Ways to Become (in)Adequate

As we ring in the New Year, the world has a demanding question – “how do you intend to better yourself this year?”

If you feel “not-enough” or “inadequate” before you set out on your resolution journey, you are very likely to continue feeling that way no matter what you accomplish. Trying to set goals and strategize our way into adequacy is a spinning wheel that can lead to exhaustion, defeat, and shame.

Before getting too deep into this year’s resolution (or deciding not to set any goals at all), please read today’s article. I am so excited for us to experience the joys of this journey rather than falling into “self-optimization fatigue”.

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From Liability to Attribute

What is the “thorn in your side” that just won’t go away?

Trust me, I have plenty. Sometimes I get so frustrated at myself regarding the “thorn” and other times I want to throw my hands up at the world and scream, “Deal with it! This is who I am, like it or not!”

Today I bring you scripture and an equation (two of my favorite things) to help us find something in between frustration and complacency regarding our thorns.

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No Limits

Who is that person in your life that consistently reminds you of God’s awesomeness?

Carolyn, whom I met through the Red House Writer’s Collective, definitely checks that box for me!

Her love and faith in God are SO contagious. She is an accomplished writer and speaker… and, did I mention, she is blind? May Carolyn’s life be a testimony to each of us – that the love, grace and power of God has absolutely no limits despite our perspective of insurmountable circumstances.

Allow Carolyn Dale Newell and her amazing guide dog, Iva, to steal your heart and encourage you through today’s devotion. I am so grateful for her willingness to share her time and talents with us.

Enjoy!

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14

My son is now 14 years old – the same age I was when I experienced significant loss and trauma. How does this affect me 29 years later?

Whether you or someone you walk along side has experienced death of a loved one, unfaithfulness within marriage, witnessed or experienced trauma, or has lived during a world-wide pandemic, learn about hypervigilance (a trauma response) and steps toward hope and healing.

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No Way Around This Day

“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'” John 8:12

Today, Good Friday, is a day to really meditate and seek an understanding regarding the paradox of something at once being atrocious and wonderful. We must go through Good Friday in order to get to Easter.

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