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  • Excelling in stressful places
    By : JerryAnn Berry On November 11th 2020
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    I used to say "Our dysfunctions make us so good!" Of course that isn't true but I always felt I was able to succeed best when I had the opportunity to do something well and help someone. As I got spiritually and emotionally healthier I began to realize that it was the search for significance that drove me. After all I was managing to hold together a dysfunctional system of over 100 parts! Sometimes I would crash and burn but my pride told me I could do it if I tried harder. Now that I have found integration through God's healing I have learned that it is only in HIM that my life flows and true excellence is achieved because of His wisdom and strength and perfect timing! I have significance because He is my healer and He is completing the work He began in me! What a joy to partner with Him in EVERYTHING. How well things work together in timing, in organization of details and in outcomes when I first give Him the praise and then follow His directions and wait for His timing! How amazing the things He thinks I can do! Of course He created me so who would know me better! And now there is no being driven, Only being led!

    Replied by : Arthur Burk The search for significance is such a weird one. It absolutely is wired into us by God and is a beautiful thing, but the devil sure does have 100,000 alternatives for us that pull a good thing off to the side. I so know that one! So kudos to you, Noble Subject, for finding your way back to the sweet spot. It will unleash your whole life.

  • Awesome!
    By : Jeff green On November 11th 2020
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    I love and am moved by the dignity and legitimacy that flows in your journey. Thank you for sharing. Awesome!

  • Inspiring
    By : Jamie Fender On November 11th 2020
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    Wow! That is SO inspiring to me! I'm chasing after my birthright and it's helpful to see clues about where others have found theirs. Way to go! This stuff is challenging.

  • Beautiful
    By : Tonia On November 11th 2020
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    So beautiful, brings tears to my eyes.

  • Playing Fields, Design, and premature “authority”
    By : Jayne On November 11th 2020
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    Thank you so much for the insight! So I’m impressed with the thought to identify past playing fields, and reconcile my design (which is constant) with past and current playing fields (which are variable). Also, there is the realization that, as an adult, my participation in any playing field, from a Sonship rather than a Slavery paradigm, is VOLUNTARY. I’m realizing this will entail some self-forgiveness... identifying with the child who couldn’t change things, and even acknowledging the unintentional pride behind the lie.
    I’m just now pondering the whole pride- (I can make them change!) and-shame (I can’t / couldn’t) dynamic. It keeps us chasing our tail! But the truth sets us free!
    I’m now reminded of a story that Dennis Wiedrick told... His dad was leaving for trip, and told him that he was the man of the house while his dad was away. He took it seriously — and as a five-year-old, experienced great frustration and defeat as he realized that he had no real authority over his mother and two older sisters.
    He had been set up for failure! He had not yet “unpacked” (as Arthur says!) his design.
    As adults, our participation is voluntary. So let’s not act out of compulsion to past idealizations. Let’s discern where we were lacking in Authority — and ended up with bruised confidence because we were following a tempting script.

  • Playing Field
    By : Madeline Rooney On November 11th 2020
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    This warms my heart and I’m encouraged to step out like she did. I am a Teacher RG of recent discovery and feel stuck and without purpose.

  • Insight into Design
    By : Cynthia Harris On November 11th 2020
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    I LOVE that. What a wonderful framing of design. Sally was designed to receive a random volley of knotty problems, and lob them back as solutions. And she is energized by that!
    When I was in graduate school, I had a job as a reference assistant at the reference desk in the main university library. This was before internet, so we were trained in all the various books, indexes, (microfilm!) etc. that were available.
    And people, teachers, students, townspeople, would come up to the desk, and ask any random question, and our job was to guide them to the right source. Questions about gamma rays in a particular star in a particular galaxy. Legal implications for a certain civil case. How to find out what day a solar eclipse occurred on, ten years ago. Literary references. Media references from old articles. And we would take them to the right source to begin their research.
    It was a lot of fun. But Sally's experience, with sobbing people and weighty life-choices, is something that I know my own design would not be able to withstand. I rejoice with you, Sally, at the way that God has designed you! And rejoice at this discovery that you are operating within the sweet spot of that design. A rare gift!

  • Problem Solver
    By : Christine Paysinger On November 11th 2020
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    I’ve worked in a hospital ...you coordinate chaos and make it look effortless.
    Would you pray for us who are still working out our puzzle and we call on our own security guard when we really need them?
    Thanks for sharing your insight!
    Best,
    Christine

  • There Is Nothing New Under The Sun
    By : Michelle Huffman On November 11th 2020
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    That was a very timely blog for me. Lately, I have seen the same tactic in my life and have moved from
    cursing my design to giving thanks for the way I am. Now I practice listening for direction on what is mine to do.
    Michelle

  • WOW
    By : Nathan Noble On November 11th 2020
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    A perspective that comes crosswise to the normal human perspective. Amazing! Love it and AMEN.

  • Design - helping people who want help
    By : Cheryl On November 11th 2020
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    Hey "Sally", love this post as I too find it so invigorating when I can help people who want help to solve their problems. I know that futility of helping where people have wanted to be enabled through my help...dont play that game anymore cause they dont want help.
    What has been incredible is how God would send people across my path who needed help. Went for a walk in my area and guys in a courier van were trying to find an address at the time I walk past them and I could help. At work this would happen too and I would be there at the time they needed help. Has happened with animals too. Sometimes I cant help but God allows the opportunity to try, even if it was something the enemy sent to break me down in the area of my design as I see it as a learning opportunity as often I will go and find out how to help next time. That's my King celebrating my design.

  • Playing Field
    By : Michele Huff Gifford On November 11th 2020
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    That is great Sally! Thank you for sharing and SLG for re-sharing. I love reading about the details of road people walked.

  • Playing Field or Design
    By : Chris On November 11th 2020
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    I can so relate to this on the current leg of my journey.
    I've only caught a fleeting glimpse of my design, in what I'm doing. While I know where it is and how to get there, the path is shrouded in the dense fog of administration and co-dependency on others, to dot the "i's" and cross the "t's" which would set the clumsy journey back, if I didn't.
    But the fleeting glimpse on a thimbleful of my design, in a single moment, on a single day, reflected the shining grace of God, and was more than powerful enough to propel me forward and continue feeling my way through the fog.