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Would who she was really be enough? There was no magic to help her this time. This is perhaps the greatest risk any of us will ever take—to be seen as we truly are //  Cinderella 2015

I am sure we have all taken a moment to ask ourselves this same question.

Are we enough?

Really?

Can I be myself?

Will I be enough?

Cinderella knew that her worth was not in her gown or fairness of face, but that her worth was in her heart, her character.  She had courage and kindness and THIS defined her.

She would not be defined by the names her stepsisters or stepmother called her.  She removed the power from their labels and walked in the power of her own identity.

With dignity and presence she appeared before her prince.  Loving him as he was, and being loved for herself.

Life is not a fairy tale though.  Yes there are princes, and sometimes nemesis, trials and tipping points that feel magical.  But we have to walk with that same Cinderella sense, to take the risk, to be who we truly are.

Who are you truly?  Will you risk and be that person?

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How deep is God’s love for us?

Everlasting.

Wide.

High.

Eternal.

Never ending.

Forever.

Unfathomable.

Relentless.

Amazing love, that held Jesus on the cross, paying for my sin, setting me free.

 

 

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If you’ve being a mother for more than 5 minutes you know there are mother moments that test the boundaries of our sanity, wisdom and strength, that leave us breathless and wondering what to do next.  It’s amazing how in one world, before kids, we can be executives, teachers, doctors, managers, marketers, salespeople yet give us a baby and we’re left defenseless and often wondering if we’re cut out for this.  Add to that a new isolation, sleep deprivation and the changing seasons of life, hormones and pant size and instead of feeling an inexpressible joy we often are left feeling an inexpressible unexplained mehness.

How can one little or not so little person change us so much and make us feel so vulnerable?

We are in a new season of parenting.  Our son is a teenager and with it comes a surge of new hormones, new emotions and new challenges. He is significantly taller than me (though shhh dont tell him that) and has just begun high school.  Our daughter is in her last year of primary school and navigating the strangeness that is catty girl friendships.

Through all the changes and mother moments it is important to do 3 things:

Appreciate the now

Our kids change so fast.  If you’re a parent you’ve probably had a million people say “time flies by so quickly.”  It really does.  As facebook “memories” appear on my feed it amazes me how much they have changed.  Height, hair, personality.   Be present in their lives in the now.  Be there for the fun and the conversations and the moment.  Invest time with your kids and your family.

Sow into the future

The future is rapidly upon us.  With each season there are new challenges – socially, physically, spiritually, mentally.  We need to sow into the future and have the conversations in the pre-season.  We have talked to our fresh high schooler about peer pressure and sex, drugs and rock and roll for the past few years.  Awkward conversations. Necessary conversations.  Sow also into their potential.  Invest in their confidence.  Encourage their passions.

Breathe

You will get through this. This is just a season.  This too will pass.  When my son was a toodler and preschooler he was FULL on.  The tantrums were wild.  I felt helpless and hopeless.  I looked ahead into the future and saw a wild out of control teen and it didnt appeal.  I prayed hard and read heaps and had great friends who had been there, done that.  I dont take the credit but our son is the most lovely young guy you’ll meet.  He is calm and good natured.  A friend of mine often refers to the past and how he was and says it gives her hope.  So breathe.  This too will pass.

What do you to to navigate changes and survive mother moments?

 

 

 

 

 

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“It’s a beautiful moment when somebody wakes up to this reality, when they realize God created them so other people could enjoy them, not just endure them.” Donald Miller

 

Scary Close is the first book I read this year.

It’s tagline is “Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy.”  It is a book about the risk involved in choosing to impress fewer people and connect with more, about the freedom that comes when we stop acting and start loving. It is a story about knocking down old walls to create a healthy mind, a strong family, and a satisfying career.

It is a scary read.  It is a beautiful read.

At the end of it I felt a bit naked and exposed.  I felt a stronger call to be more authentic and to rediscover who I really am and to be that.  Not that I’ve been hiding, but that there was more to be and that I am a work in progress.  God is at work in each one of us, we are His masterpiece, created on purpose with a purpose.

It challenged me to be more vulnerable and to love more, to not be afraid of who perhaps I really am.

“It costs personal fear to be authentic but the reward is integrity, and by that I mean a soul fully integrated, no difference between his act and his actual person. Having integrity is about being the same person on the inside that we are on the outside, and if we don’t have integrity, life becomes exhausting.”  

I ended the year feeling really stretched and somewhat peopled out, and I look at that as a symptom of something, something a little bit undefined at this stage, but it means something.

My “one word” for the year is REDISCOVER and Scary Close was the beginning of that journey, that rediscovery.  It made me ask myself questions that I dont know answers too, or even that there were questions to ask.

“I LIKE WHAT THE DANCER MARTHA GRAHAM ONCE said, that each of us is unique and if we didn’t exist something in the world would have been lost. I wonder, then, why we are so quick to conform—and what the world has lost because we have. William Blake said about Jesus that he was “all virtue and acted from impulse, not from rules.” If we are to be like him, aren’t we to speak and move and do, to act upon the world and take new ground from the forces that work against our unique genius and beauty? What if part of God’s message to the world was you? The true and real you?”

So, hello 2016.

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There is just something about a lyric video done well that I like.  It makes my heart happy.  Seriously.

