Oct 06 2017

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This is 45. My Story

The Five-Minute Friday word for today is story. The details of my life aren’t able to be contained in 5 minutes of writing. If you ask my husband, my children, and my friends, they’ll tell you more details. But I hope my Realing in Life writing has given you a glimpse.

This is 45


This is 45.

That’s today for me.

In 45 years, I have a story to tell.

Lessons learned.

Although I’m far from old, unless you ask my kids, I’ve experienced enough bumps and bruises in life to no longer have a Pollyanna perspective. Maybe I never had one, but I’m far from living in the fantasy that naivety affords. With that experience, I have learned how I can survive much more than I thought.

I’m much stronger than I knew.

I’m not as smart as I thought I was. That’s a truth from life: The longer you live, the more you realize how much you didn’t know when you thought you knew it all.

All though I’m stronger, I’m more aware of how weak I am.

Frailty is not my biggest fear. Instead, I’m learning to lean in and embrace the me I am today.

Experience has taught me that as my weakness becomes more apparent to me, I’m better equipped to lean into God’s strength.

Odd how that works.

My brokenness gives him more availability in my heart to work.

And that’s my story.


What’s your story? How has life taught you to lean into God better?

While frailty isn’t my biggest fear, I still resist those moments when I feel exposed. When I’ve given over to the truth of my “perfectly human” reality, I lean in and enjoy the embrace of a loving and generous Father God who gives me everything I need.

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  1. Meghan

    Oh how reading this sounds like myself. I am here with you friend. So glad I was your FMF neighbor and discovered your blog!

    1. Cheryl

      It’s good to know I’m not alone. 😀

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