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Firm Foundation

header - new blog format I think a lot of people do yoga to “get in shape” or to gain flexibility or to “get lean” or to lose weight.

All of those things will happen if you develop a yoga practice.

You will get stronger for sure.

But I love what happens to us in Holy Yoga.

We become strong and soft.

We talked about this yesterday in class.  For instance, in Warrior pose, we build a strong foundation first.  We root firmly into the ground.  We build a steady base and then we raise up our arms and open our hearts.

We can’t open our hearts and be vulnerable until we know we are safe.

We don’t raise up our hands and trust until we know that we won’t fall.

It’s the same in life.  We can’t allow ourselves to be “seen” until we feel that we are going to be accepted.

So we build a steady base rooted in our faith in Jesus.  We stand firm on His Word and His promises.  We know we are safe.  He is our shield.  We will not fail.

When the truth of this sinks deep into our hearts, when it permeates our being…then we can lift our arms up in praise, then we can open our hearts to the possibilities.

Stand firm today friends.

He’s got you.

Today and every day, I’m grateful for His firm foundation.

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

Day 11: Thank you to our Veterans

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That’s my dad on the right.  He was a Marine in World War II.  This must have been a picture of him on a break, hanging out with his friends.  It’s good to see the smiles.  I wish I could ask him about the picture and more about the war.  He’s gone now but he never really talked about it.  I know it wasn’t easy.

I’ve always been proud of my dad for so many reasons and his being a Marine and a Veteran always made me feel extra proud.  To me, it meant he was brave and strong and disciplined and honorable.

I’m thankful to all the U.S. Veterans today and everyday.

Here’s what I want to say to them.

Thank you for fighting for my freedom. Thank  you for sacrificing and sweating and missing home and saying good-bye to your family and being brave.  Thank you for putting yourself in danger so I can live in comfort.  It’s incredible what you’ve done.  Thank you for knowing there is something bigger than you and me and us and it is worth defending.

Thank you to your families too – the wives and kids and parents and siblings who send you off not knowing if you will come back.  Thank you to them for sending you letters and love and prayers.  Thank you to them for welcoming you home with signs and letters and love and prayers and hugs.  Thank you to the military communities that support veterans when they come home and support their families when they are in waiting.

Thank you for your tough skins and your soft hearts.

I pray that we remember your soft hearts.

I pray that we can provide a safe place for you to come home to.

I pray that you will never feel alone.

We are grateful.

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission.aspx

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

Store it up

I was watching a show and they were talking about a book coming out called “Fragments”.  It’s a compilation of Marilyn Monroe’s never seen before writings. 

I find her fascinating.  I really am intrigued by famous people.  My daughter was watching a fashion show and they brought up Jacqueline Kennedy and she asked me about her.  She did not have any idea what she was asking for!! I went on and on about the Kennedy family and showed her pictures and books and tried to explain all of the history.  I was laughing about it thinking about all of the information we all have in our heads about these famous people! 

I want to read the book about Marilyn.  I especially like the title, “Fragments”.  What a great word. 

When they were talking about the book, they talked about her insecurities but also about the fact that she would tell herself, “I’m frail but I’m strong” over and over again.  Aren’t we all?

She seems to me like a lost little girl…someone who the world just gobbled up.  She didn’t have a strong sense of self so she let others mold her.  We used her and she let us.

That’s not a judgment on her, I have empathy for her and sympathy too.  I think her life serves as a cautionary tale.

The world has its own agenda.  It’s not just in Hollywood where these things happen.  It’s every where, every day to people like me and you and all of us.  We too are frail and strong.  We too are insecure. 

There are many messages coming at us from all different sources.  Some of them are really shiny. 

You know what I mean…they look fun and enticing and fulfilling.  Sometimes we take the shiny path and it’s not fulfilling.  We feel empty.  It’s times like this when we have to go to our reserves and fill up again.  But we can only do that if we have reserves. 

I want to teach my children to store it up.  Store up love and kindness and encouragement.  Store up faith and knowledge and wisdom.  Store up memories and laughter and fun.  Store up successes and lessons learned and truth.  Store up friendships that are real and authentic and supportive. 

Remember when your parents told you to “save for a rainy day”?  I always thought they were talking about money but now I know it’s about all of these other things. 

Save for a rainy day because the rain does come.  Sometimes it pours.  Hopefully then we can go to our reserves, to what we’ve saved, to our storage,  and we can see the sun again. Hopefully, we’ve created an umbrella for ourselves. 

The rain came for Marilyn and she didn’t have enough saved.  She had no umbrella and nobody stepped up to help keep her dry.  Shame on us.

 While we are busy filling up our reserves, let’s all try to fill up other’s reserves too.  What kind of encouragement can we provide today for someone who is “frail but strong”?   

By the way… that’s everyone you meet.