I dont know if its because I’m so visual or because beautiful words and images are my thing, but I just like it.

I often spend my day off watching lyric videos and Jimmy Fallon. Okay, and Star Wars theories and behind the scenes / cast interviews etc…  yes I’m that kind of geek.

Anyway, this is an Elevation Church lyric video that made my heart smile. It also has phenomenal lyrics and musicality!

 

 

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Proverbs 4:23 says:
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. NIV
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. NLT

Why do people “start” with such a passion, such a fire, such a zeal and end up with a mediocre complacent existence, more than living? Lots of that has to do with the condition of the heart.

Life is more than breathing.  Its about adventure and living for Jesus.  It’s about being authentic and being who God has made us and called us to be.

We have to have constant heart checks, it’s not easy to stay motivated and fired up but it takes grace from God and also intentionally stirring up that fire, stirring up that passion on the inside and doing the stuff that fuels that focus and enthusiasm in God.

Sometimes what takes us away from our destiny is that we have potential heart blockages and we need to regularly have heart adjustments to stay on track with the plans and purposes of God.

In the same way we take care of our natural heart to avoid ending up having a heart attack – we exercise, we don’t smoke, eat healthy, we eliminate the harmful lifestyle patterns – healthy hearts equal long healthy life – the same principal is true, we have to look after our spiritual heart and avoid blockages. Read the rest of this entry »


“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

 

Sometimes we just have to leap.  We just have to do it.  If you wait until your plan is perfect, you’ll miss out. Instead prepare as best you can and then jump in. Sometimes imperfect is more perfect than perfect.

It is the doing that is the victory and the success.

We may fall, or fail.  But we did it.

Every failure should teach us something and get us closer to the goal.

I had an interesting conversation with friends the other night about the new star wars movie.  We were bantering about all the amazing characters and what JJ Abrhams did right.   I appreciated the balance in the new movie, between action and story.  I fell that where the prequels failed is that they had long complicated action shots that I confess, after a few minutes lost my interest.  It was CGI showing off.  My friend however remarked that the prequels showed the directors what failed and thus helped made The Force Awakens a success.

Failure is not a full stop.  It is an opportunity for learning and a chance to begin again.

Whoopi Goldberg was a high school dropout and survived on welfare. To make ends meet, she worked as a bricklayer, bank teller and makeup artist, applying makeup & dressing the hair of corpses in a mortuary.

Brad Pitt dropped out of university, just 2 credits short of a journalism degree, went to Hollywood where he worked outside a fast food restaurant in a giant chicken costume.

Simon Cowell was expelled at 16 with just two O-level passes. He eventually dropped out of high school and worked as a mailroom boy at his dad’s employer, EMI.

Colonel Sanders, founder of the world renowned Kentucky Fried Chicken chain got his first social security check of $99 at age 65. He had a small house, a worn out car and was pretty much broke. But that didn’t stop him from approaching restaurant owners, offering his popular chicken recipe free, in exchange for a percentage of the pieces of chicken sold. 1,009 restaurant owners rejected him before he got his first yes.

There is an endless list of people who failed but did not give up and kept on pressing towards the goal.

The win is in making the attempt, in living life to the fullest, in living the adventure.  And one day…. one day as you learn and grow, you will win in every way possible.

Today what do you need to “just do it”?

I’ve said before that my church is called The River so any song about rivers captures my eye immediately.

This new song by Jesus Culture, appearing on their new album, is fun, upbeat and one you definitely want as an earworm! Loving the acoustic version too!

It’s lyrics are a powerful reminder to me as to what God’s call is, to set the captives free, to preach good news, to know God and make Him known!

 

And in the end, what we dwell on is what we become. Where we camp, is where we live and die. Louie Giglio

Our perspective — the way we interpret what’s happening around us — can make or break us in any given situation. Our perspectives shape us, how we think, how we engage with people, how we action in our every day.   Perspective creates opportunity to grow and opportunity to step out, or how it can hinder our progress and restrict us.

Clues to what type of perspective we have is in some of the phrases we regularly say or think.  If your perspective leans to the negative you may not even be aware of it. Thinking the worst can be second nature after years of doing it. But it can be influencing how you live life and keeping you from getting the best out of it.

A negative perspective says:

I can’t

I will never

I could never

That always happens to me

That never happens for me

That’s not possible

It’s language is negative and limiting.

It’s reactive vs proactive,  seeing the bad in people and in situations.

 

A optimistic perspective says:

I can

I will

I will try

It’s going to be okay

Let’s keep going

It’s language is positive and overcoming.  It is responsive and proactive, choosing to see the good in people and situations.

 

A faith filled perspective says:

I can do all things through Christ

I am more than a conqueror

With God nothing is impossible

 

Positive perception says that failure is part of learning, that we can do hard stuff,

We need to turn down our negative self talk and make intentional decisions to transform our perspective, from the inside out.

 

God is calling us to have an enlarged perspective of His faithfulness and power as we step into a new year, to be aware of His ableness vs our own limitations and vs what the world may say.

God sometimes has a totally different perspective than us.

His challenge for us is for us to align our perspective with His, to see things from His vantage point.

We can begin again and change the way we think.  Changing the way we think sets us on a new road that trusts more, dares more, loves more and lives more.

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