If You’re Dreaming of the Promised Land…

My husband and I spent years dreaming of our “promised land.”  Our early years were filled with paying our dues, learning, struggling and dreaming it would all pay off.  We kept watching the horizon for a break, and sometimes not very patiently.

During that season, we would read about how the children of Israel wandered through the wilderness for 40 years before they entered the Promised Land. We could somehow relate.  I’m pretty sure we secretly begged God not to make us wait 40 years before we experienced that proverbial “land of milk and honey.”

What we have learned since those early years is that you don’t get milk and honey without cow poo and bees.  Think about it.

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We live in a fallen world where healing comes out of pain, forgiveness comes after hurt,  growth comes after mistakes, and blessing comes from doing hard things.

And the thing we have that those Old Testament folks didn’t have is the Holy Spirit, blessing us with His Presence.  That blessing is right here, right now.  He is already in the process of making honey and milk right where you are.

I just want to remind everyone who is in the trenches, doing your best, hoping it’s all going somewhere… we get it.  It’s going somewhere.  In fact, it’s already happening.  Don’t get sidetracked when you see bees and poo. They’re all part of the deal.  That doesn’t mean He isn’t blessing all the sacrifices you are making. Keep going!

 

 

 

The Truth About the Truth

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Do you ever really want to express the honest truth to someone but you just can’t quite get it out? The former me was the queen of this.

Whenever I’ve been less-than-transparent about how I felt or thought, it was never my intention to lie.  I just didn’t want to rock the boat.  I didn’t trust the truth enough to tell all of it.  I didn’t trust others enough to receive it.  But mostly, I didn’t trust myself.

It didn’t take long to realize how messed up things get when we aren’t wholeheartedly committed to telling each other the truth.  And trust me when I say that I have witnessed some ridiculous shenanigans done in the name of “being nice” that were not nice at all.

So, my friends, in an effort to fight the disfunction in the world I decided to put my big girl pants on and started saying what I really mean, asking what I really want to know, and stop hiding from the conversations that need to be had.  In the words of St. Augustine above, it was time to let the lion loose.

I’m so not a professional at this, but here’s the thing I’m learning in ways so powerful, I can’t even…

Telling the truth causes far less damage than avoiding it.

Now, here’s what I’m not saying.  I’m not suggesting that we blurt out everything we think and feel in ways that are cruel, or passive aggressive, or self-serving.  I’m talking about trusting your gut when it tells you something isn’t right and get to the bottom of it…seeking the truth with all your heart for the benefit of others and you (and honestly, for the sake of the world).

This world needs more people who hear, see, feel and speak what is real and true.  Trust me, I know how scary it is when you take the plunge and express your truest thoughts to someone.  But please know, there is possibly no more powerful way to change the world than to be brave enough to speak truth.

“There is perhaps no more loving thing you can give to another human than the truth about who you are and what you have to say.”

Trusting others with the truth and being able to hear the truth from others is the only way to break down the walls that keep us from having healthy, authentic relationships.

And if that isn’t bonus enough?  The freedom that comes from saying what you need to say is nothing short of magical.  Whether it is well-received or not isn’t the point.  You can’t control how truth is received, and that might be the scariest part of telling the truth.

Here’s a proverb to print out and tape to your eyeballs while you’re reminding yourself to start living out the truth.

“Truth lasts; lies are here today, gone tomorrow.”
– Proverbs 12:19

If there’s something that isn’t feeling right in your relationships, dig around in your heart and be brave enough to have the conversations that will make things right.

Let that lion loose.

Then tell me how it went!

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