I have decided to do this: http://annieblogs.com/2013/10/01/day-1-a-challenge-for-the-internet/#.UkuHuvltiuk.
I like Annie Downs. She makes me laugh, and she says wise things, and I admire her trust in God. I mean, dropping a secure job to purse a rather insecure career in writing because it’s what God is asking you to do? That’s kind of brave.
And because I like her and think that she’s got something amazing going on, I’m going to participate in her “31 Days to Speak Love” challenge. I don’t know if I’ll get all 31 things done. We’ll see how it all plays out. But I thought I’d at least do Day 1.
Day 1: Do one thing to speak love now.
So I don’t know if this is speaking love to you, but I read some words the other day that encouraged me, and were exactly what I needed to hear. And perhaps, some of you need to hear them too? I hope that they remind you of the freedom and the power and the vivacity (the life!) that you have in Christ.
From Rebekah Lyons’ book Freefall to Fly. I’m a little bit confused about whose quote this actually is. I think that most of it comes from a lady named Marianne Williamson though. And part of it might be Rebekah quoting from another book? I’m not sure. There were weird indentations and I just wasn’t sure who was saying what, but whoever it all was said some good stuff.
“‘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… we were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
My words of love to you?
Don’t act small. Don’t even let yourself feel small. There’s no need.
Be big! Be powerful! Let Jesus live through you.
You are more powerful than any opposition that you might come up against. It’s true.
Live like it.