Friday, November 28, 2014

Living in my NOW

More and more we are learning who we are.  Not so much in the self-conscious descriptions of our youth or the labels of our early adult years, but more in the way we are simply at peace with ourselves. 
Is this the fullness of time?  The set time?  The appointed time?  The time of life?  Or maybe we should just embrace all of these times and call it “Now”

In “Now” it is where we are to take stock of our life and we realize how much we have changed.

We pick it up, examine it then we realize…we are softer, gentler, wiser, and calmer than before. In our "Now" we are becoming more fully and completely who we were created to be!

We have now moved from “successes to significance”. I believe it is in our "Now", God wants to redeem all of the broken heels, chipped nails, dead-end jobs, broken marriages, less-than perfect children, bad perms. He needed us to get those things out of the way. Yes, He was with us back then, but He really wants to be with us in our "Now".

It is the challenge of releasing our past that may be the greatest challenge we face in embracing our "Now". We want to hold on to so many of the good things – our looks, our energy and our roles that once defined us. But we also tend to hold on to the bad as well – the insults, betrayals, criticisms and the injustices.

It is in "Now" that we will fully see ourselves! Because it is in our "Now" that the Glory, the fullness of God abides. This means the best place to resolve or heal the hurts, disappointments, fears and traumas of the past, is in the moment called "Now".

I love this idea, don't you! The idea that we can turn our backs on some of those identities from the past in order to move toward something more authentic in the "Now". And it’s not so much that we are losing our identities, but rather that we are no longer embracing false identities!

It is in this moment called "Now" we find the willingness to embrace and be defined by a holy calling rather than the opinions of others.

My prayer is that more and more women will embrace their "Now" in a way that is not only personally life-changing but powerfully world-changing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's still my season of Jubilee!

On this 8th month (New Beginnings) on this 12th day (Divine Order) I enter the 3rd (Perfection) anniversary, in my 50th year (Jubilee)!

Now, in my 50’s I no longer ask “what do I want to do when I grow up”… I haven’t decided to grow up yet!  But I can tell you I am much closer to it now than I ever was in my 20's, 30's, or 40's and there's a whole world waiting for me to discover.        

The first half of my life was a whirl of activity.  There never seemed to be “enough”!  Enough time, enough money, enough…!  I marvel at all the things I felt I HAD to do.  

Now I ask, where was I in a hurry to go?

And there was all that noise back then, and there’s so much silence now.  Yet in this silence, I hear God calling me to Himself.  He has waited patiently as I raised my children, built my resumes, and formed the church committees…yes all the noise.   

Here’s what I now see:  

God wants me to spend the second half of my life focusing less about what I “need to do” and more about who I have become.  

He is calling me up to greater, which requires leaving the past, full of expectations and noise behind me.  I now know the best is yet to come and it will look very different than anything that has come before. 

Experience, Clout, Freedom, and hopefully a stronger sense of self that is no longer intimated by social media, the youth markets, societal pressures or the expectations of others, to be what I’m not.

I have gone through many transitions.  I have experienced and tackled things I never thought I was capable of.  

I learned Courage in Me and I am still here.  It's not over till the fat lady sings, isn't that what ‘they’ say? Whoever they are…I don't see a fat lady and I don’t hear her either….but I recently heard a wise young man say, “Since I am alive, I might as well live!”

The next 30 years? Inspiration not obligation, Purpose not priorities.  Living my best life now!  

“The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,' says the Lord of hosts. 'And in this place I will give peace,' says the Lord of hosts. Haggai 2:9”

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wounded Woman Warriors

My favorite action movie of all time is ‘Rambo 1st Blood’.  Rambo was some kind of warrior!  One that they had never encountered before.  What I remembered the most, this warrior was in the fight of his life, not because he decided he had an enemy, but they decided “he” was their enemy!

He became wounded so many times during this fight, yet he could only stop long enough to stitch up his own wounds.  Far from being healed, he knew he had to find a safe place to stitched himself up long enough to fight another day!

Women, once a month we have a experience be it moderate or severe how to physically and emotionally “endure”, “manage” or "ignore" PAIN. It is just how we are created.

"Wounded Women Warriors” , I must say there is a time we must come in from the battle.  Not just to stitch up your wounds, but it is time to really heal.    

Why is this so critical?  Because many of us are in active ministries, vocations or leading corporations, yet we are serving, giving and leading out of our own pain.  It’s not that we are not doing great things, excellent things or even God things. But every warrior must come off the battlefield to heal.  

For many, the most difficult part of the healing is identifying our wounds, the areas of our hurt.  Why, because too often we tell ourselves we have “gotten over it” because it does not hurt!  

Yep, get struck in that same area again.  You will soon realize that healing has not taken place and you are NOT over it.  Women, we are skilled at bouncing back, moving forward, but are yet to be healed.  

Why, because healing takes time…and we don’t have time, there is too much to do, so many people are depending on us.  And sadly, we end up bleeding on those we were sent to serve, to lead, to love. 

There comes a time, by design or decree that we all must come off the battlefield (Rest), identify wounds (Confront) and allow healing to take place (Restore) in the presence of God! 

Let CourageousMi show you  how!