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Knowing You Are Important

Sometimes being a mom… is having to do the tough stuff when you don’t want to. 

It is having to give your child 4 shots worth of infusions after she already experienced 40 shots in her head earlier in the day. 

Sometimes it is showing up for them when you are so tired you can’t fathom taking one more step in the day. 

It is sacrificing your career because you decide their education is more important to you than what you set out to do for yourself. 

Sometimes it is holding them when they are hurt or sick. 

Sometimes it is falling on your knees in prayer because you are desperate to help them when no one else can. 

Mom’s, when you begin to doubt yourself and your ability to be a “mom”, stop yourself and give yourself the grace to know that no matter how hard the day is or how hard the “season” you are in is, that God sees you. 

He knows your heart. He knows your pain. He drys your tears and He gives you the grace to get up in the morning to see that it is a new day. 

Remember, no matter how bad today was or how tired and frustrated you may be, know you are making a difference. Know God made you to be the “perfect mom” to your children and it wasn’t by accident. 

As a result, He will bless you with the strength, knowledge, grace, and wisdom you need to raise them. 

Big hugs mom as you start your day or you are ending your day.

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Blessings Await During The Storms

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Today’s Encouragement

As I got up exhausted this morning, I strolled to my kitchen, only to be reminded God’s blessings come in His timing and not in mine.

Are you struggling in an area where you just keep praying over something in your life and you have been waiting for an answer or a direction?

Be encouraged by His words:

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

My friend, I encourage you to not give up. God is hearing you. He hears your desperate pleas. He knows your fears and frustrations. He is wiping your tears away while He is holding you in His arms.

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Blessed Is A Fresh New Week

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The start of a new week is here again.

Be blessed and encouraged by a fresh new start.

Do not take the stress of last week into the fresh start of this new week.

May God richly bless you with a sweet harvest of all you have invested in.

Whether that is a big business deal, a hard week of teaching, a hard week of studying, or hours of research for a new venture in life.

God knows what you have been doing and He promises to meet us where our needs and desires meet, so long as they are within His plan for us.

Have a great week!

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Simple Reminders

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I am sharing a simple reminder just because you think you have everything planned out and measured just perfectly in life, that if this isn’t what God’s plans are, He will be changing them and redirecting you. 

Don’t get upset or frustrated, just go along with the flow and trust He always knows what is best for us.

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Let The Light Shine Through Your Darkness

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I am sharing some inspiration with you today.

I found these words encouraging while listening to our church online.

Never doubt in the dark what God gave you in the light.”

Grant Etheridge

It is also crucial to not let your circumstances change your trust in God.

I had a thought today to go back and revisit the word of the year that everyone created. I would be curious whose word is appropriate for this crisis now?

My friend, if you find yourself struggling today, lean on God for the strength you need to get through.

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Breathe Through The Uncertainty

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Living The Everyday Life

Episode 2

I don’t know about you, but we have had a months worth of Mondays all in one.

We started the day out with my daughter struggling to be an adult today.

Her computer crashed over the weekend, which to anyone who works from home or is an online college student knows this is a very bad thing to happen.

She has to have a new computer up and running before Wednesday when her next lesson is due.

This was very difficult on her because we learned no one wants to give a young adult any form of credit. This was extremely messy and stressful, but after jumping through several obstacles, we figured out how to get this to come together.

In the end our sweet family friend, who is stationed in Italy, gave her the best advice to find her computer as well as our family who helped her financially, were all able to pull together everything she needed to find her computer thus putting an end to this very stressful morning.

No matter how frustrated we were, God protected her, even though it was hard to see while we met rejection and denial after denial.

I tell this nightmare story to remind you that no matter what your plans are, God’s plans will always trump yours, but be encouraged, because no matter what His plans are, they will always be better than yours.

Just because you don’t understand why something is going wrong, do not fear, because God is not surprised.

It may not be easy to remember, but if you can, take a step back and trust in God to have your plan and your journey already figured out.

He will not leave you or forsake you now.

Be encouraged, those who may be worried about their jobs, paychecks, child care, education, health issues, and sickly family members, for God knows your concerns and fears. He is working out your plans now. He knows where your next paycheck as well as all of your concerns will come from.

Remember, He knows what you do not know yet.

Take the time to lean on Him during these times of uncertainty. He will give you the peace and comfort you need.

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Have Hope…

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Today’s Monday Motivation is To Have Hope

Have hope that this will not last forever.

Have hope in today that today will be a good one.

Have hope in the courage to take the next step if it is difficult one to make.

Have hope that God is still walking hand in hand with you.

Have hope God has not abandoned you.

Have hope in Elizabeth Elliot’s encouraging words below,

“Sometimes life is so hard you can only do the next thing. Whatever that is just do the next thing. God will meet you there.”

Elizabeth Elliot

Lastly, have hope that God is protecting you and will be with you every step of the way.

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Replacing Anxiety with Gratitude, Loving, And Kind Gestures

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We are closing out an extremely difficult week for many people. For anyone who has followed the news or social media feeds, you are well aware of the state our world is in.

I have come to realize over the week there are many people who are struggling with anxiety and so it has inspired me to step up my game to provide you with some encouragement as well as some strategies in how to handle the crisis that is being created by staying at home all the time.

