On Being Human {a guest post at Victoria Doyle’s}

Happy Wednesday my friends!  I mentioned in Monday’s post that I had a guest post coming up soon — and today’s the day.

My new friend Victoria is hosting my words at her place and lemme tell ya, I’m honored.  This gal is a blessing and she is fierce.  AND?  When I sent her the first version of this piece, she gave me the most honest, incredible feedback — possibly that I’ve ever received.  This piece is better {and riskier} because of her input.  I’m thankful to her for pushing me a bit further out of my comfort zone than I would have ventured on my own.

Okay.  Deep breath.

I hereby offer my words to you, beginning here, and then concluding over at Victoria’s place.  Please join me there, and even leave feedback (either here in my space or over at Victoria’s) if you’d like.  It would bless me, and her, so much.

On Being Human


I felt strong today.

Unafraid, alive, and authentic.

I walked in and I owned the room.  Not in a way that drew unnecessary attention, but in a way that was confident, not desperate for approval, and therefore wide open and ready to love well.  Able to give of myself unhindered.

I was secure.  Steady.

That was this morning. Tonight?  I find myself raw, feeling anything but steady.  How can a person swing so far in one day?  My heart weighs a thousand pounds and it’s bleeding a bit – aching with this desperation to feel seen.  Understood.  Embraced in my core.

It’s my Achilles heel, this weakness.  It’s all too familiar.

I take deep breath after deep breath, reaching for relief from the pressure on my chest.  It’s not physical — it’s emotional and even with all my sighing, it doesn’t lift.


Inviting you to finish reading my heart over at Victoria’s.  Your presence, both here and there, is treasured.

 Also – linking this post up at Jennifer Dukes Lee’s for #TellHisStory and Emily Wierenga’s for #ImperfectProse.

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7 Responses to On Being Human {a guest post at Victoria Doyle’s}

  1. Jana says:

    Dana, your words were perfectly timed today, God is just so good like that. Thank you for sharing your heart!

    • danalynnb says:

      Jana, I’m so thankful for how the Lord orchestrates details to meet the exact needs of our hearts. Love hearing about His goodness to you – so thankful you shared!!

  2. jerusha says:

    Oh my gosh, Dane! I needed that this morning. Thanks again for letting us in on your beautiful and processing heart:)

  3. This was the comment I tried to leave at Victoria’s, but was unable for some tech reason:

    Oh, Dana, you tell my story. That hunger to be accepted and heard and seen and known. Not to be boxed in. How desperately I, too, want to be affirmed and not fixed, understood as one in process. God is so good to us in this, isn’t he, friend? It’s painful — no doubt, but I’m so grateful for his relentless pursuit. And your honesty and your heart about the ways you need grace and are hungry for it — how this speaks to me right where I am. I just love you more all the time. Really, I do.
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    • danalynnb says:

      YES my friend – this process is painful, relentless, and the sweetest experience in the world. I’m so thankful for how you see me and get my heart, for the ways God’s put you and me together that are similar to each other. I see you and I’m so thankful for who you are… and for your friendship. I love you!

  4. Sarah says:

    Dana, I am always so encouraged by how you seek the Lord continually. You won’t be satisfied until your heart is completely enveloped in His heart…and it will be, because He is faithful, and because you are faithful to keep seeking.
    Love you, friend.
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