Greetings and Joy in Abundance!

Ever wonder why some people seem to be floating through life and others stumble?

I wonder this, and seek to find ways to float instead of stumble. Maybe you would like to join me in this search.

Seeking a closer relationship with God seems to allow my life to float along a little easier.

Phillipians 4:5-6 tells us to reveal our gentleness outwardly, that God is near and that we should not be anxious about anything, but through prayer and petition, we should thankfully approach the Lord with our concerns.

As a high energy person, my anxiety can run high. I am constantly seeking ways to leave my concerns at the foot of the cross.

Random? Probably not.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Growing Pains

Does it ever surprise you that all growth comes with pain?  Really.  Why do these things need to be connected?  Whether it is physical or mental, it truly exists.  We are constantly growing and increasing in knowledge and understanding, but this comes with a sacrifice, doesn't it?  Stretching your brain is hard work.  Stretching is good for our bodies too.  It is dangerous to exercise any muscle without stretching it first to prepare it for the vigorous exercise we are about to do. 

I love dancing.  Wow, I never thought I would, but I love it.  My husband and I have been ballroom dancing for over 4 years now, and I really enjoy it - every minute of it.  Even the painful parts - yes, I have had the growing pains of exercising new muscles, using different parts of my feet and just in general finding out what it is like to have an exercise routine.  I didn't grow up in a family that exercised together, so this is not part of my culture.  But dancing - wow - that is FUN!  Social dancing is great - a great workout - not too much pressure to be perfect and since it is an expression of the music, you can make it your own each time. 

I have found that I am stretching many things besides physical muscles, though.  I am stretching my mind to remember steps and I am stretching my comfort zone by performing in front of others.  I never thought I would do that. 

By nature, I tend to shrink back a bit, hid myself a little, not want to be the center of attention.  But by creation, I am meant to be in the middle, meant to be the shining light.  It is a struggle for me.  But, when I let myself be who I am created to be, WOW!  God shines through and nothing keeps me back.  I must say that I do try to hide my light under a bushel sometimes, and I need to try to let it shine more. 

What holds you back?  What do you avoid because it's uncomfortable or painful to walk through?  What are you doing to stretch a different muscle?  Try something new.  Stretch a bit - it builds character.  We must always continue to strive to be the best we can be.  I heard Gen. John Ashcroft say yesterday that Jesus didn't come so we could have life down here in the 'just making it by' zone - He came that we might have life abundantly!  So, reach for excellence!  Recognize the pain and suffering.  Acknowledge it.  Live in it a little while, and then move beyond it.  This is how we achieve excellence!  See you there! 

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