Transparency at its Best

I never tire of reading Brandon J. Adams’ posts. As a baby boomer, I am encouraged by his fresh insight. Sharing Brandon’s posts is an honor.

Are you following him yet? If not, do yourself a favor and sign up … see what he has to say. Take a chance and listen to a millennial who may have an insight you’re not expecting to see.

His latest, Was Your Mind Made Up? holds not only millennials accountable, but the rest of us as well.

Way to go, Brandon. I felt my toes appropriately stepped on … in a good way.

Scars are Reminders of God’s Faithfulness

I’ve seen been reminded twice today that we need to appreciate our scars.

I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Maybe you may need to hear that, too. Check out Sheila Walsh’s post. Don’t lose hope.

You may feel like you’re done. Like you want to give up. But please know, Jesus is working on your behalf–right now–pleading your case. And remember … your scars are reminders of God’s faithfulness.

Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Romans 8:34 NIV

Writing with TBI Challenges

Writing isn’t as glamorous as it may seem. There are long hours with no promise of success. You sweat. Dream. You claw your way from one page onto another. You pull words and together then delete others. It can be a challenging process.

Now try writing after suffering TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

That’s what Martin Johnson does. Read his guest post on Almost an Author, Writing with a Disability. You’ll want to cry. Then cheer. But one way or another, you’ll see the writing process differently. Thanks, Martin for sharing your journey. You can follow Martin on Twitter at @mtjohnson51.

 

 

Life After a Brain Injury

I’d like to introduce you to an online friend of mine, Michelle Munt. Michelle writes the most interesting blog posts, showing there is life after brain injury.

Michelle also encourages others to share their stories. Check out Leanne Whitehouse’s post from September 6th as she tells of celebrating her thirtieth anniversary of the beginning of healing from brain injury.

Thanks, Michelle, for carrying the torch for others struggling with the slow process of healing.

If you’re not already following Michelle, why not?

Serving Others

Some blogs are so profound they touch your heart. Other blogs stay with you because of their simplicity and honesty.

Cory Lebovitz’s post falls into the category of the latter when writing about serving others.

Thank you, Cory, for reminding us that service isn’t for the lofty. It’s for us all.

Check out Cory’s post.

 

Today’s Fun Challenge for Bloggers

Here’s a challenge for all bloggers: Look through your first blog post.

After you finish giggling and rolling your eyes, think about what you just read. Think about the person who wrote it. Think about how life has changed since then. now, congratulate yourself for sticking with it!

For complete transparency, I’ve included my first post from December 2010, and this is what I found:

  • I am still trying to publish a book—a different one this time, but a book, nonetheless.
  • While my speaking ministry has progressed, there are times I still question my ability to tell others of God’s great mercy and grace for us.
  • I still realize I am nothing without Christ. My comfort has nothing to do with how good God is in my life. And the scripture still rings true. His plans are still etched in stone.

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Surviving Great Days

August 1983
The cool air stirred and the long rays of morning sun greeted the three of us as we walked the long driveway. It took everything in me not to start crying.

“Today’s a great day!” I said, with too much pep in my voice. I wanted to make sure I told him all he needed to know for this special day. “You’ll meet new people and it’ll be terrific!”

We continued to walk, hand in hand as we always had in the past. He stopped, looked up into my eyes, and with a sober voice, “It is a great day, right, Mommy?”

Little Sis skipped along singing Great day, It’s gonna be a great day … She had no idea the somberness of this moment. But how could she? How could she know what it felt like to lose a baby into an Unknown World?

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The Truth About Fear

Have you ever just talked with someone and thought, “I want that they have”? That was my experience when I chatted with my guest blogger, Lauren Reeves. You can find her on Facebook or follow the podcast she offers with Tammy Whitehurst (another inspiring friend) at JoyfortheJourneyPodcast

I’m not always as strong as I project to be. Sometimes I shut down. I become emotionally paralyzed and can’t move forward. The what-if’s spiral in my mind and harden my heart, leading me to a complete standstill.

It’s all because of fear.

Here I am, inspirational speaker and author, sharing God’s plans for us, yet I struggle with fear primarily in two areas of my life: 1) believing I am loved, and 2) finding the courage to face my calling.

At times, the fear of not being love feels like a war raging within me. I’d always known logically that I am loved, but phrases like, “They only love you because they don’t know you,” or “You’re just a novelty. Give it time and you’ll see their affection wasn’t real at all,” taunted me, allowing fear to get a foothold on my heart, freezing me in my tracks.

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Celebrate, Not Exasperate

Acceptance. It’s what we want, but do we offer it? Instead, we tend to exasperate those who see life differently than we do.

We’re all different. It may not seem like it, but none of us share the exact experiences that would make us the same. Some came from a comfortable home life and solid family of origin, while others struggled with empty bellies and absentee parents.

We may look the same, go to the same schools or even read the same books. But a time comes … something happens … then POW out of nowhere, differences appear.

Our feelings get hurt, or we hurt someone else’s feelings. It’s sad, really. Because we are not the same and inevitably, diversity in how we think or see the world appear.

The answer: Celebrate differences! Learn from one another. Because really, who else do we learn from than those who are different than us?