There was a time…

IF you can relate – type I GET IT! There was a time many years ago when I would not sleep for #fear I would wake up dead.

There was a time many years ago when I blamed #sickness on disease. There was a time many years ago when I refused relationships for fear they would die and leave me alone.

There was a time many years ago when I agreed with doctors who said I would not live past 30.

There was a time many years ago when I agreed I would die like my mom.

There was a time many years ago when I felt you would not love me if you really got to ‘see’ me.

There was a time when I thought I would disappear into depression.

There was a time when I gave up and wanted to die.

There was a time…

There was a time…

There was a time…

But God.

I said, “But God.”

Yes, it sometimes required a #fight.

Yes, it sometimes required my will overriding overwhelming #emotions filled with #darkness and #despair.

Yes, it required me contending for life I could not yet see.

But God.

I said, “But God.”

So, my #friend if you have read until the end, I want you to know that overcoming that which wants to overcome you is worth it.

Knowing That One Who overcame the world and lives inside of you and lives inside of me is worth it.

And I’d do it again.

You – don’t you give up and don’t you turn back and don’t you give in to those #death filled thoughts and ideas. Choose life because Life chose you and you were and are worth choosing. But #God. I GET IT!! Share so that someone struggling about ‘there was a time’ will choose life. #REPOST Love-d

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Read the Pages

Fearless Friday – be without fear today. 

Love yourself and others without fear… Don’t decide on that book until you read through all the pages…covers can be deceptive. People look one way but inside completely different story. Just be kind. 

 
Until next time,

Love-d

Bolder Than You Know

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

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Know Yourself. Know your Worth. 

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

You Are The One

Fearless Friday-Something about one person …that one person…carries power, carries change, carries a presence. What about you? Do you see the one who carries the power to lift a room out of depression? Or change the mind of the oppressor from one who preys to pray? Can you present love that brings heaven to earth?  Who are you? 

Do you remember that commercial that uses the slogan, “What’s in your pocket?” Well,  I ask you, “What do you carry?” Do you know?

You are the one. You carry life. You are alive and you have the power to change every room you enter. What will you do with that kind of power? What will you do with you?

Love, d 

 

Dive into More

Fearless Friday

Dive into more. There was a hot tub attached to a pool. Both looked inviting. We started with the hot tub…sitting on the side waiting for it to warm up. It was sooooo pleasant…just being. The pool looked cool on a hot Texas day. Instinctively I knew not to touch the water. My insides knew it was chilly! Yet the water invited me. So I decided. I’m getting in. I stood up and dove into the blue and it WAS cold. I have not been in a pool in years. I felt weight lift. I got giddy. I felt joy. I started laughing. It was so freeing to NOT analyze to death why I should not get in the pool. I needed to let go. Moving forward is difficult. Leaving what you thought true about others, yourself, and God. The Word talks about not thinking more highly about yourself. And we camp there. We try so hard. Make sure our hearts are right. Yet that attempt not to make your life about you can cause your life to be all about you!! Sometimes we just need to take a breath & dive. There were others who chose not to get their suits on. They talked in the shade. They watched us laugh, joke, swim & play. You may think it’s easier to ease in but moving that slow can also cause you to retreat from the water. If I had taken time to go to the shallow end and stick in my toe, the chill factor would have discouraged me. I would have missed the refreshing. I would have missed the swim. I would have missed the sun ever so gently streaming into my skin. I would have missed the joy. Yes, others watched and I was uncomfortable at first to remove my wrap and expose my very modest swimsuit. But, I knew I had to let go what I thought others were thinking. So my dive represents a turning from my way into His way. A dive into worship, into the unknown, into my future, into destiny. I asked one of our pastors how to keep from choosing your own way versus His way. Without hesitation she said WORSHIP. Just worship. Thank You Father for compelling us forward into more of You. I choose to dive into worship. I choose to carry the mantle of Your presence instead of my own ways. I choose You. You are the more.  

 

Final Invitation into Silence

Today is a new day isn’t it? A whole new matter indeed. Are you comfortable in you? I’m comfortable in my own skin. I do not mind the quiet of my mind or the stillness in my thoughts. How about you? I enjoy my own company and I have learned to schedule my time because I value it and do not want to squander my remaining days on planet earth. My identity is much more secure today than it was 30 years ago. My desire to listen and hear from others is greater than it was when I was young and filled with insecurity and fears. Then, I needed no one to give me instructions and now??? WOW!! DO I NEED HELP!! While here on planet earth, I want to love and be loved and I want to be pleasing to the One Who fills my thoughts. What about you?

