Why "71º & Sunny?"

I consider 71º to be the perfect temperature. Not too cold and not too hot. I also love perfect sunny days. The vast majority of days are not 71º & Sunny and yet, all days were created by God's hand and they are still gifts, even if they don't fit my ridiculous definition of perfection. My struggle with OCD has at times imprisoned me in an impossible attempt to achieve perfection. I'm now learning to love all kinds of days that don't even come close to 71º & Sunny.

Please leave me a comment below. I really want to know what you are thinking!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Spiritual ERP?


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    1. Thanks, Jackie! I figured you could relate to this. : )

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  2. Isn't it fantastic to find out things that can be reassuring and a comfort? So glad you shared this.

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  3. I really love it when God shows us that through Him, through Christ all things are possible!
    Nice to "see" you again:))

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    1. Oh, it was such a gift to come to that realization, Deanna. Blessings!

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  4. "Doing things that don't come naturally to you, but through practice, they will."

    That resonates with everything I've been reading and hearing lately - even today, Michael said, "Nothing's going to change until you do things." Also reading an N.T. Wright book along the same things - about how forming character is a slow, gradual process of doing things that don't come naturally . . . and eventually, they will. Thanks for this video, I love it.

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    1. So glad you liked the video, Anna!

      I really like that quote by Wright. The thing I find difficult, is trying to remember to be intentional about taking those actions. Especially if something doesn't come naturally, it takes a lot effort to even think about doing it!

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  5. Great job again, Sunny! You're sharing wonderful things with your blog. That is wise advice that your pastor gave, and it's so true that we have to act into feeling a certain way, or becoming a certain way. Actions are so important in changing ourselves. I'm really working on --a lot of things. :-) So hearing this helped me a lot. :-)

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    1. Aw, you made my day, Tina! I really thought it was great advice too. So much of what I learned in CBT/ERP taught me that I had to do the exposures first, THEN, (and usually not right away, either!), the feelings would follow. It sure is hard work though. But definitely worth it. Like anything good in life, it's worth the effort.

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  6. Great video, Sunny......I think we all can take this advice to heart. Sometimes you have to just "jump in" instead of waiting until you feel "right" about what you're doing, because that might never happen. We can't grow if we don't get out of our comfort zone. Thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

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    1. My psychologist used to say all the time that, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

      Thanks for commenting, Janet!

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  7. I love those moments when God gives me the reassurance I need to feel in my heart that whatever I am doing or thinking about doing is okay.

    great video!

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    1. Oh I love those moments too, Elizabeth, which is why I never forgot this episode!

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  8. Love this video and message..and I just so happen to be wearing my Nike "Just Do It" shirt. LOL
    Our neighbors father had a major stroke and extended family immediately flew in. I took some casseroles over to their house but was wish I could do more to help. I overheard that one family was figuring out how to get back to the airport about a hundred miles away and I really wanted to drive them there but I had all these OCD worries about offering. I felt like God would want me to extend them the kindness and so I said (in my head) I would just entrust all my OCD worries to God, picked up the phone and told them I would drive them all to the airport so they didn't have to worry about renting cars or taking other family members away from the hospital. It gave me such joy to see how happy they were to make the offer. I don't want my OCD to keep me from being able to do things for people or to keep me isolated - jumping in and doing things that make us uncomfortable really is hard but the reward is nothing short of miraculous. Krystal lynn

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    1. Oh Krystal Lynn! What an incredible act of service! Especially because it was such a hard thing for you to do. I'm sure they were very touched by your generous act. Once again, you inspire me to push myself further. You are like an OCD crime-fighter hero!

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