My daughter is a beautiful person. We have our good days and challenging days as parents to her. However, one of the qualities I love about her is she is who she is.

Her “Take it or Leave it” existence produces heart-pounding-proud-mommy moments. But it also makes me want to scream at the top of my lungs in frustration.

Double-Dog Dare by Dana Pittman

Photo credit babette1. [pinit]

Why such a polarizing response?

It’s hard to explain why I can have a hot or cold response. I love it because when she is in the middle of something good or bad I have no doubt that she is doing exactly what she desires to do. She can’t be bribed. She can’t be bullied. In fact, if you try to bully her you will have a rude awakening.

She will grow to be a very passionate young lady. This is what I absolutely adore to see in her.

On the other hand, having a passionate child is great in theory most days. (smile) We as parents set the rules and would love to have an accommodating child.  Now, we don’t have major behavioral issues, however, my little princess is a firecracker.

Truth be told I would not change her. We have raised a very secure young lady. Many days I merely watch her. I watch and wonder, what did we do as parents to bring this about?

I don’t think I was so secure at a young age. Her life is much different than my upbringing.

Her security in…

…who she is,

…her environment,

…in knowing her momma will become Hurricane Dana to protect her baby girl

It all counts. It all dictates how she lives her life.


Can you say the same?

Can you say you live your life that shows exactly what you believe?

Can you say you live your life true to who you are regardless of ruffling a few feathers?

Last week we considered our identity in Christ. I then took it a step further and asked you to consider what truths you allow to shape your life.

One of my pastors, Bishop Lands would tell us, and I’m paraphrasing, “you cannot live contrary to what you believe.”

I thought for many years that I understood his statement. I thought I had embraced this truth for myself. But in reality it took a while for me to realize I did not believe it.

I couldn’t. Because if I did it would cause me to live my life in a different way.

I did not want to rock the boat.

I did not want to appear “different”.

I did not live my life fully in love with Jesus. I reserved that feeling for Sunday mornings.

I did not live in my “yes”. No, I allowed life to come and blow out my light.

In time my inner me wanted to bust free. I had to live a different life.


What about you?

And before you answer let me try to explain this a bit further with a simple example. Let’s say you step outside today and its 70 degrees. What would you do? If you believe its cold you’ll run back into the house and grab a light jacket or sweater, right?

Now, views of how to respond to the weather vary. But your response is dictated by what you believe.

Thus, if you believe…

Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and
the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD,
and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.

1 Chronicles 29:11 NLT

How would you live?

Would you still work a 9 to 5?

Would you start a business?

Would you start a family?

Would you step away from the rat race?

Furthermore, how would your life bear witness to this belief? The belief that everything is subjected to God’s sovereignty. Everything.

Your job.

Your business.

Your children.

Your finances.

Your health.

Your right now…this minute…as you read this post.

Today we are in Week 7 of blogging through The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn. In this week’s reading Pastor Mike shared this wonderful quote:


“It’s not what you believe that counts; it’s
what you believe enough to do.”

— Gary Gulbranson


Will you dare to be like my daughter and be you? Not the you everyone sees or the old you. Rather I double-dog dare you to be the you He sees.


Question: What do you believe enough to do?


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  1. Heidi Kreider 9 years ago

    I continue to be challenged to pursue my YES, not someone else’s. I want to be like your daughter… completely confident in whom I am and what I am here to do. Please tell her she’s an inspiration to me. 😉

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      Dana Pittman 9 years ago

      You my friend are not alone. I am confident you will find your way. I’ll tell her. :o)

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