This week’s prompt: Façade

It’s a big week here at Velvet Ashes. We’re kicking off our fall series! If you haven’t already, you’ll want to get ahold of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. (Psst… There’s a giveaway coming at Book Club!). This is the book we’ll be walking through together this fall. Our weekly themes will go along with the book, and our Connection Groups will be sharing on these themes as well.

Why did we choose this book? Why are we centering our fall series around it? Because we believe that your emotional and spiritual health is important…. vitally important. Too many of us deny our own health (spiritual, emotional, and physical) in the process of doing all the work we feel called by God to do.

But what if God is more concerned about our relationship with him than he is about what we can do for him?

What if he is offering us wholeness and unity with Christ, but we’re too busy and distracted to receive it?

Let’s go on a journey this fall, friends. Let’s come before the feet of Jesus with open hearts ready for him to do Holy Spirit work in us.

The first step in this journey is to look full on into the face of the facades we’ve propped up for ourselves, these shields that keep us from revealing who we really are. We clutch them in hopes that we’ll convince others and maybe God and maybe even ourselves that we are enough.

Can we let the Holy Spirit pry our fingers from these facades we’ve built for ourselves?  Can we let them clatter to the ground?

Because Jesus is waiting for us to get real with him.

And he’s ready for us as his people to get real with each other.

Because God isn’t a fan of facades. He hasn’t been ever since the first façades happened in the Garden –the fig leaves covering our shame, the bushes hiding us from the Father who wants to walk with us.

Many of you lately have talked about what a safe place Velvet Ashes is for you. May that be especially true this week, because this week we’re going to wrestle together with our facades.  If you’re looking for a group of women who won’t be scared off by the real you, if you need some sister friends who will nod in understanding and hold you up in prayer, know that you’ve found it here.  

The Grove this week is going to be special. Rather than having a post, we’re going to invite you to find a comfy chair and listen in as our editors’ team sits together in a mountain home to talk about façade. The four of us are meeting this weekend for our first ever editor’s retreat. If technology cooperates, you’ll get to be part of our time and join the conversation in the comments at The Grove.

As always, we want to hear your heart, so start writing about façade and then bring your link ups to The Grove.

You can follow our editor’s retreat on Instagram – #VAeditorsretreat.

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