Jolene Underwood is an emotional health warrior, and soul care mentor. She writes from a place of compassion for wounded Christians to encourage and equip them in a life of spiritual growth with emotional health. She draws upon her personal experiences, her psychology background, and a passion for Christian counseling to help others cultivate a life well-lived no matter the circumstance.
Jolene writes regularly at JoleneUnderwood.com. She also leads a community of writers called Rise Up Writers. Her tool, Unleash : Heart and Soul Care Sheets, has helped hundreds experience greater freedom. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her enjoying the journey by laughing with loved ones or adding to her collection of vintage glassware with a 70s flair.
For several days in a row, and hours on end, I’ve stared at my computer or fiddled at my desk wondering how the words would come & what to put down. I considered a blogging break after Write 31 Days, but I have work to do. Like an overdue newsletter for Rise Up Writers and the blog ideas & book proposals which continually swirl around my mind.
So, I show up to the computer, but struggle to make the
God's got this. Just keep showing up.
Honestly, I fight giving up & giving in to the void of doing nothing rather than pursuing the hope & faith I speak of. Because it seems easier, but deep down I know it's not. Instead, I'm choosing to show up.
Showing up provides room for opportunity. Showing up keeps momentum going,
Showing up means choosing to not stay down, beaten up with hurt, worry, or fear.
Showing up doesn't
This kind of fog says, take it easy.
Eventually, the sun always breaks through.
With gusto. With trembling.
By falling down & rising
Living by faith altogether clumsily down an imperfect
Every day brings its own challenges. Every day requires us to seek Him over what we think we know and what we see before us.
Every day we’re given the gift of choosing.
Some days, it’s all we can do to choose
Before you know it, one small step of faith after another adds up to one well-traveled road. By showing up we find ourselves in
Sometimes, showing up is hard though.
Sometimes showing up means getting out of bed when you can’t think of one good reason
Sometimes showing up means looking for some glimpse of Him even though you're
Showing up means not giving in to defeat. Because somehow you know there is the possibility of victory & deep down you really
Because He is. He really, really is.
We'll keep showing up when faith feels weak & hard to do.
Sometimes showing up
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