Courage to Surrender

BE BRAVE SERIES

It’s 2022. Flashback.

You have allowed yourself to tell your story of pain and shame to counselors, therapists, and select people. With professional assistance, you navigated through the terrain of traumatic experiences learning triggers and unlearning what created the triggers in the first place.

In those experiences, the way you survived was to create masks that you attached to your personality while burying your authentic self. Deep down you knew you had created a false identity. But again, in those secret sessions with a person, you trusted you were determined to excavate your soul and discover your authentic self by removing each mask.

You prayed, meditated, journaled, vision board, memorized, repeated, and sticky noted affirmations and scriptures. That non-judgmental voice you met with taught you that you had options, choices, and alternate routes in any situation. It wasn’t just either/or, it was either and or, and you could plan how you wanted to approach a situation or not. They shared with you about boundaries. You rejoiced. You were given tools like a get out of jail free card in the board game Monopoly. You were being equipped to take back your power, self-respect, and dignity. It was challenging in the beginning but you learned and accepted that “no” was a complete sentence with no explanation needed.

Each excavation and learning healthy practices led you back to your purpose. In fact, each year of soul searching you found out a little more of what you liked, disliked, what made you happy, and what fulfilled you. These gold nuggets prepared you for your purpose.

It’s 2022. Present moment.

It’s time to walk in your purpose and help those who are struggling in the same areas and even more as you once did, but you are hesitating. Why?

You’ve been made over again and prepared for this moment. You have been equipped to walk in your purpose. So why do you hesitate?

Did you think that this day would never come? You expected this to happen when you were younger, healthier, more excited about it? But were you ready when you were younger? Did you have the internal makeup, beliefs, and fortitude of yesteryear? Answer honestly.

Now is the assigned time. Your health, excitement, and more will be restored to you as you surrender to the process. Let’s revisit some best practices that walked you away from earlier traumatic experiences. They’ve proven themselves in the past and they will do it again in the present.

  • Admit, out loud, your fears. A sister friend of mine says, “What you hide, you cannot heal.”
  • Pray, meditate, journal, vision board, and be still and silent to hear that still, small voice inside of your gut.
    • Pay attention to what you are feeling, look for outward signs of tips and strategies to help you presently participate in walking in your purpose.
      • Self-help books, movies, commercials, conversations, podcasts, conversations around you. Maybe someone, no matter the age is giving good advice that could help you too.
    • Eat foods that nourish your unique system and daily move your body to keep it active.
      • This promotes optimal health physically, mentally, and emotionally.
    • Write down affirmations that support your purpose and build your confidence.
      • It’s okay to walk with fear until it transforms into courage. Just keep walking.
    • If you have one person in your life that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you trust and can confide in, ask first would they mind being your accountability partner. Respect their response.
    • Lastly, but most importantly, trust God, the same Power that walked you through former traumas. That same Power that showed the unfairness of how you were treated and explained their behavior. That same Power that taught you how to forgive and discern behaviors of other’s behavior that you picked up, exhibited them, and unlearned them because they were not yours. Trust that same God now.

God wants and desires for you to not be afraid of your freedom in all areas of your life. But it’s up to you to surrender your apprehension so you can move in ease and simplicity with God as your feet are navigated in your purpose. C’mon you’ve come so far. This is your comeback moment.

Affirmation: “I ask ‘Courage’ to walk with me daily in my purpose.”

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