It has come to my attention 📣 in the last couple of months that people may be curious to hear more of my story. As a veteran bedside nurse ⛑, I was conditioned to believe that most people don’t want to hear my story because either:
1) my perspective went against the grain or,
2) the person just needed to be able to unload their’s and move on.
Years of doing this cause me to suppress my voice and become an excellent listener. As a result, I am in the habit of not talking about myself very much. In fact, it’s downright awkward to do unless someone asks me a direct question.
But that last few years have taught me our stories as care providers, daughters, sisters, friends, and human beings have immense value. Sharing our stories offers our breakthroughs to those around us who hear them and who may need some of the same wisdom and revelations we have experienced.
So here I go. 😊 I grew up in the now, not so small town of Hayden, Idaho. I have been a believer my whole life. Through all the tragedies and traumas that carried me from childhood into adulthood (divorced parents, missing digits, broken heartedness, death of a parent, provider associated traumas...) I have acknowledged God’s presence and powerfulness every waking second. Never once have I abandoned acknowledging God and I have always known He is real.
But what I didn’t understand then was there is a difference between believing He IS real versus trusting and believing IN Him.
After graduating from a Christian High School I decided to take a long break from being involved in the religious setting and gatherings. I continued to pursue my own personal relationship with Him through quiet devotions and multiple conversations with my momma. (It’s probably more honest to say: He continued to pursue me. 😉 That guy... He is pretty persistent at getting your attention even if you are trying to ignore Him. 💕)
The thing about my relationship with God for the first 33 years of my life was I believed He held a hard line. I believed He was a harsh disciplinarian, a punishing God. Blinded by old heart wounds, I knew that His deep love and kindness was sufficient and available for everyone else, but not for me. 😩
I think that’s why I was able to be at the bedside for as long as I was (even though I consistently struggled with depression and the injustices of the system and how it treats its providers and patients alike). Something in me inherently knew how much He LOVES people, VALUES human life, and really does CARE to SAVE it (both literally and figuratively).
For a long time, I convinced 🤦♀️ myself that by sacrificing myself to the point of emotional and physical exhaustion, I was showing His love to my patients and coworkers and maybe even saving myself. I mean, wasn’t this what Christians are called to do? Or so I thought....
Sometimes when you grow up in a setting where you are taught all the principles of Christianity and about all the evils 👹 in the world, but not so much about the goodness of His nature or the wonderful power of His Holy Spirit, you can still end up becoming religious, and not even know it. 😯🤭
3 years ago I knew something had to 🙆♀️ change. I was on a fast track to a nervous breakdown. I was burnt out, struggling with depression and anxiety, and I heard Him say: it’s time for you to come follow me. (Matt 11:30)
For the first time in my life, without knowing about the amazing wild ride that was ahead and a little bit out of desperation, I decided to leave the bedside nurse role and say YES to directly follow His voice.
Through a series of divinely orchestrated appointments, a few strong supportive friendships (the right community is a wonderful thing), and my DECISION (note: life is always about our decisions for they reflect what’s in our hearts) to CHOOSE to seek Him AND His Kingdom first, I have learned so much about the depths and the dimensions of his Goodness and Love. AND I discovered they were FOR ME TOO! 😭 (Matt 6:33)
📆 Earlier this year, I felt the call to shift again. This time it was to separate from the company I was partnered with as a Health Coach and build my own Health and Wholeness Program and Offer. 💃🏻
One of the main revelations I have had is: REAL Health and Wholeness only comes when He is a part of the process.
It’s unwise to separate God from the process of personal growth, health, and well being. It’s only because of His heart for restoration, redemption, and reconciliation that we are given the gifts of breakthrough, healing, and wholeness in the first place. (1 John 4:19) 😬 If we leave Him out of the process, we are at high risk for misdirecting, misplacing, and giving His due credit to the wrong people, systems, or philosophies.
💪 Being physically fit, emotionally healthy, and mentally sound are all VERY IMPORTANT, but without Jesus being apart, the process of being Healthy and Whole is incomplete and often times destined to leave us unfulfilled and still falling short of our dreams.
It’s time to combine the 🥗🏋️♀️🚲 practical and the providential! 💡✝️
If you want the entire Transformation package of Health & Wholeness which includes:
• being able to host peace and joy,
• release toxicity,
• stabilize mental and emotional health,
• access hope again,
• freedom to be your authentic you,
• physical health and healing,
• plus so much more
His ♥️ MUST be apart of the solution!
If you are interested in learning more about becoming Healthy and Whole, please stay tuned for my NEW program launch coming very soon!!!
xo Coach Dana
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