As I amble along this journey of parenting three beautiful girls, I find that more and more I want to do EVERYTHING that I can, to embrace in its fullness, the mystery and beauty that is WOMANHOOD. I want to find the full extent of the “woman” me. I want to have the confidence to be “woman” more passionately than ever before.
I don’t have the answers of how to get rid of fear in our hearts but I am on a journey of kicking it to the curb for good. (I hope.) It’s going to take more than just a psych up speech or song to eradicate fear in our lives. A once off “Not today devil” penned under my shoe is not going to give my heart the truth it needs to renew my thinking towards the good and not the bad. That night when I shared with Dylan my fear, he said something that revolutionised my approach. “LEAN INTO LOVE”
Unscripted and unplanned this morning, I found myself on a secluded beach. And with the overwhelming melody of ‘I WILL BUILD MY LIFE’ blaring in my ears I couldn’t help but begin to dance. A dance of faith and hope. A dance that declared to nobody watching that I will build my best life, not upon my own efforts and not out of comparison and competition, but rather upon the unfailing love and grace of God.
Are we working so hard that we are losing our lives in the process? Am I? When will I learn “the art of whale watching” amidst the plainness and mundanity of everyday life? When will I value my soul enough to pause and gaze and watch and breathe? When will I truly believe that this is possible? I don’t know about you dear friend but I don’t want to learn this the hard and painful way.
I do not want to lose something precious to gain the understanding of the importance of rest amidst everyday life.
This pain you may be experiencing, this pain I am facing right now is not the end of the story. There is a victorious end. There is a magnificent crescendo, it is coming
I do not fully understand why this happened or where it came from but I know that Jesus is ushering me into a reality where I can start to find meaning in my pain.
And so again I ask where was God when it hurt?
No matter what you may be facing there is nothing that goes unnoticed by Him. He sees every tear and every thought. He sees and knows and cares deeply. And this makes me smile and gives me courage for what tomorrow will hold.
(Insert big deep breath).
I’m more than ever convinced that perspective is the game changer that will help us to cultivate hearts that are truly grateful for all we have been blessed with. We need perspective to keep us grateful. We need to remember and take a step back. Look at things outside the frame so that we don’t lose sight of the good.
There will be days when we will hesitate and want to give up. There are days I question where I am and what I am doing but even in the questioning I have someone to remind me of who I am and point me in the right direction. So do you know who you are?
Woman. Today I celebrate you. Everyday I thank God for you. Woman. Nurturers of my heart and soul. Cheer leaders of my destiny. Bearers of my burdens. Woman. Today I salute you.
Friendships matter. Who we surround ourselves with is so important for who we will become. It is ultimately the strength of the people we attach ourselves to that determined the success of our future.
Sometimes we just need some good old fashioned motivation and I believe I have what you may be looking for.
I don’t know who you are or where you are at, but this I know for sure: there is LIFE, abundant, full, adventurous, fun, risky and gutsy life on offer for you and I.
It is a fresh start. A new day. The beginning of an adventure. Its the dawn and if we take a moment to see with fresh perspective our visions and dreams can be revived.
HOW ARE YOU? Like how are you REALLY? This is not a surface level question; this is an exploration of what is inside you. How is your soul?
What would it look like for men and women alike to see the power in the feminine soul? To nurture the beautiful complexity of it? To place value on it? To believe in it and see its God given potential released?