who embodies this trait…

  • Is comfortable in her own skin and doesn’t try to mimic the styles or gifts of others; she doesn’t yearn for someone else’s shoes.
  • Accepts both praise and criticism without setting her heart too completely on either.
  • Rests easy after she’s done her best {even if it’s not perfect}, knowing that outcomes are up to God and the free-will responses of others.
  • Laughs at herself and learns from her mistakes.

Detrick writes, “Gracious confidence means I take the gifts God has placed in me and develop them as fully as I can, in every way I can…  Gracious confidence will help my feet to grow into those too-big shoes.”

So, What is Your Sweet Spot?

What is your gift that you KNOW you’ve been given, but might be afraid to fully tap into?  No time like the present!  Detrick notes, “… there are a few things that are truly my sweet spot – things that I can learn to do well, that also make me come alive inside.”  There’s your passion and your invitation to take off!  I invite you to step away from the sidelines and jump headfirst into this talent.  Pay close attention to the passions God is stirring in your heart.  Detrick concludes her chapter with, “How about it, girlfriend…  are you ready for a new pair of shoes?”

Cinderella

That was just chapter one.  To purchase Jodi’s book for much more wisdom, click here.  You can also follow her on Twitter at @Jodi_Detrick and on Facebook at jodi.detrick.  With your God-given talent and His blessing, just imagine what He has in store…

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