Layers Unfolding

Birch 4

I love the birch tree that is in our front yard. It has always been a thing of beauty to me. While I typically picture the birch as a tall straight trunk this one is different…unique in its own way.

In the mornings when I do my bible study I often just enjoy the view of this beautiful tree. A few days ago I was resting after lunch and noticed all of the different layers that were bending away from the main trunk.

A few spots were especially raw and the bark that was exposed underneath was a lighter color. The kids at one point this spring took to pulling on that bark and tearing it away when it wasn’t ready.

I find myself doing the same in my own life at times . Wanting so bad to find the new skin under the old, I tear away at the layers of who I am and find that it is too soon, too raw and I am not ready for the change.

Dominic and I will celebrate our 18 year anniversary in a little over a week. It just so happens that we have been asked by our pastor to share our testimony on that very Sunday in church. Sharing where we have been, what has changed, and where we still struggle today. Oh and all in the span of about 20 minutes. If you know my husband and I you know that we aren’t short on words so getting it all in will be just short of a miracle in itself! 😉

I have been thinking a lot about what best to share so that God gets the glory. There are so many miracles that have occurred in our relationship because of Gods intervention and yet, still so much change and growth that needs to occur inside of me.

I would like to say that I am not at all a reflection of the person I once was. Angry and bitter, resentful and vengeful and feeling oh so holy.

But the truth is that even though there have been so many changes, there are still areas of bondage that I struggle with.  Yes God has slowly peeled back layers to reveal a new creation because of His hand …. But I am not fully complete yet that is where I struggle the most.

Specifically, I am not good about taking responsibility for my poor behavior. I can point out the negatives in someone else real easy. Just ask Dominic he has had the unfortunate “opportunity” to experience it firsthand. I can justify my choices based on something that has no relevance to the situation. And make excuses for why it isn’t ever my “fault”.

It isn’t right and it is a repeating sin in my life that is becoming all too burdensome.

I want freedom.

I want to rip off the old layers and find the new underneath.

But am I ready for real change? Is my heart in the right place? Have I truly brought it to the alter, willing to do whatever it takes to find freedom once and for all?

I believe that God can deliver us from those things that keep us in bondage. Fears, addictions, anger and resentments. I have seen God work in amazing ways in the lives of people around me.

So why not me? Why after almost 18 are there still areas that haunt me?

I have to believe that I haven’t been fully ready to shed the old because it is comfortable. Sure my behavior gets me in trouble every once and awhile, but who is it hurting really and aren’t there so many worse things out there that I am not doing?

Is it really all that bad?

The answer is yes. Especially if it hurts the people closest to me that I love.

And you know what? I don’t have the easy answer on how to change. I know that with God all things are possible. So I am giving myself, my sins, my justifications, and my anger…giving it all to God.

I am praying that He will remove the layers that need to go in His time. I am asking that what is found underneath any bad be filled with the full knowledge of His grace. That I would be a reflection of Him through me so that I couldn’t take credit for the transformation.

Because I want you to see Him when you see me.

God is the reason I have the ability to pour into these pages here. He is the reason I find myself typing frantically on the notes page of my cell phone at 11:42pm because this message here is His not mine!

I believe that no matter what is holding you or I in bondage today can be loosed and set free by the power of the Almighty! We just need to be the least bit willing to let Him do the refining, no matter how long it takes.

I think we will find that what is underneath is strong and beautiful. And He does it all because of His great love for us.

Don’t be discouraged friend. Start praying over those areas you want freedom in and be ready to give Him the glory as the transformations occur!

0 thoughts on “Layers Unfolding

  1. Maria Marino

    I sure do see Him when I see you Kristin! And underneath your words is someone strong and beautiful, my precious friend. Your transparent “confession” melts my heart and makes me proud of you. Yes, God gets the glory for His intervention but we get to enjoy the “view” of what he’s done in your life. Becoming is a day to day process. MORE beauty and goodness will surface as the layers get peeled off, but there is plenty of it showing now. God bless you and Dominic as you celebrate your anniversary and share your testimony. Thank you for sharing here today. No doubt there will be some loosening of strongholds because you stepped up and courageously wrote this.

    1. Kristin Post author

      Oh Maria – you bless me so much with your words! Thank you! It is just such hard heart work sometimes…but I am grateful that I have this place to share and work through some of it! {{Hugs friend}}

  2. Alecia Simersky

    Your marriage testimony will be a HUGE blessing to many others that are struggling right now and need a glimmer of hope to hold on. What you and Dominic have, the way you have stayed together through all the ups and downs is a testimony of God’s grace and goodness and I know it gives me hope for my own marriage! Love you, girl!

    1. Kristin Post author

      Oh thank you friend. It is scary because the second I write about it…well then the attacks come. Need to go and put on my armor! 🙂

  3. Mel

    Such good words, my friend…I’m praying for you and Dominic as you share. Praising God for all He’s done…and all He’s still going to do! Love you!

  4. Beth

    Kristin, I think this may be my favorite post of yours so far. This was truly beautiful. I want to say more but the words are not coming. Praying for you and your husband as you prepare to share your testimony. God bless you.

  5. gabrielle

    I love that your church gives you this opportunity to testify of God’s grace in your marriage, through thick and thin. Thanks for your openness here, it’s so encouraging.

    1. Kristin Post author

      They do this on communion Sundays once a month – isn’t that great?! It helps the church get to know people better and gives us the opportunity to see that God is alive and working in this community!!

  6. Jess :)

    Oh, dear friend … SO many see Him through YOU and in YOU!! You are a light to everyone! One of the things I admire most about you is the way in which you minister to people. Your heart is in the right place and I look up to you more than you’ll ever know. You are such a gift to me!

    Beautiful post! Truly hit home tonight. I will be praying for you and Dominic as you prepare to share your testimony. I know that He will continue to shine through both of you. He has done amazing work in your lives and I believe He has SO much more in store for y’all!!

    Love you bunches!!

    1. Kristin Post author

      Jess thank you! You have just blessed me so much this morning with your encouragement!! And thank you for the prayers – I am a little nervous actually! 🙂 And one of these days we just have to road trip up to see Kami too! 🙂

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