For all the moms
who know how to take
all the broken pieces
and make them something beautiful,
simply by walking
alongside their kids
through the sorrows
and joys of life,
pouring out love
to hold it all
This one is for my mom, Lee Dolese, who has lived this out with grace overwhelming!
When everything seems to be going in a different direction than what you hoped for, sometimes all you can do is breathe and stand. And sometimes, that's all that is required...stand and breathe and you'll take your greater grounds.
It's true! We become what we behold. So a "catalytic" question is,
"Do I love or even like the person I am becoming?"
If not, stop! Celebrate...awareness is the first step!
Now, take a deep breath.
Be bold and courageous and look at what you are beholding.
What are the thoughts you find yourself thinking on,
mulling over and over in your head?
Take those thoughts captive by writing each and every single one of them down on a cold, hard, blank piece of paper. For each thought ask yourself the following
"Is this producing life and love or death and fear?"
For those thoughts that produce death and fear, mark through them and let them go. Don't think on them!
For those thoughts that produce life and love, behold and think on them and soon you will step into your greater grounds!
Do you want to change? Do you want to create a space for others to be free to change? Then you must be willing to learn to truly listen without judging.
Judgments typically create boxes to put people in and then we imprison them to our preconceived notions, minimizing the opportunity for true change to occur.
Capture your judgments. Set them to the side and get curious! Then you will create a space for change!
I love King Solomon! When God appeared before him and asked what he wanted, Solomon’s response was wisdom and knowledge to lead God’s people. A brilliant request if you’re their king! Solomon stated, "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he." What a powerful thought! Bottom line, what you choose to believe or think about yourself, will define who you are, your identity.
How does this happen? Well, our beliefs color how we perceive the world, others and ourselves. Those perceptions lead to our thoughts on the matter. Thoughts stir certain emotions in us, which lead to words being voiced. We then most often support our words through our actions. Our actions start to form certain behaviors in us. Those behaviors repeated over time become a habit. Habits repeated over time become woven into us and become a characteristic. Characteristics soon evolve into an attribute, a feature that is inherently part of us, which leads to defining who we are, our identity. This process is constantly going on in us as we move through our day and interactions with different people and different circumstances, all the while forming who we are, our identity. Solomon was right. You are what you believe you are!
Lisa Dolese McClanahan
Is a passionate facilitator and coach committed to freedom, love and life!
WHY A MICRO BLOG?
Because I have a passion for living the life I encourage others to live! So I keep my thoughts short, yet enough to stir the Spirit in you to live the life you were created to live!