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Limitations as Invitations

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In our Holy Yoga training the other day, we learned this: “Limitations in our lives equate to freedom”.

We were talking about physical limitations relating to yoga but honestly, that statement just blew me away.  The Truth is that when we accept our limits and need to lean into God’s strength and power, we are transformed.

We all have limitations in our lives. If we listened to the world we would see these limitations as road blocks. We could (and some of us have) allowed these limitations to defeat us.  We throw up our hands and say, “Well, I can’t do that thing (fill in the blank) because I’m too weak, poor, sick, heavy, uneducated, unfit, scared, busy, etc. (fill in the blank).”

Since we all endure different limitations (they can be physical, emotional, spiritual)  and we all have unique dreams, let me just get really general with this statement,   “I can’t fulfill my life’s dream because I am too broken.”

So we give up.

This is where we may go if we see limitations as road blocks.

But here’s the thing.

We are all broken.

Yes.

Not, “Y’all are broken.” But “WE ALL ARE BROKEN.”

Even the people that have fulfilled their dreams. Even the people you think  have it all together. Even the people you see chasing their dreams right now.

Saying you are broken is not admitting defeat, it is declaring VICTORY! It brings FREEDOM.

Freedom from pretending and wearing a false mask and striving and playing God and striving for control.  It means freedom from our sins and our weaknesses and our addictions.  It means that we aren’t supposed to be able to do everything perfectly. When we admit we have limitations and we need God, we can rest and be free from needing to please and protect and be all things to all people. We accept God’s grace. We offer ourselves Grace. We go out into the world and offer Grace to others.

To stand before the Lord and say, “Yah, guess what Lord? I don’t have it altogether. I am not perfect. I can’t figure it out, fix it, mend it, create it, heal it on my own. I need you.  I can’t make good choices all the time. Honestly, Lord, I’m not sure which one is the good choice sometimes. I can’t keep my kids from harm.  I can’t save people. I can’t save myself.  My humanness keeps getting in the way. Broken seems like a harsh word.  It really doesn’t roll off my tongue.  I feel a little squirmy saying it. I say it and then I think, “Wait, I’m not that bad. Broken seems harsh.” I don’t want to say I’m broken because this world has taught me that admitting weakness means I am…well…weak. A fate worse than death here in America Lord. We are bred to brag and achieve and compete and strive and gain and accomplish and never, ever let anyone see us sweat. Lord, I ask you to remove that burden from us. It’s just so tiring Lord. Take it away. Teach us the Truth. You came to turn this world upside down. You came and did a new thing. You said the WEAK will become STRONG. You said BLESSED are the POOR IN SPIRIT.  You, Lord, came and washed feet. You were a servant. You did not demand a King’s robe and crown of jewels. You came as a vulnerable baby and died under a crown of thorns.  Lord, it is really hard for us to let go of what we have learned from this world. We don’t like our limitations. We don’t like it when we feel weak. We are uncomfortable asking for help. We think we long for perfection. We think we long to be rulers of our own little kingdoms but Lord, you know what we really want is peace and joy and love everlasting. We want the freedom that comes from you. So we have limitations. We are human. You are God and we are not. Gosh, what a relief. Can we rest now? Can we just open our hands and except your grace? You’ve got this, right? You’ve got my life and my kids and my marriage and my friendships and my health and my life’s work and my needs…you have this, right? It’s okay if I’m not perfect? Lord, help me today to accept my limitations as an invitation to draw near to you.  Help me to say YES to you so I can taste the Freedom that comes from laying this heavy burden of perfection down. Set me free. Please Lord, set me free.”

Amen.

 

2 Corinthians 12:7-10(MSG)

Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me,

My grace is enough; it’s all you need.
My strength comes into its own in your weakness.

Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

 
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A New Thing

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Right?

I think this is one of the most beautiful realizations we come to when we are saved by God’s grace.

I don’t know about you but when God started showing me me, I realized I don’t have any time to worry about competing with other people.  I’ve got some serious work to do in my own heart and my own life.

I praise and thank God for His revelation.  I am grateful for “eyes to see”.

And I pray to be a better me tomorrow. A kinder, less prideful,  less defensive, more courageous, more trusting me.

