Mayhem Monday: Take the Leap!

Ever wonder what it was like for the Israelites trekking through the desert towards the “Promised Land” after so many years in slavery?

Do you know the story? The descendants of Joseph had overstayed their welcome in Egypt, now they were enslaved by the Egyptians. For years they had been bound, fettered to hard labor, working their fingers to the bone and seeing no benefits from their efforts. They watched the days, weeks, months and years roll by without any hope for their own progress or success. The extent of their hopes and dreams were merely to stay alive another day.

But then God raised up Moses as an unlikely leader who negotiated their freedom and the day finally came when their chains were loosed. They were able to move forward at last—unbound, uninhibited! What an amazing moment that must have been for them, released from their darkness, they burst into the light of day! The possibilities were endless, their choices unlimited, the whole earth spread out before them in one glorious, lavish landscape flowing with milk and honey. As they made their way to towards the Promised land their imaginations must have bloomed like flowers in May as their voices lifted in song above the hazy cloud hovering overhead…

but then they saw it.

The frothy waves of the Red Sea lapping the shores of the desert sand before them and, just as suddenly, behind them another wave–Pharoah’s army, horses and chariots galloping from the other side. They were literally trapped between “the Devil and the deep blue sea”!

What would you do in an impossible situation like that? Perhaps the temptation would be to surrender. To slip quietly, obediently, back into slavery. It’s safe. It’s familiar. There’s less risk. You might think:

Why did I think I could get away, after all? That wasn’t really realistic. Just look at the odds, I’ve been at this slave thing for so long, I’m too old for change now; there’s too much at stake; there are too many unknowns in this so-called “Promised Land”. I don’t know what’s really on the other side. What’s “out there” may not be any better than what’s over here. The grass is not always greener, you know…

Do you hear how easily we talk ourselves out of it? When we’ve been enslaved by negative thinking it controls us and hinders us from moving forward. We spend our whole lives imagining what we would do “if only we were free,” but we never make any moves towards changing our situation. We only imagine it, or we get right up to the Red Sea—that point in our journey where we have to take a leap of faith before we can ever get to the Promised Land, and like Pharoah’s army, all our second-thoughts and uncertainties come rushing in like a flood to discourage us.

But, like the Israelites, we’re faced with a crucial choice: will we turn away from the Promise or will we take the leap?

It must have been terrifying standing on the edge of the Red Sea without a raft, a boat, an ark—no physical evidence that what they were being asked to do made any sense at all. Moses was telling them to walk into the sea. It sounded like mass suicide! Yet, someone had to take the first step. Someone had to believe that putting one foot in front of the other is all that’s required for the miracle to happen–whether the physical evidence is there or not–whether the plan is fully developed or not–whether all of the questions are answered or not. One step.

Have you ever found yourself on the edge? Has your path led you to a decision point that now requires you to take a leap of faith? It can be scary, but don’t let your Pharaoh talk you out of the Promise. The miracle will happen. You just have to take the leap!

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Happy Monday!

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Audience of ONE

We’re little children toiling like architects in our sandboxes crafting temporary structures, scratching and scraping all day,

pouring out our hearts with blood and

sweating out our souls into this work until it’s perfect

or until there’s nothing left in us.

Then, when there’s nothing left, we step back with pride to see what our love has made

and we’re glad to see the finished product soaring before us!

It’s something!

Despite its imperfections, we’re proud

and  anxious to share it

so we run, barefoot in the streets, calling out to you—wherever you are

“come and see what we made!”

“Come and see what we created out of the dirt!”

It was nothing before, just sand, bits of paint, scraps of words…

it wasn’t pretty at all, but look at it now!

Now, it’s something.

We made something where there was nothing before and we want you to see. We want you to like—no, we want you to love it.

It is our work, our blood, our soul…

our work…

but it is incomplete without your approval.

The artist needs an audience–

even if it’s just ONE.

 

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Mayhem Monday: No More Fake News!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it with fake news! It’s time to get real.

And I’m not just talking about the parade of false narratives coming out of Washington, DC either–although I’m certainly tired of those! I’m talking about the false narratives that invade our daily lives and inform our daily decisions. The narratives that shape our worldview about things like relationships, beauty, success and happiness. So many of our ideas about such things are dictated by media–social media, news media, entertainment television, print media and, of course, Hollywood–but when we finally power off the devices we still have to deal with the realities, whether we like them or not. So what happens when our reality doesn’t look like all the pretty pictures we spend so many hours of our day staring at? Depression? Anxiety? Stress?

How does the disconnect between what’s real and what’s perceived affect our relationships?

Recently, a few of my girlfriends and I were talking about “the real deal” when it comes to our relationships and we realized that our personal stories might resonate with some of you. We’re all married and we each have had unique experiences before and since becoming married women. When we get together our stories are…hilarious at times, but more importantly they are real!

So, there are lots of relationship books on the market–lots of books that will tell you how to have a happy marriage–lots of “how to” and 10 steps to, and the Five Love Languages… and those are all great! We’ve read them! But at the end of the day, when you’re face to face with your spouse and he’s getting on your LAST NERVE! What are some of the words that come out of your mouth in that moment? Well…

We’ll share some of our moments with you in our up coming book… The The Real Deal: Finding the Truth Through our Stories. (working title)

Now, granted, we’re not experts on marriage or relationships, we’ve just been married a long time and have lots of trial-and-error stories to share that have taught us things about ourselves, our spouses and marriage in general. We’re also still learning, but the reality is, that’s life! It’s a work in progress! The real deal is relationships don’t fit into nice, neat categories or tidy 10-step plans. You figure it out as you go.

So, we’re dumping the fake news and we’re just going to give it to you straight! Are you ready for it? We can’t wait to share!

In the coming weeks I’ll tell you more about the book, our Facebook Live chat and all the other plans in the making for this new venture. I’m excited about what’s in store and I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

Happy Monday!

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