Pause

Pause. Breathe in. Where are you? Let it go. Breathe out.

Pause. Breathe in. What do you need to do today? Let it go. Breathe out.

Pause. Breathe in. God is here. Breathe out. Be here. 

Be. Be you.

Let the you be.

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Listen

Brothers and sisters, we have confidence that we can enter the holy of holies by means of Jesus’ blood, through a new and living way that he opened up for us through the curtain, which is his body, and we have a great high priest over God’s house.

Therefore, let’s draw near with a genuine heart with the certainty that our faith gives us, since our hearts are sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies are washed with pure water.

Let’s hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, because the one who made the promises is reliable.

Hebrews 10:19-23

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Think

You can’t drive until you’re 16. You can’t ride on that roller coaster until you are this tall. Until you do [insert task] you cannot be [insert status]. How many times a day do you hear about qualifications? You need to have a diploma, a college degree, a certificate.

God does not work like that. God takes you as you are. No age requirement. No special prayers or specific rituals. You, just as you are, that is who God wants. You do not need to fulfill any special requirements, because Jesus already did.

Know that you are the one God loves and wants. So live like it.

Dan Shoemake

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Pray

God, I am beautiful. I am enough. I am the perfect creation you intended. Thank you for this gift of life and love. Empower me to be me, as I walk in your mercy. Amen.

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Go

Go. Breathe in. Where are you? Be there. Breathe out.

Go. Breathe in. What do you need to do today? Do it boldly. Breathe out.

Go. Breathe in. God is here. Be here. Breathe out.

Be. Be you.

Let the you be.

Dan Shoemake

Dan Shoemake works as a priest in Georgia. He loves music, books, Superman, and Mexican food. He has two kids, one dog, and a very happy life.

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