Excuse My Flaws…I Am Still Under Construction 71


“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 (ESV)

The date, January 5, 2015, came…and went! Yikes! That was supposed to be an exciting day. It was intended to be a monumental day. It was the original day I had set to launch this very website, speak2myheart.org.

You see, I am a planner. I like to forecast things way in advance. I like to map things out. I had the vision for the site fully written. As far as I was concerned, it was GO time, long before it was time to go. But while I had prepared everything, God was not quite ready to release it. And then He reminded me:

“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)

As the time was rapidly approaching and I was not making progress with the site, I became anxious…just a little…okay A LOT! I started to get concerned about its appearance and how I would never release it until it met a certain standard I had set. All the while, the skill set was lacking what was needed to materialize the vision that I had for this project. To top it off…time became a factor when the holidays hit, then to add an accident that left my vehicle totaled, and on and on and on. There was nothing left to do but delay it…indefinitely. And so I did.

Over the last few months as I prayed for breakthrough, I gained a new perspective. And just in the recent days I came to the conclusion…or better yet, again I was reminded that God is in control of all things. And He makes all things right in His timing. He gave me this vision. How could I not trust Him to bring it to pass? Not only will He do it…He will do it however and whenever He sees fit.

If you take a look around Speak 2 My Heart, you will notice a few flaws here and there. You will notice that it does not quite seem complete. You may have even wondered why I would publish it while it is yet still under construction.

Well, it was not my idea…but His. As I pondered God’s prompting to just do the best I can with what I have and release it, I thought about how we each live this way each and every day.

We all have flaws.

We all are works in progress.

We all are still under construction.

Our God is so gracious…and merciful. He loves us right where we are. And He encourages us to have the same measure of grace toward each other.

Sometimes, we are critical when we should show compassion.

Sometimes we complain when we should offer comfort.

Sometimes we criticize when we should cheer.

Today God is challenging us. He is beckoning us to come up to higher ground. He is calling us to a place of self-examination. If we can acknowledge where WE are, it will leave little time for us to scrutinize the flaws in the lives of others.

There is still work to be done in each of us. Nonetheless, the opening Scripture encourages us that God has the ability and intends to complete what He started in each of our lives. We simply must be willing to submit to the process…even when we do not fully understand it.

Lord, Thank you for loving me right where I am. Help me to be content in the state that I am in…until you see fit to change my circumstances. And while I am in this place, help me to celebrate others right where they are as well. In Jesus’ Name. Amen


About Yolanda Perry

Yolanda is a devoted follower of Christ. As an author and speaker, she seeks out opportunities to spread the Gospel. Her personal mission is... To Communicate & Demonstrate Unshakable Faith! She is the proud mother of three and has one grandson, whom she adores. Her bonus family member is her spoiled rotten long haired chihuahau, Pennie.


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71 thoughts on “Excuse My Flaws…I Am Still Under Construction

  • Kelly Balarie

    Yolanda! I cannot express to you the delight I have in the fact that you have your first post up! And I loved it! He does have work to do in us, we need not look left or right because he is working deep deep inside of us. I celebrate YOU and Gods work here!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Oh Kelly…how befitting it is that the first post show up at #RaRaLinkUp. You have encouraged and prayed for me so throughout this journey, right from the very start. From the moment we stumbled upon each other, I know God was up to something. I am enjoying the building process surrounding our Sisterhood.

  • Tai East

    Yolanda, this was such a powerful post, my Love! And such a great reminder that GOD is in control and we must trust HIM even when we don’t understand or sometimes even agree. Love this and love you, my friend! Looking forward to all that HE has planned for you! Infinite blessings to you! 🙂

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Tai Tai, what can I say! You stuck this out to the finish line. Thank you for your kind words! I love the work that God is doing in you, even though I already love you to pieces…right where you are!

