Welcome friend! She Speaks is a conversation series that launches with each Ruah book.
For each She Speaks, I ask five women to answer the same three reflective questions about one meaningful theme.
It's an honor for me to share the heartfelt words of these women
as well as to release a new collection of art prints directly inspired by their wisdom.
If you'd like to download a PDF of all of the participants responses, you can do so here.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea, cozy up, and enjoy!
When you read Psalm 139, which word or verse(s) speaks most deeply to you? Why?
Oh Lord, you have searched me (thoroughly) and have known me (Psalm 139:1). Over the past year, this word known has been sung over my heart time and time again. It has meant many things to me: cherished, unhidden, seen, and loved. There is a song called “Known” by Audrey Assad that touches on this psalm. Her words reflect David’s “you have touched all of this fragile frame… Savior you have known me as I am, healer you have known me as I was, as I will be”. Physically I didn’t understand this deep connection with the Father, until early last year when my second daughter’s birth brought with it life-threatening hemorrhaging. As I lay looking at the hospital ceiling - the same one that saw my daughter enter the world just hours before - I felt truly known. I knew the Father’s hand in it. I knew I could have confidence in His presence. It was deep, intimate, and likely something I will carry in my heart the rest of my life, until death does part the sea between heaven and earth.
What does it mean to be “enough”? How does feeling enough or not feeling enough play out in your everyday life? How does it affect your relationship with God?
Being enough is something I think that all of mankind struggles with… because we are not enough on our own. But that’s the funny thing about grace and mercy. It sweeps in like a flood, swelling up those cracks in our dry lands to make oceans: it makes something out of our dust and dry bones. I believe that we become enough the moment we see our emptiness, and say, “Here Lord, fill this broken place.” He doesn’t fix the broken land, but instead pours His love over it. When we look across beautiful lakes, we don’t see the cracked lakebed beneath it… no, it has been filled to be a reflection of the beauty around it.
If you could offer yourself wisdom on this subject what would it be? What does your heart need to hear today?
So often we step back and focus on the imperfections in our life. It is easy to become overwhelmed by each day, and we see how we fall from our main goal: heaven. “…and in Your book all the days of my life were written before they ever took shape.” (Psalm 129:16) Our Father has seen our days, and knows what is in our hearts. Which also means that He is prepared to meet us where our hearts are. He is adequate, He is enough, and He dwells within us. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)
Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us and being a part of She Speaks, Nyssa!
We are so blessed by your wisdom and your beautiful spirit!