By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Pecans. Walnuts. Sunflower nuts.
No oils, salts, or additives.
Raw nuts.
I swore I'd never eat them and now I absolutely love them.
They're my favorite "go-to" and munchable throughout the day and deemed deliciously flavorable and favorable by me.
This isn't to say that I don't enjoy salty, greasy, flavored nuts;
I do and I eat them, but my "likes" have changed dramatically over the years and the new changes agree deliciously.
Change is wonderfully inevitable!
 Mmmm ...
When did this happen?
Curiously and mysteriously, internal changes in me over the past years have translated  themselves into every area of life and exciting new passions, activities, and relationships have been mine as a result. Should we be surprised that my diet has been affected also?
I don't think so.
The gradual changes which have taken place in me the past years, indeed, might well be summed up by "raw nuts."
I've come to not only appreciate the "raw" but relish it and not just in reference to nuts.
Consider life in the raw as I am living it:
+Raw Soul
+Raw truth and raw confession has had a profound impact on my soul these past years and the raw mercy and rich grace which God has supplied me with has been found entirely satisfying and sustaining.
Confession is good and growthful for the soul and the individual that meets God "in the raw" experiences abundant life to the same.
Another handful of raw please.
+Raw Facts
Raw truth no longer scares me as it once did, but rather, it now greatly appeals to me.
I find myself in true camaraderie with raw, real, rich, meaty individuals whom I love deeply and dearly. I appreciate and value conversations that are real, earnest, and mingled with honesty, doubts, hurts, and true confessions ... and find myself unsatisfied with the salty and well preserved.
More company in the raw please.
 Note to self: Truth is savory and good even when it doesn't taste amazing at first and doesn't go down well.
Keep at it ...
Raw truth is an acquired taste.
+Raw Adventure
Adventures that include caving, hiking, wilderness, nature, and exploration of almost any kind "in the raw" motivates, spurs, and energizes me.
I just can't get enough!
My desires lie to the north, south, east, and west and I"ve many places yet to experience my soul says.
More adventures in the raw please.
+Raw Courage
Raw courage is forged by raw contact with painful encounters and experiences in life.
It's composed of confession, confrontation, and confidence.
Courage is a contact sport.
It involves vulnerability, rejection, fear, distress, and discomfort but it satisfies with truth, riches, realness, and raw conformity to the Spirit.
More raw courage please.
Next time you're in the convenience store,
grab a fresh bag of raw nuts and see what they do for you.
Eat them slow, savor them, and keep on eating them.
They'll grow on you eventually.
And then ...
Share something raw with another and that'll grow on you too.
Keep it raw and keep it real ...
That's the deal.
Pecans and Walnuts.
Share some with me.