Planted By God to Display His Glory -Isaiah 61:3

Archive for January, 2012

The Red Shoe Revolution Has Begun!

Why red shoes?

They help me share real life, real love, and real hope with you because Jesus gave me my red shoes, and they set me free to be who God created me to be!

If you’ve been following this blog for the last year, you’ve read about my red shoes and how much they mean to me.

So why a red shoe revolution?

Once I started sharing my red shoe story, an amazing thing happened! First my daughter bought a pair of red shoes, then as more women read my story, or heard me share it, they were inspired to get their own red shoes! Now God’s using my little story to inspire girls and women across North America (and who knows where else) to put on their red shoes and step out in faith too!

It’s a revolution of sharing the love of Jesus with the world!

It’s not just about my story, it’s about sharing YOUR stories, so we can keep encouraging one another to step out in faith.

Amanda’s story is the first to be shared, and already (after one day) it’s been read by hundreds all over the world!

I’ve shared an excerpt here, but I hope you’ll click over to the red shoe revolution site to read her full story and then send in your own to share! Somebody needs to see YOUR red shoes! 🙂

Amanda’s Story

(Amanda is a red shoe sister from California. Her story is written by her Mom, Debbie Walker and was first shared on their church’s girls like me blog.)

I want to share with you a journey my daughter Amanda has been on since September of last year.  To those of you who don’t know Amanda, she is vibrant, talkative, bold, has a beautiful singing voice and a beautiful smile to match.  She sings occasionally on our worship team and people are naturally drawn to her.

This past September, the day before my wonderful granddaughter Selah was born; Amanda was afflicted with a condition known as Bell’s palsy.  Bell’s palsy is the result of a virus that attacks the nerves which are connected to the facial muscles.  It affects only one side of the face.  What that means is Amanda has been unable to smile, has had a difficult time talking, eating and even doing one of her favorite things … singing.

When it comes to this particular condition, science really doesn’t know a lot about it. The thing they do know is that it comes on suddenly; it seems to be connected to stress and that in about 85% of people it goes away just as mysteriously as it came.  The healing in most victims seems to progress gradually. Typically individuals have a complete recovery within three months.

In Amanda’s case, weeks were going by and she had no movement and no signs of any change.  She felt ugly.  She didn’t want to be around people.  She wanted to hide.  And she certainly didn’t want to sing.  She cried a lot of tears…

Click here to read the rest of Amanda’s story.

Share your story by sending it to: theredshoerevolution@gmail.com

~Linda

A New Adventure: Do It Afraid

In my last post I shared that I was ready for the new adventures God had for me this year…and now I’m headed off on one!

I’ve started a new blog titled “Do It Afraid.”

Do It Afraid is the message God has been trying to teach me all my life, but I only figured it out a year ago! It’s a little embarrassing to admit that I’ve been that slow to catch on (yes, I hit the side of my head with my right palm and exclaimed “I could have had a V-8”), but I’m so grateful for the healing that God is working in my life as a result of him giving me my “aha” moment.

Today I’ve put up my first post on the Do It Afraid site and I hope you’ll take the time to join me there and read a little more of my journey walking out of a life of fear and stepping forward in faith. I’ll still be sharing here at sunny side up, trying to keep the lighter side perspective on life, but I hope you are also blessed by the deeper sharing on Do It Afraid.

Here is an excerpt of today’s post: The Faces of Fear: Shame

Click here or on the photo to read more.

Shame.

 It’s a face of fear that I’m afraid to even talk about.

I’m afraid because I’ll have to make myself vulnerable to you, and share how painful and destructive shame has been in my own life.

I’d rather hide, like Adam and Eve in the garden, than show you the nakedness of my imperfections.

I’d rather live with my pretty make up on, so you never see the mask of shame that lies hidden just below.

But I’m going to share, because the fear of shame has ruled my life for far too long and hiding it was little by little killing me off inside.

The problem is, God did not create me to hide from life, he created me to live life to the fullest. Hiding from God and from you, living life constantly wearing make-up, trying to be perfect at everything, is incredibly painful. And destructive.

Because the face of the fear of shame is driven by perfectionism.

Research in human behavior confirms that perfectionism can lead us down the path of depression, anxiety, addiction and life paralysis:

“Perfectionism is a self-destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, live perfectly, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment and blame.” –Brene Brown

We know it’s true, but why are we women so consumed with trying to be perfect? And why is it so difficult for us to admit that we live and act out of our feelings of shame? That we are constantly battling the voice in our head that tells us we are not good enough?

…To keep reading click here.

Thanks for sharing the adventure with me!

~Linda

Have you read about my red shoes yet? Join the red shoe revolution and step out in faith to spread the love of Jesus!

Copyright 2012, Linda Crawford, sunny side up. All right reserved.

Ready for New Adventures

I wish I were as young (and pretty) as the girl in this picture is. But today, in my 50-something heart, I am this girl, only better.

When I was her age this picture would be of me getting ready to run away from everything I knew. At the time I resented familiar. Small town life bored me. Being known as the “good girl” in my family constrained me. Something inside wanted out. It wasn’t just a rebellious streak, it was a rebellious identity crisis. There was a risk-taking, little bit crazy, fun-loving, courageous and intensely curious person who wanted a chance at life.

Too bad it would take that girl years to figure out where she really wanted to go and who she really was.

But that’s the beauty and the adventure of a journey isn’t it? We never really know what’s going to happen or how it will change us. As Robert Frost said in his famous poem, The Road Not Taken: “I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.”

I ran away from familiar, and it was precisely because of that choice that I eventually ran smack into God. Without Him on the journey with me these last twenty-some years, I would still be out there desperately looking for the real me.

It’s a road that’s been full of potholes, yet it’s led me to sweeping scenic vistas. I’ve littered it with tears, laughter and some words I wish I could have back. I’ve put my red shoes on and danced for joy. Then headed off in directions I wished I had not. At times I’ve wanted to turn back, and at times I’ve stopped, paralyzed by fear.

“Do it afraid,” God whispered in my ear.

“I will,” I answered back.

My suitcase is packed and ready to head out with God on new adventures for 2012. I don’t have a clue where I’m going, but I know I’m not running away this time. Familiar doesn’t trap me and life is not boring. Yet there is still something inside that wants out–the full expression of the real me. The risk-taking, little bit crazy, fun-loving, courageous, intensely curious, I-want-to-live-and-breathe-and-have-my-being-in-Jesus me!

I’m ready to be real, live real and love real.

I’m standing in front of familiar, I’ve got my favorite dress and red shoes on, my old suitcase in hand and I’m ready for the road less traveled Lord!

Time to step out on new adventures!

Won’t you join me?

~ Linda

© Linda Crawford, Sunny Side Up (not scrambled), 2012

Thanks so much to Elisabeth at Elisabeth Anna Photography for allowing me to use her amazing photo! What an amazing talent you have girl!

And a shout out to the Girls Like Me at the Sanctuary Church in Santa Clarita, California! Stepping out with you and into all that God has for us this year!

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