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, February 20, 2018

When No One Seems to Care About You at All...

You know those mornings that are not quite in sync? The ones where you walk into the kitchen where the sink you left empty last night is stacked with dishes...again, and the dog that is afraid of storms whimpered by your bed all night so your sleep was erratic at best, and this little--or loud--voice keeps asking why in the world you bother because clearly it doesn't make a difference, and nobody cares, and....
Okay, let's stop a second. Let's breathe. Those mornings happen. Those weeks happen. I know, and they can make you want to crawl right back in bed or right into a bottle of something numbing and not come out, but here is the truth that your voice may not have the clarity to tell you:
A clean sink may not matter to anyone else,
but YOU matter to others.
The laundry being folded, the counters being wiped down, the lawn being mowed, the floor being swept....those THINGS may not matter to anyone in your house,
but YOU matter to people in your house and in your life.
Don't mistake their apathy for clean as a lack of love for you.
Don't mistake a messy life as saying YOUR LIFE doesn't matter.
How do you get past the glums? Because we all know emotions are hard battles to fight through. What do you do when no one else seems to care one iota about you?
Care about yourself.
Do something nice for you.
Leave the floor dirty and the dishes in the sink.
Go read a book.
Take a long bath.
Make some chocolate covered strawberries.
Go to bed early.
The world won't end. Leaving dishes in the sink or footprints on the floor doesn't make you a failure. Sometimes it makes you sane.
So go be sane.
Know you are loved.
Know you are valuable.
Know you can love yourself and feel good about it.
I'm gonna go have some chocolate milk and read a book now.
Love and prayers!

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