Stop Playing It Safe (Part 2)

Taking breaks, both mental and physical, are really good for you. I highly recommend you schedule one if you haven't in a while. Even if it’s just for five minutes.

stop playing it safe.

ALERT: Just DO NOT shut yourself into a messy room or closet, because before you know it, BAM, you’ll be organizing like crazy and your mental escape will become nonexistent. Been there. Done that.

I think I have finally sort of (maybe?) learned how to relax. I spent some time recently literally doing nothing. If you know me, that is insane. SERIOUSLY INSANE. And as the hubby would say, a serious step in the right direction for this extreme Type A personality. I don’t do “nothing” well. In fact, I suck at it; but at least I’m learning to have fun trying.

Recently, I was asked to share some of my life story with my church family. On spiritual warfare, of all things. Now, let’s be honest, people don’t like to talk about spiritual warfare, especially in front of judge-y church type folks. Ya dig?

But I did it. Because my pastor asked me to.
And I know God wanted me to say yes, even though I was screaming NO the whole way!

Satan had me convinced that no one would relate, but quite the opposite was true. (sadly) Way too many people could relate to my testimony. 

When you step in front of a thousand people and open up about some of the spiritual warfare in your life, it’s really quite liberating. So liberating, in fact, this radio girl shared some on air too! And I was met with more understanding, acceptance, gratitude and thanks.

There are more people than you realize dealing with your situation right now. Maybe not exactly your situation, but close enough that they can relate to you. No joke. Satan wants you to think you're the only one stranded out on Woe Is Me Island. But YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

Open up to someone today, OK?

Share just a tiny bit about what’s going on in that pretty head of yours. Maybe your marriage is suffering right now. Maybe a health issue is stressing you out. Maybe you’re behind on the bills. Maybe the dreaded C word is looming over your head. Maybe your kids are driving you insane lately. Maybe you're really lonely. Maybe it goes way deeper than all of the above.

If you don’t open up, you can’t let it out. If you can’t let it out, it just festers and grows exponentially worse than it already is. Just like Satan wants.

Don't let Satan win.

We need each other! So let it out! Share with just one person today something that is stressing you out. Just one person is all it takes to shine a light into that dark place hidden deep in your soul. That dark place filled with all the worry and the anxiety that God commands us to release. And if you don't feel comfortable sharing with someone earthly, then please just sit down and have an honest to goodness talk with your Heavenly Father.

I’m so over worrying what everyone thinks of me. I just want to live for Him.

I’m ready to light a fire under both of our butts to continue to get out there and love and serve the Lord. To love our sisters in Christ with all our hearts. To STOP being such catty chicks (we are so annoying aren't we?) To ditch the judgment. Get rid of the ego (or lack thereof). And just be REAL with each other. With ourselves. WITH GOD!

NO more trying to change each other. MORE trying to accept each other. 


“Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
 

"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you." 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

You in?
I hope so!

What will you do to live more authentically this week?

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12 comments:

  1. Only thing I can say is, am I glad I didn't have to tell my story in person like you were brave enough to do.

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    1. Yeah, it was a difficult thing, but there was victory over the darkness that day. I told myself even if it only helps one person, that's all that matters. God is so good! :)

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  2. Wow! Excellent thoughts! I find it interesting that from the start you address the fear of rejection by "judge-y church type folks." We Christians should be out there excitedly sharing how He has rescued us, but sadly there is not enough transparency and too much fear.
    Keep the Faith!

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    1. I think it's the fear of judgment from our own churches that keeps so many of us back. We need to create a support network of people who can lift us up during those difficult times and encourage us to keep spreading the Good News and living for HIM, regardless of what others think! Thanks for your comments. Hope you are well :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing your experience with authenticity! It's encouraging to hear that you got good reactions. But even if you didn't, you know you did the right thing because there's always someone that it helps, even if that only someone is ourselves. Praying you continue to have ministry ripple effects from your talk.

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    1. Amen to that Lisa! It's so important that we are authentic. Not just with ourselves, but with others and esp. our Heavenly Father. Blessings to you and thanks for the kind words. :)

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  4. Hello, I also have been very busy helping others to know we are in a war! A spiritual battle that we can know beforehand that we will be victorious as long as we take a stand for our Faith In Christ and His finished work.
    You're very cute and funny, I so enjoyed your post!
    Blessings, Roxy

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    1. I so appreciated your words of encouragement today Roxy. Thank you so much for blessing me. We are indeed in a spiritual battle, but the victory has already been won! Praise be the glory now and forever to our Heavenly Father. Keep fighting the good fight, for we are victorious through the blood of Christ! :)

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  5. I agree about opening up and sharing your life (or even just one slice of it) with someone. Unfortunately I'm having an extremely difficult time finding others who agree. I feel like a middle schooler at a new school. It seems like everyone around me has a life of their own and no need for active, face-to-face friendship. How does a person forge real life relationships when all of her efforts lead to nothing?

    As far as writing what He calls you to write, that's a tough one, but a good choice. I've found through blogging that no matter what you say, someone is going to have a problem with it... and let you know about it! It does make it tempting to just crawl back into your shell and keep quiet. Or just start posting recipes.

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    1. It is true that someone might have a problem with things you say, but if you are following God's calling and leading, then you can't go wrong, even if there are a few bumps along the road!

      As far as the active face to face friendship difficulties, I can relate somewhat. But what I've learned over the years is that we need to be patient with others and extend grace...often times we have no idea what's going on in their lives, and we focus on our own insecurities and issues. Just keep asking those you feel compelled to relate with for a cup of coffee or tea. It'll happen eventually if it's meant to. I just spent some time praying today that you can feel more connected to those around you! Hang in there!

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  6. Love your picture! Love your spark, your life, your zeal!

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    1. Bless you Lisa and thanks for stopping by! ;)

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