Good things happen. Bad things happen. We make mistakes. We get it right for once.

Life. It’s hard. Jesus never promised an easy life. He just promised to understand and to be there with us in the struggle. He pointed us toward some life-giving ways. But, it’s work and that just stinks.

Jesus, what I really want from you are uncomplicated answers, comfortable relationships and things to go my way. Haha, right?

I love Brené Brown. She’s a researcher/storyteller/author. She understands the struggle to want things fun, fast and easy. I highly recommend her books. I think she helps us come to a place where we can understand what Jesus means when he says “follow me.”

Authenticity is a daily practice.

Choosing authenticity means cultivating the courage to be emotionally honest, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable; exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle and connected to each other through a loving and resilient human spirit; nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we let go of what we are supposed to be and embrace who we are.

Authenticity demands WHOLEHEARTED living and loving- even when it’s hard, even when we’re wrestling with the shame and fear of not being good enough, and especially when the joy is so intense that we’re afraid to let ourselves feel it. Mindfully practicing authenticity during our most soul-searching struggles is how we invite grace, joy, and gratitude into our lives. ~ Brené Brown, P.H.D ©2009

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. as we listen to Jesus who invites us to live “all in” and wholeheartedly.

Grace and peace,


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