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You Are Not Alone

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I want to send out a note of encouragement to those who may be struggling during this time of celebration.

As the holiday season comes to a close and we approach a new year, often times the pain we are holding now, we take with us.

There are many who are:

  • Experiencing health issues and are in the hospital
  • Fighting against complicated health issues
  • Struggling financially
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one
  • Lonely
  • Lost
  • Suffering with PTSD and other emotional disorders

These problems do not discriminate because of a holiday season or a time of celebration nor do they automatically go away.

But, be encouraged my friend!

God sees you.

He sees your pain.
He is drying your tears.
He is calming your fears.
He is healing your body.
He is healing your heart.
He is meeting your every need!

Here is an encouraging verse to cling to today.

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; He is mine forever.

Psalm 75:26

Hang in there and know you are not alone. God has not abandoned you or forsaken you, instead He is holding you and is strengthening you.

Big hugs! ❤️

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Christmas, A Time of Reflection and Many Emotions

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Merry Christmas to everyone who is on Christmas vacation and Christmas break.

It is my sincere and heartfelt message that you are able to make some precious memories and spend some quality time together.

Take the time to rest and watch Christmas movies together.

Take the time to fill your home with the sweet aroma of home baked Christmas cookies together.

Take the time to build a uniquely “your own” gingerbread house together.

If you live where it snows, take some time to play in the snow together. Make a snow angel family, go sliding, or make a snowman and then enjoy some creamy hot chocolate afterwards.

Take some time to sit in front of the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree or the warmth and sparkle of a fire in a fireplace to reconnect with the relationships you have missed or have been struggling with.

The time you spend and the memories you make will be the best present you can give to each other this year or any year.

To those who are not on vacation and are struggling, whether it is with grief, loneliness, discouragement, frustration, anger, or PTSD, know you are not alone. I see you.

For many, it is hard to see the joy the holiday season brings, but if this is you, I want you to know you are not alone.

It is my prayer God will soften the pain you feel and will provide you with a peace to see the sparkle of joy this season whether it is through a song that will touch your heart or the twinkling of Christmas lights you may see in the passing of your day.

It is also my prayer this verse will touch your heart and provide you with the comfort and peace you didn’t know was possible to feel again.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 NIV

God wants us to remember that He sent His Son to give us the assurance there is better to come.

We don’t need to be hopeless or discouraged because no matter how bad life may seem right now, there is better to come.

Take some time in the week to come to seek God and receive His gift of grace, peace, and comfort.

Big hugs to those who are struggling and suffering today and big hugs to those who are celebrating the season with those who have embraced them.

Merry Christmas to all my friends and followers.

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Gratitude Through Blessings and Hardships

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Gratitude Can Be Hard During Difficult Seasons

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

I hope today is one that is full of sweet blessings and the making of sweet memories.

I am, however, mindful of the many who are struggling despite it being a holiday.

If you are one who is struggling, I will send up prayers for you.

If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, I will pray for you.

If you are feeling lost and lonely, I will pray for you.

If you have a heavy heart, I will pray for you.

If you lost your job, I will pray for you.

If you have family you can’t spend time with, I will pray for you.

If you have a Service Member who is not home or is deployed, I will pray for you.

If you have a loved one working today, I will pray for you.

If you have a sick loved one, I will pray for you.

Today is a day of mixed blessings and emotions for so many because life, although it is beautiful, can still be messy no matter if it is a holiday or not.

I have a challenge for everyone, whether it is a wonderful day or whether it is one that is difficult.

Seek to find your blessings today.

“… Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬ ‭NIV

So what are you thankful for?

Let’s share our blessings. I am looking forward to seeing your responses.

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Cultivate What is Yours Instead of Being Envious of What is Not

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“The grass is not greener on the other side, instead, take the time to tend your own.”

Unknown Author

Before you envy the life of others, take time to tend to yours because you have no idea what is hidden in theirs.

Unfortunately, we find it easier to be frustrated with our own life and envy others as well as long for what they have.

This is a dangerous way to live because many people have the ability to keep their difficulties masked behind a smile or a blank look.

You have no idea how difficult of a life they are living because they have mastered the art of living a life with a mask on, so you do not see their reality or their truth.

Instead, God encourages us to not envy that which is not ours.

“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”

James‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When you look to others in an envious way, you will be met with constant disappointments because God promises to not bless us.

Instead, take the time to cultivate what you have in front of you. Take the time to build your own home, family, and relationships.

When you do, God will bless you in areas you didn’t know was possible.

He will bless…

… your family
… your relationships
… your finances
… your health

He will bless you everywhere you need a blessing.

Be happy with what choices you have made and be encouraged to accept what your difficulties may be because you may find yours are better than those who you envy.

Be encouraged today to live what is yours.

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Wisdom Prevails While Pride Destroys

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This was my daily email Bible verse for today.

“Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.”

Proverbs 13:10

Is this an area you are struggling with in your life right now?

If the answer is yes, try making a conscious effort to break this cycle.

I am going to give you a word for the day to serve as a reminder to ponder through out the day and to prepare yourself for when you encounter prideful situations.

Word of The Day

Wisdom

Instead of starting a debate or a quarrel with someone over an issue, take a step back and say, “No!”

This is not worth my effort.

I am going to refuse to be prideful right now.

I don’t need to be.

I don’t need to prove my point to this degree.

I refuse to look badly in this circumstance.

No, instead I am going to make a wise choice to just walk away.

Choose wisely what choices you make.

