|"Pleased To Meet You" 9" x 9" collage on canvas by Crystal Neubauer|
(another excerpt lifted from a previous Facebook status. This one written on September 5, 2014)
Maybe it's hormones or the change in seasons, but the weeps are coming easily this morning. My oldest daughter is getting married in two weeks, my son will be celebrating a year and a half of sobriety the week after that...
I remember, as if it were yesterday praying for friendship, just one friend please, and now my life is filled with women who are living beautiful creative lives becoming all God meant for them to be. Each one has a piece of Him they carry and are honoring Him by taking the steps to become their fullest selves possible.
I couldn't be any busier without losing something really important. Today my life is overflowing getting ready for the wedding, preparing for a weekend workshop at The Healing House Art Studio, and finishing my book. And lest you think, through the random and selective Facebook status posting, that it has been easy-for any of us- it hasn't, and isn't. I've had to take steps that are HARD and make sacrifices that are DIFFICULT to achieve these things.
But hard and difficult don't translate to bad. This morning I read the words "God honors our involvement, invites our participation" and I know that to be true in my life. Hard and difficult things can be muscle builders. Getting active in the process of building the life God intended for you is validating and identity building.
Start today towards building the life that is burning inside of you. Ask yourself what it is you were meant to be. Ask God to give you a clear picture to set before you when things get tough; kind of like hanging a picture of that bikini on the fridge when you are dieting. Ask Him what the next right step is for getting there, and then pursue it with everything you've Got. Better yet, pursue it with everything He's got, and freely given!
You were created for the more. Be courageous and don't settle for anything less. And lest you are mistaken about that, courage isn't the absence of fear, it is the very real presence of it and moving forward anyway.
|"Pleased To Meet You" side view - 9" x 9" collage on canvas by Crystal Neubauer|