I want to encourage you if life has you discouraged and beat up.
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”A. A. Mine
Your strength is your beauty because God is your strength and your endless supply and source of it.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”Psalm 46:1 ESV
Stand tall and strong knowing you are not doing life on your own.
Allow your beauty to shine through because God has you.
Sit back and just breathe knowing God is refreshing you today.
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!
Are you living in a season where everything seems to piling up around you?
Are you struggling with feeling like you are failing at every turn, no matter how hard you try to get everything right?
Are you living in a season where every decision you make is wrong and everything you say is incorrect and disputed?
The struggle may be real, but the reality is not.HD Benson
The reality is, no matter what society says, their opinion is never the reality.
What is real is this, “You are a Child of The King”.
God wants you to know He sees your pain, tears, and frustrations.
He knows what your struggles are and how weary and broken you are from them.
He is calling you, sweet friend.
He is calling you to come spend some quiet time with Him today.
He wants to refresh you and hold you in His arms.
So run to Him and be encouraged and strengthen today.
Disclaimer: I am tempted to hit delete instead of post because this season is real for me as well.
It is my prayer, if you are battling this same battle, that you find rest, peace, and comfort today in the arms of your Heavenly Father, who loves you to pieces.
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. 🤍
As we close out another week, I would like to remind you before you book up your entire weekend with busy work, to think about adding some down time in there as well.
It is my prayer you will be inspired by this quote and it will be enough to cause you to stop and observe how fast your life might be traveling.
“There is more to life than increasing it’s speed.”Mahatma Gandhi
Life has a way of getting ahead of us when we least expect it but, I want to remind you to be conscious of this and mindfully add some time to just sit down and reflect on the week.
Consider asking yourself a few questions.
- Did it go well?
- Did it function well?
- If you struggled, where were those struggles and are they ones you can change around before the next week?
The purpose to life should not be just existing or just surviving. It should be to live life to it’s full abundance.
I know this is hard as I find myself in constant survival mode but, God didn’t create us to be in survival mode. He created us to a light unto the world.
I don’t know if you can relate to this or not but, it is hard for my light to shine brightly when I find myself exhausted and struggling to get one foot in front of the other or when life has me chasing my tail because I’m constantly trying to chase down the chaos.
I found myself desiring and craving a need to change the crazy dance I have found myself dancing. I want to enjoy life and enjoy it to it’s fullest.
Is this you as well? If so, we can work on this together. Let’s start by not adding any more speed to our weekend. Let us make a valiant effort to find or make the time in our weekend ahead to relax and enjoy those who are around us and the quiet time we created.
Happy Friday Friend!!! We can do this!!
Today’s Encouragement is to remind you to not get so wrapped up in the past that you forget to live in the present.
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”Will Rogers
I live in the shadows of my husband who suffers with PTSD and life stopped for us for what seemed like a long time. When life began to spiral out of control back in 2014, it was like life stopped there.
We lived through such a difficult time for so long that it was hard to see that we could start over or at least start where we left off.
It wasn’t until years later that life began to slowly recover from that horrible year and we were finally able to begin the slow process of rebuilding our lives and now we are finally back to a point where I feel like, instead of suffocating, we are able to breathe again.
Do you have a similar experience, but maybe your circumstances that sent you there are different.
Maybe yours stems from the loss of a loved one or from a tragedy? Maybe you had a difficult marriage and the loss of it has torn you up into what feels like tiny little pieces?
It doesn’t matter what the circumstances are that sent you to this difficult spot, what matters is that you have been able to move forward from it.
This is God’s desire for us. He doesn’t want for us to get stuck in our difficult situations, He wants us to use our experiences to grow from. With everything, there is always something good that comes from it. Sometimes we have to look hard for it, but as long as we find it, that is all that truly matters.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.Isaiah 9:2 ESV
Sweet friends, please know that it doesn’t matter how deep your pain is from your difficult experience, what matters is that you are able to move forward now.
Do not let the emotions of the past, hold you up in seeing the blessings of the future.HD Benson
Allow yourself the time to heal from the open wounds of the past so that you are able to move towards the rewards God has for you in the present. For as long as you allow the past to control you, you will not be able to fully enjoy what the present is offering.
My Friend, you are important and God wants you to know He sees your pain, but doesn’t want you to live with it for the rest of your life. He wants you to begin the healing process, but, He needs for you to turn your eyes up on Him for this to happen.
Do not continue to live in the past, but instead, heal from your past so you can reap the rewards of the present.
You’ve got this Friend. If I can do it, I know you can too.
I am sharing one of my favorite Christmas songs with you today. Click on the link in the above image to listen to this beautiful song.
This is one that touches my heart year after year. It is also one that seems to be overlooked, but I don’t know why.
Where’s the line to see Jesus?
Is He here at the store?
If Christmas time is His birthday,
Why don’t we see Him more?Lyrics excerpt from Becky Kelley’s song, “Where’s The Line To See Jesus”
As many of us grow more tired and weary from the hustle and bustle of this very busy season, I want to encourage you to take a moment to warm your tired and weary heart with the sweet lyrics to this Christmas song.
I also want to inspire you to take a moment to sit back and breathe. Enjoy the twinkling lights, the soft sounds, and the sweet smells of the season that you brought to life for your family and friends.
Lastly, I want to remind that it is ok to take a moment to open your heart, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you.
May you find a sense of peace and joy in the few days left of the Christmas season.
Are you struggling with something today?
There is hope.
There is hope in the Lord.
He comes to you bearing His strength and His shield.
“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”
Psalms 33:20 NIV
Reach out and grab the strength He is giving you and cling to the hope of the outcome for anything God gives us is worth the wait.
Big hugs, Friend as you wait.
As we move into the holiday season, we can find it a stressful and exhausting season.
If you are like me and you are already exhausted, then we could be walking into this season feeling defeated and discouraged.
I am here to remind you today, in case you forget, how important you are and that everything you are doing is making a difference.
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”William James
Take some time this weekend to rest, refresh, and reset yourself.
Rest is an obvious suggestion while refresh can mean anything.
What does this mean to you?
To me it means to do something that has been weighing heavy on me.
To me what will be refreshing will be to finish decorating for Christmas so I can sit back on the busy work days and relax in the beauty of my home.
It also means to sort through my everyday stuff that I took down to decorate and put it in the attic until after the holiday season.
If this is accomplished before I go back to work on Monday, then I will feel productive and accomplished which will help to make me feel refreshed.
I just have to remember to rest and reset, which if I’m not careful, could be overlooked.
How about you? What does this look like to you? What do you want to do to refresh and reset yourself?
No matter what this looks like, remember these simple words, “You are making a difference.”
All too many times when we find ourselves in a state of exhaustion, our minds begin to lie to us, telling us we are not important and what we are doing is foolish.
My friend, do not believe these lies. Instead, remember, “You are Important!”
Take the time this weekend to rest, refresh, and reset.