      • Tai East

        My heart was so full reading your reply. I was glad to be of what little help I could be and I know that you would’ve done the same thing for me. In all honesty, you really didn’t need me. It was your heart and determination and faith in GOD that was the true source of the beauty that you have created here. I’m so happy and excited for you! I know that you’re going to do phenomenal things. I watched you never give up or get discouraged. This whole process with you has inspired me so much. I admire you and I’m thankful that I get to call you my friend! 🙂

  • Susan B Mead

    OHHHHH! TRUTH is evident here, Yolanda. HIS beautiful work SHINES…and I will find whatever I am seeking. So here’s my quest…to find/seek/see the beauty here. It SHINES!

    I may stumble upon the flaws as you call them, yet I am NOT seeking to find them. I wanna find the BEAUTY of His handiwork… in you, in me, in each moment of life. THANK YOU for reminding me to overlook the flaws and seek beauty. That’s my take away from your wonderful post and MAGNIFICENTLY crafted site…

    Masterful…

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Thank you for that WONDERFUL reply. You have encouraged me today, Friend! Your words soothe my soul. I, too, always want to see beauty in all that God created…anything other than that is His business, not mine. By the say…I shall see you at the dance on Friday!

  • Ruth Clemence

    Fantastic post Yolanda – really encouraged to see how God has placed this on your heart 🙂 He is in control and how wonderful that you have reminded us that we are under construction, a work in progress 🙂 Thanks for linking up at #raralinkup 🙂 God bless!

  • Meg

    Yay!! It’s here:) Yes…under construction and what an honor that the very God of our universe would love us enough to care about our hearts. Made in His beautiful image, you will change the world with His words flowing freely through you. May He bless your journey and have a wonderful, awesome, fabulous week Yolanda!! #RaRa!

  • Tina M Wright

    YAY! Yolanda, it’s so great to finally get to read one of your blog posts. What beautiful words you shared with us today too. Yes, we are works in progress and under construction. Praise God that He isn’t finished with us yet (Philippians 1:6) and for the grace shown by those He puts in our path, as we stumble and fall on our journey. Thank you for the reminder to be content with the state He currently has me in, and to celebrate my brothers and sisters in Christ, right where they are as well. Excited to see where the Lord brings you with your blogging. And, for the record, I’m loving that you decided to publish this post. Your words have blessed me today!

  • Sheila Kimball

    Your site is beautiful because it is REAL, Yolanda, and you are BRAVE and I salute you. You have brought your offering naked and unashamed before the KING and may He bless you abundantly!! xxoo #RaRaLinkup

  • Carmen Horne

    Yolanda!! So beautifully written. Oh my I needed to be reminded of this today. This perfectionist just struggles sometimes. “We all have flaws. We all are works in progress. We all are still under construction. Our God is so gracious…and merciful. He loves us right where we are.” I am throwing confetti today! xxxooo

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Yay Carmen…just make sure some YELLOW confetti is in the mix, and I am in. I love that God can first minister to me…and allow it to be a blessing to others through share. Come back for more! xoxoxoxo

  • Jennifer Hernandez

    I love it! I appreciate how real you are and how you model that it is okay to be who you are while striving to be who He has called you to be-growing, inspiring, and becoming.

  • Laura Scoggins

    Yolanda, I’m so glad that you shared your work in progress. Thank you for keeping it real and showing us it’s ok not to be perfect. My site is always a work in progress as well. I am always learning new ways to tweek things and continue the journey of finding my voice and what I have to say.

    The Lord has great plans for you and this site!

  • Stephanie Tisby

    Yolanda girl I am so proud of you !! It is definitely time for you to launch this thing. Thank you so much for being so faithful, and obedient. This is ministering to my heart. This is just so Good girl. God truly wants to do exceedingly, and abundantly more than we could ask or think. I see that happening for you. I love the Bible verses, and the message. Our thoughts are definitely not His thoughts. God knows the plans He has for us and that is to give us Hope, and a Future. God is so good. I realize I have all kind of flaws, praise God He is still working on me. Lol I am so excited for you Yolanda. There are more Great things coming to you. God has anointed , and appointed you for such a time as this my sista. I am with you 100%. God is going to use you to touch, change, and minister to His people. God be with you in everything you do !!!

