It’s Time

The other day, a friend shared this Brené Brown quote:

“I think midlife is when (God) gently places (His) hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear:

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‘I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.

Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.'” -Brené Brown

While I think she’s right on, I’m not sure if God is only waiting for mid-life. I’m positive God is whispering in your and my ear right now. Isn’t now a good time to start being real?

Don’t Fit

 

I’ve been receiving these little snippets on Facebook and they really challenge and empower me.

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I discovered this author, Shannon Thomas, through a friend. Her book is available on Amazon – the Kindle version releases on August 30 and I’ve pre-ordered it. As I haven’t read it, I can’t give it a whole-hearted endorsement but from the little bits she’s shared, I’m super intrigued.

What about you? Are you caught between an old life and a new life?

Advice for Triathlons and Life

This is a really good observation and relevant for me – I just competed in a triathlon and the next few days are going to be high anxiety/stress.

I had something happen to me today that has never happened to me before, I had a flat tire during a race. I have completed over 30 triathlons and 15 bike races and events, and never had a flat during the race or event. I have had flats during training, before the race or event, […]

via Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast — Robinson’s Strength and Endurance Coaching

BeautyBeyondBones – A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

Here’s another powerful post by BeautyBeyondBones that includes a new video post. The the time, it’s worth it.

 

Well guys, I officially cannot believe I’m doing this. Seriously. I’m sitting here thinking about it, and I’m like… Yep. That pretty much sums it up. In case you missed the title, I’m sharing a photo with you from my past. When I was in the throes. The video says it all…why I haven’t previously shared […]

via Sharing a Photo of my Past — BeautyBeyondBones

Little Red Survivor – Not Your Fault

Little Red Survivor hits the nail on the head describing false guilt and responsibilities we weren’t meant to bear.

When I was five years old, I was standing outside the swimming pool when my mother asked me to watch my one year old brother while she went inside to get my new born sister who was crying. I watched my brother faithfully. I watched him flip over on his little paddle board. I watched […]

via How to Know When It’s NOT Your Fault — Little Red Survivor

Lacking Direction

Do you feel like your life lacks direction? Don’t know which way to turn?

There is a conversation in the Bible that might help.  In the book of Joshua chapter 5, Joshua has led the Hebrew people to the edge of the promised land. They have been waiting for this moment for decades. At this point, Joshua encounters Commander of the Army of the Lord, that’s the Bible’s way to talk about God. The reason God is meeting with Joshua is so that he can outline how they are going to get past the city of Jericho. That’s usually where people focus but there’s something important that happens first. Here’s how their conversation begins:

13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?”
14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.”
And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?”

Did you catch it?

“Are You for us or for our adversaries?”

What’s the answer?

“No.”

God answer suggests that Joshua was asking the wrong question. I suspect that most of us ask the same wrong questions.God, “Whose side are you on?”

For those of us not in battle mode, what we usually are asking is, “What’s your will for my life?”

God’s response points us in the right direction and it’s Joshua’s response that confirms it.

The real question is, “Whose is Joshua for?”

How often do we tend to tell God what we want and what he should do? How often do we determine in our minds who should be blessed and who should be “corrected?” We just assume that God is for us.

We would have a greater sense of direction and be more in harmony with God if we took Joshua’s attitude and said his words:

“What does my Lord say to His servant?”

 

Healing from Hidden Abuse Book Review — Little Red Survivor

This is an excellent review but the best part is the reference to Velveteen Rabbit.

 

It’s not the load that breaks us down–heaven knows if we could see it all at once we might just shift our hips and find a better way to carry it–no, it’s the shrapnel of life that keeps turning up in our relationships or the gloom we feel when we’re alone due to the painful […]

via Healing from Hidden Abuse Book Review — Little Red Survivor