Moving Beyond the Suffering Narrative

Have you been living in only the first half of a Story, one that elevates suffering and loss above blissful empowerment and gain? 
 
Do you ever feel guilty or unworthy entertaining the idea that you deserve to be happy, free, and successful at whatever you do? Or perhaps you have bought into a belief that life should always be a struggle or else you’re not doing something right? If your life and worldview was shaped anything like mine, you may be unconsciously living in a personal story that stagnates, disempowers, stalls, and in some cases prevents your happiness, health, vibrancy, connectedness with others, financial freedom, innate creativity, and personal power. I call it the “suffering narrative.”
 
Where did this idea come from? Namely, in most cases, misguided religious teachings that fail to transform people. For me personally, this phenomenon is primarily tied to my conservative Evangelical Christian roots. It wasn’t...
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3 Fears That Sabotage Your Dreams Part 3

 

This is our final post of a three part series about fears that sabotage our God-given dreams. What this means exactly, is that God knows the dreams of our hearts, and when He/She sets out to fulfill them, we are put through a season of preparation that often includes some pretty hefty and serious actions on our part. This final week, we explore the fear of suffering: will I suffer too much for following an extreme God-given directive in my life? Will I have the courage to see it through? 

Previously, we covered the fears, will it cost me too much, and will it be disappointing?

I hope you enjoy this last and most difficult fear I faced (in my whole life), as well as the deeply important lessons and worthwhile outcomes I experienced through this nearly ten-year journey of following the will of God when it seemed completely off the rails and impossible to do. You definitely won't want to miss this! 

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