A rice paddy in Bali, Indonesia
Women are scared to reject men because they don’t want to be the cause of someone’s pain. To be the cause of someone’s pain makes you feel that you are not enough and you can’t possibly make everyone happy.
But essentially you are not God.
I meet lots of men and women that tire themselves out trying to be everything to everyone and I have tired myself out like that before.
You are not responsible for how others feel about themselves.
Most people will not understand why you do what you do.
You will upset and hurt people for living your truth, they will not be able to understand why you chose to leave home or chose to be far away from them.
You cannot change yourself to make others feel better about themselves or to appease them to fill and cover insecurities they feel about themselves.
You can only live your truth.
You can only live out your truth.
And when we don’t, when we pretend to be something we are not- our hearts suffer from it.
We can’t love without risking it and we can’t love without experiencing pain.
What I mean is- you are no responsible for protecting peoples’ hearts, God is. He is also responsible for protecting your heart.
We can’t live our lives being afraid of offending others, call it “politically correct” or socially acceptable. Jesus was offensive. He loved those who didn’t deserve love in society’s perspective.
The disciples wanted him to be around all the time but he disappeared to have alone time.
You can’t right all wrongs.
You can’t explain yourself to everyone, and you don’t need to.
The ones who usually need explanation are not those who want your help and want to understand- they just want to instigate and make you feel less than….
Their own insecurities causes them to question your confidence.
Perhaps if they make you question yourself they’ll succeed in derailing you from your truth and insecure people love to have company.
I am not saying I am always confident but I’ve learned to follow the voice and heartbeat of God, I’ve also learned to listen to my heart and to trust my heart.
And to seek that quiet voice instead of all the noises that seek to distract me, and they do come, often.
The naysayers say “but over confidence in yourself is wrong” when in truth they are petrified to follow their heart because they are afraid of failure, humiliation, rejection, judgement and most of all- PAIN.
Because some people will avoid pain at all costs.
Pain, disappointment conveys to them “you’re not enough”, you’re a loser and not a winner.
But pain is part of life.
Pain is your heart aching for heaven on earth.
Paradise, never ending love.
It’s an echo, a cry for help “there must be more” says your heart.
There must be a love that is eternal, a love that never fails you nor forsakes you, a love that doesn’t cheat on you nor betrays you.
And that love came to earth to bear all our pain and imperfection- Jesus.
That’s why it says “cast all your cares on the Lord for he cares for you”.
And there is no such thing as failure because God desires honest more than feigned enthusiasm. He is a God that is more than able to handle our fragile hearts.
Sometimes things we don’t expect comes out of our mouths because we’ve suppressed our truth for too long, pretending to be a version of self that is acceptable to others, whether that is our friends or family.
People (strangers) confess things to me they’ll never tell their friends or family because the shame is too much to bear.
People will tell me about relationships they had with married man/woman, abuse, deep longings, relationship fails, parents, self-abuse, attempts at suicide, sleeping with prostitutes, etc….the shame is heavy to bear and so they unload to me.
And for some reason, I feel no need to judge as I am myself imperfect.
But that is love, a total embrace that is unconditional.
I’m currently in Bali and the air is inspiring me in all kinds of ways. I’m overcoming my fear of the scooter as 3 years ago I got into a moped accident. I’ve learned to let go a little and just have fun in the midst of ministering and praying for people.
Yesterday I was praying for a girl in the middle of the lake.
Now I think about it I could have baptized someone, that would have been cool. But I’ve learned to just take a chance, to not forebode what could happen, but simply trust myself and God.
The woman who I’ve become friends with at the local eatery said “thank you! I slept well last night after you prayed for me. I’ve taken your advice to get more rest”.
The prophetic word- I saw a shirt the other day – it said “think less, live more”.
There are times I’m petrified and anxious, God how are you going to do it? How will you provide? And then He comes in when I least expect it.
I’ve told many people my testimony at the hostel I’m staying at- people are SERIOUSLY bewildered when I tell them that I haven’t had a phone for weeks and that God always provides what I need, even if it’s a stranger helping me with a ride or carpooling with me.
God always sends angels to help me.
And with this I realize that I’m living in complete trust in the Lord. That He literally is taking care of me as a Father would.
I usually would have some fear going into a new country but I knew that I would carpool with someone. I asked 5-6 people if they were going to Ubud and I ended up in a car with an Australian couple. It was a divine assignment. During the 1 hour and a half I prayed and prophesied over them as I heard their stories.
Everyone has a story and sometimes it’s cruel, sometimes it’s painful.
But God is making all things new.
He is healing every wound and every bad memory and He is restoring unto you all that you have lost.
A girl I prayed for at an ice cream shop
God does not want slaves to listen to orders, He wants friends that will partner with Him in restoring the earth and the hearts of people.
Sow into the kingdom-