STRONG… Like a Girl!

Mark:

A beautiful reminder to embrace your uniqueness and strength – especially the ladies! I will encourage my daughter to be STRONG… Like a Girl! Won’t you do the same? #MondayInspiration #LikeAGirl

Originally posted on Grace Unveiled:

The video, #LikeAGirl, is excellent about the strength and uniqueness of being a girl!  We have all used “Like a Girl” in a negative way, time to change the way we use the words that we say because they can be damaging without us even knowing it. “Like A Girl” is a good thing!  Watch the video below!

Now the question is, are you Strong Like A Girl???

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Yes, this is my girl and she IS Strong… Like A GIRL!

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Are You a Difference Maker?

That is the wrong question to ask of others and of ourselves.  We all have a power and a divine potential to make a difference every moment of every single day. A single smile, a single look, a single word or a single touch may make all the difference. Have the courage to step out in faith. The real question is -

What kind of difference will you make? 
  • Good or evil? 
  • Light or Dark? 
  • Healing or Pain?

“Difference Maker” ~Song by NEEDTOBREATHE  (view the lyrics here on AZLyrics)

We must make a conscious choice to commit everyday, in every situation, in every encounter with every person to, not just random, but INTENTIONAL ACTS OF KINDNESS believing that we can and do make a difference! I recently wrote about my own new journey on the blog in reaching and sharing the light that God has placed in me with others – Healing the Brokenhearted. Just believe, grace wins, hope lives, speak life and watch the ripple effect! God Bless! ~M

A Bubble Off Plumb

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I reckon some will say,
I’m a bubble off plumb
That’s for sure and for certain.

The silliness and laughter,
Keep me from coming undone
Cause something has got to give.

The memories and moments,
For the regret is so tragic
If the love is not shown.

The joys and sorrows,
The mundane and magic
Life is found here and now.

~Mark Schutter ©2014

The Fear of Being Fearful

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~Nelson Mandela

Thinking a lot about fear lately.  How it drives us, motivates us and often paralyzes us. We have all heard or seen the lists based on polls of the things people fear the most.  These lists often include the following in no particular order; fear of flying, public speaking, spiders, snakes, dying, heights, pain, etc, etc, etc.  We also have fears with social and emotional implications; rejection, disappointments, abandonment, ridicule, exclusion, etc, etc, etc.

Somewhere, inside, on a deeper level are we often more fearful of others simply knowing that we are afraid?

To allow our fear to be visible, well this implies a transparency and vulnerability allowing others to see us truly as we are.  A matter of trust that others will not betray us when we are transparent and vulnerable.  I know there are times when I often do not raise my hand, speak or stand up when I should.  I tell myself this is because I do not want to offend or to be considered a trouble maker.  I label this fear as one of not wanting to be rejected, ridiculed, shunned or even thought to be stupid.  

On an even deeper level I am now beginning to realize that it is true that my overwhelming fear is a fear of others actually knowing that I am fearful. 

Does that make sense? What do you think?

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. ~T. S. Eliot
"Fear"  Photograph digitally enhanced Mark Schutter ©2014

“Fear” Photograph digitally enhanced, Mark Schutter ©2014

I wrote about acknowledging our fears and insecurities in a couple of previous posts which are entitled> You scared? Well… and Fear vs Obedience.

I would love for you to check them out also and let me know your thoughts about fear.

More than ORDINARY!

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It saddens me to think that Robin Williams believed he had no other options. That fame and fortune are often not enough.

It saddens me to think of those closest to him that he left behind.  Family and friends who loved and cared for him.

It saddens me to think of all the people who cross our paths every single day who also believe they have no other options.

There has never ever been an ordinary person born on this planet.  We are each bestowed with a divine potential that the world so easily robs us of.

So many people without the notoriety of the rich and famous make this same choice everday. And do we care?

We were all meant for so much more than ORDINARY but often settle for so much less.

#JustBelieve #GraceWins #HopeLives