I am so blessed … for so many reasons but there is one thing that I want to share my gratitude for today. My tribe.

The last few years I have been finding my way out of darkness and into the light of healing … the light of love. I learned something recently … the more I open myself to receive love, the more I can give love.

There was a time when I shut everyone out. I remember the day. I was in junior high school, a boy was picking on me on the bus. I stood up, turned around and pulled my fist back like I was going to deck him … he stopped. Everyone was shocked, including myself. I sat back down and in tears, decided that no one would ever hurt me again. Ever. This was only one incident in the long line of hurts that had already piled up in my young life. And I was tired of it. That decision came with some hefty consequences. I shut down emotionally – the decision to not be hurt also meant that receiving love became difficult. The armor around my heart didn’t just keep the bad stuff out, it kept everything out.

I guess the armor served a purpose for a while. I survived though I can’t say that time was pleasant.

But God.

Isn’t He just so good to His children?
He is always pursuing … He never gives up.

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God put people in my life who loved me anyway. And over the years, the armor has softened, cracked and began falling away. It started with the one special friend in high school who took me under her wing, then my faithful college buddies (we call ourselves “Sarah”), my best friend, church friends, Life Group, CR, and those I’ve met here and there along the way …. wow! I’m so blessed. And every year, it just keeps getting better … this last year has been the most amazing. Starting with the journey with Precision Nutrition’s Lean Eating program … and one special mentor who reached out to me and showed me beauty that I could not see. My heart opened up allowing me to receive the next part of healing — which started with my mentor coach at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition — and led to an amazing friendship with a group of people who are on the same path as I am.

My tribe. These are the people who really “get” me. We share many common interests but are free to be unique…my weaknesses are their strengths and vice versa…We share a passion and a vision.

As I look back at the people in my life who have had the most impact on me, I realize that I have several tribes or circles of friends. Life is dynamic and multi-dimensional, after all — It makes sense. Each tribe is just as important to me as the next.

I met my newest tribe when I joined Young Living and quite honestly, I am having trouble expressing in words how I feel about these amazing women. Our friendship started online via Facebook, phone calls, Google+ hangouts, Skype … and we finally got to meet in person a few weeks ago (except for one — and we will meet soon, of this I am sure!). It was a family reunion — and the whole week we bonded and shared and loved as if we had known each other all of our lives. I experienced so much healing through them and through some emotional release work that I did using the YL essential oils. I am so blessed that they were there with me during that time. My heart is so full … and this is how I realized that the more I open myself to receive love, the more I am able to give. Otherwise, how can I give what I haven’t received?

God demonstrates love the same way — He loved us first as described in 1 John 4:7-21

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.

All of my life, God has been loving me and I’m just now getting it.
Really getting it.

“Keep the spark of passion kindled by finding a way to connect with people who inspire, uplift, encourage and empower you. Because however passionate you are about following your chosen road, you will experience uncomfortable moments of doubt and fear. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to do everything on your own; and drawing on the encouragement of others, whether in person, through virtual networks and forums or through reading uplifting material, will calm and inspire you to get right back in your groove. And don’t forget to have some fun along the way as well.” ~ Kathryn Bryant – Brillyantliving

Every single friend in my life has been a blessing to me and I value each one. Thank you for loving me through thick and thin … and know that I love you more than you’ll ever know!

~Loving Deep