Day 12 – Brutiful

Brutiful – adj.: Life is brutal. And life is beautiful. Brutiful, I call it. Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly they are inseparable. We must embrace both or neither. If we reject the brutal, we reject the beautiful. Our problems stem from our refusal to surrender to the fact that life is truly more brutal and beautiful than we can imagine. We must let it be. Breathe deeply and know that if we let it come and feel it all – the brutal will make us kinder, softer, stronger, even more beautiful.
― Glennon Doyle Melton

Can I get an AMEN?

Yesterday, I was reading a devotion titled Find Your Brave by Holly Wagner and she was sharing about a biosphere in Oracle, AZ…

In 1991, eight scientists lived for two years in an artificial environment in Oracle, Ariz., called Biosphere 2.  Inside the 3-acre closed system was a small ocean, a rain forest, a desert and a savanna grassland. The scientists produced every kind of weather pattern except wind. Eventually the lack of wind caused the tree trunks to weaken and bend over. It’s the pressure of wind that strengthens tree trunks and allows them to hold up their own weight.

Well, YESTERDAY, I didn’t want to hear about biospheres, trees, wind, faith, trials, or any of that…I was done with this whole journey.

But today, after a good night’s sleep (a seriously underrated cure) and coming across the BRUTIFUL quote again, I’ve got my head back on fairly straight. I think my primary problem remains that I think I’ll get THERE. Not even sure where THERE is but I suspect that it is a place of peace and serenity – ALL THE TIME – if I just try hard enough, study enough, be enough. But the truth is – change is inevitable and my ability to deal with life will fluctuate – some days I’ll be the ninja journey warrior – other days I’m gonna be curled up in a ball eating a box of velvetta cheese shells. Some days my life will have a slight breeze and other times there will be hurricane force winds.

Bad days are gonna happen…life trials AND my (in)ability to deal…but I am a warrior and a daughter of the KING… I will rise…most likely after some sleep :)

Closing thoughts by Holly…
When everything around us is in the midst of chaos, when our own world is quaking, we are to be the “she” who rises. She does not wilt; she does not complain; she does not blame. She finds her brave, and she rises.

She actually grows stronger in the midst of dark times when it seems the whole world is trembling. God is looking for a company of women who will find their brave and rise in the midst of any and every challenge — and then be a force for good to help others find their brave.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Really good stuff – Let’s Find our Brave Together <3
Blessings – DM

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Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (, where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.