Here’s to tomorrow!

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Great Change is on the Way!

chaos IT’S FIXED! IT’S FIXED! IT’S FIXED!   Woo- hoo!  We are up and running again thanks to the FABULOUS AMAZING dear friend of mine, Patty Ptacek.  She is the first person I met when I moved here 15 years ago 🙂  and she is lovely and kind and a good friend and she also happens to be A COMPUTER GENIUS.  Contact her if you need a techy/website/computer genius in your life…and who doesn’t?

Here’s a little blub about her and what she does:   Patricia Ptacek has her own web design and consulting business specializing in WordPress websites and all things tech for small businesses and non-profits.  You can read about her at www.patriciaptacek.com and contact her at . 

If you are thinking “What the heck is Sue talking about?”…Things around here have been a little chaotic lately.  The blog was having some issues.

I really am not a techy person so when people start talking about users and codes and hosts and all the other things I don’t understand, my anxiety level goes up.  My brain starts feeling really crowded and I get tired.  So this weekend and all the way up until today, I did some napping in between calls to the techy people.  Oh and I started watching Downton Abbey.  I watched FOUR episodes in a row.  LOVE.

I’m so glad it’s a snow day today because it’s afternoon and I’m still in my jammies and I’m thinking about hunkering down for 4 more episodes.  But first, I’m so excited to write this post.  I realize now what a life saving grace this blog is for me.  When I couldn’t post anything I felt like a caged animal…I must speak, I must write, I must post!  I missed you all so much!

I’m sorry for the emails you may have received saying the blog is under construction.  I realize now a click of a button could send god only knows how many emails out. Note to self. Lots of notes to self. Live and learn people, live and learn.

It has been chaotic.

Do you think all great change is preceded by chaos?

I was thinking about this whole situation and wondering about why it would happen at this time.   I’ve never had a problem with the blog in the past three years.  Why now?

Is it because great change is coming and the enemy is on alert?

Do you believe in the enemy?

I believe there is a battle that wages for our souls every day.  I believe that darkness is real but sometimes it dresses itself up so pretty we don’t recognize it as darkness.  We invite it in, we open up to it, we reveal ourselves.    And it weakens us.  It weakens us through fear and doubt.  We second guess, we quit, we worry.

And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.                   2 Corinthians 11:14

Sometimes the enemy comes along and offers a break when I need rest.  He sees a weakness in me, he sees an opportunity to plant seeds of doubt, to discourage me and he attacks.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. –1 Peter 5:8

The Lord says He will provide rest and that is true but sometimes I feel like the Lord is asking me for things.  Sometimes the Lord is saying, “Get up Sue, I want you to do this  for me.  I have prepared you.  It’s time.” And sometimes that “thing” looks heavy.  Sometimes that “thing” seems like to much.  Sometimes the computer breaks down or the blog goes a little nutty or the plane is grounded or the kids are home sick or my body feels tired or I get discouraged or I lose confidence or I feel sad and alone.  When those things happen, the enemy whispers that maybe it’s time to quit,  maybe it’s not going to work, maybe those dreams aren’t going to come true.  The enemy tells me to give up and depending on the timing sometimes giving up sounds like a good idea.  But I have to remember the part about good and evil and the battle for my soul.  I have to stay alert.

Because resting is not the same as giving up.

Someone told me once that if I start living for the Lord, if I start really showing up and being bold in my faith and with my life, the attack will begin.  At the time I thought it sounded very dramatic.  Doesn’t the enemy have better things to do than worry about me and my little ministry?  Isn’t he occupied with the louder voices and the people with bigger audiences?

Then I remembered what God said.  He said, “Be Alert!”  He said, “Wake Up!”

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. –Ephesians 6:11-12

I’m praying for the strength of God.  I’m praying and staying in His word so I can “Put on the whole armor of God”.  Because when we are clothed in the armor of God, nothing can hurt us or distract us or derail us.  Not a computer glitch, not a problem we don’t understand, not another person, not a temptation, not fatigue, not doubt, not a setback or a delay.

Next time you are facing chaos, take a deep breath and thank God.  Great change is on the way.  Stay alert!

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