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Let’s Be Honest

2014There’s a lot of hype surrounding this time of year, isn’t there? If we’re honest, we know deep down that all our good intentions regarding new resolutions are fairly fleeting, and rather exhausting. So… let’s do just that: be honest. Let’s figure out how to be honest with ourselves, about ourselves. Let’s go into this New Year with an open mind as well as an open heart. Why? Because it’s worth it. That’s why I’m thrilled to be hosting our He Dances WIth Me book club every Saturday starting Jan. 11th, open to anyone who would like to participate. — To develop community together as we get honest with ourselves.

When we are honest about our shortcomings, yet gentle in our self-reprimanding, grace comes into play. Yes, grace. And grace fully realized is what our Creator and Redeemer intends for us to take hold of, because it is the foundation He laid for us. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

It’s all about getting to the crux of things, and sometimes it takes a bit of digging, a bit of sitting still, a bit of thinking instead of doing, or a bit of simply being. This quest to better ourselves that typically raises it’s ugly head this time of year often masks a deeper question of worth: Am I good enough? When we allow the One who made us to answer that with His resounding YES and let it slowly drift to and ultimately resonate in all those hidden places inside, we find the freedom to be honest with ourselves. Our worth in God’s eyes is a two-fold wonder. We could never in a million lifetimes ever be able to match His perfection thus escaping judgement on our own steam simply because He is just that: perfect, and there is no darkness or evil in Him. Yet because of His crazy idea of becoming one of us while retaining His deity, then dying and rising again to bridge that gap for us, He proves that we are worth it. We are enough reason for Him to go to the trouble, the pain, the separation, the humiliation, horror, and ultimate glory encapsulated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He did it because we are immensely valuable to Him.

You are immensely valuable to Him. You have been given grace. You are enough. There is so much more awaiting you as you allow yourself to embrace this marvelousness. You have a purpose that only you have, given by the Great One. You are important. You are wanted. You are enough.

Come hang out with me on 01/11/14 as we begin an 8-week quest to become honest with ourselves. I hope you’ll join me.

With much love and anticipation,

Sheavaun

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Failing to achieve my goals- and how I fixed it!

frustratedSo, its February. How’s the New Year’s eve resolutions panning out? If you’re anything like the rest of the population, maybe the fire within has dimmed a wee bit now that we’re a month in to 2013.

I got an article in my inbox this morning that spoke right to this resolution-sapping phenomenon, and I’d like to share it with you. Dr. Mark Hyman addresses something that often escapes our radar because we are so downright determined to accomplish what it is we think we have set out to do, and often trip ourselves up in the process. It took me a long time to finally realize this about myself, and so maybe this can help you to fast-forward a bit and skip the tedious wandering I was trapped in for too long.

Dr. HymanI like Dr. Hyman’s approach to living because he focuses on what’s important, what is needed, and not just how to cover up or shmooze over an issue. Here’s the article:

Eat better, sleep more, exercise more, learn more, love more, love better, be a better son, father, friend, be a better doctor, reach more people, heal the planet, end obesity, starvation, and global warming – ARRRRRGGHHHHHHH!!

It’s enough to make me want to stay in bed and watch movies on iTunes.

How can I do all of this? How can I wake up and figure out what do to first, second, or third? How can I achieve even one of these things? I actually fail all the time. There is absolutely no way I can achieve my goals.

Our culture is awash with endless pressure to do more, do better, be skinnier, be richer, be happier, be fitter, and be healthier. We are offered endless lists of what do to, how to achieve more, reach our dreams, lose weight, attain the five steps toimmortality, find the seven ways to stop wrinkles, or how to lose 100 pounds in ten daysget the story