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Month: March 2017 (page 1 of 3)

Define – Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday Prompt... Define!

Well, I finally got a chance to participate in this week’s Five Minute Friday prompt! Yay! The prompt today is *define*.
If you’d like to know more about #FiveMinuteFriday be sure to go HERE for more info! My five minutes of free writing starts… now.

{And… Go!}

A lot of people when they hear my testimony, ask me if getting my diagnosis of chronic depression has ever made it hard to define myself as anything else but depressed.

I always tell them it was the exact opposite.

I had lived with Dysthymic Disorder since the age of eleven but never knew it was a real thing,  and so all that time I had simply defined myself as a broken person.

I defined myself this way for almost 28 years.

“There must just be something wrong with me. I’m just one of those people with zero focus. Zero energy at the worst times. Can’t deal with life. No matter what I do, I always just feel wrong. The worst mother and wife. What’s wrong with me? Look at everybody LIVING while I fail…”

And to be honest, this mood disorder tried to define my whole family. “I must be the worst husband, she’s never happy.” “No matter what I do, my Mom doesn’t seem okay.”

It’s hard to diagnose something that looks like so many other things.

But when I finally got my diagnosis three years ago, the label of worst-person-ever dropped away, and freedom stepped in.

I wasn’t the worst and most broken person on the planet anymore.

I was a Daughter of the King who also happened to have chronic depression.

I was a wife who happened to have a low-grade mood disorder. A mom who simply needed some health care. A friend who needed to alter the daily in order to survive.

I was freed from what had tried to define me for years.

Not to mention my whole family. What they thought defined us as a whole finally had a name.

Now we could have a different kind of definition. A healthy one.

Now we could have a different kind of definition. Click To Tweet

What was underneath it all was properly defined, so we knew what it was we had to work around. And to not let it be what we were anymore.

And all our negative labels fell away, His gift to us through a doctor’s visit.

To this day I tell people, I know some hard things are yours to carry, but they don’t have to define you. It’s not the whole story. It’s not the whole picture.

He defines you by so much more.

{…. and Stop}

Five Minute Friday Post - DefineCome and join us over at today’s prompt and linkup with #FiveMinuteFriday and Kate Motaung!

And I’m also sharing over at Crystal Twaddell’s #FreshMarketFriday linkup!

 

Brave Enough To Be Humble

Christy Pearce- God In The New Journey Series

Brave Enough To Be Humble on the Journey: Guest Post

Friends, we come to the end of our fantastic blog series God In The New Journey: Being Brave Enough to Step Out and I don’t know about all of you but I’ve been blessed beyond words by each sister-writer and their insights and revelations. Today, I’m so pumped to get to turn the blog over to our next guest, Christy Pearce, from the blog Faith Like Dirty Diapers. You have to know, this woman is constantly cracking me up, but is as insightful as she is funny. So when she had a true story ready to share about staying humble in your day to day journey, I couldn’t wait to share her words with you.
I have to say a huge thanks to one and all for this series and if you’d like to catch up with the whole series easily, be sure to subscribe to the blog at the end of this post and we’ll make sure you get the whole series in one  delivery to your inbox this weekend! But for now, let’s turn the blog over to Christy!

Yesterday didn’t start out as a humble day, or even a brave day. My brave enough to be humble opportunity kicked off when a complete stranger yelled at me.

That’s right, those letters didn’t stutter—he “yelled.”

This man, (my diagonally-across-the-back-yard-neighbor) whom I’d never seen before in my life, angrily marched across his yard into mine with a piece of his mind cocked and loaded. He didn’t introduce himself upon his arrival; he just pulled the trigger and unloaded his AK47 of grievances on me while my kids watched.

And it must be my month for yelling strangers; because this is the second time over the past two weeks I’ve had the pleasure to meet a new human in this way. The first time was a woman except she was completely in the wrong.  That’s a story for another time, and for now let’s just say that experience was definitely chalked under the “suffering” category.

But my exchange yesterday was different. Because if we’re being completely honest here, I was in the wrong before he came over with his wrong reaction in tow.

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Being Brave Enough To Not Come Down

Karlene Arthur – God In The New Journey Series

Are we brave enough to stay the course, and not come down to where the distractions are? Guest series...

I feel so excited to continue on for one more week with our special series, “God In The New Journey: Being Brave Enough to Step Out.” And so I want to give this guest a hearty welcome, someone who has been with us before, and who’s perspective and heart for God I admire greatly, and has some truly amazing encouragement for us today with her words. Everyone welcome my friend Karlene Arthur from “While I Ponder”,
so very grateful to be able to turn the blog over to you today!

Most of us spend a good deal of time and effort searching to find God’s purpose for our life. We pray, “God, what is that thing you have called me to do?”

While you may be given a specific ministry or mission that extends over the decades of your life, it’s important to understand that God will call you to do many things.

He places within us specific gifts for the journey. And, as we move through life, valuable skills and experience are added to the mix – our skill set, if you will.

God will use your gifts, skills, and experiences – if you allow Him to – for His own glory. And over time, you will see your call and purpose evolve.

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Who Told You That You Could Have A Comfort Zone

Karrilee Aggett- God In The New Journey Series

When God calls you to the uncomfortable new journey...

Thanks for joining us once more as we explore our series “God In the New Journey: Being Brave Enough to Step Out”, and today I’m so happy to welcome our next guest to the P&LP! I was introduced to Karrilee Aggett’s writing when I first heard of blog linkups about two years back, and out of a sea of faces online, she seemed to especially shine with His spirit. I inhaled her posts over at Abiding Love, Abounding Grace, loving her perspective and no-nonsense style and poetic insights, and her very definite heart for people and her God. Needless to say, when she agreed to take over the blog today,
I might have given a small whoop of pure glee.
Karrilee, a big welcome and thank you!

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Listen, I say this all the time: Saying this big, huge, life-changing Yes didn’t feel as much Brave as it did Crazy!  It was completely out of character for us.

However, my husband decided at the first of that New Year that he wanted to be more spontaneous and take more risks. He wanted to change things up a bit and be, his words –not mine, less predictable.

If I’m honest, and I am that, those words caused a mild panic attack to start to flutter around deep inside of me. I liked that he was steady and sure. But at the corners of my heart, I knew this was going to be a year of adventure and beyond the anxious flutters was an anticipation for God to show up and show off for us like never before.

I had NO IDEA…

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