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New Podcast! Susan Pokorny: Two Inches of Wool: The Simple Art of Self-Care

 

I’m so excited to introduce you to my friend,  Susan Pokorny!

Susan has been teaching, speaking and educating others about wellness for over 30 years. She is a mom and a yoga teacher and has been focusing on mind-body support for the past 16 years. You can follow her living out the healthy natural lifestyle on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PureHomeandBody/ and her website at www.pureHOMEandBODY.com 

AND…We are giving out free books on Instagram! Head over to Instagram and follow @two.inches.of.wool and @greatbigyes to enter into the contest! It’s easy and fun!

You will love this book! It’s a great gift for yourself and all of your friends! 

Enjoy the podcast and let us know what you like about the book! We hope it blesses you and encourages you to care for yourself!

 

 

Can we talk about this?

you are lovedI was sharing my heart with a friend the other day.  I was explaining that I want Great Big Yes to be a place where people can be authentic and feel less alone.  Whether it’s through the blog or Holy Yoga, I want to create space to share the gospel of grace and Jesus’ radical message of love.

It is radical you know.

I don’t want to talk about religion.  I don’t want to try to defend a Church.  I don’t want to get caught up in politics.  I just want to talk about grace.

Unmerited mercy.

Love that knows no bounds.

Freedom.

That’s the radical message.

Forget what you know in your head.  Forget what you think you know.  Forget what you are supposed to know.  Look into your heart.

It’s not about practiced prayers.  It’s not about how many times you showed up in church last year or how much money you gave.  It’s not about who you voted for.

When Jesus was here, the Pharisees asked Him, “What is the greatest commandment?” and Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” –(Matthew 22:37-39)

Gosh, I fail at this!  Sometimes I love God with all my heart and soul and mind and other times I doubt.  Sometimes I fear.  I can worry.  Sometimes I occupy my heart and soul and mind with other things like mind numbing reality TV and junk food.  And my “neighbor”?!? Heck, it’s not even about “loving” sometimes it’s just about tolerating.  Or not judging or condemning. Or not becoming enraged about a facebook post or a comment. Or trying not to hold a grudge.

But He knows this about me.  He knows how hard it is for all of us.  He will never ask us to do something and then leave us alone.  He will stand with us and give us strength.

It’s so much easier in today’s society to hate and judge and vilify anyone who thinks differently than we do.  It’s more radical to love.  It’s more difficult and requires great strength to be open and to listen and to love no matter what.  That’s the call.

But before we can do that, we need to know that we are loved.  Each one of us is loved unconditionally.

I know this is really cheesy but humor me.  Look in the mirror and smile at yourself.  Then say this, “Jesus loves me.  He always has and He always will.  I am loved and blessed.”

If we wake up every day and say out loud, “I am loved and blessed” our lives will be transformed.

We are so tough on ourselves!  When thinking about the “love your neighbor as yourself” part, maybe we do love our neighbors as we do ourselves…poorly and critically and barely.

We cannot give what we do not have.  First, we must accept the love that is offered to us.  It’s free and it’s real and it’s forever.

When we understand in our hearts that we are broken and it is okay, when we know for sure that we cannot do all things and we finally surrender… that is the beginning.

As Brennan Manning (LOVE HIM!) said,  “God loves you as you are, not as you should be”. 

Picture yourself in front of that mirror not able to say that you are loved because you feel broken.  You are standing there trying to utter those kind words to yourself and you can’t.  You feel like a mess, unworthy, not enough, less than, worn out.  You look up and there is Jesus.  Full of love and understanding…and He says it.  I love you.

And you stammer, “But I….” and He says, “I know…” and you start listing all the things that you think separate you from His love.  This goes on for a while until He says, “I know everything about you and I love you.  I’ve seen everything and I love you.  I’ve been waiting for you and I love you.”

That’s what I want to talk about.  How do we open our hearts to His beautiful gift of mercy and freedom and acceptance?

And then…what do we do next?

How do we share that gift?  How do we lead others to that freedom?

Let’s talk about that.

©2013 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved

Sufficient Grace

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God’s grace is sufficient.

In 2 Corinthians 12:9 it says:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

As of today…I believe it.

No more striving.  No more reaching.  No more grasping and clinging and hoarding.  No more thinking I have to be perfect to measure up.  No more pride.

Well, at least for today.  Maybe I should say at least for this hour.  I already messed up this morning.

Old habits die hard.

Just this morning I was talking to a friend and she was asking about the blog and telling me she really liked my writing.   I was feeling proud and pumped up and then she mentioned a possible opportunity and asked me if I have gone to their website and I jumped in with “Why, do they have a blog?” and I started thinking about how I was going to write something to submit to them.  My mind started churning with how I was going to achieve more and get more and be known more and be somebody.

I forgot.

I already am somebody.

I am the beloved child of the King.  I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  I am blessed and I am a blessing.

It doesn’t matter what I do.  It matters that I’m His.

I matter.

I’ve heard it said that this is one of the greatest desires of our hearts – to matter.  We don’t want our lives to go unnoticed.

Maybe in the past this meant that we wanted to serve others, raise healthy children, and speak kind words.

This reminds me of the Emerson quote I have hanging in my house:

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

Do we still believe this defines success?  Or now does success mean we must have a reality show, write a book that ends up on the New York Times best seller list, be followed by thousands on twitter and make millions of dollars while looking perfect?

There have been times that I’ve fallen into the trap of believing that my worth depends on how the world sees me so I have transformed myself to the world.  This has made me feel uncomfortable and icky in my heart.  This is a gift because those feelings are God’s warning signs.  That gut feeling that something is “not right” is the Holy Spirit whispering, “Reroute, turn, stop…let’s review…where are we going…why?”

It says in Romans 12:2:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

And in The Message in Ephesians 2 it says:

“You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live.”

I love it when I read the Bible and I get schooled.  I will be thinking, “Are you talking to me?” and then I realize without a doubt, HE IS TALKING TO ME.

Just in case you aren’t sure…Yes, He’s talking to you too.

You matter.

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