  • Dr. Mary J. Huntley

    Thank God for prompting you to release this blog “in due season.” We know His ways and thoughts differ from ours. I was immensely blessed because it speaks directly to a current situation in my life. I have been in a holding pattern for a minute because I realized that I must submit to the process. Since I refuse to abort His plan for my destiny, I await my next move from God. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Funny you should mention holding pattern. You are witnessing the fruit of a 5 year holding pattern that God only released me from about a year ago. No no…you cannot abort the plan, as I am standing on the sidelines waiting to see it manifest! So blessed to know you Woman of God!

  • Rachel

    Just love this post Yolanda… and this really spoke to me “He gave me this vision. How could I not trust Him to bring it to pass?” How can we forget that God is the one who plants the visions and dreams inside of us? We tend to think he just gives it to us and then says… ok now there ya go make it happen! So silly we can be, he leads us and directs our every step. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Rachel…so glad God saw fit to blessed through what He spoke 2 my heart! He never gives a vision without plan of provision. You just continue looking toward Him and watch Him do exploits through you!

  • Machelle Wall

    I am amazed at the depths to which our God has taken you! I am so blessed by the introduction of your new blog. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use your ministry to bless the body of Christ!

  • Carolyn Dale Newell

    Yolanda, I have had a busy day, and I missed the link up, but I finally found you! I loved this! You are so right about God using us with our flaws – in spite of our flaws. Thank you for your obedience to God. Love you girl!

  • Alexis Tisby

    Ms.Yolanda I am so proud of you. You did a fantastic job and that was truly a piece of art..Lol great job. And God really blessed you well. You keep up the good work m am!!!

  • Gayl

    “We all have flaws. We all are works in progress. We all are still under construction.” Yes! I’m so glad you published even if it isn’t just right. God uses us and our words even when flawed to encourage others. When we admit we don’t have it all together and we are not perfect, we open the door to actually reaching more people. They see us moving ahead as God leads even when we think we might not be ready. God knows the perfect timing for everything. Today was the perfect day for your first post! I’m so glad I got to read it. So thankful for you and the stand you take and the way you encourage. May God bless you richly.

  • Elaine Hill

    Thanks for this blog Yolanda! It really seemed to speak directly to my heart! I loved the way you incorporates the word of God in there! God is good!

  • Tyra

    Yolanda so proud of you friend. Proud of the GO YE on the site but even more so for your obedience, trust and reliance on God. I belabored over my site, literally blood, sweat and tears for months before the launch (which initially had the seed planted 4 years ago!). Since I’m a recovering perfectionist I couldn’t release the site until it was “perfect”. Well it was not and is still not perfect but I too had to just launch into the deep. He clearly told me get out the boat and walk on water, so now I’m a water Walker. That launch was 10/25/14. It was a labor of love and is still stretching me every day but I know I’m walking in his perfect will. May He greatly reward your obedience.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Oh Tyra…I certainly had to put my perfectionist nature in my pocket for this one. I am now in awe of what God wanted to and wants to do through His path in this journey! So blessed I get to walk it with you!

  • Mary Harwell Sayler

    Thank you, Yolanda, for this timely word. Not only am I seeing this on the first day of Lent – an appropriate time for introspection – but you’ve confirmed a word God gave in Bible study today: that we can trust the Lord’s timing and trust God to complete His work in us.

    This post will surely speak to other Christian Poets & Writers too, so I’ll highlight it on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – http://www.christianpoetsandwriters.com.

    God bless you and your good work in Jesus’ Name.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Oh Dear Mary…Clearly God is speaking from an open Heaven! I love that He can speak 2 your heart and mine…all at the same time! You have blessed me today. Just one day out of the gates with this blog…and God is already showing favor. All glory goes to Him! So glad you entered my world Friend!

