Have you ever hit a brick wall? No, really, have you?

As a writing teacher, idioms are a blast to teach: a drop in the bucket, a blessing in disguise, a chip on the shoulder, ants in the pants, etc. In 2011, one idiom cried out to me: hit a brick wall. Sometimes in life, no matter how hard we try, things won’t change.

According to the Idiom dictionary, hit a/the (brick) wall  (informal) means, “when you are trying to achieve something, you reach a situation where you cannot make any more progress.” The key here being, “cannot make any more progress.” You pray. You plead. You try harder. And, nothing.

Boy, over the years I’ve pushed against many brick walls—all in an effort to “fit in.” But last year, after years of trying to fit in, God actually said, “Enough, Janell. Move on.” The “moving on” was both daunting and liberating. It is never easy to leave a community of faith. A church family. But, sometimes, if I am honest, we just don’t “fit.” All of my efforts to fit in left me exhausted and numb. Today’s fresh word shares how God used a fresh word from Galatians to help me in a very difficult time.

I’m going to spend the next few months writing about my “hitting the brick wall” and would love for you to share any/all stories you might have about your experiences. If you would, take about twelve minutes to listen to today’s VLOG, and then consider sharing your story with me. Now I know you probably won’t want to post it on a public blog, so send via janellrardon@me.com. If interested and need a little more guidance, download the SHARE YOUR STORY pdf on janellrardon.com


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