Structure VS Freedom

If my thoughts on “structure” and “freedom” as opposing forces were a stage in the building process, it would be a completed frame-in.

I love structure because without it chaos ensues.

I hate structure because rigidity robs freedoms.

The great tension whereas action and reaction meet, holding the other in place is the common quandary or question with every venture, or adventure.

Room for the unforeseen, unplanned, and wild are exciting aspects of life!

I like freedom but wisdom and life has taught me I have to have structures in place to think well, to work…to live in general.

Everything hangs on structure. Simply consider nature.

Days without the structure to lead and guide us result in to much wandering, unable to start, to work (or play). to complete projects.

Yet, many of us resist it–“Don’t hem me in!”

Others are so driven by detailed structure they are uncomfortable without it. Control may be lost.

We all “tick” differently to some degree.

2020 has been a unique time whereas the ways we have done things has been disrupted–to say the least. Things have fallen, some into chaos, some in to a life retrofit. We have had to “re”build, “re”adjust, “re”align, and all the other “re” words. We are “re”thinking and “re”acting to what life should and will look like in our futures. “Re.”

I had the impetus and desire to be part of the “re”construction stage. For a few years I have thought on how to incorporate consulting and outdoor time hiking or walking. Realizing the overwhelming evidences of the benefits of motion to gain general momentum, became my empetus. The current times spoke loudly that it was time to do it.

As I started thinking through what this group would have as takeaway I became very excited! The benefits, innumerable. Yet, how structured would I need to be to see them measurable benefits I desired for participants? I new I needed a solid framework but to add too much structure seemed counter to the freedom of being out in nature. My thoughts and prayers birthed the desire for a framed in structure, yet organic and free. TRAILHEAD.

And, I wanted God to have more than a hand in things. I could connect people, inspire, encourage, equip, spur on, but not like He can! And, guess what? TRAILHEAD has worked far better than I could have imagined. The connections, momentum, renewed energy, perseverance, joy, delight, dreams, visions, wonder, clarity, and so much more has poured out and forth!

Structure, the outline of our days and notions plays well with freedom! And it provides a place to propagate new growth, new life, even.

Do you run to structure or freedom first? How can you appreciate the tension between the two to gain momentum in various areas of life?

Thank you to those who have taken the TRAILHEAD 2020 Experience with me. The weekly focuses, the understanding what we already have to work with in our hands, reading the seasons we are in (as well as have been and entering into), regarding our unique expression as an asset, as we use it all to bridge build for ourselves and others in life–yet, we have only just begun!

(For you ladies who live in the Eugene, Oregon area contact me to see if the Summer 2020 is a good fit for you!

The Feather

It’s what’s going on in the world, plus a short mountain of other things. Some days I need to get some kind of tangible knowing that God sees me in my particular need and circumstances. Other times I hope He doesn’t see me because my faith is waning or I am whining (I jest).

I walked out to my car to drive to a dental appointment the other morning. I had invisible weights strapped upon my shoulders–as well as my mind, and especially, my heart.

My heart-cry was simply, “Jesus, I need to know you see these things, that you are mindful and faithful and everything I know your Word says you are.” I believe He does, except when the pains of this world pummel me and doubt begs me attention. One of those days…

As I was approaching my car I said under my breath, “I need a feather.” Of course I know a feather is a feather, a fowl thing, but to me God has used them to show His nearness. A few years back it became common. I would spot feathers on the street or trails, yard or parks–always when I needed to be reminded of God’s love, and nearness.

Without a trace of doubt God in my mind, feathers are His specific calling cards for me. He, or His angels have left me bits of tangible hope by way of birds flying by at the exact moment in time, dropping a loose feather, the wind blowing it here and there, lodging it somewhere obvious enough to see. At that moment my downcast soul is directed upward, with joy.

It may sound silly or extravagant but God shares His goodness in big or small ways, to encourage, strengthen, and embolden our faith. Do you have something that reminds you of His nearness?

That morning, as I opened the door of my car and slid onto the seat, I looked at the console. I sighed a big sigh and immediately smiled. Why? Because I had a feather sitting there. I had found it, put it in the car and it had been out of sight; it must have fallen into the shifter boot of my car and then worked itself back up. I’m not sure of the hows but it was absolute perfect timing! And may I add, I don’t often pray to find a feather. In fact, I hardly ever have, though I do keep my eyes open with hopeful anticipation.

A bit of backstory: I have been thinking on this question lately,

“What is in your hand?”

It means, when assessing your life, or in need, what do you already possess to solve the issues, at hand?” It’s not an original thought to me. Yet as I had started TRAILHEAD, a new Audacious Consulting Experience it was an essential element of what I believed to be part of the experience for those involved. The goal: to use this question to help roll out the new stages of each ladies life, creating a momentum of forward growth.

“What is in your hand?”

In my car that morning I held the feather in my hand. I had a “confirmation feather” revealing and reminding me God was near and His promises and plans, as expressed in Word and history, will prevail. I knew at that moment, He cared, that He has not left me on my own.

This question, “What is already in your hands? is the answer to so many issues and fulfillments of passions, and plans. Every single one of us, without exception has skills, creativity, ideas, resources, concepts, courage, faith, and so much in our hands! It can be used to help the world around us in a myriad of ways as well as to connect us to plans we can only fulfill.

Let’s assess what we do have, not what we don’t! It’s time bring out the brilliance you are endowed with and readied to use! And…let’s watch for ways God reminds us He is with us in it all!