02 January 2014

SHINE. My word for 2014.


Shine.
I’m going to do a bit more of this. From the inside out.
And I’m not going to get it twisted. 
Because one kind of shining is for stages and one kind is for knowing 20,000 leagues down in my heart that I AM PRECIOUS in the eyes of the one who made me.
And I know the feeling because I love a little person whose EVERY breath matters to me.  I cheered today because she ate the BIGGEST bite of oatmeal. And I made rhymes, and songs and puns about it. “Oats Magotes!” “Oh, Oh, Oh, you and mommy eating O, o, oats.” “Thank you for that bite. I oats it all to you.”
And I’m going to leverage this new understanding so that I can really truly live in the knowledge that I too am beyond loved and sung over.

I’m going to SHINE and be the warmth in my home.

I’m going to SHINE when I meet a stranger because I won’t be thinking about how I’m not showered or wearing make up. I will be thinking about them and how they are.

I am going to SHINE when I feel afraid because I know the one who goes before me.


 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”


9 comments:

  1. I love this post! I completely agree with everything you said. We are meant to shine so that others can see our joy and seek after that same joy, to seek after Him. I know I'm definitely guilty of talking more about my problems than my blessings, and sometimes it really is because I don't want to come across as boasting or being prideful, but it doesn't have to be like that and it is important to let people know we are blessed and the reason why we are so blessed. Thanks for sharing your encouragement!

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    1. Jessica, I couldn't agree more. I loved reading about your word for the year too! INSPIRED- what a lovely thought. So happy to have heard from you and so excited to read more from your blog!!

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  2. This is such an encouraging post .... may more of us be inspired to learn un-fear and shine our brightest.
    Have a fierce and great year ahead. - [ russ ]

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    1. Russ, first off I'm obsessed with your name. So cute! I just stopped by your blog and loved what you said about being PRESENT in every moment. Here's to is having a fierce year, perfectly put.
      Xoxo

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    2. Thank you! I'm always mistaken for a guy because of my name :)

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  3. Ok, this is amazing and perfect and beautiful! CAN we be best friends?! ;) I think the same things when looking at Uriah - I'm love this much, too?! Is it actually possible that someone loves me even MORE?! Beautiful, just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Allison! Really enjoying your blog and yes BFF status is nearing quickly! Lol

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