You're listening to Episode 13 of The Practice of Living as we Intend Podcast.
Have you ever thought, 'Why me? What did I do to deserve this? Am I not good? Am I not faithful?'
I'm going to reach out on a limb and suggest that we each have felt this way in our lifetime.
In this episode I'm sharing something that occurred in my life that was truly devastating, and it caused me to ask, 'Why?!'
It was painful and heartbreaking.
I felt sorry for myself.
I was frustrated and angry.
And I was confused.
Join me and listen, reflect and be inspired, as we learn the incredible value behind our 'Why?' and practice Living as we Intend together!
Whether you schedule a few minutes to begin your day or multi-task while listening for needed renewal, I look forward to being a part of your journey—and you a part of mine!
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Insight from Thriving Women: Today in the Thrive Blog, Andrea Crisp shares how our paths my not be easy or perfect, but that every story matters. We have something unique to offer to the world, and that it must come alive in our hearts before the world will ever see it. http://beyouandthrive.com/getting-fired-changed-life/
Summary of Podcast:
What is your 'why'?
(00:48) Have you ever asked, ‘Why me?’ Have you ever thought. ‘I don’t deserve this!’
(1:37) But at this time of my life, I lived in a community about 40 minutes from the city. Every day I would commute back and forth to work.
(2:32) Next came a visual and sound that I will never forget—flames as far as the eye could see, smoke jetting out of the door and a noise resembling a fierce wind whipping through a tunnel.
(3:39) It was painful and heartbreaking, as I went through stages of feeling sorry for myself and dealt with emotions of frustration, anger and confusion.
(4:42) Maybe your ‘Why’ has been: ‘Why do I have this illness?’ Or ‘Why do I have this setback?’ How about ‘Why was I raised that way?’ Or ‘Why am in this situation?’ ‘Why is my life so hard and others seem so easy?”
(6:18) And so today I have a reminder for you and I. As I sit here and I think of every friend that I have and I think of family member. I can pinpoint what fires they have been through. And some are in the midst of one as I speak. You are not alone.
(7:45) You just stand. When all your courage seems to fail. Stand. When it seems that evil will prevail. Stand. For he shows us in detail that his love will never fail and he’ll stand with us. You just stand.
(9:04) But in all my experience, I personally don’t think there is an answer to this question. But this is what I do think: Instead of placing your energy on asking ‘Why’—just simply stand. Live your life from day to day and when the time is right and you’ve gained the strength you need and you’ve gained new perspective, walk through it, walk onward and walk past what seems to be like the fire that you are experiencing in your live.
(10:56) Refine: Clarify, filter, process, strain, better, enhance, forward.
(12:07) In the mist of your most difficult circumstances, your life transitions. When you are uncomfortable, confused or experiencing your ‘why.’ Let it be your refining moment. Accept some of the greatest gifts of discovery, healing, gratitude, of grace and strength—that can only be offered during these times in your life.
(14:14) What in your life, feels like you’re going through ‘a process?’ What circumstance can you look at in a different way and see how it is refining you? What do you feel you have lost the courage to do and are you willing to stand through it? What is your ‘why’?
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