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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

For Real

As y'all know, I believe in being real. I believe truth and real are healing things. I believe when we go through trauma and hard places, being real not only allows us to heal mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, but it also takes away some of the heaviness that our bodies have to fight and gives them breathing room to focus on healing physically.

One of my readers, whom I have loved for a long time, is in a real situation. She is battling breast cancer. I've spent a long time this morning reading her blog, trying to take it all in because I'm still horrified for her and her family. I'm stunned, and I am still having negotiation conversations with God. I am also completely amazed.

She is walking this road with such beautiful honesty and vulnerability.

If you or someone you know is on the same road, please do yourself a favor and go to Donna's blog. You will find a safe place there, and you will find someone who understands. I'm not saying she can carry you through or even hold your hand because she is in an exhausting battle, but sometimes just having someone who can walk that road with you is a boost of courage to keep fighting.

To each of you in this battle, may the Lord our God give you strength.
May He give you joy to fill the places that have been stripped.
May you grieve well what you've lost...and are matter the final outcome.
May you find laughter, even if it seems morbid to those who aren't in the battle.
May you learn to live richer even if you are having to live smaller.
May you find presence...both from friends and loved ones...but especially from Him.

God be with you.


  1. Awwww... Jerri! Thank you for your kind words and prayers, they are both very much appreciated.