It is written, “A potter has the right to do whatever he wants with his clay. He can make something for everyday use from the same lump of clay.” (Romans 9:21)
Do not ask, ‘Why has this happened to me?’ or ‘Why am I this way?’ Don’t you know that I have made you? I don’t make mistakes.
You may not see the entirety of my plan, but I can. I am the Author and Finisher of your faith. Know that I am God. Not even one hair falls from your head without me knowing about it.
You want to be used by me? Well, like the clay in the hands of the potter, this requires complete submission to My will. Even when you don’t understand the why. My ways are higher than yours. Have I not proven that My ways are good?
It is written, “Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Can you imagine being Mary? Watching as your son is tortured? Feeling pain in the depths of your being as there’s nothing you can do to help? Then seeing him die on the cross…
When Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Do you think Mary knew of Psalm 22? That this would be the fulfillment of a prophecy?
Do you think her heart sunk with thoughts of her son’s abandonment? Or of her own? Can you imagine the mix of emotions as she trusted in her son when He said, “I’ll come back”? Would he? Is revival actually possible?
What does it look like to wait in anticipation? To be faithful during the “in between”? Can our hearts be both broken and expectant at the same time?
…Can you imagine being Mary?
I’m leaving soon for my first solo trip abroad. I’ve traveled abroad numerous times and traveled alone plenty, as well. But this will be my first time combining the two and I feel compelled to share some thoughts…
I love traveling alone because it teaches you to trust others, and more importantly, yourself and your intuition.
For me, doing it in a foreign country is exciting and just outside of my comfort zone. That’s how we grow and change. Not by doing outright risky things, but by knowing our limits and striving to stretch them, ever so gently.
Everyone has different boundaries, comfort zones, and accompanying beliefs. Here are mine (as they pertain to this trip):
I believe in living outside of your comfort zone.
I believe in the kindness of strangers.
I believe that experience is our greatest teacher.
I believe that when we act with boldness, mighty forces come to our aid.
And most of all, I believe in the God of angel’s armies (who has never once left my side:)
To be continued…
Everyone must begin to trust their dreams because out of that trust is born the artist, and the artist is the role model for the entrepreneur we now need. – Ernest Hall
It’s a strange thing when you start to feel better after thinking that you never would.
It’s even stranger when you want to love again after losing the love of your life.
A part of you screams, “No, you can’t! It’d be a betrayal.”
But another part of you, the better part of you, whispers, “Yes. Live again. Love again.”
There is no better way to honor yourself than trusting your intuition when it whispers.
“As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices.
If you keep this agreement, you can travel around the world with your heart completely open and no one can hurt you. You can say, “I love you” without fear of being ridiculed or rejected. You can ask for what you need. You can say yes, or you can say no – whatever you choose – without guilt or self-judgment. You can choose to follow your heart always.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz
“If someone is not treating you with love and respect, it is a gift if they walk away from you. If that person doesn’t walk away, you will surely endure many years of suffering with him or her.
Walking away may hurt for a while, but your heart will eventually heal. Then you can choose what you really want.
You will find that you don’t need to trust others as much as you need to trust yourself to make the right choices.”
-Don Miguel Ruiz
“If you want to make a difference, the next time you see someone being cruel to another human being, take it personally. Take it personally because it is personal!” – Brene Brown
“Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty.” – Brene Brown
I trust you.
I know you know how to get things done. How to engage yourself with the world and then retreat.
You can eat when you’re hungry and sleep when you’re tired. You know how to shower, clean up, and pay your bills on time.
You know how to say “no” and how to say “yes” and when to do both.
You can let the right people in and show the wrong people out.
You know how to ask for help. And company when you need it.
You know how to forgive yourself. Stand by yourself. Be close to the people you choose.
This is your adventure. Your life. You got this.
You’re in charge and I trust you.