Nightmare Life

I once tried to create a life based on a choice made out of fear…and my life became a nightmare.

I’m not doing that again.

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~ Les Brown

Inhale Truth, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Difficulty, Exhale Fear…
Inhale Vulnerability, Exhale Fear…
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Paralyzed by Fear

We can often clearly see fear paralyze those closest to us. We see them stuck in situations, in sickness, in sorrow…in what they perceive as safety because they are afraid to move toward the unknown.

As difficult as it is to watch, we can’t free others from their fear. Freedom from fear is an inside job.

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3 NIV

Inhale Light, Exhale Darkness…
Inhale Sight, Exhale Sightlessness…
Inhale Love, Exhale Fear…
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Limitless

What we refer to reality is basically our perception fueled by our past experience or what we interpreted from a past experience. When we filter the present through what has happened to us or how we perceived what happened to us, we often respond in ways that actually limit us. What IS real is God’s love and His plans for us…both are unlimited.

“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”  Jeremiah 29:11 MSG

Inhale Conviction, Exhale Illusion…
Inhale Trust, Exhale Perception…
Inhale Reality, Exhale Story…
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Authentically Powerful

Real, authentic power comes from knowing who you are and living into your values, vision and purpose. Truly powerful people don’t need to resort to bullying, blackmail or brutality to be influential.

And also…proximity to those wielding power from an inauthentic place does not make you powerful.

“An authentically empowered person is one who is so strong, so empowered, that the idea of using force against another is not a part of his or her consciousness.” ~ Gary Zukav

Inhale Power, Exhale Bullying…
Inhale Power, Exhale Blackmail…
Inhale Power, Exhale Brutality…
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Just Like New…

Our cells are always renewing. If they suddenly stopped replicating, we might last a few days, but eventually we would die. In the same way, if we stop growing spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, we might as well BE dead.

As we get older our cells start to replicate more slowly and we start to age. However we can still maintain our physical health by engaging our muscles and being careful about what we ingest. And we can continue to develop our spiritual muscles through prayer, meditation and study, exercise our emotional muscles by being present in our relationships and flex our mental muscles through exposure to new information.

Happy New Year!

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12: 2 ESV

Inhale Renew, Exhale Decline…
Inhale Replicate, Exhale Deteriorate…
Inhale Repair, Exhale Death…
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Review

Lately my journals have been incubators for the thoughts that become my blog. So whenever I get to the end of one, I spend some time going through the pages to gather any undernourished nuggets or underdeveloped ideas. Every now and then, I’ll find something so close to completion all I have to do is attach an image.

I also find unfinished thoughts … and wonder where they were going. But I hold on to those, just in case I remember the direction.

“Nothing is ever really lost to us as long as we remember it.” ~ L.M. Montgomery

Inhale Thoughts, Exhale Forgetfulness…
Inhale Nourish, Exhale Neglect…
Inhale Creation, Exhale Procrastination…
Just Breathe…

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Birth

Today I am grateful for the birth that gave hope to the hopeless. In this season of birth and renewal in the midst of confusion and fear, I am praying for sufficient strength to be hopeful, effective faith to believe, and enough compassion to be loving…

“For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us!
He’ll take over the running of the world.
His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father,
Prince of Wholeness.
His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” Isaiah 9: 6-7, MSG

Inhale Creation, Exhale Suppression…
Inhale Inclusion, Exhale Exclusion…
Inhale Compassion, Exhale Separation…
Just Breathe…

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Heal Yourself

The best way to help a family, a community or a city, is to help you. Just like a non-swimmer can’t always prevent someone else from drowning, it’s really difficult to help someone else if you’re unstable.

Transform yourself, fortify yourself, educate yourself and heal yourself for the greatest impact on others.

“Doctor, go heal yourself.” Luke 4:23 MSG

Inhale Heal, Exhale Ego…
Inhale Seek Help, Exhale Pride…
Inhale Transform, Exhale Trauma…
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Forward

When people in my current life find out about my previous life as an Air Force officer, they often assume I had a strength I didn’t always feel.

Early in my career, I found myself divorced, a single parent to a two-year-old and scared that I wouldn’t be able to do what I needed to do. But the determination to not go “crawling back” to someone who thought I was a “waste of time,” and the fear of failing my daughter, fueled my forward momentum.

You see me now, because I didn’t give up then.

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Inhale Impetus, Exhale Relapse…
Inhale Motivation, Exhale Regression…
Inhale Momentum, Exhale Retreat…
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Motives

When we are plugged in to the Source of All Knowing, All Power and All Creation, when we pay attention to how we are being in the world, when we care how our actions are impacting others and our universe, then we make choices that will benefit the whole.

A bad motive can’t achieve a good end; double-talk brings you double trouble.”  Proverbs 17: 20 MSG

Inhale Discernment, Exhale Disregard…
Inhale Perception, Exhale Prejudice…
Inhale Intuition, Exhale Indifference…
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