  • Danise Jurado

    Yay! I am so glad your blog and dream up and moving forward…. we are all (and life itself is) perfectly flawed and that’s what makes us all so unique and life an adventure!! 🙂
    Your voice for Jesus and message of hope and encouragement matters – keep going sister! I am cheering you – love and blessings 🙂

  • Gina Duke

    Yolanda, I can relate to your post. There are many times, I am so ready for a new endeavor, but God says Wait. Every time, I learn something new and glorious about Him. I am your neighbor at Suzie’s link-up.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Gina…Howdy neighbor! I consider myself to be a professional “waiter”. lol If you peak at my bookstore tab, you’ll notice that my first book is “Worth the Wait” Hmmm

      By the way, I will be visiting your place this weekend during my reading time. Looking forward to the hospitality! 🙂

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Yep Kim…we are all works in progress! 🙂 Thanks for visiting…your presence here has encouraged me! I followed you on Twitter so we can remain connected! I should be hanging out at your place when I do my reading this weekend! 🙂 Blessings!

  • Betsy de Cruz

    Hi there, Yolanda. Congratulations on getting your site up and running! I think you’re absolutely right not to wait for perfect. You can always tweak as you go. And His power IS perfected in our weakness.

  • Kristine

    I love this! Yes, we are all under construction- all the time! Everything is a work in progress, and I love that you shared the honesty of following God even when you didn’t feel it was ‘ready’. Your transparency is refreshing. Thank you for sharing!!

  • ~ linda

    Yolanda, this is such a key to understanding our daily walk. Until I am perfect…oh, I can’t do this or that. Until it is just right, I can’t do this or that. It or I will never be “perfect” so we must trust and take the steps we are called to take while we walk near to the Lord, in His calling for our lives. But to remember that each day…? It is never easy for those of us who like things just so. I understand. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of my Creator and just how He loves me as I am. Today. Now.
    Visiting from Lisha’s.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  • lisha epperson

    Hi Yolanda! and welcome to the blogosphere. I think you’re right about beginning…even when you don’t feel ready. The only requirement is a release from Him and when He says go…well, we should go. Congratulations on being open to growth. Life is for learning. Thanks for joining us in the linkup at #GiveMeGrace. I hope you’ll stop by again. Be blessed.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Thank you for stopping by Speak 2 My Heart AKA my construction site! 🙂 Thank you. And I am sure I will be back again. I am still learning things. So expect the button to be present on my posts in the near future. 🙂

  • Janis Cox

    Hi Yolanda,
    God doesn’t wait until we are perfect because He wants to do the work in us. We need to trust Him in our imperfection. A perfect post to start you on the road to blogging. Congratulations in listening to God.
    Thanks for linking to Sunday Stillness.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Janis…you are such a delight! I look forward to hanging out at Sunday Stillness some more. And thank you so much for taking the time to read my first piece. I look forward to what our connection holds! Blessings!

  • Mary Geisen

    Yes we are God’s imperfect creations whom He loves to perfect with His grace and love. I am glad you began your blog while still under construction. God calls us to the impossible all the while making it possible. Blessed you joined us at The Weekend Brew.

  • Sybil Street

    yolanda.Yolanda.YOLANDA! Sistah, I cannot began to describe how immensely this post relates to my journey (adventures) in launching a blog, except I had about 10 different launch dates! Things happened external & internal but mostly because it had to be just “perfect”. A girlfriend had to tell me, “Done is better than perfect!” My former pastor used you to say- ‘(her name), under construction’, and I said, “and put me right up there on that billboard with you and add SYBILl, some assembly required!” So needless to say there are some flaws around these parts AND on my blog, but it’s a passion and a directive from the Lord, that I know HE will work out and perfect in that which concerns Him! I love your blog, your witt, your spunk and your desire to serve others and point them to the throne! So elated that we connected and so blessed by your encouragement, truth and support! I could go on and on, but it’s very late and sistah got to get up to commune with Papa in a bit and get up & ready for early morning service. Infinite blessings to you & all that you set your hands to and I will be sharing your message/ministry with others! Can’t wait for our face-to-face when you’re in the DMV xoxo