Daniella Whyte

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We Shouldn’t Be Applauded for Hurting with Those Who Hurt…That’s Our Human Duty (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 353)

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“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is truly heartbreaking to see so many suffering people in the world. While I know that no one person can save everybody, I do think that we are all responsible for at least making the effort to alleviate some of the burdens that other people face. No two burdens are the same because no two people actually carry them or face them in the same why. That’s why we need uniquely collective empathy and compassion. Read more…

Finding Meaning in the Midst of Pain (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 285)

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1 Peter 4:19 (NLT)
So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

When Jewish psychiatrist Viktor Frankl was arrested by the Nazis and taken to a concentration camp during World War II, almost everything was taken away from him. He was stripped of his family, possessions, property, and when he arrived at Auschwitz even his manuscript for “Man’s Search for Meaning” was taken away from him. When Frankl emerged from that harrowing ordeal, he reflected, “There is nothing in the world that would so effectively help one to survive even the worst conditions, as the knowledge that there is a meaning in one’s life.” Read more…

Tough Tapestry (Live. Pray. Hustle. 10/01/16)

Tough Tapestry (Live. Pray. Hustle. 10/01/16) (Right-click to download)

Tough Tapestry (Live. Pray. Hustle. 10/01/16)
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Suffering is the tapestry through which good things emerge.

LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.

You May Walk with a Limp, but Walk Anyway (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 268)

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“The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.”
— Ivy Baker Priest

Life is hard. Experiences can be harder. Just walking this journey can be both deeply painful and incredibly difficult. The doom and gloom all around make it increasingly tough to feel lightness, or air, or freedom. Or to see clearly without wincing at the brightness of reality. Or to walk on despite the debris underneath your feet. Sitting at rock bottom or holding on to a thin limb can be really frustrating and confusing. Read more…

Share the Struggle (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 255)

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“We only have what we give.”
— Isabel Allende

Tragedy has a way of playing both sides of the same coin. On one side, it causes us to feel infinite grief, unbearable heartache, and crushing pain. But on the other side, it forces us to do something about what we are feeling. It weakens us and gives us strength at the same time. This is why we find beauty rising from ashes and new purpose coming forth out of pain. Everyone has a story of some kind that forms the foundation for what they do in life. Read more…

Turn On the Grace (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 255)

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Ephesians 4:1 (NLT)
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

You need to know something in this life. You are never ever alone. You do not have to bear the burdens of the world in your own strength. You are valued, loved, and heard by God. God loves you — always has and always will. Nothing that you do or that happens in your life will keep God back from loving you and watching over you. Nothing can separate you from his love because it is through grace that he extends his love and peace to us. Read more…

Leaning In When It’s Crash and Burn (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 246)

Leaning In to Crash and Burn

“The opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. Faith also means reaching deeply within, for the sense one was born with, the sense, for example, to go for a walk.”
— Anne Lamott

When you’re feeling out of sorts and everything around you seems to be crashing and burning all at the same time, don’t ignore it. Accept that it is happening. I know this sounds unhelpful and weird and impossible. But we tend to feel we have to do something in a crisis. We don’t really all the time. Sometimes a crisis is going to happen and there’s nothing we can do about. And we need to accept that it is happening and that we are helpless at that moment. Read more…

3 Other Brilliant Ways to Waste Your Life (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 241)

3 Other Brilliant Ways to Waste Your Life

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.”
— Muhammad Ali

Deep down inside of us, we know our lives are meant to be so much more. Even when we have all the money and material possessions a single soul could ever want, we look forward to making our lives count in some special way. At first, it might be innocent curiosity, not intending to spark any flame or move us any farther than an inch away from our current zone of comfort. But soon it turns into a nagging thought that is on our conscience day in and day out. We want to make our lives worth something that is long-lasting, even permanently etched somewhere in the world that we made a difference. In order to make any difference or solve any problem, we’ve got to make sure we’re not whittling away time and existence. Read more…

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