Saturday, April 16, 2016

It's All Good

You know there's things we say all the time that we don't realize we say all the time until someone points it out?!?

"It's All Good!" is for sure one of mine.  

And, now taking time to think about it, I say it even when I probably don't always mean it. You know what I'm talking about?  Those times when you're having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day and someone comes along and asks "How's it going?" ... and you're probably very near a mental breakdown, but you force a smile and respond, "It's All Good."

Why do we do this?
Why do we have such a hard time being honest with others?
Or more so, letting others know we simply don't have it all together and tired of pretending we do.

Let me just put it out there - I am a wife, mother of 12 and 7 year old girls, full time IT Analyst AND my husband is a pastor.  I DO NOT HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER!  More often than not, I'm asking God if He really thinks I'm even equipped for this journey!

But what I've also come to realize is that even though there are times I say "It's All Good" and forcing it, there's more times than not that I know I have my "people" I can turn to and say, "It's NOT All Good...can you pray for me?"

A reminder that We are Better Together!!!

Everyone needs people you can be real with.
We all need someone we can turn to and say, "You know's not all good.  I'm struggling. I don't know what to do or where to begin..."

And here's the thing...these people you let in your "inner circle," they will love you regardless.  When you have exciting news and can't wait to share - they'll be there cheering you on!  When you come to them with the ugly Oprah cry and just don't know how you'll get thru your situation, they will open their arms and cry with you.

We need others in our life.  We ARE better together!
I don't think we're intended to go at life alone.
And I'm constantly being reminded that God puts people in our life when we need them the most.

We've recently started a small group...and these people, they have become our family.  The only real similarities we all share is that we attend the same church and we love Jesus. Other than that - we've all got different things going on in our lives.  But the beautiful thing about meeting together every week is that we're keeping each other accountable (or at least trying to).  We are there for each other...the good, the bad, the ugly.  The good times are always a blessing when you can share as a group...the bad, well, that's when we come together and simply stand in the gap and pray...And, the ugly, well, sometimes that's hard. Sometimes that means sharing things we don't want to. Sometimes that means being vulnerable and saying, "I need help."

But like the verse above says, "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."  I like the Message version even better:

By yourself you’re unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst.
Can you round up a third?
A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.

Find people you can be real with.  
You don't need many; sometimes less is more.
Start with trying to find just two other people you can connect with.  
People you can be open and honest with.  
People who won't just tell you what you want to hear, but tell you what you need to hear. People who will encourage you when you need it.  
People who will pray for you!
People who will simply do life with you! 

And thank God for those people in your life.  And tell them you are thankful for them!  
I know, for me, it's because of them, more often that not, I CAN say, "It's ALL Good!"

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