Do something everyday that scares you

As I have continued to challenge myself by doing things that scare me I have spent time reflecting on some of my past fears(now overcome). What I discovered through my reflection is a true testimony of the progress we make in life as we partner with God in the plan He has for our life.

I can recall a time in the not so distant past that I almost forfeited an opportunity to attend what was an amazing Christian conference because I was too uptight to spend time in the same hotel room with a few other sisters. Since that time I have traveled to several foreign countries, alone. The first of these trips was to the earthquake ravaged country of Haiti. I wasn’t even sure where Haiti was when the opportunity presented itself but I said YES immediately. I would not have been able to do that a few years earlier. Now this isn’t to say that it wasn’t scary because it was. I remember being completely unnerved when in a very crowded airport I became separated from my passport as the airport porter made me lay my bag on the conveyor belt. This may not sound scary if your travel has not taken you to poor, underdeveloped countries that have just experienced a gigantic influx of travelers all on a journey to offer care after the most catastrophic earthquake to strike this hemisphere in recent memory.

I remember how scared I was what I would feel prompted by God to share a word with the congregation during a Sunday morning worship service. Nowadays I am quick to obey when I feel the Lord tug at my heart and even breath the entire time!

Even something as simple as deciding to ride on the commuter van was scary. Getting into a vehicle and riding 2 hours a day with complete strangers was overwhelming. Today I can call each of those “strangers” friends. But even having accomplished this feat I am intimidated to ride the city bus. Not that we have a real city bus where I live here in rural Southeastern CT but nonetheless, I intend to get on the bus one day soon and experience what it is like to have to use this as my only form of transportation for a shopping excursion.

Going into a yoga class or any exercise class for the first time was scary. Now I am eager to find a yoga studio and attend a class everywhere I travel.

Last year I embarked on a new and scary adventure when I felt a prompting from God to teach a teen girl Sunday school class…well more than teach, initiate. This has turned out to be a remarkable blessing in my life. And I can understand at a greater level how investing into lives of those entrusted to us has such great value.

It is important that I keep staring fear in the face because that is where the growth occurs. I am so thankful for this idea to conquer scary things on a regular basis this year.

So what have I done recently? Well last week I needed to reach out to someone who would agree to be a model family for a class  was taking…this was scary for sure… but not only was the answer yes, they really enjoyed telling the story to me. Sadly I have been the person to engage the painful life choices conversation with several of my oncology patients whose disease is progressing. This is always a scary conversation, necessary but scary. And I have had to face the scary truth that I may not get a perfect score in this class I am currently taking. But I will still be okay at the end of the day.

So what have you done this week that is a scary challenge? I would love to hear from you.


The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simple-woman-daybook-large.jpgFOR TODAY
Outside my window… the ground is snow covered and more is on the way.
I am thinking…what a very busy week it is going to be.
I am thankful…for the opportunity to have some much needed fun this weekend!
In the kitchen…I used some of the fresh farm produce from the most recent CSA share. Golden beet and fennel soup. Sausage, sweet potato, kale soup. Pepperconi Pork Tenderloin. My house sure has smelled yummy this weekend.
I am wearing…a warm thermal top with some pretty scrappy sweat pants.
I am creating…the life I want to live.
I am going…to soak in the bath tonight.
I am wondering…how I will manage to  get all this school work done this week.
I am reading…My Year with Eleanor from the library.
                            Watershed Year on my Kindle.
                            Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore on Audible.
                            A daily bible reading plan.
I am hoping…the weather is not bad in tomorrow morning so that I can get to work without much difficulty
I am looking forward to…completing all the assignments I have this week.
I am learning…to recognize all the new things I do each day.
Around the house…I hear my hubby watching the game.
I am pondering…the vision for this season in our lives.
A favorite quote for today… Rise up. Take courage and Do it. ~Ezra 10:4
One of my favorite things…is to get into my bed at the end of each day and snuggle under the covers book in hand.
A few plans for the rest of the week…it is going to be an incredibly busy week. I need to complete a MAJOR assignment for this class and it is going to be quite complex.
A peek into my day…

Ezra 10:4

Ezra 10:4

New and Scary #4-Perspective

I haven’t had any time to write lately as school has kept me very busy. I am home today on a snow day, (southeastern CT got 2-3 feet of the white stuff dumped on us and it continues to snow as I write), so I thought I would sit for a spell and share my heart.

