When I heard it, I knew it was true.
I had been doing my best to "keep the peace" intact around me and keep everyone okay, but I was sacrificing my soul. My entire motivation had been based in raw fear.
It was fear that had been growing unchecked for some time. And to describe it - I felt like it was a vine that had climbed up, wrapped around my neck, and was shutting off my voice.
I didn't know what to do.
And then a friend told me that she knew I was just afraid.
And rightly so! I mean, my situation was abusive in many ways, but what power did I have?
That's the thing with ungodly fear - it takes your power every time.
A counselor I would see later on asked, "Robin, when did you realize your voice had been stolen?" (Wow, huh?)
It would be years of learning to speak up and stand my ground. Of getting freed from fear and codependency, healing from abuse, and finding the real me that God had created.
I realized that the peace I thought I had on the good days was nothing more than fabricated peace - it wasn't real. Temporary at best.
Anything based on fear is going to cost you.
OPEN YOUR BIBLE
It was shortly after that I realized what 3 verses in the Bible were really saying. I felt as they'd been written personally for me.
In the movie True Grit, John Wayne plays a US Marshall who is chasing after Tom Chaney, a suspected murderer, to bring him to justice. John Wayne in this movie is a peacemaker! He is making a way for peace to be restored. Get the idea?
Now you and I don't have to go ride off on horseback to do it, but my point is that sometimes - many times - words and actions are required.
Your John Wayne action step may be to have the courage to get out of bed and put one foot in front of the other. It may be to speak to someone and let them know you won't tolerate their abuse any longer. It may be to run for local office, start a non-profit, or listen to a friend.
What ways do you shine at peacemaking - with or without a horse?
WATCH THE VIDEO TEACHING...
Recently on Monday Morning Power Up, I talked for 10 minutes about peacemakers and what courage really is. (You're invited to join the group by clicking the link above.)
It's the peacemakers (not peacekeepers) who make a way for true peace - God's peace. A peacemaker is "one who bravely declares God's terms which allow for wholeness."
What you'll learn in the video:
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WHAT ABOUT YOU?
If you need some encouragement and want to gain more skills in how you can restore your voice, walk in your personal power, and live a courageous life, book a FREE Life Discovery Session with me.
You'll come away with a 3-step action plan that helps you create a different future. You're future self with thank you! And there are no horses involved! Ha ha!
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