What Do You Embrace?

What Do You Embrace?

I’m not teaching my kids Latin. Many Catholic homeschoolers do.

I use a curriculum that some look down on because of its gentle approach. But it works for us.

Some women bloggers vow to never have their faces in front of a screen at night, in order to honor their husbands.

That is my only time to write. And it works for us.

When asked to give an Advent speech for the women in my church, I listened to the speakers preceeding me deliver calm, lovely, poetic readings and reflections.

I got up and poured my heart out about how gratitude changed my life, how wildly God loves them, and how He made them for big things.

It went against the grain, but it worked for me.

My God-sized Dream assignment for this week is:

…think back to another time when you took positive action in your life. {Unless you’re still eating baby food, crawling and wearing onesies you’ve already come a long way!} What’s one thing that helped you move forward that you could apply again now and someone else could benefit from hearing too?

So, here it is:

Remember that your journey will look different from everyone else’s. That’s a good thing! If you are seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit, that’s the only voice, and the only approval, that you need.

If you’re feeling “different” from everyone else, and oh, have I been there, then you just might be on the right track.

His plan is uniquely tailored to you. For a reason.

Embrace it.

Thank Him for it.

And go with it!

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  1. Different? Absolutely. Some days I’m ok with it, other days… not so much. As long as He is pleased, I’m ok with it :)
    Press on, Sweet Mandy!
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    • So true, Susan. Some “feeling different” days I long for someone who can relate to me. Sometimes He provides those people. When I stop fighting the different and embrace who God created me to be, things are wonderful! Thanks for your words, Susan.
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  2. Olivia Guerrero says:

    I have been struggling the last couple of days for being different. Thank you for this.

  3. I, too, struggle with being “different.” Although I’m a natural introvert, it’s not always easy being on the outside looking in. Thank you for the reassurance and the confidence that it is okay to be different, to find the way that works.

    • I think the lies we believe when we label ourselves as “different” is that we are doing something wrong, that who we are is not good enough, or that everyone else is doing it right. Olivia, it is more than OK to be different! We need you, just as you are, as God made you, to impact this world for eternity, in a way that only you can! Blessings, dreamer-friend.
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  4. Thank you for reminding me that I have God given freedom to be different. He created us to be different and when we follow Him instead of the crowd then we honor Him.

  5. Love the message of this post! Just because we’re different doesn’t mean we’re wrong, if we’re following the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
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  6. Mandy, wouldn’t the world be a very boring place if we were all the same! I’ve learned that “different” is not a derogatory statement. Although, at times I hated it, but I love the variety that God makes now and I like how God made me who I am and who you are. As a Christian, the one verse that made a difference to me was Heberews 11:13- the last part of the verse states: “And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” And if that’s not different, well, I don’t know what is! Here’s to the joy of being different!
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  7. I spent way too many years being who I thought I was supposed to be. You are blessed to have learned the truth of being different early, Mandy, and I’m blessed by your story.

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  8. Wow! I love the “So here it is”…part of your post. It is so true! My prayer is that every women is set free from comparing themselves to others and also from the bondage of preceiving someone elses heart. We all are so different and beautiful in Christ! How awesome if we could all be freed to love, nurture, and support each other!

    Love, love, love your post!

  9. Thank you for this! I am so glad with it.
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  10. Sharon Dorland says:

    I am always trying to improve, my cooking, reading, music, prayer life, personality etc, and yet when I just “let go and let God” it seems to flow. The world is full of “this can change your life” ads, stories, commentaries, and if we let Our Lord continue to quide us, we will be just as we are supposed to be,..Help others and don’t let them know you are helping them… Good Message Mandy iliil Sharon

  11. I just want to check-in with a grateful thank you. Your heartfelt encouragement to embrace who God made us to be was so timely for me. Blessings on you Mandy.

  12. I love this. One of the biggest things I took away from living in another culture is the beauty of uniqueness. I’m so thankful God decided to bless us each with different gifts…and that our journeys are all different, too. We can learn so much from each other. :) Thank you for sharing your heart today!
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    • Absolutely, Mel! How wonderful it is when we can appreciate each other and marvel at God’s wisdom and beauty in the way He created us! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  13. SUCH truth in these words my friend. Different is something I have always “been” and have equally tried NOT to be. Accepting ourselves as we are is the biggest step we take in accepting who we are IN Christ! Thanks for this post.
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    • Hi Donna! Ooh, I like the way you put that: “Accepting ourselves as we are is the biggest step we take in accepting who we are IN Christ!” Amen! I never quite thought of it that way, but it is so true. I smiled big when I saw your name here;)

  14. Great post, Mandy!

    Being different is a good thing, yet I sometimes catch myself aiming to be subtle with my differences.

    Then I’m reminded that Jesus was different and embraced that detail of His life. He was different because He chose to live right and follow God. Living life with a divine standard will lead to differences that I should welcome and look forward to.
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    • Wow, great points here, Delonna! Thank you for sharing them. Personally, I love your kind of different:) You have been such a blessing to me.

  15. oh, you just get me!
    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately… this whole tide of expectations. that’s what I’ve decided to call it anyways. because we are the ones who set the standard of “normal”.
    what bothers me is how I’m so drawn to it…when He’s clearly designed each of us unique. that’s not abnormal. in this upsidedown Kingdom of grace–shouldn’t that be the norm?

    (and I wanna know what curriculum you’re using. cuz I like the thought of a gentle approach!) :)
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    • Expectations, now there is a charged word! Yes, so much food for thought. Normal, abnormal…I like how you call it “this upside down Kingdom of grace.” It is sooo easy to be drawn in to what others expect. The devil knows that, and he uses it very effectively. It doesn’t take much of a rejection to make me skittish about being myself, and those are long and lasting wounds. Well, friend, whatever you’re doing is working. Keep on radiating!

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