What are you bringing/allowing into this next season? Something I did over quarantine is actually write down a list of all of the good things I wanted to continue in my daily life. It was super beneficial to realize how positive those things affected my life and why I wanted to continue them. (Ex. How I spend my time, diving deeper in my relationship with the Lord, emersing myself in research, friendships, creative projects & businesses) I so encourage you to take some time to write down all of the things you plan to take into this next season and why. Personally, in this last season of my life the Lord cleared out all of the old things and habits for the better and a huge blessing picked up better things. The things that dropped weren’t serving where I’m going and they definitely weren’t bringing me closer to the Lord. I was super intentional about what I allowed to continue in my life and cleared out everything else. These past couple of weeks readjusting to another new season made me realize all of the active choices we have. That we can either slip into the old habits or decide not to pick up those things again and continually pour into the good things. If the old things weren’t serving you then, what makes you think they’re going to serve you now? It takes discipline to stay focused on where you know you’re supposed to be going. I encourage and challenge you that we have an ACTIVE choice in what we allow in our lives to continue. Stay in awareness of what those things are. As things readjust again, don’t slip into old habits or things that aren’t helpful for building where you’re going. Eliminate distractions and stay FOCUSED on what’s ahead, keep striving towards the goal 💪🏻🎉
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I do not want to go back to the old or what was “normal”. In fact, I refuse. What if our “normal” wasn’t actually good? It was just familiar and comfortable? Before the virus, living through the motions running tiredly without a solid ground? I truly believe we are refining and rebuilding a lot of old and tired systems and putting in place new systems that are good...IF we are WILLING to step into them. Light is being shed in a lot of places that have been hidden for far too long- on a personal level, and all of the way to a global level. As a generation, it’s like we’ve all been operating out of an old mindset or living a certain way for years/decades just because it feels familiar and comfortable. If only we would loosen our grip and let go of what was and breath in the fresh air of the newness God is bringing forth. It takes a lot of active and hard work, but there is so much GOODNESS and beauty in it. Let 2020 be the year we learn how to really embrace life, grow closer and create deeper meaningful relationships, uproot and confront racial injustice, grow deeper in our relationship with the Lord, see the unseen, and actually be the church everywhere we are (because we are not a building/and or just meet on Sundays) and continue pressing in and growing in all of those. To continue walking boldly into the new. God, may we not return to the old and what we thought was normal just because it was familiar.
My heart is so heavy, God help us. There is so much brokenness in our world. There HAS been so much brokenness in our world. My black brothers and sisters have fought for FAR too long to feel safe, to feel seen, to feel equal and I truly am sorry. The injustice, racism, innocent deaths, and pain. I’m listening, I’m angry, and I grieve with you. As a white woman I cannot even grasp what it’s like to live in constant fear for my life. I acknowledge my privilege and I’m fighting to be better, I’m LISTENING, to reflect and live out who Jesus is and bridge the gaps and advocate for justice. I’ve been examining my heart, diving into more resources, and finding ways to actively put this into action and I encourage my white friends to do the same. My friend @chelsea__layne put this well, listening to stories generates empathy, empathy generates love and we really need more of that right now. Our God created diversity and culture, He is a just God and confronts injustice, He is not colorblind, He comes alongside the hurting, He seeks those who are unseen, He has compassion, and He grieves and weeps with our pain and we must do the same. As Christ Followers, we have a responsibility bridge the gaps and we cannot turn our heads or close our eyes to the racial injustice and to those hurting and everything what has been going on. This is a heart issue, and we have to examine our hearts. We have to have conversations about this. We need to have open hearts and ears and listen. We must break past our bubbles of comfort and stand in the messy hurt and lean into hard conversations to love people well. And I am hopeful, voices are rising, things are shifting. We will be the generation that changes things - that breaks these generational cycles. JESUS BREAK MY HEART FOR WHAT BREAKS YOURS, OPEN UP MY EYES TO THE THINGS UNSEEN. #Blacklivesmatter “If I celebrate diversity but never address the disparity then that would be hypocrisy.” Steven Furtick