I want to encourage you to not fear the quiet. As a matter of fact, let the stillness take a journey into your heart and soul. Quiet and still does not necessarily mean dark despair. Often times the quiet offers colors of the rainbow that the noise and busyness of days miss. #BEBRAVER and face the fear of the quiet. It is highly possible you will make a new friend if you faint not…and you may even find yourself becoming a friend to the Silence and a friend with you.

©Donna Reiners into silenceUntil next time – love love!!

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Under a Tree ©Donna Reiners

Under a Tree

Under a Tree ©Donna ReinersMy most precious memories from childhood are those I spent with my mom taking walks, playing cards or badminton, and reading books. She was relational with me. She had few if any friends but she was mine and even though I was young, perhaps I was kind of hers too. I appreciated it. Loved how she took time for me when I was young. When I turned into a teenager, I got distracted and no longer cherished our time together. That was a huge error and lack of maturity on my part quite truthfully. God knew she would move to heaven when I was 17 but I did not know this or I would have been kinder, shown more value to her and taken time to hang out with her instead of ditch her for better offers (or so I thought.) Mom is the one who taught me to sit under a tree.

Mom was available the majority of the time but there were a few occasions when she was not available to be my playmate. She took these opportunities to invite me to sit underneath a tree by myself and do some “constructive” thinking. Sooooooo funny – as if I knew what that meant when I was a little girl?!! But learn what it meant, I certainly did  – and –  I learned it fast. Though it got on my nerves when she deferred me to the tree – I now see the beauty and the brilliance in her thinking and the peace that comes as you train yourself to just  – be – under a tree.
There I was seeking companionship and she was telling me to think about my life…fast forward into adulthood where we all find fillers to fill voids. Now, as an adult I understand her great wisdom and what she tried to instill in a small child who ached for friendship. Also, I thank God for the memory of a mom who cared enough to teach her daughter how she could do nothing yet still be somebody.
We rarely stop to spend time with ourselves.
We are so busy being human doings we have no idea how to become human-beings.
Like any relationship, it takes time to get to know another person. This includes ourselves.
#BeBraver and take time to get to know someone who is closer to you than anyone – you. There is an entire world – out there – waiting so how about you take some fresh action in living today? Consider yourself – your life – and make a decision to spend some time BEING instead of only doing – even if you need to do it…under a tree.

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What to do between here and there?

Life Happens

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Life Happens ©Donna Reiners

Women can be very interesting creatures. From moment to moment, we experience a myriad of emotions. In the day to day of our lives we can laugh, cry, hate, love and be in pain – all at one time!

Pain. Sorrow. Joy. Confusion. Happiness. Disturbed. Perplexities. Passion. Depression. Peace. Betrayal. Rejection. Hilarity. Giddiness. Anger. Through us, life happens.

Yet, all these emotions are deep and real because of a loving and powerful Creator Who made us all in His image. Have you grasped the fact that our God is emotional?  And yet, praise God, He keeps His emotions under control!  Otherwise, we would all be wiped off the earth! Interestingly enough, He desires for us to keep our emotions under control as well.

Made from His DNA, we have the unique likelihood of experiencing His emotions. The feelings of God. Wow. How humbling is that?

How can we be made in His image yet have so much pain? One thing for sure is life happens.

What if sometimes God, knowing our travels, would make Himself known through our  journey of pain? What if His desire is to use that pain to mold us and conform us into His will and to learn His way? After all, His way was through pain, wasn’t it?

Heb 5:7-10 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek. (from New International Version).

I just want to remind everyone that Jesus did endure and suffer and experience pain. However, it was the journey THROUGH the pain that’s important.  He did not remain in pain or suffering. Sometimes, we remain in a pit of pain from mere desire. We want the attention that comes through being discouraged. If we remain in that place with the wrong motives (to get attention), we will become entrapped and find it very difficult to get out of that hole.

Pray with me – Father, cause my emotions to take on stability as I embrace this season and walk through the pain to the other side in Jesus name. Let it be.

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