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, August 2, 2017

Focusing on the Peace because the Peace has the Answers to the Problems

To everyone who has been praying for me, THANK YOU! Realistically, on a scale of 1-10, the last 6 weeks has been a .001. Praise God for nothing life threatening, right?! It's just a lot, and I run on brain tired a lot frying to get the checklists done and make decisions. And yesterday was an avalanche day.
But this is what I've learned about avalanche days.
If I make the conscious choice to stop the running to catch up or stay ahead and focus on what I know about God's character, calm really does come. I think clearer. I don't end up with a tension headache (yesterday was a failure here). I am not short with the kids. I don'tt ake on that ridiculous idea that nobody likes me and I'm in this by myself and if people really cared....and then get mad at everyone in the world for not helping with something they know nothing about.
When I let mental chaos run amuck, it gets really crazy, really fast. So I try to reign in the chaos and run to the Christ who reigns (yep, i said it just that way so it would be easy to remember. I'd put in a meme if I knew how because that is good stuff).
Running to Christ doesn't mean i pray about the problems. It means I look at the peace.
Looking at the problems changes nothing. Looking at the Peace changes everything because now I am looking at the answer.
Maybe I still don't know how to do this or that or whether to take 12 hours or 9, but I do know the storm is at His control, and I'm hearing Him, not the crashing of the waves. My mind clears so I can think and hear and respond instead of reacting, and instead of seeing everything that is going wrong, I see the One who makes it all alright.
Does all that make sense? Is that applicable? Because if you can't apply this, then it is just a bunch of cute memes, and there are enough of those on FB. I'm serious. Can you use this? Let's talk.
Praying for you today. I'm glad you are here!
Stay on the journey,

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