Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Morning Coffee

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let's begin.

What is it that's holding you back today? Is it fear of the unknown?  What about a lack of confidence to take that first step.  Sometimes we are so crippled by our fears that we miss out on everything life has waiting for us. I know for me, the hardest part about venturing out into something new is not knowing what to expect.  With the adoption, there were so many fears involved: what will people think, am I really ready to be a parent, how are we going to know what to do?  Fear and lack of confidence weighed down the hope and future joy that God was trying to place into my life.  My need to control everything around me was hindering me from committing to something incredible: the ability to transform and heal the life of a broken child.

I know change is scary.  I don't like it one bit and I will fight it as much as I can.  But if we don't allow ourselves to change, to grow, to be willing to go through a little bit of a rocky place, then we will miss out on SO much.

I had this quote as the lock screen on my phone for months.  Every time I checked my phone, there it was, staring at me.  In every big situation, I just stand there, waiting for that feeling of readiness, when instead I should be leaping with reckless abandon, trusting that I am capable of facing whatever challenges come my way.  (Now this does not mean if someone knocks on your door with a crazy pyramid scheme plan and wants you to give them $100 to change your life, that you should do it....throw confetti in their face and while they're distracted, shut the door and hide under the covers.  That one is no good.)

What I'm saying is, don't be afraid to challenge yourself.  Be confident that you can achieve your dreams.  

I feel like at this point that I sound like Joel Osteen "he who shall not be named"  or other like minded inspirationalists who tell you all this feel good fluff and that if you just believe, it will happen.  That's not my intent.  There will be struggles.  What you think you want may not be what God has planned for you (hello, adoption!!).  You may be dragged through the mud before someone lends you a helping hand to pull you out.  My point is to be willing to face those challenges, to trust that what you face will in fact make you stronger, and will hopefully help someone else out in the process.  

Is this where I quote the saying from "The Help"?  

I want us (and ME ME ME) to remember that we can do this. Whatever "this" is, the things that are weighing on your heart today, the things that are whispering in your ear you can't, the things that you are struggling with....let it go.  Have faith that you can.  Have faith that it WILL happen, even if it's not in your timeline or even how you pictured it.  Stop telling yourself that you can't, and let God tell you that you can.

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