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Be Encouraged!

Image Last week I wrote about how difficult it can be to write honestly when I worry about people’s reactions.  I know that I shouldn’t care about that but I do. I want to be liked.  It’s important to me (sometimes too important) that people are happy and not offended and everyone plays nice together.  Plus, I really like “likes” on Facebook and hits on the blog and I can get wrapped up in numbers and all those outwardly ways we measure our importance.  And then I know better.  I know it’s not about me and I want to share God’s message of hope and love and I want to and need to let Him lead so then I feel guilty and selfish and I feel like I failed.  So there it is. Just laying it out there again in case you missed it.

God responded with these encouragements:

1: Post from Anne Lamott:  “This brings us back to the best riddle of all time. Q: What’s the difference between you and God? A: God NEVER thinks He’s you. So write what’s on your heart, even if your best friends won’t love it. We are in the striving business but God is in the results business, so the exact right people will read/like my book, and yours; and you know what? This is SOOO awful–the other’s won’t.”    (I bolded that sentence myself because it’s SO GOOD and spoke directly to me.  I have to say I was relieved to read that she struggles with these same issues.) Read the whole post here:   https://www.facebook.com/AnneLamott

2: Post from Alisa Keeton with Revelation Wellness:   “Don’t look around to see who is following or listening. Keep looking ahead at the One who is leading you. For all leaders, He has to be enough.”    Read more from her here:  https://www.facebook.com/revelationwell

Isn’t He good?

When we lay our burdens and our shortcomings out on the table, he can transform those things.  We have to admit where we need grace.  First, we have to admit that we need grace at all.

We started a Bible study group at our church this week and it’s called Stuck.  Some people (okay, sometimes me)  don’t want to admit they are stuck or broken.  They don’t see themselves as sinners.  But we have to start there.  We have to admit we are in need of the good news.  The word “Gospel” means good news.  For something to be good news, it has to invade the broken spaces, the not so good spaces, the spaces where we are stuck.

Where are you stuck? Where are you broken?

Some of you may be cringing right now thinking that you are not broken.  Some of you are offended.  You have worked hard to build up your “goodness”, your “perfectness”, your face that you show the world.  Heck, you may have even convinced yourself.  But if we were not broken, if we are not sinners…why would we need a Savior?

For the good news to be “good”, we must need to hear it, right?

I did not experience the transformative power of God’s grace in my life until I admitted that I need it.

Lay it out there.  Speak it.  Write it.  Pray about it.  Bring Light to the ways you are struggling.

He will hear you.  He will respond.  Probably through others who have walked this path and heard His voice and courageously follow His lead.

Be encouraged friends, you are not alone.  We are all in this together and He is good!

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

Filling up and Pouring Out

fill up and pour out I haven’t written in awhile and I miss it.

It’s like a muscle.  If it hasn’t been used, it starts to forget.

I posted a blog entry yesterday and I forgot all the usual steps.  I forgot to post on Facebook and I forgot to do some other administrative things that I won’t bore you with.  I realize these things don’t have to do with the actual writing but that was difficult too.  It felt a little stilted, forced…I was rusty. This reminded me that we need to use our muscles.

Anthony Robbins says we can change our state of mind just by doing something physical.  Amen to that! He runs around on stage and pounds his chest and shouts.  I love him.  What he says is SO TRUE! This is why Yoga is so powerful.  We use our bodies to open our hearts and minds.  In Holy Yoga, this creates more space for God.  Our bodies aren’t separate from our minds and our souls…they are all connected.

This is no news to you of course.  Mind, body, soul.  Move it or lose it.  You get it.

Writing is pouring out.  I haven’t written in awhile because I’ve been filling up. You have to fill up before you can pour out.

Here’s how I fill up…Let’s consider this the carbo loading phase…Read God’s word…watch Super Soul Sunday…connect with my husband…practice Holy Yoga…go to the beach…spend unrushed, unscheduled, unpressured time with my kids…read books…laugh with friends…eat chips and salsa…sit in the sun for hours…ride a bike.

This ride a bike part is crucial.  It makes me feel like a kid again…free with unlimited possibilities.

