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EP. 157: Brave Enough to Be Broken with Toni Collier

Let’s go back in time for a second. 
 
Imagine it’s the first day of first grade at your new school. Anxiously scanning the room, you look for a place to sit. You walk past some tables. No eye contact. When finally, a girl with a sweet grin asks you if you want to sit down. 
 
Victory! 
 
You sit down and observe the social dynamics. Things are going well. The girls are mostly talking to each other, but they occasionally ask you a question about your old school. All is well until, from behind your back, you hear some snickering. Some whispering. 
 
You just know it’s about you. 
 
Incoherent, general babble ensues until you make out one singular phrase. 
 
She’s so weird.” 
 
Wait, what?
 
Weird?
 
Who said that? They don’t even know me. I’m new here! 
 
And just like that, you’ve been labeled “the weird, new kid.”
 
Okay, you can come back to real life now. 
 
Now I know that wasn’t the most fun of exercises, but it illustrates something profound and timeless.
 

“Our labels, whether chosen or unchosen, form how we think, who we become, and how we think about who we become.” 

Toni Collier, founder of an international women’s ministry called Broken Crayons Still Colorand I sat down to chat about rewriting these labels, finding healing, and ultimately, what it looks like to overcome the lies that are placed upon us… the heart of her new book Brave Enough to be Broken.
 
Toni provides a gorgeous image about crayons – how when they’re taken out of the box, they are perfect and unblemished. How unused crayons can create perfectly straight lines, but are limited in how much surface area they can reach. She compares this to broken crayons – how their imperfect, worn edges allow for beautiful, unique, “not so perfect” images to be created. 
 
Just like us! 

 

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We are beautifully broken, and God wants to use us to create something beautiful and accessible. 
 
Toni also led me into a conversation taken from a focus of her new devotional “Overcomer: Defeating Anxiety and Abuse.”  I don’t want to spoil it too much, and we talk about SO MUCH good stuff, but it emphasized a few key takeaways.
 
Overcoming is who you are. 
Overcoming is what you do. 
Overcoming is active. 
 

We must prepare, endure, and actively choose to live life on the offense in order to be prepared when the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroY.

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So what does it look like to overcome?

In this episode of The Mary Marantz Show, Mary chats with author, ministry leader, and speaker, Toni Collier. The two discuss Toni’s new book “Brave Enough to Be Broken as well as the new devotional “Overcomer: Defeating Anxiety and Abuse.”
 
In this episode, author and speaker Toni Collier drops some serious wisdom on:
  • Why rewriting our labels often requires long healing processes.
  • How overcoming these false identities necessitates mountain-moving faith and
  • How to prepare in the “off season”
 
May this episode be your reminder: 
 

“Sometimes OVERCOMING is painful, but it is always fruitful.”

I can’t wait for you to take a listen! And if you are looking to give up comparing, performing, and achieving for your worth, I think you’ll LOVE my new book Slow Growth Equals Strong Roots! Available now everywhere books are sold! And while you’re at it, take our Achiever Quiz to see which of the 5 Achiever Types you are….

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