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Feb 28 2013

Showing our Scars by guest blogger and author, Kris Camealy

 Today I am honored to introduce Kris Camealy as our guest blogger and author.  When I stumbled upon her Lenten Devotional, I had to buy one immediately!  And I have been soaking in God’s message through her story of surrender and her beautiful way of sharing His Grace in her book and on her blog ever since!  I was so thrilled when she agreed to share with all of us on Unwrapping His Grace! I hope you are blessed and encouraged by her story today…

I rolled up my pant leg displaying the smallish scar on my knee cap I earned when I roller skated down a brick sidewalk in Ankara Turkey. My friend had been in front of me with a jump rope tied around her waist while I brought up the rear, full speed ahead down the bumpiest, gritty sidewalk I’d ever been on.

It’s no shock that once I was up to what felt like warp-factor 9, when my skate stuck in a rut, the joy ride ended with me bloody and wailing like the school girl that I was.

It was foolishness for sure, but now I had this scar to show off, my badge of bravery (or stupidity, whichever way you want to call it). Compared to my husbands deep knee scar from a colossal wipe-out during a cross-country run, mine looks like little more than a wrinkle or smear of ultra smooth skin. The point is, we all have our scars, and sometimes we like to brag about them. These make us small heroes of our own stories. These scars are proof that we lived through it.

Last year, when the Refiners fire raged all around me, as God flipped the scales off of my eyes day after day, I didn’t want to show my scars. I wanted to pull my pant leg down and cover it all up. The thought of revealing the broken places in my life made me sick with shame. My secret sins aren’t badges of honor–they aren’t suitable for baring.

Living for Christ requires submission to His lordship over our lives. To live according to his purposes, (not ours), requires a confession–true repentance, a surrender of pride that lets its guard down to admit the mistakes, the weakness, the temptations that overcame.

For me, surrender came through a wrestling. I admit, I didn’t come willingly. With my heels dug in against the Lord, I refused to bare it at first, refused to come clean. I should have known better.

The trouble is, without surrender we render ourselves useless for His purposes. To be a vessel in God’s hands, we must become what He’d have us become. If the vessel the potter is molding, hardens in the process, it must be broken and remade. It cannot be used for it’s intended purpose until the potter has formed it as it ought to be. He is the potter, and we the clay, we see this in Jeremiah 18:7

O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. NIV84

These very scars, these often, still-weeping wounds, are the very ones we ought to be willing to reveal. These are the ones that when we lift up the covering and let Him see, He works tenderly and relentlessly to heal us, to restore us, to fit us for His purposes. It is by our surrender that we are made fully useful for His glory. These scars don’t make us the heroes of our story, they point to the true hero, which is Christ. When we roll-up our sleeves and share how He saved us from our recklessness and sin, how He shut the addictions and the pride down, His name is glorified.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV84)

Give it to him, friends. Roll up your pant leg, hike up your sleeves–bare your heart, and let Him have it all. He longs to heal you–He has plans to use you.

Let go.

 

If you’re looking for a companion to walk through the refining process with you, for a limited time, I’m giving away a FREE PDF of my book, Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement for my newsletter subscribers. The book is also available on Amazon (print or Kindle) and for the Nook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a sequin-wearing, homeschooling, mops-coordinating mother of four, Kris Camealy is passionate about Jesus and her family. Her heart beats to share the hard, but glorious truth about life in Christ with anyone who will listen. When she’s not writing, she gobbles up books like they’re going out of print and plays in the kitchen. She’s been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Once upon a time, she ran 10 miles for Compassion International, a ministry for which she serves as an advocate. You can read more of her heart-words in her new book, Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, and on her blog Always Alleluia. Find her on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest.

 

 

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Mary Joy

I am a broken daughter of God and a work in progress. I am passionate about encouraging women to embrace God's grace and faithfulness as I discover and share His faithfulness, grace and even joy in the messiness of my journey as a widowed (less than 2 yrs), homeschooling mom with a missionary's heart. I am in awe of how God fills me up and carries me through each day. My Heavenly Father leads me as I continue to parent and home school my two recovering and very active boys and encourage my beautiful teenage step-daughter (long distance) during her first year in of college. In every moment I see incredible evidence of God's healing love, grace and faithfulness. I am so blessed to be the creator, manager, and an author of Unwrapping His Grace as I lean on my Savior to lead us in this special web-ministry.

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  • http://www.surrenderedlivingnow.com/ Mary Joy Pershing

    Kris,

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart story of surrender with us today! You always make me think about my own journey of surrender. I love the verse you shared. In fact, that is our blog’s theme verse and my life verse. I am so, so grateful for how God is using my scars to minister to others. It isn’t always easy for me to roll up my sleeves and show them but I am getting better at it as He helps me to do it. I am so grateful for you and for your beautiful Lenten Devotional as I continue to prepare for Resurrection Sunday. Each day of this Lenten Season God has been using my circumstances of each day to help me learn to surrender more of my life to Him in His loving way. Thanks again for guest blogging today and for reminding us to show our scars. And thank you for the opportunity for our readers to get a copy of your book! I know it will bless each person who reads and reflects on its message.

    Blessings!

    Mary Joy

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Mary Joy,
      Thank you for allowing me to share your blog space. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity, and above all, thankful for the work God is doing in the hearts of His children, this Lenten season. It’s a blessing to be in this community.

  • http://www.natashametzler.com/ Natasha Metzler

    “It is by our surrender that we are made fully useful for His glory.” –> perfectly said, Kris!

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Thanks, Natasha. I so appreciate you, my friend.

  • Angie

    The trouble is, without surrender we render ourselves useless for His purposes. To be a vessel in God’s hands, we must become what He’d have us become. If the vessel the potter is molding, hardens in the process, it must be broken and remade. It cannot be used for it’s intended purpose until the potter has formed it as it ought to be. He is the potter, and we the clay, we see this in Jeremiah 18:7″
    This spoke to me. He gives us challenges to overcome and hills to climb so when we become hard, we can be made soft again. I struggle some times with being hardened. I want to do things my way. God is faithful to soften me.

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Angie, me too. The hardening can happen without my noticing it seems, until He opens my eyes and reveals the stuff that’s gotten in, the stuff that doesn’t belong. It’s a continual process. Praying for you as He grows you.

  • Lisha Epperson

    what a beautifully sensitive reminder to keep our eyes on Him. especially this – “These scars don’t make us the heroes of our story, they point to the true hero, which is Christ.”

    • http://alwaysalleluia.com/ Kris Camealy

      Lisha, yes, that’s it, isn’t it? Just keep your eyes on Him… Learning that with you, kind friend.

  • http://myfreshlybrewedlife.com/ Barbie

    Surrendering through wrestling, how similar your thoughts are to my post today. To be broken and remade, this is where I am today. Thank you my friend.

  • Gina Marie

    What a blessing to read this – and be reminded of the Truth and the Love of God…. Praying to be a pliable vessel in the Hands of the One who chose me.

    God bless you!