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Feeling "All the Feels"

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(same picture, fresh words)
FAKE NEWS: you have to be okay OR not okay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Somewhere along the way someone told us it was one or the other” - a text from a good friend, today. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It’s a thought a few different people in life have brought me back to - especially when it comes to grieving. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“Is it okay that I’m okay?”
“It‘s really good but really weird”
“I feel bad that everything feels normal but is so so not”
(All thoughts I’ve had) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Maybe you’ve had them too. But, I’m here to welcome you to this AND (not or) journey with me. It’s beautiful and messy and we’re fibbing if we say we’ve figured it out. The enemy wants us to stress that we don’t know it all, creep in our confusion and introduce deception. But there’s actually permission for something (or someone) to hold several characteristics. That’s what makes the Gospel what it is: goodness, tragedy, heroic and sobering. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Honor yourself and feel “all the feels” all at once. “Come to me all who are wearied and burden” (aka all that have no idea what they’re doing). Notice, it doesn’t say “come to me all that have figured things out.” (I’ll prove it: Matthew 11:28). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The pressure is off, friend.