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Grace and Mercy Your Way Through The Struggles

Encouragement Today

D0B94783-EBA6-4E86-BD3F-9B45D60BC658Today’s encouragement was inspired by the quote,

“It’s not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it’s what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!” – Robert Kiyosaki

My friend, today’s message is simple. ”Be nice to yourself!” 

It does not matter how hard, difficult, or challenging your week has been. Be gentle with yourself. Offer yourself the grace and mercy you would share with others if you saw them struggling as well.

It is the end of the week. Celebrate the fact you survived all that you may have fought against to get here.

Way to go, Friend! I am proud of you.

If you would like to share your accomplishments, feel free to leave a comment below and we can rejoice together.

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Pressing Forward

Encouragement Today

design-152 Today’s encouragement was inspired by this quote,

“Whenever you’re tempted to dwell in the past, repeat this word: forward. Brainstorm one positive thought and action to use to keep you moving forward. When you’re tempted to indulge in a negative, regressive behavior, swap it for one that will move you forward.” Karen Salmansohn

Do not allow your negative thoughts to take control over your life. Ask God to show you the where the truth lies in your negative thinking so you can avoid the self-destruction the negative thoughts can create.

Seek God’s wisdom to show you how to turn this negativity into something positive so you can move forward more easily than battling the constant struggle which negativity can cause.

Have the courage to push forward even though the road may be bumpy and rocky and often not clearly marked knowing that when you reach your destination, it will be more beautiful than you could have ever imagined. Your blessing for the difficult journey will be worth the work when you get there. 

Have a spectacular day as you press “forward” in your day!!!
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Leave Your Worries In The Past

Encouragement Today and Weekend Reminder

24B278FD-2A70-4A07-A792-D51835E0C1CA.pngToday’s image is a simple reminder to find rest this weekend.

“Leave all your troubles in the past and have a wonderful weekend ahead.”

Unknown Author

With this being Easter weekend, it is my prayer you take the time to sit back and reflect on the real meaning of Easter. Look beyond the eggs, the bunnies, and the bonnets, and examine the relationship you have with God.

My friend, take this holiday weekend and find your time of relaxation and reflection. Reflect back to why God sent His Son to the cross to die and rise again three days later. Why would He do this for you and me? How has this changed your life?

It is my prayer you will find a peace in your revelation allowing you to sit back and truly relax this weekend. Allow God the time to provide you with the needs and desires of your heart and through this you will find a restoration you need in your life.

Happy Easter Weekend, My Friend!

Disclaimer, I edited this posting from last night. I was unable to stay awake when I was trying to write it from pure exhaustion. Please forgive me for writing such an incomplete post.

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Cross Linked Social Media

6AEF3C5B-15D0-48EE-8DBF-019222C7944CAttention my Instagram Friends, I have created an IG account to cross link my blog to this account.

It is my prayer as this year continues to start a home business to bring in some extra money. It is my desire to create a logo brand from my blog as well as other great craft ideas to sell.

I need to help my family financially, but with all the health issues they experience, it is better that I figure out how to do this from home.

I am going to ask for your prayers as I start this new journey. I know God is behind me as I feel a peace about this endeavor, but I need God’s guidance in making important decisions.

You can access this Instagram account by linking up to the IG link to the right of this page.

Thank you for your prayers.

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Free Yourself From The Mask of Lies

My Heartfelt Thank You!

To my faithful followers and readers this week, thank you for accommodating me as I had to process the loss of my little guy.

03F8333A-7804-49B5-870B-86C425ADBEEFI am trying to clear my head and get back into the “game” of life. I will try to change my focus back over to things that impact the lives of others. It is my desire to continue to touch others by my words and my actions.

I know you all do not know who I am or what I am about, but I have to confess, what you saw this week was a new and changing me. Had I lost my little guy back in December you wouldn’t have even known he existed. I would not have written about him. You would definitely not have seen the pain of the experience. I would have hidden behind a fake smile and a fake, “I am okay.”

I was raised believing you do not show others your real emotions if they are packed with hurt and pain. You keep those emotions hidden in your heart. Now as I am on this journey of change, I can see first hand how this is wrong and damaging.

