Confessions of Faith: Transformation

Transformation:

a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.

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Lately I’ve been feeling the gentle, yet persistent, urge to transform. Not just any transformation, but an overall metamorphosis into the woman I am destined to be. This may sound all flowery and poetic, but the reality is a brutal confrontation with who I am now, in all my imperfections. Change is scary, especially when the change means challenging yourself and revamping habits that have become ingrained in your psyche.  Whenever I’m off-balance there are two things I depend on: God and words. They both comfort me, calm me and push me towards knowledge.

This past Sunday I curled up on the couch to watch an episode of  “Super Soul Sunday”. For the next hour I sat entranced as Oprah and Elizabeth Gilbert (author of the critically acclaimed Eat, Pray, Love) got all up in my business without ever having laid eyes on me. They spoke of destiny, fear, the loud racket of self-doubt and criticism, the quiet voice of grace. They spoke of women daring to chase their dreams. They spoke of transformation.

It is my pleasure to share with you the words of truth I absorbed that day. I hope they speak to you the way they spoke to me.

“People don’t usually change until the status quo is scarier than the transformation.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”~Anais Nin

“He who would be what he ought to be must stop being what he is.”~ Meister Eckhart

“Every day do something. You’re either going away from it or towards it,  whatever your destiny is.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“The path to success requires you to commit. It is a process.” ~Devon Franklin

“The hero’s journey: face the battle, lose the fear.”~Elizabeth Gilbert

Today I encourage you to take a step towards your destiny, whatever it is, however small the step may be. Consider the dreams of your youth. Remember the plans you made on languid days when you took time to see animals in the clouds of the sky. Remember the wishes you made on the first star of an ordinary night. Remember them and pursue them with the resources available to you now. It’s never too late to change course and aim towards your destiny. It’s never too late to renew your mind and listen to the still small voice within. Pay attention to it. It will take you places you’ve only dreamed of.

XoXo,

Faith

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Roman’s 12 :2 (NIV)

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8 thoughts on “Confessions of Faith: Transformation

  1. Faith, this is such a great post. I missed that episode of Super Soul Sunday but I’m hoping that I can catch it “On Demand.” I love anything that encourages and inspires, so this is right up my alley. Sometimes change is hard (not sure why, when it’s for the best! I guess we just have to reprogram our minds sometimes), and whenever I feel some kind of way about it I just tell myself, “I can be anybody I want to be and I don’t owe anybody any explanations for changing my life. Whatever I wake up and decide to be today, for the better, I’m going to own it.” I wish you luck on your journey!

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    • I love your motto Quanie! Especially the part about being anybody you want to be. Thanks for the well wishes. For the last few days, I’ve been quoting the serenity prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. It has been a tremendous help.

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  2. I wrote that verse from Romans down where I can read it every day. Everyone should heed the call to renew their minds on a regular basis, and never lose sight of the fact that transformation is part of our nature and our purpose. I want to live my life like a traveler, changed by the places I pass through and the people I meet, becoming more myself with every voyage. Thanks for this inspiring post, and see you farther down the road!

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    • Sunshine, girl I got chills reading your comment. Beautiful words! I appreciate you taking time to leave a little poetic prose here. I love the idea of being a traveler influenced by places and people. What an exquisite way to think about life.

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  3. Loved this post. I’ve been thinking a lot about change in my life. Scary as the first few steps are, the feeling of empowerment is priceless. I particularly like the Anais Nin quote–I keep it pinned above my writing desk. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences.

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  4. Faith, this is my first time visiting your blog and I’m loving the vibe over here. I think I’ll come back often. Also, I particularly love this post because for several years now I’ve been an advocate for spiritual growth and transformation. Transformation is a necessary process and vital component of our life. Love me some Eckhart, Deepak, Oprah, Jakes, Dyer (Wayne Dyer), and more.

    If you’re feeling the gentle nudgings to transform, heed its call and go for it. Because here’s one thing I know for sure, and it’s a quote from Bishop T.D. Jakes:

    “You can’t be who you’re going to be and who you used to be at the same time.”—T. D. Jakes

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    • ““You can’t be who you’re going to be and who you used to be at the same time.”—T. D. Jakes”————Loooovvveee it! (in my Oprah voice, lol) Thank you for that Demetria. I needed to be reminded of that today. 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by to visit, and I hope you’ll make yourself right at home. 🙂

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