Dear Me,

Lines to the person I want to be:

Rise gently, to everything rise gently. The sun knows how to rise — follow its lead.

Even if it feels like nothing is turning out as you ultimately hoped, He who is Hope Himself is turning things around for your ultimate good.

Write it down somewhere and lean into, live into, the change of this: Eye the good. And you’ll expand the good.

Focus on what’s failing — and you’ll grow a rash of failures.

Steam in sunlight — off oatmeal, or coffee, or all things piping hot — is like a soul exhale. Take the time to do often.

Watch a sunrise. Glory is always yours to witness. Life is too short to not choose awe.

Busy is a choice. Stress is a choice. Giving yourself to joy is a choice. Choose well.

Eat ice cream. It’s summer — and it melts away faster than anything in a cone.

Believe that change is possible. Believe that grace works. Believe that today is the first day of the rest of our lives. Don’t give up — just give everything up to Him.

Turn the worship up louder to force the worries to be quieter.

Hug your people 5 times a day. Hold them long. Life is short. Hugging people literally makes happy people.

Consistently be consistent. Grittiness decides successfulness. And faithfulness is another way to say grittiness. Grittiness and faithfulness is successfulness.

Befriend endurance if you ever want to meet abundance.

Do the hard things you don’t want to do — they can be holy things that get where you want to be the most.

Always: Stay in the Story.

Live in His Story, breathe His Story, reflect on His Story, let His Story shape yours, share His story, let your story be His. And read stories — to little people, to old people, to someone — read words out loud and sit in the shared space of a bit of wonder.

Skip more of the news this week and sit with more of the Good News. That means less CNN and more of seeing Jesus in everything. Your soul deserves to exhale.

Drink water. Especially the Living kind. Thirst more for Him than anything else.

Love gives. So live given. Love is a verb and that verb is give. You’ve been given so much — so how can you not live given?

Give thanks and live given — this is how you get joy.

People love attention more than anything else.

So give attention more than everything else.

Lavishly give attention.

Pay attention — spend everything on attention — and you will have the best things that money can’t buy.

And when you want what isn’t …. want grace more.

The grace that washes wounds, the grace that carries you, the grace that always carries you forward, that carries you to better things around the next bend, the grace that makes you brave.

The grace that covers all the things you didn’t do and makes you into all the right you hoped to be.

Want His arms more than wanting what isn’t.

Dear Me — lines to the person I want to be….

Rise gentle and set gratefully — settle everything with relentless gratefulness.

Like the sun gives itself in a freeing surrender to the ways of God.



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