I know this week has been an extremely difficult one. It has been wrought with pain and tears, worry, concern and everything I would have hid behind just a month ago.  So in turn with the attempt to hide behind a lie, I would have used the mask of anger as my crutch to deal with the pain.

My friends, I don’t know about you, but I am personally tired of hiding behind this  mask of anger. It was so freeing to experience my real emotions, no matter how difficult they were, as I processed the loss of my little guy. It was refreshing to share that grief and pain then it would have been to hide from it.

Thank you for accommodating me as I used my blog to experience this change in my life. I will eventually be able to look back at the progress I have made as I continue to trek forward in my journey of change.

Now as the days continue to pass and my brain becomes more clearer, I will be able to write more thought provoking posts, but right at this moment, as I allow my heart to replace the pain with memories I have to catch up as well on some sleep. This will also enable me to clear my mind.

What you all do not know is that for the past three months my little guy was seriously struggling with his health issues. He was no longer able to sleep through the night. He would wake me up several times which prevented me from getting quality sleep. I mostly only napped at night instead of sleeping, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I have a clear conscience knowing I did everything I could to keep him as happy and comfortable as I could. Although now I have to learn how to sleep again, since that went on for so long.

It is nice to know when I go to bed, that unless I need to get up for some reason, that I will be able to stay in bed all night. I figure by the end of the week, I will begin to see my new life without sleep interruptions and with great sadness. It will all be replaced by valuable sleep and precious memories.

It is my prayer for those of you who have learned to hide behind the same mask of emotional lies that you are able to find the place where you able to tear that mask off of allow yourself to live a life of real emotions and you will find living a life of real emotions will free you from an emotional bondage that has you weighed down physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

Please learn from my years of emotional bondage that this is not a healthy way of life. Free yourself starting today and allow yourself to feel your “real” emotions. You will be so relieved when you do.

Your challenge for today is to openly express your real emotions. Take that ugly mask of lies off and allow the true healing begin.

You are beautiful without that ugly mask. Allow your heart to breathe. 

Lastly, remember… You Are…. Enough! 

Do this for “You”!

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Needing Strength Today?

Encouragement Today

January 6, 2018

Strength comes in many forms.

Most of which we have no control over.

The strength we need to survive life’s struggles comes from above. No matter how difficult life may become, trust in your God above to meet your every need and to provide you with His supernatural strength.

“It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:32‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Hang tight, My Friend,  if you are feeling weak today. Seek God’s face and allow Him to renew your weakness with a new found strength to survive what you are battling.

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Run Away Thoughts

Are Your Thoughts Overwhelming You?

What am I thinking? What am I feeling?

Am I the only one who ponders this?

I know that the feeling of being overwhelmed is great.

The feeling of constant stress is always present.

How do I get away, how do I escape it all?

95FF453A-3978-4ED1-BA9B-DD1B2903D7F8If I had these answers, then I could escape the reality of all these mixed up emotions and constant concerns.

Do you ever feel this way?

If you are questioning if the feelings are real, I can reassure you they are and they don’t just go away because you wish them to.  They go away only when you address them head on and when you seek guidance from God through prayer.

Unfortunately, the results don’t always occur quickly. Most of the time you have to experience patience, perseverance, and trust in order to get to the end of what is hurting or concerning you.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I believe God allows these difficulties to occur in our lives to either teach us lessons or show us something we need to change in our lives. He wants to use our experiences to mold us and shape us into what He designed us for. I believe He allows them to make us stronger.

Nothing is ever a surprise to God. Trust and believe in Him to protect you and to guide you and know He loves you more then you could possibly comprehend. Take refuge in Him and rest under His wing of protection.

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭9:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My friend, I can empathize in your frustration at how hard life can be, but we have to hold our heads up high and know God has not abandoned us or forsaken us. He is always there protecting us from the harm the enemy is trying to do to us.

Stand firm and strong knowing that no matter how long your trials or circumstances are that nothing lasts forever, even if you are feeling like they are. 

Hold your head up high. You’ve got this. Many hugs.

* Disclaimer ~ These words were not set out to be written. They were words that just occurred which is why this post feels like it is so choppy. It is my prayer that whoever this was written for that you find a peace through them.