if you’re feeling a little messy & imperfect as the week begins

August 9, 2015 | 5 comments

It’s the start of a new week, and if it’s anything like last week, this one will have its own brand of messy.

I am so grateful that I am not defined by the piles of laundry, the dust on the coffee table, the ring in the bathtub, the expired sour cream in the refrigerator, or the dumb things I will surely say.

Nope — I am not defined by my messes, thanks be to God. But I am also not defined by my successes.

Even if I meet every deadline, exceed someone’s expectations, hit the target, and cross everything off the list.

I am not the sum of my ambition, nor the accumulation of my mistakes.

I am simply this — me. Child of God. Daughter of the King. Person, indwelt by the Spirit of Christ.

Amazing, isn’t it? We are all flawed, but fiercely loved. Messy, but miraculously made. A little quirky, but eternally cared for.

Sit in that truth for a minute, as the week begins. Let God’s love for one-of-a-kind YOU wash over your beautiful spirit today.

Yeah, you are an imperfect person. But you are LOVED by a perfect God.

This beautiful print pictured here is the work of my friend Jennifer at Studio JRU. I have it hanging in my kitchen, because I’ll need to remember these words this week! I am helping Jennifer celebrate her new online shop at www.studiojru.com. Jennifer is offering all of you a 20% discount on any of her prints! Just use the code “newshop!” at the checkout.

by | August 9, 2015 | 5 comments


  1. Leah Adams

    What a wonderful reminder for the start of a new week. My Monday post is along the same line. It is all about stumbles and how we are not defined by them. Have a lovely week, Jennifer. You are a blessing to me!

    • dukeslee

      Wonderful, Leah. Thanks so much for stopping by tonight. xo

  2. Martha Orlando

    Oh, what a perfect way to start my week, Jennifer! Thank you for reminding us flawed, imperfect creatures how much we are loved by the Father. Blessings!

  3. Rachel Viergutz

    Love this post, thanks for speaking these oh so important truths to me this week!! <3

  4. Nancy Ruegg

    What a breath of fresh air, to sweep away the dust of discouragement! Praise God for his perfect love, in spite of our flaws. Thank you, Jennifer.


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