Messy, Messy, Messy and More Messy: That’s Life, So Expect It

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When you taste a measure of being able to love and enjoy the people in your life, without having to have any particular response from them, you are tasting bliss. Paula Rinehart

Love this quote so much that I started off one of the chapters in our book, Burdens Do a Body Good, with it.

I’ve pondered this quote quite a bit too…wondering how to engage other people in relationships that grow without having expectations from them.

Is it even possible?

On the one hand, it is right and proper to expect certain things from people close to us.

Mutual respect.
Courtesy.
Kindness.
Unselfishness.

On the other hand, it is also just as important to expect that the people close to us will fail us. Because they will.

Unconsciously or consciously (or both)…every relationship is necessarily flawed.

Which always reminds me of one of Paul…

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Serving from the Power Position (finding my strength in weakness)

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WebMDStrength.
Ability.
Power
.

Don’t we all want to feel strong, able, and powerful?

I do.

But until recently I would never have discovered this about myself.

Then, I stopped sleeping…started hurting in a new and continuous way…and struggled to feel what I once took for granted. Healthy.

Strong.
Able.
Powerful
.

More often than not, I feel a new awareness of –

Limitation.
Inability.
Vulnerability
.

Whenever I go through something new…I try to figure out why and then how to get back to my previous “normal“…and boy, have I been trying.

Trying this and trying that…researching this and researching that…but the bottom line is this…

This” uncomfortable place might be my new normal…so I better find a way to do the best I can, make the most of what I’ve got, and make peace with it.

I like what long-time diabetic…

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No Ordinary Savior

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When I saw this photo of my two grandsons…my heart did a little leap and a happy dance.

Of course, I know these boys very well…and there is nothing about them that is ordinary.

Both of them are special.

From head to toe…I love them.

Which is the same way God loves you and me.

As the holidays approach…I am reminded of God’s extra-ordinary love for each of us. And no one says it with more eloquence than Max Lucado.

An ordinary night with ordinary sheep and ordinary shepherds. And were it not for a God who loves to hook an “extra” on the front of ordinary, the night would have been forgotten, and the shepherds would have slept the night away.

But God dances amidst the common. And that night he did a waltz…The night was ordinary no more.

I came to give life…life in all its fullness. John 10:10

I’m making it a pledge to not miss out on the splendor of this season. How about you?

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Duty + Passion — How One Complements the Other (in life and work)

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I drew this little flower with chunky pastel-colored chalk.

Would you call me an artist?

Be honest.

Of course not.

I was down on my hands and knees attempting to create all sorts of simple figures as I tried to entertain a little nineteen-month-old.

I sure wasn’t impressed with my work.
He wasn’t much impressed either
.

While I can attempt to draw and sketch, it’s not my passion.

Still, whenever we put our minds and hands to any task, no matter how small or disagreeable, we come away with something of benefit.

Many people, can I say most especially young people, believe that they have to find their passion in their work every single day on the job.

It’s not going to happen.
To anyone.
Anywhere.
At any time
.

Even those with the most glamorous careers gut it under and do their duty day after…

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In Control: Not Even Remotely

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On NOT being alone…it’s all about control.

Originally posted on Burden Lifters: Every Woman's Daily Guide to a Healthy, Happy Life:

If you want to see who really values control, watch people sitting in front of the television for awhile.

Invariably, one person will keep reaching for the remote control. They may let someone else have it momentarily (or if they’re busy doing some other kind of work) but when it matters (to them) they’ll find a way to get a hold of that master control device (and cling to it for dear life.)

Not saying that I’m innocent of this particular vice…but most of the time I’m otherwise occupied and too busy trying to stay in control of countless other aspects of my life.

As I was reading a review book last week, I ran across a helpful section on control. This author, Holley Gerth, a counselor, life coach, and speaker, discusses ways women approach control and why.

Gerth writes –

If you’re drawn…

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I Hear Better in the Dark

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And….it’s a good day for a little Max Lucado to get us started.

Speak, Lord, I am your servant and I am listening.1 Samuel 3:9

We expect God to speak through peace, but sometimes he speaks through pain…

We think we hear him in the sunrise, but he is also heard in the darkness.

We listen for him in triumph, but he speaks even more distinctly through tragedy.

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New Contract…New Dream Come True

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After waiting for about a year, I realized another dream come true….another signed book contact!

For most people, writing (and reading) is a chore to be avoided at all costs.

Not me.

I love reading.
I love writing.

But most of all, I want my words to help people.

As Max Lucado says…

“You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body.”

Amen to that!

So here’s to working hard for the next few months so that my words do make my readers stronger by giving them a boost to their soul.

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