Letting Go of Fear & Holding On to God – Why It Sets You Free

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I do not know about you all, but during the busyness of life, I forget a lot; the chaotic nature of days with a little one moves some chores further down the list. Let’s take watering plants – easily thrown into the nonessential pile. It’s why I can count the number we have sprinkled haphazardly around our house on one hand.

Every now and then, I look over at the small one lovingly squeezed into a corner of our bathroom, bursting with specks of green, and remember to water it. On this particular day, I noticed brown leaves drowning the greenery. It dawned on me, for weeks, I kept feeding what no longer lived. Rather than prune it, I continued watering, instead of seeing its shedding as a pathway to new life.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Isaiah 43:19

What are you clinging to for the sake of appearances? Are you afraid of changes God has ahead, because you do not know how others will react? 

Slowly, a kind of spiritual suffocation takes root as we tighten our grip on familiar experiences, tugging at these like security blankets. And it is impossible to understand what God is preparing, and remain open to his promises. We are adrift in a symphony of sameness.

Do not feel bad. I stand alongside you in this dilemma, sweet friends, both desiring change and simultaneously running away. But I do know this with certainty – I want to feel fully what God is manifesting in my life, our lives, as a family, and this means saying goodbye to the weights standing in the way – worry, anxiety, fatigue, and doubt.

During our tough season, some friendships have evolved or evaporated – taken different shapes, their force a dwindling presence. For the first time, this extroverted woman is learning it is ok to say no to what no longer feeds me – people-pleasing, one-sided friendships, and giving away so much of my spirit that little remains for God and me.

Our creator cannot birth something novel and divine in our lives if we cling to the old. You and I have to ask God daily to prune us, renew our minds, clear the toxicity in these hearts so transformations can begin taking root.

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the freedom I find in you. Your promises are true and good, and I know you desire to bring about beauty, even in the midst of what appears as suffering. All of this struggle will be used to transform me. I speak healing and wholenes to my mind, body and spirit, in your precious name I pray, Amen.

Musical Inspiration:

The Story You’re Building In Me by Love & The Outcome

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Emeli Sande to Online Communities for Women Creatives and Entrepreneurs

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Emelda De Coteau

Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Emeli Sandé, singer / songwriter

We are living in times of intense emotions – fear, hatred, passion and growing divisions. One of the ways I practice self care is by reading and listening to everything from podcasts to music as a way to both uplift and nurture my soul.

Here is my latest round up of those pieces which bring joy and inspiration:

Emeli Sandé’s music is full of such overwhelming beauty, it nearly aches to listen. Her latest album, “Long Live the Angels,” touches me in ways I cannot explain. “Selah” and “Breathing Underwater” meet me where I am in this moment.

More than ever, we need hope. Our country is torn apart by divisions. This heartfelt song, “Free The Dream,” performed by Kathryn Riggins & Cecilia Duarte, reminds us there is beauty in cultivating a diverse community.

Drawing inspiration from the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, César Chávez  and the  Native American community’s commitment to “live in peace and harmony with the land, “Free the Dream” reminds us all to continue working for a just world. Check out the Free the Dream website to learn more.

Looking for an amazing community to connect with other women entrepreneurs? Check out Pretty Entrepreneur, “a network for passionate, focused, resilient, and dope women who will never stop creating their own opportunity,” founded by my good friend Kayla of I Feel Pretty Inc. I join other amazing women who are representing the brand and uplifting the message of empowerment on the blog. Get your Pretty Entrpreneur gear here.

Love these mindset hacks from Nicaila Matthews, the amazing host of Side Hustle Pro, a podcast for the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. –  women of color.

Last month, I co-founded an online community for women creatives, #WomenCreativesChat, with my blogging friend Monica (afrotasticlady blog), and I am loving connecting with so many amazing souls each day. Join us!