OR Face Everything and Rise. – Unknown
BY: MANDY LIMON | MELODIC RHYTHMS OF HOPE
I discovered this quote almost two years ago and it power punched me in the face!
The play on words immediately took me a few years back to a church service where a leader I greatly respected approached me saying,
“Amanda, I see you as a Lioness with a great voice. You have a gifting that will bless a generation, However, you have lived enclosed in a cage for far too long. In times when you have attempted to step out in faith, paw to the soil, you cower back into your cage. You were meant to run free, to influence and to let your roar be heard for generations to come”
I remember being blown away that someone could see into the depths of my soul (mind, will and emotions). It was in that moment I realized I had cut off the oxygen supply to my dreams and passions.
I began questioning everything like, “When did this happen? When did I take an extinguisher to the fire in my heart? And why have I allowed certain experiences in my life to dictate my future?”.
You know what I discovered?
I found that brokenness had led to fear.
Fear of failure, fear that I was not enough, and fear that my spirit would be crushed once again under the pressure of ill words by envious hearts. Instead of pushing forward with tenacity and faith in my abilities, I allowed myself to crumble.
Now, fast forward to the present.
It has been a process. Hard. Emotional. A process of healing & self-discovery.
Having learned from this journey called life, I refuse to let anyone or anything stop me from my pursuit to share with the world what has been divinely placed within me ever again. Every day is not perfect. My tender heart must choose to press forward when it would be easier to regress. But that is why it is important to take courage and place one foot in front of the other.
My hope is that you will face your fears NOW and not allow years of influence to be wasted because you spent your days caged up in defeat as I had.
I want to say to you, “RISE BEAUTIFUL ONE”.
I believe the self-doubt and running away stops here! We must tap into our inner strength and believe that we are conquerors. No matter where we have been and no matter the Giants that stand before us, WE WILL RISE!
Inadequacy will rule no more!
May we become the Lioness no longer confined, operating in her gift, leaving her unique paw print on the world.
Lastly, I must say as a new mom, this principle is at the forefront of my mind everyday. It is important that I not only do this for myself but for my baby boy as well. It is important to me to pave the way for bold and brave living. As I go before him I want him to know that fears conquered can have a ripple effect for generations to come, and it starts with OUR choice to rise when it would be easier to run. It is by setting this standard that I know the legacy will not be lost.
Let us FACE all that is before us, RISE empowered having conquered our fear, and be relentless in the pursuit of the passion within.
The time is NOW….
Mandy Limon lives in Northern California with her Husband and Son. Her passion to empower women is the heartbeat and inspiration to her personal Blog titled “Melodic Rhythms of Hope”. Her Motto is to live Bold and Brave, embracing your unique story with Great Faith. Mandy loves the creative arts, serving her community and spending time with her family. The beach is her happy place with a cup of coffee hand. She loves meeting new friends and hopes to connect with you!
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