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.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Preparing to Receive the Love Gift--Day 1

Earlier this week a very dear friend of mine asked me why I don't talk more about what God is doing in my life and the good things He does because God's goodness and ability to impact lives, not the rules and regulations, are the truly relevant aspect of God that the world (and people in the church) are seeking. Truthfully, I thought I talked a lot about it, but maybe I should talk more.

Today is the first day of Lent, and I know what some folks consider Lent to be, but last year when the Lord told me to celebrate Lent, He said to celebrate it as a preparation for receiving the love gift. You know that is the sacrifice: the gift of love that opens the door that all who believe may be saved. For Lent, I'm celebrating. I'm celebrating the love gift that He gives every single day because until I see His love in the everyday, I'm really not seeing His love.

Today's love?

I got to bake cookies with my kids.

Not such a big deal? For some folks, it isn't. For us, it is huge. I'm a single mom who still has the amazing privilege of being home with my kids, homeschooling, and baking cookies. Do you have any clue how utterly impossible that is? Except we get to live it. And, yes, my late husband did a lot of financial things right to make it possible, but all knowledge, understanding, and wisdom is from my God, and while I won't go into details, circumstances were such that we could have been in a very different place except for God's hand.

From the time the desire for a baby became a conscious thought, I've wanted to be home to raise my children. I am getting to do that, and it's all because of God's acting on our behalf.

So, what did God do for you today? One thing? A dozen things? Come on. Share the love. :-)

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