Wow! This certainly is a lesson to help me see reality. Yes, I still have some fears. Many of mine are caused by my habit of Indecision and I now acknowledge when I am indecisive. I push myself to make the decision and move on, allowing for tweaks to be made as necessary and needed. It’s a start.
Over the years, I have also held myself back to avoid criticism. Now, I do much better, but it still affects my making a splash on social media with my business, as I feel unsure, uncomfortable and inexperienced. It does help to continue to affirm to myself that I CAN learn.
During a family dinner last Sunday with all 3 of our teenage granddaughters present, I noticed one, in particular who spoke of feeling isolated from friends due to criticism (actually caused by jealousy in my opinion.) Knowing that she is very active on social media, I wondered how much that was affecting her moods and feelings. Having taught both middle school and high school, I know these kids can be cruel and hurtful at times. The reality is that she is attractive, smart, talented and very caring about others. I’m looking for ways to get a little closer to her and be more of an encourager, like Michael Dlouhy’s Aunt Honey.
During this lesson, I really pondered the FIFTY SEVEN FAMOUS ALIBIS at the end of the 2nd half of the lesson and highly recommend it. I think I have used over ¾ of them through the years. Just that section alone is worth the entire lesson.
I realize that many varied experiences have come to me throughout my life and I’ve been able to learn great truths from most of them. Fortunately through these “tests”, I have developed strong faith in the fact that God will be with me through all of them. That alone keeps me from panicking in any situation now. In fact, when an emergency comes, I become very calm. In my younger years, that was not the case and now I recognize it as a great sustaining blessing.
One of these very low times in my life, my mother called me. By then, I was a mother of 4 boys and pregnant with the 5th. At that time, long distance calls were very expensive and we talked for over 2 hours. I will never forget the call. She recounted my strengths and talents and personal value. God was with us and my problem subsided and eventually went away. She was my angel that night.
Thank you to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for helping me work through this book over and over. I glean something new and impacting every week. Thanks for those of you who are right there growing with me and thanks for your contributions.
“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13