Live with Courage

  • Three questions I am asking over anything I am considering for 2019:
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Is it glorifying to God? If it doesn't pass this one, it doesn't need to be considered.
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Is it valuable to those around me: my family, my church, or my community? This 100% includes you. I want what I do here to be valuable for you.
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Is it sustainable for me and my family? There are a ton of things I want to do, but working with a limited energy supply challenges your to-do list. If I can't keep it up or if it places too big of a burden on my family, it's not healthy for anyone.
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What priorities are you setting for this year?
  • My favorite piece of advice? It's from my dad who was just as prone to anxiety and being overwhelmed as I am.
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His tip? When the day becomes too much to hold, end it by diving into a good book or just straight up go to bed early.
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"Everything is better in the light of the sunrise, baby girl."
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He was right. 🤗
  • It's okay to take baby steps.
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When we were newlyweds, my husband came home from work one day to find me vigorously cleaning the baseboards. (FYI - that hasn't happened since 🤷‍♀️) We were expecting company and the process of cleaning our entire house overwhelmed me. So I cleaned the baseboards instead.
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I didn't know how to articulate it then, but the issue wasn't that our baseboards were all that dirty. It was that big tasks sent me into paralysis mode.
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I've learned over the years to break things into chunks, or at least make my mind think that's what I'm doing. I did it this week cleaning the kitchen after dinner:
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Things to be cleaned on every counter 😬
Hey, just start with the spoons ☺️
Baby step from the spoons to the plates to the pots...
Voila, my kitchen is clean again 😍
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We're even trying to teach this to my son as he is learning how to study for several tests at the same time. Big things turned into small tasks are easier to swallow.
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What big things do you have on your plate today? Sometimes courageous living means walking in baby steps. If it feels too big, just start with what you can get done in five minutes. You'll feel better checking something off the list and if you're like me, the momentum from that first baby step will carry you to the finish line.
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I'm rooting for you. Always.
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  • A few things to make you feel better about yourself this week:
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🤦‍♀️ Last night I served raw zucchini for dinner because I thought it was a cucumber.
💁‍♀️ I went five days without washing my hair this week.
🤷‍♀️ We finally checked some (very simple) things off with our financial planner that have taken me FIVE MONTHS to finish.
🏃‍♀️ I woke up one morning at 6:45. We usually leave the house for carpool at 6:45.
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Anyone else glad it's FRIDAY?!!!???
  • Saying hi to a few new faces around here 🙋‍♀️
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I’m Heather. I’m an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. I’m also a survivor of Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a genetic connective tissue disorder that makes blood vessels, arteries, and organs prone to spontaneous rupture.
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My mission statement for The Rescued Letters, according to my twelve-year old son: "My mom's colon blew up and then her carotid artery blew up. That's why she writes a bunch of stuff and goes to the bathroom a lot." 😶😶😶
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Okaaaaay. Let's try this instead.
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My goal at The Rescued Letters is to equip women for courageous living by helping them trust in God, face their greatest fears, and choose life, especially when life presents its most difficult circumstances. But I’m not talking about the courage to go bungee jumping or skydiving or even kill a spider. 😲 #nothankyou
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I’m talking about the courage to put two feet on the floor in the morning when you don’t like your story. I know from personal experience that this feels like an impossible task on some days, but I also know it can be done by clinging to God’s grace. Because His grace makes things good.
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I'm really glad you're here. And I'm praying that you would feel hope rising today. In related news: we made it to Friday yippeeeee!
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📷 @hayleywarrenphoto
  • My old pal anxiety is rearing her ugly head again lately. Some of it doesn't surprise me because I understand where it is coming from. It's the start of a new year, which always feels overwhelming to me + stories that I am carrying but aren't mine to share. And some of it I just have to acknowledge without knowing the source and let the moment pass and move on. Either way, I am doubling up on my efforts to soak up God's Word.
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Honestly, this is what keeps me returning to Scripture. It's the one constant in my life that has the power to cut through a mind that won't turn off and a heart that feels too tender when I can't make sense of things. The Bible reminds us who we are when we forget who's in control.
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The truth in God's Word triggers memories planted in our DNA, that we are sons and daughters of a King who loves us, protects us, cares for us, and values us. It settles our heart when fear, worry, and anxiety want to take root.
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Deep breath. God is in control. Always.
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"Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." - Luke 12:7
  • My goal for 2019: hang with Jesus. The end.
  • Merry Christmas from our family (+ Woody) to yours!