Made to Last

Day 8 of 31 Days of Audacious Faith...

I watched “42” this weekend. The movie is based on a few years in Jackie Robinson’s life as the first Black man to enter Major League Baseball. It was amazing.

31 Days of Audacious Faith with Dana Pittman

Mr. Robinson said “God built me to last” when confronted with the impending challenges. This thought triggered a few memories….

The Cost of Fear

For much of my professional career I found myself being the only female and mostly the only person of color. Around lunch tables, dinner parties and the like it was always…interesting.

People were kind. People smiled. Yet I always felt like I had something to prove. I had to show I belonged. I had to show I was worth their time and efforts.

31 Days of Audacious Faith [Day 4]: My Journey to the SCORRE Conference

I shared my plan to chronicle “My Journey” this month. That was vague. I know.

“My Journey” this month is (and has been) eventful as I prepare for the SCORRE Conference. The thought of attending this conference seemed insurmountable. But I wanted to go. I believe (and believed) something special is awaiting me. If only I could get my bottom in one of those seats.

By God’s grace and favor it is happening. I’m still in awe. And I was floating on Cloud 9 (wherever that is…) until they emailed our pre-conference survey.

All of the wind was knocked out of me. My heart started racing. I tried to take deep breathes but it didn’t help.

I share an office with my husband. While I huffed and puffed trying to slow my nerves, he asked “Are you okay?”

No! I wanted to scream. But how could I. I asked for this, prayed for it and even asked others to do the same.

What is wrong with me? I thought.

An Answer to Live By by Dana Pittman

Fear.

Plain and simple.

The “what ifs” flooded my mind. Minutes passed and I began to repeat:

[pullquote1 align=”center” variation=”teal” textColor=”#000000″]”But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” [Jeremiah 17:7-8][/pullquote1]

I continued until I could no longer hear my heart beating in my ears.

My mini-episode reminds me of what it means to live a life of audacious faith. My Spirit knows more than my mind can comprehend. Yet as I write this post, I don’t fully know the plan. By the grace of God I pray to make leaps and bounds until I know that I know that I know I’m pressing into all that God has for me.

It won’t be easy. I don’t require an easy path. But I pray for one made straight by God.



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How Did You Get Here? [Day 3]

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How many of you are merely existing in a place of absolute discomfort?

Not because you are bold and daring. No, this discomfort stems from…

…Complacency.

…Boredom.

Mediocrity.


This discomfort does not fit well–and it shouldn’t. Nothing about your life as a believers should be average.

…Normal.

…Run-of-the-mill.


We usually make one concession, then another. Years pass and we wake one day thinking…

How did I get here?

31 Days of Audacious Faith [Day 1]: Show Doubt the Door

I thought about my 31 Days of… topic for a while. I considered picking up where I left off last year and a few other topics danced around in my head. In the end, Audacious Faith made my heart leap.

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This month will be full of moments where I have asked God for the impossible. (And you will get the full details as we move along.) Yet in reality we all know nothing is impossible with God. However, how many times have you doubted?

Week 4: Distractions

Every morning I wake and try to read and pray before my feet hit the floor. Because if I don’t…I’ll find myself distracted.

Distractions by Dana Pittman

I’m sure I’m not alone in the matter. We homeschool, work from home, and I find my list of To-Do’s takes on a life of its own. Yet, today while listening to scripture I found a verse very intriguing…

Blogging Through the Book: Double-Dog Dare

My daughter is a beautiful person. We have our good days and challenging days as parents to her. However, one of the qualities I love about her is she is who she is.

Her “Take it or Leave it” existence produces heart-pounding-proud-mommy moments. But it also makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs in frustration.


Double-Dog Dare by Dana Pittman

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Feeble Attempts

An interesting series of events have occurred for the past few months. The occurrences have increased in proximity and relativity.  

I feel like I’m writing in code. But my brain is somewhat on overload. Writing Friday’s post about connecting the dots merely pushed me over the edge.

Maybe you can help me sort this thing out…

Feeble Attempts by Dana Pittman

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Blogging Through the Book: Frozen in Fear

If we took a trip down memory lane, what would you say is your greatest challenge? What has kept you from going after your dreams…your purpose…your “Yes”?

I bet if I took a poll “fear” would win, hands down. This week with our reading of Chapters 2 and 3 of The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn, he shares so much but I’d like to focus on one small area.

Fear.

Frozen in Fear by Dana Pittman

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Why Dana? Why would you want to focus on fear?

Your Thorn is Your Testimony

I am a recovering crybaby.

Yes, I said it. I have my good days. I have my bad days. But at the sight of certain things I my eyes will swell with tears, my nose will run, and get the tissue ready because I will have a full waterworks show for you.

As I child, this caused many problems. I cried when my mother said “No” to my requests. I cried when I could not do the things I most desired.

My mother would be furious. She tried to scare me straight to no avail. My grandfather would tell her, she is “tender hearted”. He said, “Dana cares deeply and our people [Native Americans] called it being tender hearted.”

Well, I love my grandfather. He put a positive spin on my thorn. He made something that plagues me to this day more acceptable, bearable. But my mother wasn’t buying it. Neither was I until I began to embrace what being tender hearted meant to my walk with Christ.

Do you have a sore spot in your life that you’d rather not have? Do you have a struggle (i.e. finances, anger) which plagues you?

 

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This childhood “issue” became a struggle when I entered my teens and through adulthood. Who’d take a crybaby seriously?

I wanted people to hear my words not see my tears. As a result, I struggled to oppress it. I strived to have thick skin. I made sure people knew…I didn’t take no mess.

But, how many of you know suppressing a problem is like trying to hold a beach ball under water? Eventually, it will rise to the top.

Read the full post today on Living Power Life Coaching.

 

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