Stop Playing Small

...stop waiting for someday...

Do you have a ideal life you’ve imagined for yourself?

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It could be your dream job. The vision you hold for your business. The book you will write someday because you just know the story must be written and it must be written by you.

What keeps your one day from being right now? 

Unstoppable

I walked into the house after spending my entire day at church, which is rare for me.

Our church has three Sunday services and I’m an early riser. I’m in and out. So much so that many people stopped and asked me “what are you still doing here?”.

Anyway, I get in and after determining to do “nothing” for the rest of the day… 😉 I turned on TV as I scanned my mind for a quick book to read. The TV was on merely for a little background noise to compete with the football game—we’re Dallas Cowboys fans residing in Houston—and my kiddos, puppy included.

I settled in and decided to knit instead and as my mind clear from that brief task I heard Oprah interviewing a guest, I did not get her name, but she said this quote, “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor”.

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I grab my phone and typed the quote into Google. It is attributed to Rumi.

I like words. I like when words are perfectly placed to communicate a thought, which usually seems so complicated to describe because it is so real and thick and sometimes yummy. …yes, yummy.

A thought that once expressed perfectly it makes immediate sense and it feels good. You know immediately “that’s it!”.

This was one of those times.

I missed the rest of the interview because my thoughts were running. Because although this quote was wonderful its truth, to me, was reminiscent of a few verses.

[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” cite=”Romans 8:28″]And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. [/pullquote1]

(Read in context.)

[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” cite=”Romans 8:31b”]If God is for us, who can be against us?[/pullquote1]

(Read in context.)

As I flipped through my bible I got excited. The “that’s it!” feeling was working overtime and my exhausted body could not contain my aha moment…with God I am unstoppable.

I mean, I knew this. Right?!

But how often do we forget we are victorious? Victors…loved…cherished… God created a special plan just for us. Yet we get pulled, yet again, into the undertow of life?

We go from knee-deep…to waist-high…to being fully submerged in…stuff. But all of that does not negate this truth for those who love God.

Do you love God?

Then you too my beloved are unstoppable when we are about our Father’s work.

Now I feel like Erica Campbell, “I love God, what you don’t love God, what’s wrong with you?”

Okay…so maybe that song isn’t the best expression of what I’m talking about. 🙂 But it does put a steady rock in my shoulders and a smile on my face.

You said you loved God. If so, you know that thing? Yeah…that.

Stop waiting.

Okay…I’m off to take a nap as I snap to beat in my head and the song in my heart. 😉

What Gives You Life?

My silence has lingered longer than expected. But in my absence I birthed my dream.

I feel excited, scared, vulnerable, impassioned…alive.

I am now in a space of wondering: What’s next? Thus, the time away was extended.

My silence came to a shrieking halt after reading most wonderful post. The writer said:

[pullquote1 quotes=”true” align=”center” cite=”Shauna Niequist”]“What’s so sad is that when women fail to take their lives seriously, nobody wins.”[/pullquote1]

This one line could have been the full post. In this one sentence I felt she captured the width and depth of my experience for most of the year. She penned a sentence which echoes the ache in my heart for women and the story of my evolving life.

You see, in my time of silence I hosted my first away retreat. This, beloved, has been a desire of mine for a really (really) long time.

It has haunted me for many years.

It has taunted me for many years.

The longer I waited the farther is seemed to get away from me, which brought heartbreak, doubt and my resolve that “this will never happen”.

But never say never my friends.

God hears the very whispers of our hearts, the cries of our soul. I have seen Him move every obstacle. I have witnessed the impossible rendered powerless in His path.  And even the trivial, smallest detail was acknowledged.

I pray that this retreat is one of many more to come. It helped me to see what gives me life and how important it is for each of us to live.

You can define “live” as your purpose, your passion, your dream, your authentic life, etc.

Define it as colorful, boldly or simply as you’d like. But define it. And don’t stop there…you must live it.

Don’t brush it aside. Don’t wait for later. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect.

Because it’s in the living that lives are changed. The world is changed. And we need you and all the beautiful gifts God has blessed you with.

Now is the time to be the victors. Winning is a choice.

 

[pullquote4 align=”center” variation=”teal”]For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith. 1 John 5:4[/pullquote4]