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HELP! Tell your stories! #unleashoptimism

Friends, great Big YES on Instagram and Facebook will be running stories of hope and optimism. Please share yours!! Tag with #unleashoptimism and @greatbigyes and I will repost on Great Big YES! I know there are MANY amazing stories. They don’t have to be long or perfect just real. Why do you have hope?  Let’s talk about the good stuff! There is so much good in the world!  We can share stories of hope and possibility and faith and optimism. Please join me!  (If you want to just share a story in the comments or email me, I will format and share on social media (mom 🙂 ) also if you don’t understand what I’m talking about let me know and I’ll help you.  All you need is the story.

Where do you find hope? What lessons have you learned from your parents? What do you dream and hope for your kids? What are your favorite parts of this beautiful country? Did you have military family? Are you military? Who was your favorite teacher? What’s your greatest lesson learned? Why are you powerful?  Where do you find God? What brings you joy? What creative pursuits do you love? Why do you fly the flag? What’s your favorite poem? Who is your favorite American author? What American stories do you love? Where do you vacation in America? What do you remember about history and government being taught in school? What lights you up about our freedoms? What makes you happy? What are you grateful for? Who has helped you in your life?

I posted one of mine today on Instagram and Facebook:

 

Claim your freedom. Celebrate! Feeling so grateful for parents who told me I can do anything I want, be anything I want…no limits. And then they showed me what hard work looks like. They taught me manners and discipline and kindness. More than once it was said, “There’s no free lunch” and “be part of the solution” and “be grateful” and “be kind”. We laughed and celebrated and enjoyed each other. Because life is good and God is good and America is the best country on earth. My dad fought in World War 2 and he didn’t have time or patience for disrespect of flag or country. He was an intelligent, kind man who loved God and loved me completely. When I told him that I wanted to marry someone like him because he knew everything, he said “No, you want someone to marry you because YOU know everything.” I never felt limits or fear or anger. Just joy and humility and gratitude and possibility. I had a voice in my family. They believe(d) in me. This will never leave me. I will choose it every day. Darkness has no hold on me. I am the daughter of the King of Kings and the daughter of an earthly father who loved me well. I am free.  #unleashoptimism @greatbigyes

Love you people of light and goodness.  I believe in us. And in the US.

The Magnolia Story

Major Announcement for all of you who are not following me on social media! (Mom)

I am so excited to be a part of the:

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Y’all.  For real. We are called the Shiplappers.  I love this so much. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, tune into the show, Fixer Upper, on HGTV.  Do a push up every time someone says Shiplap. 🙂

The darling Chip and Joanna Gaines have written a book, The Magnolia Story,  and I get to help spread the word and give some sneak peeks.  However, I’m challenged on my blog skills and I can’t figure out how to sneak peek over here on the blog.  For that reason, you must join me on Facebook (@GreatBigYES) and/or Instagram (@suebidstrup) and/or Twitter (@greatbigyes) to get all the good stuff.  Mom…I know.  Don’t worry.  I will send you a link in email.

If you don’t know them, Chip and JoJo (we’re best friends now) find houses for people and redesign and remodel and redecorate them.  I want to live in every single one. Gorgeous.

But my favorite thing about them is the way they love each other.  They laugh and are silly and have so much joy in their lives.  Guess what? They LOVE JESUS! So, while I’m excited about shiplap and silos and the farm and Waco and all the things…I’m most excited about the way they love the Lord and each other.  It’s an honor to help share their story.

Here’s an intro:

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Oh my gosh…that’s hilarious.

You know what bugs me?

When you are with people and you say something really funny and someone says with a very serious, pursed lips, church lady voice…”Oh my gosh…that is hilarious.”

If it was hilarious, you wouldn’t say it was hilarious, you would just laugh.  Actually, hilarity calls for doubled over, can’t breathe, snot through the nose, snorting.

Now I realize it’s tough to get to that level of humor and I don’t fancy myself that funny but a can I get a chuckle?

I think some people are afraid to laugh.

No really.

Some are afraid because they think they might pee their pants. This is a very real concern after 40. I mean, it’s funny in junior high when you are stuck in corner of the bouncy house and can’t get out and can’t. stop. laughing. but peeing your pants after a certain age could possibly be looked down upon.  I get that.

Others might be afraid that laughter is too silly for them.  They are serious Jesus people. It’s not proper.  They are too old for that kind of silliness.

Respectfully, I disagree.

I am super excited and grateful to be on the launch team for Jen Hatmaker’s new book, “For The Love”. I can’t say much about it because it’s not out until August and it’s TOP SECRET…but it has reminded me how laughter is so good for the soul. She is laugh out loud funny and also so in love with Jesus and spreading the Good News. She’s my people. And the other people on the launch team are my people too. We have a Facebook page for the group and let’s just say…hilarity ensues.  (See how lame that looks with the sad little period. Picture me doubled over in laughter and snorting.)

The other day I was getting a pedicure and I was reading her book and I was literally cry- laughing out loud. I kept pulling my foot out away and doubling over in my chair.  Then in the next minute or two I was weeping- crying soulful, straight from the heart tears. Literally, back and forth on the emotions. The laughing and crying just seemed to merge… into me, my life, what I feel, what I know to be be God’s love…it’s both.  It makes you laugh and cry.  There is no doubt everyone in the salon was worried about me.  Nobody said anything which means they were afraid of me. Just ignore her, they were thinking…she will be out of here soon.  Don’t. Rock. The. Boat. She. Is. Nuts.

My favorite image of Jesus is this one:

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I pretend that He is laughing at my jokes.

It’s a card that I keep in my Bible.  On the back it says, “Smile, God Loves You.”

Because why wouldn’t we smile? The fact that He loves me is good, good news.  It’s great news! It’s the best news there is!

When we receive His gift of grace, when we feel His love and taste the freedom that comes from it…we find joy.

Joy is our birthright.

We don’t need to pretend to be pious and always dignified and serious and somber.

Of course, we don’t need to pretend to think something is funny, either.

No more pretending.

I love to laugh and sometimes I pee my pants doing it.

Amen.

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