We (my favorite guy and I) have been in the midst of some transitions in our lives and to say that these have not gone according to “our” plan would be an understatement. The problem with this line of thinking is that it isn’t “our” plan, it is His, and frankly speaking He knew all along what was going to occur long before it happened. I share this with you now because at some point I am actually going to clue in before the event and make adjustments or at least be better prepared for the outcome. But for this moment and this situation I am now clued in…or at least for this snapshot in time. And this is what I hear…

We look at situations in the natural…with our natural eyes. What we need to be doing is looking at the situation from God’s perspective. When we get a glimpse of how He sees the it—whoa, watch out—it probably doesn’t look at all like what we thought. We are so self absorbed and focused on what “we” need but His word tells us that He will take care of us, meeting our every need with abundant provision. Why do you think He does this…provide for all our needs that is? Because if all our needs are taken care of we can be about the business of the kingdom. What is that you ask? Saving souls, of course. Our most important task is to show others who Jesus is. Doing what Jesus did. Bringing heaven to earth.

So ask yourself, how are you doing today with this mandate? I know I received a Holy chiropractic adjustment when I laid down.


New and Scary #3

Putting ourselves out there can be scary. We ask ourselves things like what if they don’t like me or what if the answer is unfavorable? But putting ourselves out there is when the growth happens and where the opportunities are. What if we re-framed the potential responses to the positive; maybe I will make a new friend or perhaps I will get a big YES.

One of my Christmas gifts this year is a perpetual calendar written specifically for nurses with little daily thoughts. One of the sayings that caught my attention is

“what we believe about ourselves can hold us hostage”.

Wow, now there is a true statement.

What is holding you hostage?

So this week I have needed to really put myself out there. I am taking a course these next 8 weeks that will require me to stretch beyond my current borders for sure. This week I needed to find a place to hold a community educational event(and figure out a topic) and find 16 hours of community observation time. This has required me to make contacts with unknown people in search of opportunity. God has been so faithful. I found a pot of gold with a cold call contact. She needed someone to provide March’s community talk. But that is not all, they book the space, do the advertising and asked for a topic that I am completely comfortable with! Awesome!!! Oh and by the way, the day I contacted her scheduling the March event was on her to do list for that very day! God’s perfect timing. I prayed, He answered, I listened. And I overcame a fear of being told no.

I recently stumbled upon a couple of bloggers who have also set out to do scary new things in 2015 and will be linking up with them so consider poking around on some new blogs to see what others are venturing into this year.

Fifty Two weeks of adventure

Such Small hands

Share Your World

Some fun questions again this week as I Share My World. Hop over to Cee’s blog if you would like to join in.

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

I am in the non-hugger list. Not too sure why. I will hug my patients though as they often want to give me a hug once we finally meet.

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?

I adore ice cream of most every flavor. I don’t really allow myself the indulgence much anymore though as it is so fattening. There is an ice cream farm not far from our home that we will visit a few times in the warm weather…then I indulge!

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?

I don’t think I actually have a preference. I enjoy both. I usually exercise my mind daily. My body several times a week. I am trying to take time daily for at least 15 minutes of yoga and I am about to bring my new stability ball to the office which will mean I am exercising those core muscles all day long!

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?

This is tough. I love our dog Haley. She is always so sweet and lovable. But we recently adopted a kitty, his name is Onyx who is the absolutely greatest cat I have ever had—I just love him! So I guess I cam claim no favorite here either.

A rather non-committal week, hmmm.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week I was able to work through a difficult decision with prayer and contemplation, thank you God. I am looking forward to my Tuesday afternoon yoga practice in the studio. Haley

The Weekend is Here

It snowed here in Connecticut yesterday. Not a lot but enough to make the morning commute miserable for many. I was thankful to get to work just as the snow began to fall. I have recently decided that one of the challenges with living here is that it gets cold in the winter but often times there is not much snow(last year excluded). If it is going to be cold I would prefer the world be covered with the white stuff. Plus I just love the quietness that falls over the world when the snow falls. I can almost hear the hush now.

At the end of my work day I went to the farm to pick up this weeks share. It was so picturesque I stopped to snap a couple of photo’s with my phone. You practically need to shield your eyes the sun is shining so brighter.

Have a great weekend!

Setting Sun over the hill and field.

Setting Sun over the hill and field.