Something Better, Part 2

Something Better, Part 2

Having recently posted on the subject of saying “yes” and “no,” I did not originally intend to readdress the topic with my assignment for the God-sized Dream Team this week:

…figure out what you need less of in your life so that you can embrace more of what God has for you {including your dream}. If there are areas of your life where you’re half-hearted, then that’s the perfect place to start looking for what you can decrease. Say a wholehearted “no” so you can say a wholehearted “yes” to your God-sized dream.

You can read what I wrote on the topic of saying yes by clicking here.

But, I have more on my heart.

They are whispers and recurring thoughts, and I struggle over what and how much to share.

In this incredible, powerful journey to freedom I’m on, I’ve hit a season of raw and vulnerable.

He’s working hard on me. Though it is all good and necessary, it leaves me exposed and delicate.

Unable to give much right now.

Not everyone can understand that, appreciate that, and respect that.

And that’s probably OK.

So, I’m praying for the grace to say yes to those people who are Jesus to me.

To surrounding myself with members of the body who will allow me to exist in a season of receiving their love and sustenance, knowing I will be strong enough to give back to them in due time.

I’m praying for even more grace to say no, or maybe, not right now, to those people who need things from me that I don’t have to give.

To those who pressure and stress and outright hurt.

I know that sounds obvious.

But, I have been taught to reach out, have mercy, be Christ, persevere.

Now, I sense Him nudging me to choose health and boundaries. Great and best over good.

If you are reading this, then thank you for being great and best to me.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

–Proverbs 4:23

And you? What season does God have you in? How do you guard your heart? What are you saying “no” to so you can say a wholehearted “yes”? Let’s chat!


  1. That how deep friendship is truly woven…through seasons of giving and also of needs-being-met. I like to be on the “giving” end…it feels stronger and safer. But my closest friendships are with those I’ve allowed to enter the places of hurt and heartache…with those I’ve trusted enough to let them live out God’s love in my life.

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    • Kara, that is so good and encouraging to hear. It’s one thing to know intellectually and another to have someone articulate it and confirm it to you–especially a trusted, sweet soul-friend:)

  2. Dear One
    I know the place you are at right now seems like a desert with no end in sight. But, remember when Moses struck the rock for the second time at Kadesh before the Israelites entered the promised land, instead of speaking to the rock. Our Lord Jesus was struck for us only once and now you can talk to Him about everything that goes on in you life, fully assured that the water that will flow from the Rock at your stage of your journey will be sufficient to quench your thirst. I am praying for you as our Lord is leading you into the freedom of that Sabbath rest in Him … into your own Canaan in Him.
    Much love
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    • Mia, these are such sweet, comforting words. Thank you for your encouragement. I treasure your prayers and am so grateful for the time you took to read and share here.

  3. Way to go Mandy!!!!!! Keep hearing The Lord and walking out obedience!! You surely will be blessed to prune out the negative that you surely don’t need! God is creating such beauty in you!! You are a incredible person!! Truly so thoughtful, giving, strong and awesome!!!! Keep on the path of righteousness set out before you! Jesus is our prize!!!

    • Katie! Just seeing your name brings a smile to my face because of your love and encouragement. Thank you for cheering me on. Love you!

  4. I Love you and I am so grateful for the blessing of this sweet friendship. I hope you know that even now in your time of vulnerability, you are encouraging and lifting others up to see the light of His loving face. Hugs! Thank you!

    • I am so blessed to have you help me to keep things in perspective. What is easier not to share is often what others need to hear for encouragement. I am in awe of how the Lord recrossed our paths and gifted me with a heart-sister in you. Love you, girl!

  5. Have I told you how I love the honesty of your writing. I just want to reach through this computer & give you a big hug. I love you & can’t wait to give you that hug in person <3

  6. Mandy….hug hug hug! That is all I want to say now for fear of having a big cry with you! You are amazing and kind and generous with your vulnerable self…one more hug!

    • (((hugs))) right back. I cannot tell you how much I value the people in my life who lift me up and love me in my mess–so thank YOU. We are overdue for a good, cleansing cry:)

  7. take your time, sweet friend. Thank you for letting us love you through…for Oh how He loves you… <3
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    • It is so hard to think that people could love me through this yuck, but to think that some–you–are grateful for that “opportunity”…just, Jesus to me. Radiating. Love you. “Thank you” is not enough.

  8. Oh Mandy, I’m right there with you this month. Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself. God is calling you to rest, so walk in obedience to that call.
    Praying for you right now.
    Hugs, Susan
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    • Now, that is a powerful, convicting thought: walk in obedience to the call to rest. That is a great way to articulate it. thank you, Susan–for sharing that and for your prayers. So grateful for you!

  9. This is such an honest, brave post. It’s a pleasure to know you, even a little, through this space and our team of dreaming sisters. Praying for you, friend!
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  10. Mandy ~ Thank you for so honestly sharing your heart. Your words have spoken what my heart feels. He, too, is working on me in many ways that others even those closest to me can’t fully understand. Please know that I will be keeping you in my prayers.

    • Thank you for your prayers, Amy! I am praying for you, too. The difficult thing is that these times that others find hard to understand are the very times we need those people the most. You can do it, girl! His strength is in you. You are beautiful and amazing!
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