Beauty In The Storm (Guest Post): Inspiring Women Series

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Dionna Sanchez: Guest Post

Things Change
Sometimes I lose sight of who I am.
I identify with what I do.
For example, when I had my “Emphasis On Moms” website and ministry – I identified with being a writer and mentor for moms. It gave me a sense of significance outside of just being a homemaker. Yet being a homemaker also gave me a sense of significance. It was something I did. Something I KNEW. I felt comfortable in those roles.
When I decided to let go of my ministry –  it was really good for me. I was shedding a skin in a way. I loved that ministry, but I also wanted to know who I was apart from it. I didn’t want IT to become me. I was more.
There was more inside of me to be explored and discovered.
As my girls have grown up and become more independent, I’ve also seen the beginning of more possibilities to explore what I want in life. As a parent, you are so used to doing things for the family that you often put aside your own wants and desires. But as they grow up, a new sense of freedom can enter your heart as you find out you can pamper yourself a little more often. It’s fun even though you also grieve the loss of having children who totally need and rely on you as well!
Life is about navigation. You navigate through different roles and seasons. Each one molds and shapes you, but there is also so much more potential that lives inside of us. We are more than one cause or one dream! If we allow one thing to totally become us then if that should ever be stripped away from us, we’d be exceptionally lost.  We need to remember who we are, what we think, how we feel, and where we want to head in life. 
We can’t lose sight of who God created us to be. We have natural instincts. Natural personality traits, character strengths, and drives that live in us for a reason.  We need to see that loss is a part of life. Loss of people we love, loss of hobbies and jobs that we identify with, and loss of seasonal roles.  Our roots and foundation need to go deeper than where we currently are in life – as much as we may love it.
I want to love what I do. I want to love where I’m at and the things God has placed in front of me. Who doesn’t? But I also want to always let something more live on inside of me – like a spark for a flame that can grow into something bigger, deeper, and more. For I know that as long as I’m here, God has a purpose in mind for me. And I can rise up to new challenges and things – wherever He wants to take me – the sky is the limit!

Shedding skin is not a bad thing. 

It’s a chance at something new and fun. It’s a way to get a new and fresh start

Embrace it and thank God for making you into such a diverse person.  

Don’t lose sight of who you are.

 What has been may not be again,

 but what “will be” could be such a blessing….if you just give yourself a chance.

 Dionna Sanchez/Freelance Writer and Blogger
Thanks Dionna, for sharing your words with us today. I have appreciated Dionna’s ministry and encouragement for many years! So thankful for her heart to share this special message with us today – it really is a perfect portion for me, now! How about you?

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachel Wojnarowski
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 16:50:45

    Good words today! I needed to read them. Thanks!

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  2. Mystic_Mom
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 17:13:00

    What a great post, and a really convicting message. Sometimes I get stuck where I was, where I was supposed to be and it keeps me from going to where God wants me next. Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Dionna Sanchez
    Feb 07, 2012 @ 22:16:15

    Thanks for your feedback, ladies. I hope you are encouraged today.

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  4. Jennifer Farris
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 02:33:09

    Dionna, thank you for this. I am struggling with this very thing. It's been six months since our move to a new town where my husband is a pastor, and my youngest started school, and I'm still trying to find myself. “Shedding skin is not a bad thing.” I needed to hear this.Jenniferwww.thefarriswheel.blogspot.com

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  5. TToria
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 11:28:38

    Great post!!Passing through for Beck Valley's hop,TToria @ ttoria.blogspot.com

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  6. Paulette Harper Johnson
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 14:36:57

    Love the post “If we allow one thing to totally become us then if that should ever be stripped away from us, we’d be exceptionally lost.” So true when we place everything before God.Thanks for sharing

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