Sunday, February 07, 2010
“Whenever you find tears in your eyes, especially unexpected tears,
it is well to pay the closest attention. They are not only telling the secret
of who you are, but more often than not of the mystery of where you have come from
and are summoning you to where you should go next.”
Whistling in the Dark
Ken Gire wrote in Windows of the Soul,
“So much is distilled in our tears, not the least of which is wisdom in living life.
From my own tears I have learned that if you follow your tears, you will find your heart.
If you find your heart, you will find what is dear to God, and if you find what is dear to God
you will find the answer to how you should live your life.”
the falling of a tear.
He puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of His book of remembrance, and when the volume is opened at last, there shall be a precious fragrance springing up therefrom.”
Psychologists refer to freely weeping as an important stage in the healing process. But although this notion may appear to be psychological in origin, involving the confrontation of one's own grief, it also just applies physiologically: crying can reduce levels of stress hormones. Rejuvenating!
Science has discovered that each tear—just as every snowflake and every fingerprint—is unique. That is, unique in the pure sense of the word—one of a kind.
A Poem from a website called: Tears In A Bottle
(A safe haven for wounded hearts)
You are the MasterPiece
A treasure of my Father’s own design.
Lay shattered on the floor at His feet
It seemed it would be impossible
To mend this broken piece
The original handiwork was rare
It was priceless to be exact
Yet there it lay in pieces
On the floor at my Father’s feet.
I saw the tears in my Father’s eyes
as He gazed on His treasure so rare
He knelt down and began to rearrange,
each piece with the utmost care
as each teardrop fell on a broken piece
Rough edges were washed away as
Lovingly He labored through the night
His priceless, broken treasure to restore
I saw that at last every piece
Had found its proper place
As guided by my Fathers hands
And His amazing grace
Then He smiled and I heard Him laugh out loud
At the vessel He held in His hands
“You’re so much more than a treasure,
You see, you’re a Masterpiece, My child
As I felt His arms wrap about me
Securing me close to Himself
I understood that my broken mess
Had been healed by His own blood
As I lifted my face, I smiled at Him
And saw that He was smiling back at me,
And I knew right then what I was worth, for
My Father’s Masterpiece is ME!!
When we cry, God hears. He may not give us answers; we may not even feel His presence. But there He is, collecting each of our tears in a bottle..they are precious to Him.
Don't be afraid to cry...
Saturday, February 06, 2010
I've recently been doing a little research on insecurity as it plays such a dramatic role in the lives of individuals (overweight or not).... I'm amazed at how much we are impacted by things that have happened in our early lives..our younger years. Why have we decided to carry it (insecurity) with us into our futures? We've built walls around it and grown accustomed to it's pathetic face....treating it like a poor, small, cherished, .....misunderstood child. We protect it and nurture it and learn to dwell with it, befriend it....become comfortable in its presence. Sad and sick.
I usually start to research a subject by looking up the definition of the word.
1. not confident or sure : uncertain
2. not adequately guarded or sustained : unsafe
3. not firmly fastened or fixed : shaky
4a. not highly stable or well-adjusted
b. deficient in assurance
What's the opposite of insecurity? Confidence, stability, surety, safety?
Here's what Wikipedia says about insecurity:
Insecurity is a feeling of general unease or nervousness that may be triggered by perceiving oneself to be unloved, inadequate or worthless (whether in a rational or an irrational manner).
A person who is insecure lacks confidence in their own value and capability, lacks trust in themselves or others, or has fears that a present positive state is temporary and will let them down and cause them loss or distress by "going wrong" in the future.
This is not to be confused with humility, which involves recognizing one's failings but still maintaining a healthy dose of self-confidence. Insecurity is not an objective evaluation of one's ability but an emotional interpretation, as two people with the same capabilities may have entirely different levels of insecurity.
Insecurity may cause shyness, paranoia and social withdrawal, or alternatively it may encourage compensatory behaviors such as arrogance, aggression, or bullying, a principle enshrined in the phrase "all bullies are cowards." Many people suffer a period of insecurity during puberty, which gives rise to a lot of the stereotypical behaviors of adolescents.
Insecurity has many effects in a person's life. There are several levels of it. It nearly always causes some degree of isolation as a typically insecure person withdraws from people to some extent. The greater the insecurity, the higher the degree of isolation. Insecurity is often rooted in a person's childhood years. Like offense and bitterness, it grows in layered fashion, often becoming an immobilizing force that sets a limiting factor in the person's life. Insecurity robs by degrees; the degree to which it is entrenched equals the degree of power it has in the person's life.
As insecurity can be distressing and feel threatening to the psyche, it can often be accompanied by a controlling personality type or avoidance, as psychological defense mechanisms.
Insecurity can be overcome. It takes time and patience and a willingness to believe each person (and specifically oneself) is in fact of innate value.
Another excellent article about insecurity:
I feel the need to attack insecurity and dissect it to see what "makes it tick".
My aim: Replace insecurity with confidence, trust, assurance... truth.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Find something to inspire you every day...whether it be a picture, poem, a song, artwork or the encouraging words of a friend.
Today I am inspired by something I read in the Daily Word Devotional.
by Jay Woods
When I understand
I STAND UNDER
When I stand under
When I support
I LIFT UP
When I lift up
When I raise
When I praise
When I encourage
When I strengthen
When I empower
When I release
I LET GO
When I let go
I LET GOD
When I let God
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