Moms with Cancer: Day Ten
By Niki Hardy
Before traveling around the world with her hubby and kids and studying for her Masters in Divinity, my sister, Claire was a sought-after makeup artist in London. She would tend to comedians, movie stars, and brides, wielding her brushes and colors like some sort of make-over magician. Around her waist she’d tie her “make up tool kit” filled with a dazzling variety of brushes, eye lash curlers, hair pins, and the like.
She had everything she needed for their transformation within easy reach and she could grab the appropriate tool for whatever any task or situation demanded.
We too now have a tool kit in place. It’s full of practices for grabbing hold of all God has for us no matter what life throws our way.
At a moment’s notice you can dive in to your tools kit and pull out the practice of practicing gratitude or embracing the journey or whatever your situation needs.
When you find yourself turning the same old negative thoughts over in your mind you can reach for the practice of practicing gratitude and give thanks for everything going on in your life, confident peace and well being will follow.
After yet another difficult conversation with your nightmare boss that’s left you doubting your self worth and value, pull out the practice of being vulnerable and share with a safe person how you feel and what you’re afraid of (without spending 20 minutes bad mouthing and moaning about your boss!!).
As the cloud of your depression refuses to move on through and you struggle to step into your day, choose brave with intentionality and take one step forward at a time knowing two steps forward and one step back is still progress.
As you head out into your day with your tools around your waist you can keep calm and breathe on because you’ve got this. You’ve got this because he’s got you.
You’ve got everything you need to thrive, not just survive. Together, you’re a mighty team.
You were born to thrive and Jesus died so that you could. Remember, life doesn’t have to be pain free to be full, so now go live it!!
In her book Breathe Again, Niki builds the practices we’ve reflected on over the last ten days into a Thrivers Manifesto - a rally cry for thriving, not just surviving, no matter what life throws our way.
Take a moment to read it and declare it over yourself. If you’d like your own printableR version to use in the weeks and months ahead Niki offers downloadable versions of both the abbreviated and full manifesto in her book.
We are thrivers . . .
We believe life doesn’t have to be pain-free to be full.
We reject the lies of the world about who and whose we are.
We embrace the truth that we are loved, seen, and enough, and that God loves us, isn’t mad, and will never leave.
We’ve got this because God’s got us, and together we can do more than we could ever do alone.
We choose brave, knowing it doesn’t need to be big, just intentional.
We trust God, even when we don’t want to and can’t sense His presence, because we’ve checked his credentials and can let go of everything we’ve been clinging to.
We lean into community because thriving is a team sport and no one wins alone.
We step into vulnerable spaces with God and others, aware that our strength can be our biggest weakness.
We embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly of our journey, knowing the only way out is through and we’ll find life and healing along the way.
We practice gratitude in all things; confident peace from God and well-being will follow.
We reach out in small acts of kindness, gaining far more than we could ever give.
We are thrivers, not just survivors.
We know how to find more whenever life hands us less.
We have learned to breathe again.