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No Cookie Cutters Allowed

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Oh the joy the famous cookie cutter brings to our home! Every year, my husband clears the kitchen table, I grab the flour and we both dig really deep for extra patience. Why? Making cookies with three young, energetic boys is exhausting! Messy…yes. Fun…no doubt.

But as I held our little gingerbread man cookie cutter in my hand, the chaos around me just stopped. It was a thought and a moment I just can’t forget.

You have more to offer this world than a cookie-cutter faith. 

I wanted to include a personal video with my post today, instead of simply hiding behind my written words. To go beyond the cookie cutter, requires doing things outside of your pre-defined comfort zone. Here we go!

If you are viewing this post as an email, simply click HERE to see the video.

Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of the video today. 

 

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About the Author Bethany

I am an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. I am an author, blogger, ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach, Motivational and Inspirational Speaker and encourager. More than anything, I define myself as a child of God. I simply desire to use my passion for thriving (getting every single drop out of life) to inspire others. I have overcome disabilities (coloboma vision-loss, severe hearing-loss and a small right arm). I am a double brain cancer survivor. I use the story God has given me to move beyond what I am surviving and thrive in His promises. I enjoy being a wife to Steve for over 12 years and mother to three boys (ages 9, 7 and 4).

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28 comments
Mary B. says December 17, 2014

Awesome! Love the tree next to you! πŸ™‚ No cookie cutters in my house! πŸ™‚

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    Thanks Mary! There is a reason the tree was a bit OUT of the picture…partly because only the top half is decorated due to climbers in the family! Love that YOU were my first comment today!!

Kristin Hill Taylor says December 17, 2014

Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday! Such an encouragement here!

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    Kristin – I’m LOVING Three Word Wednesday! So much fun! Thanks for having me friend!

~ linda says December 17, 2014

Bethany, thank you for this message reminding me that God has created me as His and as only one of me. I am not a cookie cutter me and that I want to allow Him to mold me and love me into the creation He has made. Glad you are a neighbor at Meredith’s today.
Caring through Christ, ~ linda

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    Thanks for visiting Linda! I think we all offer and need these reminders once in a while. Thank you for your words of encouragement!

~Karrilee~ says December 17, 2014

I love this for so many reasons but mostly I just love that you braved it and posted a Vlog! How fun to see and hear your heart – and not just read it!

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    Karrilee – You hit the nail on the head! Granted, the message of truly acting like a child of God by getting rid of our cookie-cutter faith was important…but you hit the biggest point this was for me today! It’s more than just writing about faith, its actually DOING it. Whew…thank you!!

Susan Shipe says December 17, 2014

Bethany, this was AWESOME. Loved it and you did a fabulous job!

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    Thanks for the encouragement friend! Still “thinking” about doing another one πŸ™‚

Sarah Travis says December 17, 2014

Awesome video my friend! I love the way you squished up that cookie dough to represent us not being conformed to a cookie cutter Christianity!! Love it!

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    Ha Sarah! I loved my little play dough man there…it actually took me a few tries to get him looking descent…seriously, reaffirmed my struggle with cookie cutters! Thanks so much…means a lot coming from you!

Amanda says December 17, 2014

I enjoyed your video. Such truth and conviction. No cookie cutters allowed. Who knew you could get so much out of baking cookies. Besides the fun and mess their was a great message. Thanks for sharing.

    Bethany says December 17, 2014

    You are welcome Amanda! I think God is always showing us these “a-ha” moments…I just miss many because I’m moving way too fast. Glad I stopped long enough to let this one soak in.

Amanda Calitz says December 17, 2014

Wow thanks for a great post and video!

    Bethany says December 18, 2014

    Your welcome Amanda! I’m thinking “more to come!”

Tara says December 17, 2014

Bethany, you are so brave. I’ve been too scared to post a v-log. I think I might have to step outside my cookie cutter thoughts and try one. You are so right…none of us are created the same. It was fun to watch and see you my friend!

    Bethany says December 18, 2014

    Thank you Tara! I’m starting my journey with public speaking…which is, ahem, public. Sometimes I feel like I hide behind my words as a writer. Putting this video out there was a way of saying “Ok, here I am Lord, use me.” More to come I believe!

Barbara Deatherage says December 17, 2014

Thanks, Bethany! I am so glad God is shaping each of us into the unique person He means for us to be so that we can each give glory to Him in our own way!

    Bethany says December 18, 2014

    So wisely out there friend!! Love this! Thank you for dropping by!!

Heather Faria says December 18, 2014

Bethany! This was so great! What a wonderful first video! You are a very gifted speaker and I loved your analogy! Thanks for sharing!

    Bethany says December 18, 2014

    Thanks Heather! This was fun to make! More planned for 2015!

Jennie Goutet says December 18, 2014

It was lovely Bethany. You did a great job! πŸ™‚

I think it’s impossible to have true faith and lead a cookie cutter life. Life is just not that … clean.

    Bethany says December 18, 2014

    Great point! Thanks for the encouragement!

Michelle Anderson says December 18, 2014

Wow! Great video! No cookie cutters in my house! Thank you!

    Bethany says December 18, 2014

    Ha! Great!!! Made me smile friend! Thanks!!

Steph says December 19, 2014

SOOOOOOOO PROUD of you girl!!!!!!!!!!! πŸ™‚

    Bethany says December 19, 2014

    Just in case you can’t see it…I’m smiling big over here!! Thanks for all of your encouragement friend!!

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