Braver Saturday – Do less with more focus. Do what you must while on the way to where He is taking you. Sometimes you spend a long season cleaning up the messes from past decisions. That’s okay. It’s part of the journey, Jesus is with you. That’s the whole Purpose – that He is with us…as you faithfully take care of issues that just cannot be ignored anymore – those things that niggle at your mind like a simmering pot on the stove – whether legal, mental, emotional, spiritual, physical or financial …over time…as you handle X y z you eventually get to that place of strength and humble beginnings…where you can focus on less and accomplish more. Do less with more. So, don’t be afraid to finish what you started. Look, there really are seasons where you can’t walk away from your past because it’s facing you each morning to remind you to follow up and follow through on what was begun…keep chipping away and trust Him each step of the way. Stay filled up with His presence and His courage as He walks with you….and He will direct you – focusing one day at a time ..it WILL GET YOU THROUGH the darkness and you WILL SEE less problems and more solutions. Don’t give up!! Don’t turn back!!! It’s gonna be okay. Eventually, you will move out of what you do and it will move you from all you know into who you have become and that’s when you see it….those obstacles and those fearful decisions were all part of shaping and molding you into the courageous person you have become… Do less with more focus and over the process of time, you leave what you know to step into who you have become. #blogger #faith #church #kingdom #anxiety #anxietyquotes #mentalhealth #fitnesss #gym #life #bebraver
Fearless Friday- Why don’t you be the light in someone else’s darkness? As believers we justify walking out life alone because Jesus had friends unwilling or unable to stick with Him. We spiritualize loneliness saying our ‘need’ or someone else’s need should only be for Him. Perhaps we should heed His admonition to His disciples to remain awake? Perhaps this is an example of how we can be friends with others. Once someone begged me to be their friend. The intense need this woman had was unbearable. Over time I watched her blossom and bloom through our friendship. She never became dependent on me for her source of happiness. She just needed some light in her darkness so she could find her way out.
In the family of Christ we should be healthy & mature enough to be friends with others. We should not have to beg for relationship with one another. Is it possible we should see the need of isolation as significant as shelter, food, or water? A possible breeding ground for suicide, sickness & bitterness may be lack of relationship. So, why don’t you light up someone else’s darkness? You might gain a lifelong friend. Love, d
Tenacious Tuesday – one of my deepest pursuits has not been happiness. Instead it has been trust. My whole life. It’s been trusting not just God but me. Once I committed myself into His care, I found Him faithful and trustworthy. However, it’s not tested until you trust Him to live through you. Making the transition from the God in the Bible to Christ in me actually being the hope of glory??? Now THATS been difficult….hence the new direction I’m soon to take as I move into the real me – the brave new me…if you decide to come along then…
We will discover Him inside of us – his bravery – and we will learn how to lean into Holy Spirit in a more consistent manner. I hope you will join me and as I move forward…I invite you to step forward with me. Did you know that the word hope means expectancy and boldness and confidence? Christ in you! So, let me introduce you to The Brave New You.
You are bolder than you know. You can just read with me here or you are welcomed to read anytime through this kindle purchase – The BRAVE New You Devotional (Braver) by Donna Reiners http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016TXN3O6/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_udp_awd_IRqNwb6ABE2VE
Until soon, love d
Tenacious Tuesday – We don’t always know what to do. Sometimes it’s all in a fog or haze. It’s up. It’s down. It’s all around. Turn left. Turn Right. We search for answers. Solutions seem distant. Too much at once. One minute succeeding and the next engulfed in failing. Real life offers troubles to strengthen our passionate persistence. Allow yourself the freedom to remain uncondemned as you wonder how to proceed. God knows. You’ll know soon too. Stand. Again. Stand. Persist. Persevere. In the troubles, lift up your head weary traveler. Stop to get a drink of water. Breathe. Again.
Motivated Monday- I cooked a large meal for some important people recently. I cooked way too much. Way. But I did not care. Our motive was to honor and so the spread of appetizers and the meal itself was awesome. They were a bit overwhelmed by the over the top attitude. I wonder when the last time was that they were honored? I explained that in Texas we either go big or go home. We live such little non expectant lives don’t we?? For ourselves and one another. It was our pleasure to cook big and have left overs. We had a big dinner the next day and a family came over to eat including a mom that appreciated not having to cook. Part of me kept telling me I should be embarrassed by the big meal for the executives but I shut her up fast. I don’t want to live a small insignificant life and I don’t think God wants us to either. They will remember the meal. I will too. I’m glad I decided to be me and step into valuing them as I wanted instead of being logical and reasonable as they expected. Know yourself. Know your worth. We are over the top…so was and is our God. Until next time…d
Tenacious Tuesday. No more hesitation. What if it’s NOT a dead end? Seriously!!! It is time to move…out…there….into the unknown area of obedience…that you will have no regrets. This means, you leave the shore. You leave the boat. You leave the city. You leave your house. You get out of bed. You cook a new meal. You buy a new salad dressing. You call a new friend. You like you. No time to start like today my friend. It is a new day Houston……..and every other area of the world. Step into it. Before you Jump in the water check out this short video. Click on me for NO MORE DEADENDS!
Super Saturday- I feel so lead to repost this article / Dancing instead of mourning. Truth is that we can mourn too long. Mourning is for a season not forever. You get to choose my friend. You are not betraying when you decide to pick up your mat and go forward. It’s not wrong to return to a position of rejoicing. Listen, don’t get trapped in the sticky false comfort that comes with prolonged grieving. It’s interesting that in the Old Testament- they set a boundary on grieving for loved ones. If you have been positioned in depression for a really long time, you may find it difficult to stand to your feet. Regardless, it starts with sitting up. You might be tempted to lay back down because you have lived in this false comfort for a really long time. Please – drag yourself out of bed!! I set you free!! Free to get up on your feet. Free to dance! Sing. Love! Laugh! LIVE AGAIN!!
Motivated Monday-Okay so not only am I not the norm but this commentary is not the norm.
My norm is that everything is okay or going to be okay and that the devil is a liar and that you can pursue Him and come out on top.
Today is not the norm.
I’m in pain, not feeling well, uncomfortable, dizzy and confused. There I said it…it’s almost like a cussword when you say to a Christian that you are confused…yet sometimes it is what comes. My question to myself is how long do I give myself permission to live here?
Someone I know seems to hate my optimism. Hates my viewpoint of life. Hates that no matter what, for the most part, I remain at peace. Angry that I don’t shed the same tears, yell at the same militants, lose my composure. They think if I don’t express myself the way they express themselves then I must be not feeling anything….yet ..they don’t know or maybe don’t care to know that if I lose my peace – I’ll go to pieces…
Would they like me more if I lost my mind? Yelled. Threatened others. Stomped to make a point. Agreed with their anger to such a point that I got so angry that I threw glasses or plates or ran my car off a cliff? Hurt myself? Hurt others?
I won’t return to who I used to be.
So how long will I remain I this state of being? About a second.
Ain’t got NO TIME to fall to pieces. I’m realigning with peace so that I can walk with the God of peace and make decisions from peace instead of pieces of distress.