Friday, July 31, 2015

What I Learned in July



THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF BRAVERY IS RECOGNIZING FEAR.
Our church is studying Proverbs right now and the series started with a sermon on fear. I've realized, so often I'm afraid of mysterious happenings or disasters that I've given no name. This would be fine, except that bravery is only going to happen when I can boldly face those scary shadows. So, I've been working on being honest with  myself about the scary things. Often, I shine light on those dark edges and nothing scary is even there!


THE PURE, UNADULTERATED JOY OF SONIC.
The MOST important part of this is: the waitresses skate to your car. Yes, totally throwback style. You pull up, you order, they skate to your car and have change dispensers on their belts. I mean, tell me that's not the coolest thing in all the land. At 26, I can say, I've finally lived a complete life. (Not entirely true, but please, try Sonic.) And don't listen to the talk about how many calories are involved in one of their blasts because that's not the point here.

STARBUCKS COLD BREW IS DELICIOUS. 
Tried it. Loved it. Now converted. I order it with vanilla and a splash of half and half.

TIME IS A PRECIOUS COMMODITY. AND SOMETHING'S GOT TO GIVE.
There's only twenty-four hours in a day or there's an entire twenty-four hours each day. It's just about your outlook. See potential or see overwhelm, it's a choice you make. So, see your time as precious, as fragile, as limited and then get after it in each passing moment.

RAIN IS ALWAYS REFRESHING. ESPECIALLY IN JULY.
We had an entire weekend of pouring rain that was glorious. Not simply glorious because of California is in a terrible drought, but because rain is a beautiful, refreshing thing. Jason and I sat in our front room and sipped coffee and watched lightening storms go wild through the cloudy morning sky. Beautiful friends, so beautiful. (And it's inspired a print, but I'm struggling to make it perfect.)

WE MUST REMEMBER OUR ROOTS. ALWAYS OUR ROOTS.
Well, this is simple and just like it sounds but a flower won't bloom without roots. Neither will you.

EMOTIONS ARE GOOD, BUT AREN'T ALWAYS RIGHT. 
The other day someone said some really harsh things to me. I wanted to handle myself gracefully, but my heart seethed with anger. How could she say such mean and untrue things? My brain mulled over all the ways I could crush her back, but my soul whispered a sweet silence in to me. And instead of hurling mean-ness back, I put my tail between my legs and extended grace. It wasn't easy, but I'm thankful for my choice. I'm glad I did the adult thing, even though I knew her mistake. 

What'd you learn this month? 
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And, like every month, I'm linking up with Emily P. Freeman

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