Calculated Courage

This painting is part of a collection of work owned by my husband, Jack Anderson painted by his dear friend and remarkable artist, Father Paul O’Donnell. The coffee cup was made by Lydia Mann and is one of my favorite elements of drinking a good cup of coffee.

If courage were a cup of coffee how many times in a day do you pick it up? None most days, you may think but actually we practice it everyday, in small ways if not noticeably large.

Calculated courage takes place when we weigh the known risks. We acknowledge to ourselves elements are not always stable and we all can and will err in judgement at times.

Life. It cannot be fully safe, secure, and serene.

If we never get into the water, never tip our toes in, wade to our ankles, nor feel the buoyancy which takes place as we fully enter in we will miss the swim! Countless swims. Life.

Yet depending on your natural affinity for being in the water, your instructor’s love for teaching, her skills to do so, the balance of sternness and encouragement, which waters you are to learn in, your past experiences, and even how your bathing suit fits, matters.

Do you remember learning to swim? Are you comfortable, apt, strong at it? Or, does it take courage, still? Taking courage to purchase and wear a bathing suit holds lots of us ladies up, right? (Smile)

What areas would you like to tip your toes into? Or, are you already ankle deep, waist deep but need to take up your calculated courage to do so?

I’ve taken lots of risks in life, like everyone. Some more calculated than others. Most reliant upon the grace of God, even if preparations are in place, to make it a “secure” action. But, isn’t that what God wants?

As I thought about Peter desiring to walk on water towards Jesus in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, John) and making it a distance. In reading those accounts we often focus on Jesus’ words, as a rebuke for Peter’s lack of faith.

Thinking on Peter recently I gave consideration to how many times I have had the desire and will to get up and out of the boat and to walk on the waters. I’ve done so many times. I’ve experienced success while other times I’ve became fearful, or miscalculated, and needed Jesus to pull me up from possible drownings, embracing me and providing the help I needed.

Would I have rather sat as an observer securely in the boat? As a biblical character, I’m often a Barnabas but also a Peter.

I step out of the boat as I feel led to do so even when my mind, the enemy of my soul, friends, and foes may mock by attempts.

When you and I step out upon life’s waters we need two things: calculated courage and Jesus.

And coffee is a good add-on.

Are you read to make momentum happen with a group of new (or known) friends?

*My latest venture, “Trailhead” is requiring calculated courage. I’m doing the prep, taking the steps, but an obvious call for courage comes with the package.

Consider joining me on this adventure if you live in or close to Eugene, Oregon, you are a female desiring to gain momentum in working your dreams as well as gaining holistic growth in life. See the Trailhead tab for info and more TBA. Additionally, follow AnnetteTrucke: Audacious Consulting on Facebook or email me to be added to a private Facebook group called Trailhead. AnnetteTrucke@gmail.com

A Long Pause…The Hiatus

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I went on hiatus.

Presently, you are most likely on a hiatus, also. One you did not script.

This pandemic, the reactions and interventions individually and collectively have placed us all on some sort of hiatus.

A hiatus is any interruption or break in our normal, fluid lives and the continuity it inserts into our lives; a disruption of our daily life, its work, series, actions, roles, and a reverberation from each of these changes.

We’ve all had these seasons of pause into transition, with births of kiddos, changes in jobs, education, business, family dynamics and needs, health, focus, deaths, opportunities, and interests.

About four years ago I started replacing my time with other things and people.

I met my husband, Jack. I fell in love. Love and relationships can be quite disruptive. (I smile here!) My focus changed. I started working on project after project with Jack. Many days from sun up to sun down. I worked arduously and kept inordinately busied.

Changes bring us in to unsettled spots. We are in transition. Transition is not always adventurous but more like hard and hard work.

I made some mistakes. I never gave myself time to write. My creative thinking and literal walking with God, changed. The projects and type of work I did consulting were put on hold and in my mind, better left to others as I was in a new space and time.

Relationships changed. I felt estranged from some friends, family, and those I worked with in non profits as well as business groups. I fell away from much of my “tribe.”

Sometimes it feels like things like this are forever, and that brings grief. But in all actuality there are seasons of times, seasons which prepare, which plant, which harvest, and give rest.

It is hard to trust the seasons to do their jobs.

So, I drank more coffee but had less time for “coffee.”

Priorities had changed. Yet, strangely, even though I was letting go of so much known, I knew I had to–like it wouldn’t work to try to hold on to past ways. Like doors were closing and funneling me into different directions. So much good was happening yet it was amidst a season of much loss and change during this transition time (loved ones passing was especially hard). 

Etc. 

Let’s jump to you!

Have you found yourself in hiatus status and wondering when it will be time to go back or to move into something new. Do you feel like you aren’t ready. Like it is all a bit riskier?

Interruptions in life, especially those not “planned” by us, can be scary. It can feel as if things are out of control, and maybe they are: out of “our” control.

You know, this is where faith in God’s sovereignty, His plans and ability to work in our lives brings hope and solace–and direction.

Aren’t we all in a time when we must acknowledge life is out of our control? Maybe that is okay because God has not abandoned us; He still has a future for us, a vision, a plan.

He is holding that plan.  He is entrusting you with it.

Do you have a vision or a seed of a vision? Seeds do grow when they are planted and cultivated. Trust the timing.

My personal hiatus is coming into a transition. I won’t be doing any about faces, racing to what was but rather trusting God for what will be. His purposes and plans for you and me are good. They are meant for an expansion of what God has put into you to do–and to be.

The world needs you and me. 

Take Hope with you into the future. If you need someone to work with, I am back in business. If you need a helper via a workbook, I suggest you pick up my book, get busy, and enjoy the process along the way.

~Annette