Have you ever walked in to a function, took a good look around and gulped real big? Yeah, I have too plenty of times. I am pretty good one-on-one and with small groups but when it comes to large crowds I tend to want to blend in or hide in a corner.
Not only that, if I am uneasy or unsure of myself, I tend to try way too hard to blend in/fit in that I end up sometimes making a fool of myself. Say the awkward thing. The oopsy. Or so it seems like it.
But you know what? I have learned that I really am the goofy one of the bunch sometimes. Okay, maybe there are a few of us, but what I am learning is that it is okay to let my goofy side out! Really there is no holding it back unless I try really hard which consists of sucking in a huge breath which leads to funny faces and then well–see there, I am still goofy.
I used to be super insecure and especially insecure about that part of me.
God made that part too, right?
He did, in fact -and I am all the more jolly because of it.
I am writing you tonight my dear friends because I have had this message building up that I have wanted to share for a while now, but things were hectic with the move and such. I was blessed to be a part of Jennifer Dukes Lee’s launch team for #TheHappinessDare!
I think I announced that way back when, and shared a few short posts, but now I want to share a little more since the book has had time to steep and a little bit more life has been lived out.
I was so thrilled the day God led me to Jennifer. I had first found out about her while going with my friend to a book study at another church. The study was from the book, #TheLoveIdol. She wrote that one too!
It wasn’t until a couple years later I ended up finding her blog and instantly feeling a kinship, a sister-connection…even a role model/mentor connection through her raw and transparent words.
She had been there. And she wrote about it. It was like free help from some who never put the Closed sign on their door. Okay, you know what I mean, …in blog form.
I knew I could go to her blog and find encouragement. The warm kind that makes you feel safe. The kind God gives us! There it was, I saw Jesus in her and still do.
One thing her new book, #TheHappinessDare has helped me with in the recent season I have been in, is coming out of my shell and not being afraid to just be me.
This one line by itself has been powerful and God has used it in the process of becoming free and healing from past junk and a life of running and hiding and copying and shaming and….
Yeah you get the idea.
So excuse me if I seem a little bright and sunny. A little fresh and airy. I have been living in the dark for a long time and can finally breathe.
There is more to the story so come back another day, but for now here is a giveaway!
This is a handmade happy gift I crafted using upcycled wood designed by pyrography & wood staining/paint. You can hang a little sticky note or whatever suits your fancy. The clothes pin is attached by chicken wire, for any of you #FarmHouseDecor fanatics.
Enough, Meghan! Tell me how to win it!
#1 Just post a comment below and tell me what you thought about this post and her book so far. (PS: I will be giving away a copy of the book in a few days too!)
#2 Please check out Jennifer’s blog and follow her on social media to stay up to date on all the #happiness.
#3 If you would be so kind as to find my social media pages and like them I would so appreciate it. You can do so by simply clicking the icons on the upper right corner of this blog page.
I aspire to be an author and they say we need lots of peeps tagging along. I hope you will stick around for the journey. I am putting it in God’s hands and just being faithful where I am.
#4 Share this post on your social media outlets, pretty please and thank you. Please share Jennifer’s posts too, and of course she has many more #happy posts but you can pick your favorite. I hope it makes you want to read the book!
This giveaway will run through Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Saturday I will hold a drawing via vlog by writing your names down and drawing from a bowl. I will then post the winner here on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at noon Central time. I will then get in contact with you so I can mail you the Happy Notes merch!
Happy sharing and God bless you for reading through until the end. Whew. Bedtime now!
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