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Authentic Community

Allume: a French word meaning to kindle, illuminate

One word…one weekend…hundreds of women changed, molded, directed, loved on and in community with one another.

Over the past 4 days I have been blessed by so many of these women and even by the Sponsors of the Allume conference. The spark of friendships began on Twitter and Facebook have been kindled in to live, real, authentic friendships.One word…one weekend…hundreds of women changed, molded, directed, loved on and in community with one another.

Authenticity is important to me.  I want to live a life of authenticity with God, myself and others.  It can be hard to do sometimes…getting lost in the myriad of Hats we wear…to remember who we are and how to be authentic in the relationships we have with those around us.

It is even more difficult to remain authentic when you write…when you aren't actually having the two way, face to face conversations…when you REALLY don’t know the ones reading the words that are flowing from rapidly typing fingertips.

This week I was able to connect with some FABULOUS women, whose hearts are so engorged with the love of God that it spills out in their smiles, their laughs, their conversations and…their writing.

This week, I have spent time getting to know ladies that have ‘kindred hearts,’ as Jennifer calls it.  I love that they want to touch others with the Love of Jesus they know to be True. I love their hearts for their husbands and children…and that they come before the writing.

I can’t wait to introduce you to them!  Trust me…you’ll love ‘em!

There is so much still to write…little things here and there that the Lord whispered into my heart, affirmations from the One who Loves me and has put the desire to write in my heart and the sweet savor of community. Authentic community.



Does This Hat Fit?

In the past I have written about being authentic and about the many Hats I wear.  I know you, too, have a plethora of hats that you adorn as you live our your life. I still struggle, however with fully embracing each one of them.  The hats seem to be so very different. It gives me cause to question each ones authenticity in my life.  Am I merely playing dress-up, or are the hat tailor-made specifically for me?

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I have been speaking to the Lord about this. He is patient with me, as I have asked these questions many times before. He reminds me that I am created in HIS image, not the image that others created of me...or even the image I try to create in myself!  In short, as long as I am wearing the hats HE has tailor-made to fit me...I am wearing the right hat.

I have to take inventory, though, and purge the ones that don't fit.  The hats that others have given me.  The ones I have made and/or altered.  The ones that might look good, but aren't truly mine.  It's not easy.  It's not fun. It's a "letting go" process...but on the other hand it's Christmas!  The hats the Lord has given me to wear are more beautiful than any I could dream up on my own.  They fit better than the ones others have given me. They reflect who I am better than the ones I have tried to alter.

I have my own personal milliner...and He is a MASTER at his craft!  When I walk in the hats He gives me...I am confident.

Have you gone through your hat closet lately to inspect whose hat you're wearing?




Being Me...Authenticity

I am a wife, a mom, a cook, a playmate, a school teacher, a daughter, a friend, a mentor, a mentee, a blogger, a home school group coordinator...the list goes on.  The point is: I wear a lot of hats!

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Sometimes I put on a hat and I feel confident. Sometimes a hat makes me feel insecure or small.  Some of my hats fit and are comfortable until I try to change them up.

My point is...I need to be who and what God designed me to be!  He gave me a beautiful wardrobe, per say, of hats that were made JUST for me. I have my own personal Milliner...and so do you.  He is a master artist!

Around the Holidays I blogged about Fitting into a Box...TWICE! I wrote about trying to be someone and something I am not.  Today, as I am praying about what I am supposed to look like to others, how to represent Christ in my life outwardly, how to blog, school or keep house better, ect...I am, again, realizing that I need to be who I am created to be. I need to be Authentically ME!

I struggle not to be one who looks into the mirror God provides and IMMEDIATELY forget what I look like. (James 2:24-25) I want to wear each hat, that was made for me, with style and Grace. If a hat doesn't fit right, I need to ask the Lord if it is one he made, or one I picked out on my own.  If it's one from Him...His design...then I need to be confident that He has my best interest at hand and has equipped me to wear it with style. If it's a hat I have chosen on my own, well...I need to take it off and get rid of it!

I pray I will be Authentic. That people will know who I am in Christ and that, although I have many hats, each one, I pray, is one from my Master Milliner...Jesus Christ.