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[quote] be broken.

I have a devotional by The Ransomed Heart emailed to me daily. To be honest, I have gotten into a pattern where I don’t even read them daily. Sometimes I’ll skim them, sometimes I’ll file them away under my Daily Devotional category in my gmail and sometimes, if the title doesn’t seem like it “applies to me”, I’ll even just delete it without thought. It only takes a couple of minutes to read and think about the short message sent each day and I really want to be better at taking that time to just hit pause on my day and read them. Today, I did just that. The message really hit me too. I want to share the devotional I received today and I pray that you guys can get something out of like I did.

Until We Are Broken, Our Lives Will Be Self-Centered

True strength does not come out of bravado. Until we are broken, our life will be self-centered, self-reliant; our strength will be our own. So long as you think you are really something in and of yourself, what will you need God for? I don’t trust a man who hasn’t suffered; I don’t let a man get close to me who hasn’t faced his wound. Think of the posers you know-are they the kind of man you would call at 2:00 A.M., when life is collapsing around you? Not me. I don’t want clich?s; I want deep, soulful truth, and that only comes when a man has walked the road I’ve been talking about. As Frederick Buechner says,

To do for yourself the best that you have it in you to do-to grit your teeth and clench your fists in order to survive the world at its harshest and worst-is, by that very act, to be unable to let something be done for you and in you that is more wonderful still. The trouble with steeling yourself against the harshness of reality is that the same steel that secures your life against being destroyed secures your life also against being opened up and transformed. (The Sacred Journey)

Only when we enter our wound will we discover our true glory. As Robert Bly says, “Where a man’s wound is, that is where his genius will be.” There are two reasons for this. First, the wound was given in the place of your true strength, as an effort to take you out. Until you go there you are still posing, offering something more shallow and insubstantial. And therefore, second, it is out of your brokenness that you discover what you have to offer the community. The false self is never wholly false. Those gifts we’ve been using are often quite true about us, but we’ve used them to hide behind. We thought that the power of our life was in the golden bat, but the power is in us. When we begin to offer not merely our gifts but our true selves, that is when we become powerful.

(Wild at Heart , 137-38)

I love that last line. “When we begin to offer not merely our gifts but our true selves, that is when we become powerful.”

How true is that? I for one can say I have often tried to hard to display what I feel my gifts and talents are and fall short of just being ME.

This week I’m going to work on embracing me and letting my comfort, power, and confidence stem from that.

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[quote] fall in love.

Sorry that I have been lacking in [craft] posts, friends! I just moved and have been super busy getting settled and working at a new job, so unfortunately spending time and money crafting was put on the backburner! I do have a few ideas up my sleeve though, so when the time and money comes, I will have lots to share! I’ll keep you posted and hopefully have a little somethin’ somethin’ to share pretty soon that is quick and easy.

In a few days, I’ll be celebrating one year with my amazing boyfriend, so today I’m going to share a quote about loooooooveeee. I have a really fun week planned between this weekend and next weekend! Hope everyone else does, too! If it’s sunny where you are, enjoy the rays and if it’s raining, dance in it!

what you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. it will decide what gets you out of bed in the mornings, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you. fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.   -pedro arrupe

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[quote] holding hands.

“One of the best tools for longevity and good health is not just taking a walk outdoors but taking your walk while holding the hand of God. When we walk in gratitude for each and every moment, we empower ourselves by empowering our spirits. When we breathe in nature through our eyes, ears, and lips, we become certain that not only are our souls eternal, but that God knows how to manage our lives, our troubles, our worries and our days better than we do. So, today and everyday, “let go and let God.” “

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[quote] stop and smell the roses.

This rings so true in my life right now. I have this horrible tendency to get into “survival mode” and just try to make it through X amount of minutes/hours/days/weeks/months/years until “life” will start or until whatever I’m trying to get through is over… but the thing is, those minutes/hours/days/weeks/months/years are all life–every one of them. If  don’t stop and appreciate each of those as they come, one day I’ll look back and wonder where the time went. that’s one of my biggest struggles… to take each day as it comes and be thankful for each of them. So that is part of why I love this so much. It is kind of a slap in the face to me and reminds me to be real about things!

I hope this post finds everyone enjoying their Friday nights! Have a happy weekend, blogland!

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“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness; happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” (Souza)

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[quote] i’m tired.

This one is a bit lengthy, but it’s one of my favorites. It’s from G.K. Chesterton, as said in his book Orthodoxy. Right now, as I’m glancing at the clock and wondering why in the great world I’m awake right now (as I’ve been complaining of pure mental and physical exhaustion since the moment I got out of bed) it brings me peace knowing that it’s okay to be tired, for my God never grows tired! He has eternal energy and His promises are to renew my tired, heavy spirits every minute of every day. Enjoy & goodNIGHT!

“The thing I mean can be seen, for instance, in children; when they find some game or joke that they especially enjoy. A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are, in spirit, fierce and free. Therefore they want things repeated and and unchanged. They always say, “do it again!” and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exhault in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exhault in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, “do it again!” to the sun and every evening, “do it again!” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike, it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy. For we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we are.” (G.K. Chesterton)

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[words] i’m not alone in this feeling.

I came across this a couple of years ago and I love it. I love everything about it and how it really encompasses the circle of life, living, loving, and learning. Read and enjoy and to whoever wrote it…. thank you! 🙂
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A time comes in your life when you finally get it … when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out ENOUGH!!! Enough fighting and crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.

This is your awakening. You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change…or for happiness, safety and security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that you are neither Prince Charming or Cinderella and that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings (or beginnings for that matter) and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you…and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance. You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are…and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions. And you learn the importance of loving and championing yourself…and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you (or didn’t do for you) and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that it’s not always about you. So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself…and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance. You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties…and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness. You realize that much of the way you view yourself, and the world around you, is as a result of all the messages and opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the junk you’ve been fed about how you should behave, how you should look, how much you should weigh, what you should wear, what you should do for a living, how much money you should make, what you should drive, how and where you should live, who you should marry, the importance of having and raising children, and what you owe your parents, family, and friends.

You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. And you begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for. You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with…and in the process you learn to go with your instincts. You learn that it is truly in giving that we receive. And that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix. You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life. You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.

Then you learn about love. How to love, how much to give in love, when to stop giving and when to walk away. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. And you learn that alone does not mean lonely. You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs. You learn that feelings of entitlement are perfectly OK…and that it is your right to want things and to ask for the things you want…and that sometimes it is necessary to make demands. You come to the realization that you deserve to be treated with love, kindness, sensitivity and respect and you won’t settle for less. And you learn that your body really is your temple. And you begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise. You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.

You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve…and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy. You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different from working toward making it happen. More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone…and that it’s OK to risk asking for help. You learn the only thing you must truly fear is the greatest robber baron of all: FEAR itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms. And you learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom. You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people. On these occasions you learn not to personalize things. You learn that God isn’t punishing you or failing to answer your prayers. It’s just life happening. And you learn to deal with evil in its most primal state – the ego. You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls. You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.

Slowly, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart’s desire. And you hang a wind chime outside your window so you can listen to the wind. And you make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility. Finally, with courage in your heart and God by your side you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.

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