So, feeling full and free and a little bloated and sunburned…I was chillin, just kind of lazing around except for the 30 times I day I was checking Instagram and Facebook.  (You know, to help me “fill up”) and my husband came to me telling me about an “aha” moment he had from A BOOK.  From A WRITER.  He was moved.  He was transformed.  He had new eyes.

Writing is life giving…for the writer and for the reader.

I started moving and my muscle memory started to kick in.   I moved off the couch…My fingers started typing and my heart opened…I was pouring out.

It felt good.  I hadn’t written in awhile and I missed it.

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

 

 

 

 

The Criminal on the Cross

thy will be done

It’s Holy Week.

Yesterday in church they read the Passion.  As I was sitting there playing with my palm, trying to turn it into a cross, I thought of something new.  When the criminal on the cross next to Jesus says to him “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” it made me think of how we act in today’s world.

We want it now.  We want to prove how strong we are.  We want to show everyone our power.  We wave around our success and our popularity and our knowledge and our strength and power like a flag.  We are proud people and I don’t mean that in a good way.

We post on Facebook and Twitter and we write blogs that scream “LOOK AT ME!” Aren’t I smart?  Aren’t I pretty?  Aren’t I special?  Obviously I’m guilty of this since I’m the blogger here.  And I was just getting ready to tell you one of my posts was published on a yoga website called Elephant Journal.  Here’s the link:  http://www.elephantjournal.com/2013/03/humble-warrior-sue-bidstrup/  I’m super excited.  But it feels a little awkward.  I want people to see it because I want to be a writer and that’s how it works.  People read and share and it goes viral and I’m rich and famous and hanging out at my house on the beach making a reality show of my life.  Just kidding, that sounds awful.  Not to mention really boring.

It’s unfortunate but in this world, I guess “likes” and “shares” matter.  So I post and I share and I like and I keep writing.  And if my writing shows up somewhere else or gets some recognition, I celebrate and toot my own horn.  But just for a minute because immediately I feel kind of icky.  I think that’s what God may have been pointing out to me yesterday…even Jesus didn’t brag or boast or control or strive or grasp…he accepted and he went with God’s plan.  Makes you think.

We want credit and we want praise and we want to show the world how much we have it together.  Can you even imagine being humiliated on a cross?  Can you imagine being wrongly accused and beaten and mocked and murdered?

We can’t even imagine going one day without Starbucks or God forbid the internet is down for a minute.  I’ve heard people say “that’s a first world problem”.  I found a great video about this I want to share.

Sorry, I got off on a little tangent.  I’m not criticizing you, I’m criticizing myself.  I feel like I had a huge reminder in church yesterday.  A reminder about humility and most of all PATIENCE.

My son has been watching The Bible mini-series with me and we love it.  He asked me a most profound question the other day.  He said, “Mom, if God knew he would send Jesus to save us…why did he wait so long?  Why did all those people have to die?”

Hmmm.

It’s moments like this when you realize how little you know and how passing on the faith is no easy task.

Here’s what I believe and I have no business spouting it out but I will anyway because that’s what we do when we have access to the internet.  Here goes:

God loves you so much.  He loves all of us.  He created us beautiful and loving and trusting and then life got in the way.  We started to sin and to look away from God and to think we know all things.  We thought we were in charge.  God saw this and was sad.  He knew we needed a Savior and he wanted to save us because he loves us so much.  So he sent Jesus.  Why he waited so long?  I don’t know.  I have to believe it’s so we learned about ourselves and about God and about the path we don’t want to take that leads to destruction.

It’s like Lent…why does it seem so long and so bleak and so tiring?  (It’s like winter in Chicago…I mean, snow? today? really?)  I believe it’s so we know how truly glorious Easter morning is – so we really, really need and want Jesus to rise again.  So we can rejoice!

Because in Lent and in life, there is no sweet rejoicing without some suffering.  There is no Easter without Good Friday.  There is no mountaintop moment without a climb.  We may want what we want and we may want it now but God has other plans.  We must have patience and trust that His plans are good and that He loves us.

If we do not know that yet, we will.  Because even in Jesus’s toughest moment, he said, “thy will be done”.  And it was.

Amen.

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