For a few very hard years this word was my mantra.
The word means
-undismayed; not discouraged; not forced to abandon purpose or effort
-undiminished in courage or valor; not giving way to fear
But the truth is, I was often dismayed by everything that had taken place, and I did battle discouragement. I battled fear and doubts. I hurt and was angry, and sometimes "undaunted" sounded more like a mockery than a mantra, and I was determined to be real about all of it in these posts, thus the name, Undaunted Reality. More than that, though, I was determined to live undaunted, not because I'm so great or strong, but because my God is, and no matter what this world looks like, He is the only reality that matters.
I pray I live the reality of Him beautifully undaunted.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From My Journal--Faith, Fear, and Faithfulness

Fear is my feeling that whatever comes will disrupt my "happy spot" or comfort zone. Probably will, but faith says I'll like it on the other side.

Sometimes I will not get the resolution I want to a situation, and it doesn't matter. My job is not to fix the situation or even make it better. My job is to respond is such a way that I am at peace with myself standing before the Lord and saying, "This is what I did. It was the best I knew at that moment. Show me if I was wrong and how to fix it for next time."

Monday, September 5, 2011

Possibly My Greatest Flaw

"Could it be my greatest flaw is fixating so much on my flaws
that I dismiss or ignore His perfect ability to love me and work in me
while working and loving perfectly through me?"
~from My Journal, Jerri Phillips~

Dear God, work in and love me as You know I need today. Show me Your heart for me and Your desire for me so I can be in agreement with you in action, thought, and word. And, Lord, work and love through me in Your perfection because Your perfection is omnipotent and greater than all my imperfections. Keep eye contact with me, and if I turn my eyes, pull them back to you, because I want to see YOU and all You want to do and not be distracted by all I know Jerri cannot do.

I love you so much. You are my heart, and I am overwhelmed by You.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Get in the Saddle Anyway

I have friends making courageous, in-the-face-of-crazy-big-fear decisions right now. On Facebook, I made The Duke my profile picture to let them know I know how courageous they are.

For all of you here who are
making courageous decisions
when careful ones would be easier...

I know you are courageous.
I see it.
It is more than what you are doing.
It is who you are.
And I am in speechless awe of you and your choice to live in faith, not fear.
Feel free to make it your profile picture, put it on your Facebook wall, your bedroom wall, or your fridge, wherever you need it to remind you that YOU ARE COURAGEOUS. And remember: