Friday, April 13, 2012


I am severely allergic to cut grass. I know it sounds silly but it does a number on my immune system. I carry an Epi Pen for this reason (and others.) When I was little and my dad would mow the lawn I would run into my room, shut the door, the windows, and climb under my covers. I was afraid of the enzyme that is released when the grass is cut. It hurts me.

Currently, we have a wonderful team of people who groom our yard. On Friday mornings they come and edge the grass, cut it, etc. Every Friday morning I hesitate at the front door, I take a deep breath, I stave off panic, I tell myself, "self, move now!" and race to my car before I take another breath.

As I was doing this ritual this morning I thought about how it applies to other areas of my life. Sometimes I come face to face with things that I fear or can potentially hurt me and I am paralyzed. I think if I took a deep breath and moved forward I would find I am more than okay.

The children of Israel stood face to face with the Red Sea. In Exodus 14:15 it reads, "And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward."   In Matthew 14:22-24 it reads, "And when Peter was come down out of the ship..." It takes action to get miracles. It takes moving to find joy in life. There are so many more stories/references to people who stand on the brink and decided to move.

And so today I issue this challenge: MOVE!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's Okay

It's okay if you have no idea what is going to happen next

It's okay if you are exhausted

It's okay if you are wrestling with God and losing

It's okay to be happy

It's okay if at some point in the day you close your eyes and utter a simple prayer of thanks

It's okay to be in love

It's okay to feel like you are absolutely failing in life

It's okay to be wrong

It's okay to ask questions

It's okay to change your mind

It's okay to be different

It's okay  to be passionate

It's okay to listen

It's okay to want to feel a part of something

It's okay to ask for help

It's okay because you are enough