1. Allow Yourself (#31ThoughtFULLThings from the Women of Building Eden)

All too often
loud events and daily busy-ness
cloud your vision of God.

Take some time to slow down;
let there be silence,
let there be peace.

Calm your mind and
let your inner voice re-emerge from the silence.

Allow yourself to see visions,
allow yourself to dream dreams;
and you will hear the voice of God
reaching out to you.

(Lucy Maruati, Gan Sabra HIV Home)

Two years ago, I shared photos that brought hope to me, and shared the stories that brought those photos to life.

Last year, I shared gut-level honest prayers.

This year, I’m joining hundreds of folks in #write31days as I share 31 thought-FULL things I’ve been taught by the women of Building Eden, the book I’m writing about women who believe restoration is a reality – on earth as it is in heaven.

There is not one who doesn’t fight, there is not one who isn’t afraid, there is not one who at times questions or wonders or worries that they’ll be found lacking in a world that loves to define by the doing. The women battle self-loathing, they battle mental illness, they battle loneliness, they battle their past. They battle oppression and bias and scorn.

And yet, they still believe.

And these women have taught me more about leadership, about servitude, and about being fully and gracefully and unapologetically a woman than any book, seminar, conference, or Ted Talk ever could.

What I share is just a taste of what will be in the book. I pray the words of the women will inspire you to be unafraid to stand in the gap to restore what is broken in the world around you.

Will you join me this month for 31 days of thought-FULL things – beautiful wisdom from women like Lucy, the founder of Gan Sabra HIV Home in Aizawl, India? Subscribe to my blog and you’ll get every single update delivered straight to your inbox. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram – where you can share the images and stories with others. And you can visit the women of Building Eden. Send an email my way and I’ll share all the details!

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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