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I was despairing. I almost did faint. And then I wasn’t angry anymore.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalms 27:13 (NASB) ...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

We are our brother/sister’s keepers…and they are ours

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26 (NIV)
None of us lives to himself… —Romans 14:7

I recently told someone to “Be kinder than necessary. Start with yourself.” I hope they understood all of what I intended when I said it. Now that I have committed myself to restoration, acknowledged that I am Imago Dei and you are too, then we are bound to treat the God in each of us with reverence. Start with yourself, but do not remain there.

We are the Body of Christ, and when one suffers, we all hurt…whether we feel the hurt or not. It started as a status update, but as are the mysterious ways of God, it went so much deeper. Checking on online family today, I noticed something that troubled me, and privately, I reached out. The person who made me go there is among the bravest and most honest I have met recently. I am learning about depression, and am grateful for their patience and openness with me. They trust me, and I honor that trust.

I have ‪#‎SQUAD with mental illness. They are my people. I have learned so much from knowing them; from loving them. Here is what I know. Each and every one of us deserves the most compassion we can get from one another every time we encounter one another. Every single time. Whether it's mental illness or anything else. We've got to do better, y'all. Do better. That is our call to Faith; our call to action. Love one another. Just love. Without judgement, without qualifying. I want you to think of the person you love least and try to figure out exactly how you should love and honor them….even if it begins at a distance.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Arriving at myself (a metaphor for owning your life with Grace which may not be for everyone)

 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 
Titus 2:3 (NIV)

Why is it that when we say it’s time to “put on the big girl panties,” it feels like a punishment or at the very least an obligation; something we have to do rather than something we choose? How about this…not only am I putting on my big girl panties, I’ve picked them out AND they’re cute? What a blessing to arrive at yourself with all the love, and the joy, and the embrace inherent in that declaration? It’s time to change the lens.

So often I am reminded, “be careful what you wish for…” Fairly recently I came across these words and determined to take them to heart…

The number one prayer in my life right now is that I will never allow myself to be offended by anyone ever again.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#AfterShow-COMMITMENT, or What Do You Intend to DO About it?

“Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.—Leviticus 26:5 (NLT)
...A new year is a tempting time to run after increase by the world’s standards, but God promises we’ll be blessed with abundant life when we chase Him alone—the Giver of all good things"

A few weeks back this was my morning devotion, and it spoke as much to the New Year as to the new season I am entering in my life. I’m going all in this time, saying “Yes” and trusting God like my life depends on it (it does). No bargaining, no deals, just trust. As usual….God’s timing fascinates me.

I am evolving in so many ways, my health and wellness in the wake of the Today Show is just what everyone sees. So, the question occurred to me….what do I intend to do about it?? Lately I’ve been participating in an exercise where we examine one word per week. It never quite comes out like I intended, and that’s a beautiful thing.

The week’s word challenge was COMMITMENT. Instantly I went to my health and wellness changes and whether I was willing to commit to them for the long term. To what are you committed? It then occurred it me….there is only one commitment, and that is to honor God.

COMMITMENT originates from Middle English and Anglo-French, and means to connect or entrust. If I am committed, then it all matters. What I choose to say and not say. What I choose to do or not do. How I present myself to the world-whether anyone is watching or not.

COMMITMENT is about all the choices you make, collectively, across every single portion of your life. Being committed is a lifestyle AND, once you commit, that action takes hold in all you say and all you do. I no longer believe that you can be committed to some things and not to others. 

Commitment is a discipline, and while you may focus to a greater extent on some things than others, your level of commitment does not change.

I recently read something that has become a milestone and mantra for me.

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
Thich Nhat Hanh

I am not suggesting that you must be fully aware and committed across all areas of your life, but I am learning that the discipline does spread. You start where you are, and do what you can. Your commitment will become your lifestyle, and that is when change occurs.

Let's do this thing. Let's commit to more, and trust that 

He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion...Phillippians 1:6

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