Thursday, 26 March 2015

Break

Joining Kate for this week's Five Minute Friday.  The prompt is "Break"

I remember lots of people telling me.  The words would come.  "You really need a break."
I heard "you'll burn yourself out"  "you're doing too much"  "when do you get a break?"
But you see, I had to keep on going.  Because everything around was broken.  There was a time when it all just fell apart.  When life was so fragmented and broken that there seemed no possible way to put it all back together.  And there was no earthly way that it could all go back together, come together and work again.  Break?  It was broken.  All of it.
I didn't have any words to say to those people, who all spoke from a place of love, who could all see that burnout was just a breath away, that wanted to help me, love me, care for me.  I had no words to say and just kept on keeping on.
I'm so grateful that faith is a gift.  That we don't need energy for that.  That all we need to do is open our heart and our hand and receive.  And then the break comes.  Because when everything is broken and your heart rips wide apart.  When you have oozed every last drop of life from your broken body and you can still cling to Him.  That's when you're broken.  And that's when the break comes.  It rises like the sun.  Faith rising and light, hope, courage and strength to keep taking the next step.  And the next one and they tumble into the minutes, hours, days, weeks and months.  And that's the break I take until one day, the broken doesn't feel so broken anymore.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Book Review: You're Loved No Matter What, by Holley Gerth


I'm taking part in Revell Publishers Blog Tour for Holley Gerth's new book and to be honest, when I started this book I thought it was just going to be a re-write of one of her previous books.  The title is certainly enticing.  After all, what woman doesn't want to feel loved, no matter what.  The tagline is "Freeing your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect."  I am definitely not a perfectionist - or so I thought!  From the very beginning though, Holley had me drawn in because I could identify with what she was sharing.  If you've ever felt any guilt about doing or not doing something, about not managing it as well as the rest of the women seem to be doing all around you, then this book is for you.  By striving to always do better, measure up, wondering if we're good enough or could be doing better, Gerth cleverly illustrates how we are always striving for the perfect life.  And frankly, it doesn't exist.  She points us towards grace and acceptance and that in God's eyes we don't need to attempt to be perfect.  He loves us no matter what - as the title suggests.    There are definitely elements of these principles in her other books, however I would still recommend buying and reading this book.  For those readers looking for a more in depth attempt at the freedom to enjoy unconditional love that it illustrates, Gerth has devised a plan of action to follow.  There is room to jot notes and pointed questions to lead thoughts and explore feelings that will illustrate anything that holds you captive.  Well written and I'm sure of great benefit to so many of us still trying our best and feeling like we're not quite managing it.