You are loved.

You are loved beyond words. Beyond landscapes. Beyond anything you can comprehend.

You are Significant. Wanted. Beautiful. ENOUGH.

You need to stop striving, managing a false life and really live honestly, authentically, complete and whole.

It is enough. YOU are more than enough.

If it was only YOU, I would have died for only you.

Not for what you could do or be. But, because of YOU.

Whom I absolutely love. Completely. Wholly. LOVE

I wrote that on November 9th, 2014, looking out over the cold lake at my girlfriends cottage in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

We were there for a girls get-a-way weekend that consisted of all things good. Hanging out, eating a lot of chocolate, vision-boarding, sleeping, napping, snoozing, eating good food and visiting small boutique wineries and discovering that WINE had to be created by God -With all of its complexities, different tastes, of course it had to be!

We were also learning that when roots of the vines stay shallow because of a lot of rain - it is easy growing -  but the grapes are BLAH. But when it is a drier season ( a harder season with not a lot of rain) the roots have to go deeper into the soil and access the sub layers of the soil for nutrients and growth. This makes the grapes more flavourful and with more complexity and depth. 

So, as I was thinking about that over the weekend .. I realized the truth of that resonated with my own life and story.

The harder the season, the more 'deep' you become and the more you know you can endure and get through.

You begin to understand that you can relate to others in a deeper and authentic place and space.

When things are 'easy,' we tend not to rely on God or need Him and we become more selfish, self focused, less empathetic, less thoughtful.. less open to the needs of others and ultimately ourselves.

It's in the 'dry' times, the tough, dark-night-of-the-soul times .. that you get to truly know yourself and you get to know God in a completely new and intimate way. That was my experience. It's what got me through some of the toughest seasons of my life.

God is good. Faithful. Always present even when we don't 'feel' Him or believe that He really cares.

He loves you and always will.