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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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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