Discover Divine Purpose in the Passions

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Mission EDIFY is a grassroots ministry of reconciliation for adults suffering the impact of abuse, exploitation; grievous loss and betrayal.

United in charity, let us strive to

Enlighten faith communities to the unspoken needs of the traumatized.
Defend human dignity.
Initiate the discovery of divine purpose in "the passions" (St. Aquinas).
Foster daily conversion.
Yield to mercy--with justice. has moved--with a new name to boot!

"And you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give" (Isaiah 62:2b).

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Friday, March 12, 2010 3:57 PM

Take Big, Passionate Steps!

Friday, March 12, 2010 3:57 PM
Friday, March 12, 2010 3:57 PM

When I place too many demands on myself, I slip into self-preservation mode and forget that God is the meeter of all my needs.

I'll be making some changes to my website over the next month, a process that has prompted me to review other websites to see what's out there--design-wise. This morning I visited the website of a woman who has been writing and speaking for over ten years. All I can say is, "Wow." My admiration quickly turned into narcissistic despair. Will I evolve like that? Do I have what it takes to do what she does? Will I ever be polished enough to speak in large venues?

A girl can only take so much of herself during times when she's entirely too self-foucused, so off to the gym I went. To appreciate why exercise would cheer me up, you need to know that I taught advanced aerobics for over ten years. So the odds were favorable that my self-confidence would be restored in less than one hour.   

It was a step class. The instructor introduced a combination with multiple turns: 180's . . . pop-turns; all very confusing if you don't know the terminology. I found myself holding back because I didn't want to make a mistake.

And then God used an unsuspecting aeropbic instuctor to bust on me:

"Don't over-think it! Stop taking small steps with no energy because you're afraid of messing up. Take big steps with passion and don't be afraid. Besides, we learn more from the bigger mistakes and we're less likely to repeat them."

Thank you, Jesus. And forgive me, for forgetting that it's You who  empowers me to do new things and to take big steps with passion. The fact that I burned over 400 calories is icing on the cake!

How about you? Are you facing new opportunities? Afraid that you're not good enough? Let's ask God to ready our hearts as we step out in faith and trust Him with the outcome. 

"A man's heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps." (or in this case, her steps) Proverbs 16:9 NKJV

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