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.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Wonderful Gifts of Hard Emotions

I posted this to my Facebook page this morning. There is so much more to say about this, but for now...

 Life is not all easy. It isn't supposed to be.  There are times when it's hysterically funny and times when it is horribly painful. Grief, sadness, the discomfort of transition. Those are all normal feelings. They are gifts given by God. They tell you wonderful things about yourself.

They tell you something needs to change and you need to take responsibility for changing it...who in their right mind stands in pain and does nothing to stop it? (And I don't mean taking antidepressants that just equip you to take more and not care.)

They tell you that you've known what it is to love and be loved...because grief doesn't happen when you don't care.

They tell you when one season is ending but there was something good and wonderful about that season...or you wouldn't miss it.

These are good healthy emotions.

They become destructive when you sit in them or when you try to avoid them.

Feel them. Let them wash over you. Learn to walk through them. Let them be gifts.

Praying you have the courage to be real and true.


Jerri Kelley Phillips-Writer​

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