“In cultivating influence, it is important to always maintain a sense of how you are perceived by others. Some disregard this unwisely.”
The truth is, I want you to like me. I want you to accept me. I want to fit in.
Long ago I realized it was so easy to move between social groups. A Social Chameleon. I would hear them whisper, “Everyone loves her” .
Chess Club? yep. Hoods? yep. A cheerleader? Yep. The party Girl? Yep, but not like you think. It was good and pure and lovely. I loved everyone and everyone loved me. I listened. They were heard. Protection as a little sister by the upper class. A secure confidante by my peers. Living in a mall town, attending small schools ,small clubs- everyone knew everyone. Why not get along?
Oh the niavete’.
And there in lies the story. Not- like- you- think.
Easily I’m still able to move about. The one everyone responds to.
This story could so easily be fluff and surface~but I’m going deeper here. Deep. Deep.
On this journey so many Women. So many hurts, wounds, healings, triumphs.Transparency is the key. Strategic Transparency.
Breathe In . Smile Out. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
My heart is is full of stories of hope. Stories of brave women learning how to use their voices for the first time. A funny things happens when we find our voices: the masks fall off. We no longer need them. Or to hide.
In Light of The Cross.
Everyone loves me, but….well… that one needs to wait for another link up. Too raw yet. It beautiful. It’s raw and it’s real.
You know~ its that time in life when you’ve outgrown your skin. Your feathers. Your nest.Your Life.
But you sooooo want to fit in. How?! You’ve experienced . You’ve tasted. You’ve seen.
How . Do. You. Stay?
You. Want. More.
Already you think you know. Mistakes made. Foolishly Misjudged. Done.
My Voice comes here. I understand. It took a Woman at a Well and A Jew called Christ. For most of my lif I’d known of an unspoken ‘Sliding Scale of Sin’ Perhaps you’ve heard of it?
We say ourselves ‘I’m not so bad, at least I didn’t…murder, pillage,steal…” But we have!
In Light of The Cross
“The outpouring of our stories and how we each are responsible for telling others about the redemptive work Christ has done in our lives because of the pain. ” Jo Ann Fore
God does not want us silenced and put in a corner, we are his sons and daughters. He loves us and wants nothing more than for us to live a fulfilled life. Not hanging hopes on fails or clearly closed doors. That includes you.
In Light Of The Cross…
Shandra September 2013