Seek God’s direction in how to best handle your situation.

Not every situation needs an immediate open mouth insert foot response.

Instead, remember to do this;

Stop… Pray for wisdom… and Allow God to show you how to respond.

If that does not work there is always the distraction method.

Stop… drop… and roll only because that is the one we all remember best.

They may think you are a weirdo and may need professional help, but one thing is for sure… you won’t come across as prideful in your situation. 😂

I’m sorry! I couldn’t resist.

The important key to remember is this, God looks down on those being prideful.

Instead, He wants us to choose wisdom because for every wise choice we make in our life, we will be in His favor and He will bless us for the decisions and choices we make.

I hope this helps for you to start your day with some inspiration, motivation, and just a tiny bit of humor for your day.

Let’s all make wise choices today and say, “no” to anything prideful.

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Giving Our Children Our Time

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I spent the afternoon helping my daughter get ready for her preschoolers this week.

I did not have this help as I grew up, and because I didn’t, it is my intention to help her as long as I am able to do so.

She made some fall and Christmas play dough mats, pumpkins that the kids can put faces on, and this adorable little scarecrow to help with her story times.

This cute little scarecrow is by far my most favorite of what I helped her do today.

Between the two of us, we spend a lot of Sundays preparing for the new school week.

This week was no different. However, for me I offered my assistance to her instead.

Motherhood/parenthood doesn’t ever just stop because the kids grow older and I am thankful it doesn’t.

I am richly blessed to be a mom and to also be an active one as well.

Do you still help your kids with activities?

If you do, leave a comment below explaining what you do still.

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Beauty Does Not Require Competition

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Does nature compete with others to stand out in the crowd?

No!

God made it’s beauty to stand out all on it’s own.

All the more we should look to the beauty of nature and learn the lesson God is teaching.

He made each and everyone of us uniquely beautiful, therefore you do not need to compete with others to stand out in a crowd.

“You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way.”

Songs of Solomon 4:7 NLT

Today’s Encouragement is simple… Stand Tall & Beautiful because God made you that way.

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Monday’s To-Do List

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Monday Motivation

Today’s motivation is to encourage you to be strong, determined, and motivated to make the best of what this week is to hold for you.

Monday’s To-Do List

  • Make my bed
  • Be determined
  • Be grateful

If we start our week with the mind set of these three simple principles, then we have mentally prepared ourselves for a more positive outcome.

Now, to briefly examine this list.

  • Make my bed

Who makes their bed everyday?

I for one, believe by getting up and making my bed I have already accomplished a simple task for the day. Every time I go to my bedroom, I am reminded this is done and it makes me feel better about myself.

If you do not make your bed every day, I challenge you to try it for just a week and see if it helps to change your perspective to starting your day.

  • Be determined

If I was not determined to do what is often times hard, I would not have the motivation to push through what is difficult.

Think about the areas in your life you struggle with.

Do you have the strength and determination to push through what is difficult to accomplish what is important to you?

Be encouraged knowing God will give you the strength to fight for what is important. He will give you the determination you need to accomplish this task, just be sure to ask.

Do not rely on your own strength, or you will fall short of completion.

Remember these words…

“He who has prepared us for this very thing is God…”

2 Corinthians 5:5
  • Be grateful

Lastly, be grateful for everything you accomplish and do not take it for granted.

For where our gratitude is, there will be a sense of accomplishment.

Remember this verse God gave us.

“… Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you.”

‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:18‬

Gratitude is as powerful as determination in accomplishing tasks.

If you’re not thankful for what you have and what you have accomplished, then why bother working towards accomplishing the goal?

If your week looks like it will be long and difficult, then be encouraged by these inspirational words…

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.”

Oscar Wilde

Today may be the day that you need to try changing your perspective at how you look at your trial or difficulty.

Instead, look at it as a blessing in disguise. What is it trying to teach you? What are you meant to learn from it.

Maybe the blessing is found by trying to accomplish it a different way. All too many times we get tunnel vision and do not see there is a better way.

My friend, now you have been equipped with some motivation, here is to a happy and accomplished week.

You’ve Got This!

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Commitment Leads To Accomplishments

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As we begin a new week, think about what accomplishments you desire.

Will they be difficult to obtain, but your desire is great?

Stand firm on this verse,

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Do not give up! Stand strong and stay committed.

Do not grow weary for God will give you the strength to persevere and will bless you for your commitment.

“Commitment is the foundation of great accomplishments.” Heidi Reeder

You’ve got this.

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Transforming Love Ministries Presents: She Steps Forward With Grace Virtual Women’s Conference

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She Steps Forward With Grace Virtual Women’s Conference

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I am partnered up with Transforming Love Ministries (a women’s ministry) for the launch of this year’s 2021 Annual Women’s Conference / She Steps Forward with Grace Virtual Conference.

Mark your calendars for March 26-27, 2021, and to order your tickets, head over to her website Transforming Love Ministries (click on the link provided).

Due to the Corona Virus, she is unable to do a live conference, so she made arrangements this year to allow it to be done virtually.

We are prayerful that lives will be touched by this year’s conference.

We are seeking help in spreading the word since time is short. If you know ladies would would be interested, please share this information and the link provided above.

Lastly, please don’t forget to order your tickets today to reserve your place for this inspirational and encouraging God filled weekend.

I will try to continue to advertise on my blog for this amazing weekend so stay tuned for future updates on the speaker line up as well.

Until we meet again, God Bless and prayerfully consider attending this Virtual Women’s Conference.