Daniella Whyte

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EXCEPT (Live. Pray. Hustle. 03/20/17)

EXCEPT (Live. Pray. Hustle. 03/20/17)
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I hate to be so morbid, but most of us like to think we’re so different from everyone else. And we are. That our path of life is unique to us. And it is. The truth is, we’re all headed in the same direction: to the grave. And as much as we don’t like to talk about it, there is nothing we can really do to change this course. Except, we can live our best lives, do our best work, and leave our best legacy behind for others to enjoy.

LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.

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From Life to Life to Life (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 264)

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Romans 8:11 (NLT)
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

For believers, life continues on. We have hope and assurance that we are going to live forever. Death is not the end of the story. In fact, there is no end to this brilliant story at all. We live and transition from life to life to life. One day, your lungs will cease to pump air and your heart will stop beating. But that will only be the end of your physical existence; your soul will live on. Read more…

Don’t Wait to Give Flowers or Chocolate or Love (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 262)

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“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.”
— William Butler Yeats

Too often, we don’t say the things that really should be said until it’s too late to say them.

When someone we love or deeply care about leaves this life, so many things come rushing back to our minds, like the things that we thought to say before, but just didn’t have the courage or the right time to express ourselves. When someone dies, it’s painful, even frustrating and confusing. And if we were close to that person, he or she doesn’t leave our minds or hearts very soon.

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Mortal As We Are (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 254)

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“People living deeply have no fear of death.”
— Anaïs Nin

It’s not in our nature to have the control of our lives in someone else’s power. After all, we did, as a country, fight for independence. And individually, to this present moment, people are still fighting for the right to be free and to govern their lives according to how they see fit. There are very many things we can control in this life. What we eat, where we live, the religion we choose to embrace are all in our power to control. But death isn’t one of those things safely in our grip. Read more…

Remember Your Mortality (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 253)

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“Awareness of mortality exerts a unique power to focus the mind and heart on essentials.”
— Columba Stewart

It seems strange to think that we would ignore our mortality or even need to have it brought to the forefront of our minds. Death is the big, black, looming monster in the room that no one wants to talk about, let alone, acknowledge. But life itself proves that we clearly need to have such a conversation, if not with someone else, with ourselves. To acknowledge our mortality means that we embrace the dangerous state of existence we all are in every single day. Read more…

No Greater Gift (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 186)

No Greater Gift

John 15:13 (NLT)
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

There are very few things in life more important and more desired than freedom. We fight for it, we die for it, and we celebrate it. But the core of freedom is never free. It does not come to us without a cost. And that cost is a great one. Freedom is the one thing that all people all over the world want the most.

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No Point of Termination (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 184)

No Point of Termination

Ecclesiastes 3:14 (NLT)
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him.

The human mind has been created as such that we can only think to the point of an end. We are three-dimensional beings. We require boundaries. There is an end to our work. There is a goal line, a finish line to what we can do and accomplish. We cannot begin to think about infinity, but God can. There is even a point of termination to what we can think, create, dream, and envision.  Read more…

A Fork in the Road (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 153)

A Fork in the Road

Matthew 26:39 (NLT)
He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Learning to obey is one of the greatest lessons a believer can ever learn. Jesus is our example of what it means to obey God the Father whether it feels good or looks comfortable or not. Can you imagine what Jesus must have been thinking when the time came for Him to sacrifice His life on the cross? He could have chosen to turn His back on all humanity and not endure the pain that comes with sacrifice.  Read more…

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