Lisa Malone Butwell

...be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.
‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭15:7‬

...be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭15:7‬


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Happy New Year IG friends🎉✨🎉 For 2018 I pray that “the Lord bless you and protect you. May He smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’”
‭‭(Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ )
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Happy New Year IG friends🎉✨🎉 For 2018 I pray that “the Lord bless you and protect you. May He smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’” ‭‭(Numbers‬ ‭6:24-26‬ ) 🙏🏽❤️


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Years ago, early in my journey with Christ I used to think I was going to become a Perfect Christian Woman. I looked forward to the day I’d finally overcome all my flaws and become...Perfect. I wanted to always have the perfect Christ-like response to everything and everyone and thought God wanted me to practically have a halo floating over my head 😇.
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I wanted to be perfect like the leaders I’d see up front at church. Little did I know that many of them struggled with the same thing I did—thinking they were supposed to be perfect, or at least appear perfect.  I now call that (believing we’re to appear perfect) the Perfect Image Trap—the PIT😐and I was definitely stuck in one.
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Of course those leaders were no more perfect than I was. But it was my perception, just like it was my perception or actually my misunderstanding that God expected me to be perfect.
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I wore the perfect persona mask but wasn’t aware of it at the time.  When you wear a mask it becomes a normal part of who you are and you’re not even aware it’s there.
At home I was one way, at church and in public another, and because I kept failing at being perfect I felt like a hypocrite, and I was hyper critical of myself.
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It wasn’t until God opened my eyes that I realized I was stuck in a PIT...
My husband took a job at our new church. It turned out to be the worst ever church experience, but God has a purpose in everything.
The leaders at that church were abusive to staff. They were one way on stage and another off stage. And I despised it.
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But interestingly enough, God used those very people as a mirror for me to see the truth about myself.
How was I much different than them? 
Those leaders wore perfect appearance masks and so did I.
Through that experience God helped me escape the Perfect Image Trap and lose the mask.
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I went from believing I was supposed to be perfect to embracing my imperfect self and understanding that there are actually blessings in being imperfect when you’re on a journey with Christ.
Embracing my imperfect self allows me to experience God's grace, abundance and freedom everyday.
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Years ago, early in my journey with Christ I used to think I was going to become a Perfect Christian Woman. I looked forward to the day I’d finally overcome all my flaws and become...Perfect. I wanted to always have the perfect Christ-like response to everything and everyone and thought God wanted me to practically have a halo floating over my head 😇. ✨ I wanted to be perfect like the leaders I’d see up front at church. Little did I know that many of them struggled with the same thing I did—thinking they were supposed to be perfect, or at least appear perfect. I now call that (believing we’re to appear perfect) the Perfect Image Trap—the PIT😐and I was definitely stuck in one. ✨ Of course those leaders were no more perfect than I was. But it was my perception, just like it was my perception or actually my misunderstanding that God expected me to be perfect. ✨ I wore the perfect persona mask but wasn’t aware of it at the time. When you wear a mask it becomes a normal part of who you are and you’re not even aware it’s there. At home I was one way, at church and in public another, and because I kept failing at being perfect I felt like a hypocrite, and I was hyper critical of myself. ✨ It wasn’t until God opened my eyes that I realized I was stuck in a PIT... My husband took a job at our new church. It turned out to be the worst ever church experience, but God has a purpose in everything. The leaders at that church were abusive to staff. They were one way on stage and another off stage. And I despised it. ✨ But interestingly enough, God used those very people as a mirror for me to see the truth about myself. How was I much different than them? Those leaders wore perfect appearance masks and so did I. Through that experience God helped me escape the Perfect Image Trap and lose the mask. ✨ I went from believing I was supposed to be perfect to embracing my imperfect self and understanding that there are actually blessings in being imperfect when you’re on a journey with Christ. Embracing my imperfect self allows me to experience God's grace, abundance and freedom everyday. (Continued below)⬇️


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The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:11‬

The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! ‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:11‬


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Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬
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Nineteen years ago today my mom passed away, the afternoon of Christmas Eve. She had been sick for a while so we knew it was coming.
When you deal with sorrow at Christmas,  the lights, gifts and parties fade away and you only have one thing left...the one true gift of Christmas--Jesus Christ.

And even with Christ, sorrow like that is hard to bear. But he understands. 
I think of the time in the Bible when Lazarus died. When Jesus came and saw the people  upset and crying, he wept because he empathized with their pain and grief.
No matter what you're going through He understands. Allow yourself to just be in the midst of what you're going through.
He knows. He cares.🙏🏽❤

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ✨ Nineteen years ago today my mom passed away, the afternoon of Christmas Eve. She had been sick for a while so we knew it was coming. When you deal with sorrow at Christmas, the lights, gifts and parties fade away and you only have one thing left...the one true gift of Christmas--Jesus Christ. And even with Christ, sorrow like that is hard to bear. But he understands. I think of the time in the Bible when Lazarus died. When Jesus came and saw the people upset and crying, he wept because he empathized with their pain and grief. No matter what you're going through He understands. Allow yourself to just be in the midst of what you're going through. He knows. He cares.🙏🏽❤


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So I'm in Walmart and I see MC Hammer on the side of a display but no words and I'm wondering why. Then I see the front of the display...makes total sense😂😂

So I'm in Walmart and I see MC Hammer on the side of a display but no words and I'm wondering why. Then I see the front of the display...makes total sense😂😂


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Friday when I came outside to go get my son from school, I looked up saw this. So beautiful.
#hope

Friday when I came outside to go get my son from school, I looked up saw this. So beautiful. #hope


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John 17 captures Jesus' intimacy with the Father as he speaks to Him before he is captured and goes to the cross.
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Jesus knew his time on earth was coming to an end. He came here for a specific purpose.  He knew why he was here. And he completed his assignment.
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We,too, have an assignment on our lives and we can have confidence in knowing we're on God's path living out our assignments from God.
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Wake up everyday excited to live in the calling God has for you.
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“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭

John 17 captures Jesus' intimacy with the Father as he speaks to Him before he is captured and goes to the cross. ✨ Jesus knew his time on earth was coming to an end. He came here for a specific purpose. He knew why he was here. And he completed his assignment. ✨ We,too, have an assignment on our lives and we can have confidence in knowing we're on God's path living out our assignments from God. ✨ Wake up everyday excited to live in the calling God has for you. ✨ “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭


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My son's all dressed for his school Christmas program that took place Friday, December 1st. 
#sohandsome
#growinguptoofast 😢

My son's all dressed for his school Christmas program that took place Friday, December 1st. #sohandsome #growinguptoofast 😢


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“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭

“Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭


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The end.