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It Takes Special Guys To Be Dad’s

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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

Being a father is an important job and one of the most important ones you will have.

I know for me I had an amazing one.

My dad was special because he was one before he had to be. This is because he wasn’t my biological one.

My back story is that my biological father left my family when I was very young and because I was so small I don’t remember him, which does not break my heart because I have always had a dad.

My dad became my dad when I was 5 years old.

He would play ball and games with me. He would read to me. He would love me like a true dad loves their child, but when he was doing this, he wasn’t my dad yet.

Over the years our relationship grew as a father and child would and then one day my mom and dad got married and he then became my dad legally.

Due to the time he invested in me, we didn’t have to grow our relationship after he became my dad because we already had one.

Instead, the only thing that changed was that I could introduce him as my dad. That was a sweet time in my life.

So, in honoring our dads out there, I want to take a moment to say to the nonbiological dads,

“Any guy can be a father, but it takes a special guy to be a dad.”

To the dads who are investing in kids that are not their own biologically, I see you too, because you are a special guy.

To the biological dads, stay engaged with your kids because you too are investing in their lives.

Keep up the good work guys because your kids are watching you, mimicking you, and are loving you.

Love your kids not just today, but every day. Invest your time into them and grow those relationships with them.

Love on them as you love their mom.

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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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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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Living Intentional This Fall

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Let’s make an attempt to live intentional this weekend.

I am going to present a life challenge to all of us.

Life moves fast and if we are not careful, fall will surpass us all and the holidays will be here.

My challenge this weekend is to do something this fall that makes you happy.

What this looks like will be different for everyone.

Does it mean buying mums or pumpkins for your porch or setting a fall scape for your dining room table?

Does it mean taking your kids to a pumpkin patch or picking apples at an apple orchard?

Does it mean going for a drive through the country side or enjoy making s’mores outside at your fire pit?

This challenge isn’t meant to be a competition, but is meant to give you the motivation to make the time to stop living the busy, the chores, the errands, but to live and relax for a meaningful moment this weekend.

Please feel free to take an extra moment and share your experience below. I would love to share this moment with you.

Happy Fall Y’all! Take some time to enjoy it this weekend.

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Waiting In The Shadows

Waiting is the life of a mother.

We wait for our kids to come along.

We wait for them to be born.

We wait for them to go to school.

We wait for them to graduate from high school.

We wait for them to graduate from college.

We wait for them to get married.

With every passing year and every milestone they reach, we celebrate with them the victories and accomplishments they make along the way.

Today is a big day for so many parents. So many kids went back to school, some for the first time, some for the last time.

No matter what the season you are in, mom, stand by your kids, they need you during every step of their journey.

They may not believe they need you, but as moms we know it to be true.

Big hugs to those who shed tears of joy today and big hugs to those who shed tears of sadness.

It is you who stands by their side and if they don’t already know it, they will one day, you are important to them.

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Strength Has Power Over Shaken

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When life has turned you upside down and inside out, stand firm on this simple truth…

“ I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16:8

No matter what has you shaken remember God still has a plan for you.

“For I know the plan I have for you.”

Jeremiah 29:11

My Friend, I promise, I know how hard this is to live by, as well as remember on many days, but this is why I’m here today.

I am here to remind us both that we can get up, start our day, and move.

We can move, despite the paralyzed feeling of pain, anxiety, grief, or fear.

God is our strength when we have none.

Be encouraged sweet friend! You are not alone. You are never alone.

Lean on your Creator because He will give you the strength to move and the direction in which to move in.

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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Nothing Is Impossible, Because I’m Possible

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Today’ Monday Motivation is to remind you that everything is possible as you begin this week. 

“Nothing is impossibleThe word itself say’s, “I’m possible.””

Audrey Hepburn 

No matter what obstacles you may be facing, if you have a goal, dream, or vision; do not let the power of fear prevent you from obtaining it.

It is better to get a no for an answer, than to let fear prevent you from going forward and doing something you believe in. 

Have a wonderful week my friend!

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God Gave You Strength For Today

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Today’s reminder is to encourage you to know you are strong enough to deal with everything you may be struggling with.

“God gave you this life because He knew you were strong enough to live it.”

Author Unknown

Take some time today to, “Stop, Relax, and Breathe”.

This will refresh your soul and prepare you for the week ahead.

Big hugs if you need one. 🤍