Emerging, Not Merging - Sarah Mae
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Emerging, Not Merging

“Emerging is when you use a platform to come into your own. Merging is when you sacrifice who you are to become part of something else.” -Seth Godin, Merging/Emerging

I’ve been emerging lately, and you’ve been along for the ride.

This space has been a place where I stretch into the new creation God is weaving in me. It is a space where I don’t claim to have figured “it” out, but where I trust Jesus to lead me into a vulnerable place where I can process life and offer grace into the hearts of those who need it (’cause Lord knows I do, every minute of every day).

As I emerge, I recognize the temptation to merge…to sacrifice the nuances of my soul in order to appear put together or doctrinely on point. I am a flawed soul who loves and desperately needs Jesus. And I think needing Him and following Him are enough. It’s what I have…it’s myself (and He chose me!).

The rough edges in my soul are just a part of this gal’s journey towards her creator.

And you know, I really like the idiosyncrasy’s  in a soul. I love when I catch a glimpse of why someone needs Jesus because it reminds me that we all are just tiny. We are small, but significant; messy, but beautiful.

Trust me, that woman that looks like she’s on top of her game, she isn’t. She needs Jesus.

And trust me, that woman who looks like she’s a mess, she is. She needs Jesus.

Don’t merge to be like anyone other than Jesus. Don’t sacrifice your tangled, beautiful, starving soul for anyone…but Jesus. He will make you more beautiful than anyone else ever could…He makes you perfect.

So be perfect, in Him, today. Be you.

I read this post this morning from Like a Warm Cup of Coffee (I wrote it about a year ago, I think) and it resonated with me still, so I thought I’d bring it here.

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  • http://www.gettingdownwithjesus.com/ Jennifer@GDWJ

    On my worst days, I need Jesus. And on my best days, I need Him, perhaps even more, otherwise I may be prone to thinking I’ve somehow managed to hold everything all together by myself. 🙂 

    Thank you for sharing your heart, Sarah Mae. 

  • http://honestlyhere.com/ hannah @ honestly here

    Such a sweet reminder! In messes and in good times, we always need Jesus. In all times He is enough. Grateful that we can share in this journey toward the Creator!

  • http://www.eyvonnesharp.com/ Eyvonne

    It is amazing how we can go back and read our own words and they speak to us fresh and new.  It’s like a new gift and a warm memory all in one — and evidence that the Spirit has and continues to work in our lives. 

    This is lovely.

  • http://www.sonyamacdesigns.com/ single mom creative

    Thanks for reposting … I so needed this validation today!

  • http://twitter.com/wendyvaneyck Wendy van Eyck

    Lovely! Thank you.

  • http://staceydaze.blogspot.com/ Stacey

    I like that idea. Emerging. Like a butterfly from it’s coccoon. Thanks for the reimder.

  • http://www.themostperfectgift.com/ Dawn @ The Most Perfect Gift

    Love this!

  • TraciMLittle

    Beautiful!  Thanks for re-sharing it!

  • http://twitter.com/mkjorgenson Michelle Jorgenson

    Emerging.  I like that.  Like realizing my own selfishness and crying with a clinging toddler who doesn’t understand that I’m asking for forgiveness but wipes my tears with her pudgy hand…we’re something new now, something changed.  Thank you for giving it a name.

  • Sharon O

    I have always loved your thoughts and writings. I also remember the other blog.
    You really do encourage others … thank you for sharing your gift.

  • Cat

    I’m glad you stumbled upon this and shared it again…it spoke to me and I love what it says.  Thank you and be blessed.

  • Beth Williams

    Loved it Sarah!  It speaks to the heart of most women.  We tend to merge & become what we think people want us to be instead of emerging into what God wants us to be!

  • Pamela

    That is why I love to read your blog.  You are real, you are honest, and you don’t pretend to have it all together all of the time.   I always feel like I can relate to you.  You always bring it back to the basics, and without the basics you really don’t have anything. 
    We are Weak but Jesus is Strong.  Yes, Jesus loves me. 

  • http://twitter.com/ChrstianSuprMom Christian SuperMom

    I can totally relate to this.  🙂

  • Lisa Rae

    This has been a great encouragement to me as I seek to process many emotions related to perfectionism. Thank you!

  • http://twitter.com/havingkidsisfun Annie Anderson

    Thanks Sarah! Loved reading this today. I have been talking to my kids about the idea that you can’t have unity above the truth because you end up compromising, like merging. I am so much more peaceful with trying to be like Christ, I think then I’m not conflicted inside because there is no compromise :).

  • Noel McNeil

    This is a great post! So encouraging and this applies to everyone. Especially those of us who blog. We read other womens’ blogs and think they have it all figured out. And none of us do. Praise the Lord for His help in getting us through each day. 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/Vaderalman Mark Allman

    I really do not want to appear as something I am not. I am tempted at times to let people have a high view of me and to think I have it altogether. It takes courage to let go of that temptation and also courage to really let someone through the walls we have built up around us to see us as we really are. I do not feel that I have let many do that. If we want to really impact someone’s life I think it is critical that we become more real to them; making our invisible rough, hurt, messy, beautiful, bruised, bloodied, and saved souls visible.

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