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I was fresh at university, nineteen years old, when I had to get a surgery. It’s a weird surgery my mom is convinced is for those who hang out on their computers too long, called a Ganglionectomy. Basically they removed a cyst from my wrist that was making my fingers move on their own in a painful kind of way. Anyhow, not the point.

So I had this surgery, and then, everything sucked.

At the same time of this surgery, I was dating this guy I’d say was my first real boyfriend. He was obviously handsome, and hilarious. But I had this surgery and after puking up all the anesthetic, I got a call from him on my navy blue Nokia cell phone.

“I can’t see you anymore. You’re marriage material and I can’t do that right now,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a train that rolls right through downtown, like a rumble from the belly of this city. With pictures of wheat heads and company names hiding beneath the flamboyant art of wild graffiti the slow and steady beast makes its way through the center of the bustling streets. It’s cold out, my nose drenched pink in cold while a whip of wind sticks to my ears, and I can’t help but think of sleeping in that old small town home with these noises I hear, so I grin. Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been thinking about worship and the implications of our being created for worship. See the gift is always a gift until we let it become the curse. And though some have been gifted with the calling to lead people into worship, I’m a firm believer He made us all with a deep desire to worship. And the hope is that we’d bring our worship to Him and Him alone. Read the rest of this entry »

My pastor typically has awesome ideas. In fact, more often than not, he has some awesome ideas. The kind of ideas you want to remember so you can chat it up with God and make those ideas into a part of who you are, and how you do life. So this month as we [oddly enough] go through My Story as a sermon series, I find myself even more attentive to the words of Christ during sunday mornings. I love a good word. Even more, I love a good story filled to the brim with good words. And while we devour the parables of the Bible, I’m consumed by this one thought my pastor continues to throw out there.

God didn’t come to just make us better versions of how we view ourselves. Better versions who act better and look better to the world {or maybe for those like me, look better to the church}. He came to give us life to the full. The kind of life that brings out the real you- flaws, flesh, soul, trial, growth and all.

I hope you’re able to chew on that one a little while. Maybe find yourself less pressured to act right, and more inclined to just find real, true, good and full life in Christ; the author and perfecter of your faith.

Your friend,

Dee

Have a story from your life to share and inspire others? Tell me all about it here!

heroOne day I’m going to talk about your but, though for now, I’ll just let you know your but is getting in the way of a good sentence. Your but gets in the way of a good  conversation and a good life. The title of this blog could be one example, I suppose. I could have said, you’re the hero, but it’s not about you, though this does not communicate what I want. Unfortunately, your but often excuses the former of the sentence, and that just won’t do. Life is far too complex to be left in black or white, wouldn’t you say? It won’t do in a story and it shouldn’t do in life.

Now before we get started I’ll make it incredibly simple for you- Christ is King. Jesus is the ultimate hero, and no one is like Him at all. For the purpose of story and the importance of your role in the story or in life, you have a choice of two characters; the hero or the villain. You could be the one that does nothing, but then no one would care to write your story. I will refer to you as the hero {cause well… I believe in you!}. AND, your heroism is only made truly possible when you allow Christ to work through you {praise God!}. Capisce?

It seems the world is getting caught up in the idea that life is paragraphs, chapters and series of stories in which we play a part. To be precise, you are playing the main character in your life’s very own story. AND. Your story is not about you. See that? You’re the main character and it’s not about you. Time to leave your but’s behind my friends.

Let me try and clear this right up. You see, your story is about the author, not just the characters; even if you are most important and incredibly valuable to the author. Of course I’m referring to your creator Christ, who has planned for you and for your full life since long before you were born. He chose you to play an incredible role, and though you have free will to go and do and be whomever you’d like to be, He is hopeful you’ll trust His good story for your great life. He is hopeful you will choose to trust His incredible design of your character; getting to know yourself so you can accomplish the life you were born worthy of living because of His deep love. You see, he planned for you and planned for your life to matter. He planned for your life to matter for the greater purpose of His kingdom, and He just really likes you and wants you to have adventure, love, loss, growth and pain to round out your character. To make you full of life, if you will.

This is where I need you to pay attention.

Your character was made for greatness. Hear me; you weren’t created for okayness, and not even goodness… you were made for greatness. God wants to see you live it up wherever you go, whomever you are around. He didn’t make you to just feel pain, struggle or even triumph. He made you for all you experience and more so your character can play that beautiful protagonist hero we all fall mad in love with during the movies we watch and the stories we read. He made you to make a difference in the life of those around you, those who aren’t around you, and those who aren’t even around yet. He most certainly made you in great love with divine purpose. He made you so you’d not get caught up in the circumstance and cling to the character in which He destined you to be. He made you in hopes you’d figure yourself out, get passed the selfish ambition, and live a life surrounded by heroic moments only orchestrated for and by the Author of Life. He’s dying to see you get out there. And He’s hoping you won’t make it about you. Look at any great character in any great story and you’ll see it is never about themselves. Their story gives life to them, but it is not about them. Russell Crow as J.J. Braddock in Cinderella Man, aspiring writer Skeeter Phelan in The Help, Katniss in The Hunger Games, or Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Their stories are as varied as can be, the plot different, struggles and triumphs different, though their ultimate purpose for the sake of others rather than self.

So then hero; take a quick look around. How are those paragraphs, chapters, and series of stories coming along in your life? How is the development? How is the struggle, pain or triumph bringing His glory? Cause your story, it was destined for greatness. And you?… most definitely made for much more than just you.

Have a story from your life you’d like to share and encourage strangers with? Fill out a form here and let’s get started on your purposeful life!

And who doesn’t love a good story. I’ve talked about this plenty before, but we are literally made up of stories. This is why you’ll notice a new category on my blog, story time. Sometimes, believe it or not, I get tired of just writing about me. I also get so stoked on the stories I hear from you, and think the world ought to know about it. There are people out there who could use hearing your story to encourage them too. There is nothing that connects people together and away from loneliness of a situation than telling story. Your story matters, whether you know it yet or not. A story can be anything; funny, tough, life-changing, romantic, or tragic. It is always life giving and inspirational whichever form it takes, and it’s important to share. Your life is truly just a bunch of short stories. Either you make them worthy of being told, or you don’t. Let’s encourage each other to living a full life; no not just a happy or satisfied life. A full life. Share your stories, share your heart, share for the hope of strangers! I hope you will be so inclined to visit the story time page and fill out a form with your story. Can’t wait!!

“If you watched a movie about a guy who wanted a Volvo and worked for years to get it, you wouldn’t cry at the end when he drove off the lot, testing the windshield wipers. You wouldn’t tell your friends you saw a beautiful movie or go home and put a record on to think about the story you’d seen. The truth is, you wouldn’t remember that movie a week later, except you’d feel robbed and want your money back. Nobody cried at the end of a movie about a guy who wants a Volvo. But we spend years actually living those stories, and expect our lives to be meaningful. The truth is, if what we choose to do with our lives won’t make a story meaningful, it won’t make a life meaningful either.” -Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I learned While Editing My Life.

I’d never really liked second hand books. Sure they’re pretty to look at or place strategic on your shelf as decor… but they’re used, written all over by the hands and hearts of others opinions. Pages missing, ripped and stories even left incomplete.

Or maybe…

that old smell and soft pages are part of something beautiful. Weathered the weight of hands and hearts of others input, brilliant or unconcerned. Pages missing, perhaps even ripped and yet…

there it sits pretty, even worthy, with a story to be told.