As I was pondering what would make life a bit easier, I came up with three forms of positivity you can share with yourself as well as others to ease any frustrations, fear and anxiety you may be feeling.

Here are my thoughts for today.

  • Have a Heart of Gratitude

This is one of the greatest components to defeating anxiety. Have you ever thought about this before? Have you ever been extremely stressed out or been full of anxiety while still being thankful for your many blessings?

I’m not sure about you, but when fear and anxiety takes root in my life, they usually place inconceivable thoughts in my head which takes over my ability to think rationally and be thankful for the positive things that occur.

Having hearts of gratitude allows you the power to drowned out the darkness and the lies fear and anxiety place in your mind.

I am not saying it will be easy, but this is how God would want us to respond to the fear, stress, and anxiety we are experiencing.

  • Love on Others

This may not always be easy because there are times when they lash out irrationally at us.

What we have to remember is that this inappropriate behavior is a result of their fear, stress, and anxiety and not anything you have done. Despite this knowledge, it is important for us to be loving towards others whether they are loving towards us or not.

I am not saying it will be easy, but this is how God would want us to respond.

  • Show Kindness To Others

I don’t know about you, but the times of my being out of the house between working, doctor appointments for my daughter, and grocery store errands, I have come in contact with my fair share of rude people.

In the beginning of the crisis it was easy for me to just turn and walk away from them, but now it is getting harder.

The rudeness is becoming more and more prevalent which is making the act of kindness more and more difficult.

It however, does not matter how rude they are because the Lord wants us to share our kindness with them anyway.

We may never know, but God can use our kind hearts to change the hard heart of their aggressive behavior and truly turn them around while softening their hearts at the same time.

Some simple ways to show kindness to others might come through a simple smile as you pass by someone. Bake some cookies and place them on your neighbor’s door step. Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn. Assist a senior in the store or make your family’s favorite dessert and watch your favorite movie together.

An act of kindness does not need to be difficult, it just needs to come from your heart, but it can truly turn around the heart of someone who may be struggling right now.

So, in conclusion to today’s inspiration, it is important to remember no matter how frustrated, fearful, or anxious you may feel, it is possible to turn you feelings around by taking some time to focus on finding some gratitude in at least one thing that happens today. Find a loving gesture to share with someone and share an act of kindness with someone to brighten their day.

Take some time to step away from the negativity you may be experiencing and turn it into something positive.

You’ve got this. You can do this. Life will not remain this difficult and there are brighter days ahead.

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Breathe Today, One Step At A Time

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I’m sending some encouragement your way today.

I know this is a difficult time for so many, but I want to encourage you to take a step back and live in the moment.

What can you do right now that would bring you some joy?

Does this mean stop what you are doing and snuggle with your little one?

Does it mean you grab a book and sit on the floor or on the couch and read to your kids?

Does it mean you go to the kitchen and make some muffins, pancakes, cookies, or just some homemade play dough?

These are ideas of what you can do with your kids, but if you don’t have kids then consider grabbing that book you have not had time to read. Grab your favorite drink, your favorite blanket or throw and settle in for as much time as you want to spend some quite time to decompress and breathe.

Consider working out at home and getting some exercise to stay healthy and strong.

Consider working outside and getting your garden ready for spring.

Think of the projects you have not had the time to done consider them now.

Just because we have gone home doesn’t mean we are totally withdrawn from everyone, we still have technology that will bring that familiar voice or face to you. Use it if you find yourself lonely.

Lastly, spend some time with God if you are struggling with anxiety. He will calm you and bring you peace that no one else can do.

What are some fun and encouraging things you are doing to fill your day?

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Focus on Growth

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Encouragement Today

Is your life one you are thankful for?

Is it everything you hoped for and are blessed to have or is it one you didn’t foresee having? 

Consider this thought today, 

“Your life is whatever you focus on.” 

Shadonna Richards

As I observe my surroundings and watch the people around me, I see a lot of pain. 

I see people struggling with relationships, work, finances, health, and children. 

I know even for myself, pain has had a huge impact in my life. 

I know the pain of strained relationships and that of finances not being enough. I am reminded daily of the pain of watching my daughter fight a battle within her own body and the destruction it is trying to have on her. 

However, today I want to encourage you that life does not have to be the focus on all you struggle with.

We have the power to change our focus. We have the power to retrain our thoughts to where we focus on more positive things instead of the negative ones. 

This strength is coming from our God, who knows every single detail of every struggle and battle we are facing. 

Ask Him today to help you retrain your thoughts and your focus.

Ask Him today to strengthen your heart and to refocus your thoughts to where, instead of focusing on all the things that are difficult, to instead, focus on the blessings.

My Friend, my challenge to you is to retrain your focus and look at areas in your life where you are happy and find contentment instead of focusing on things that bring you heartache. 

Once you fall deep in a pit of despair, it is hard to refocus on the positives thoughts, but it is my desire that you take one step at a time. Look for one thing you can be grateful for and one more and one more. 

This will enable you, over time, to begin to see and focus more on more positive things, thus giving less power to the negative ones. 

I challenge you to begin this practice today if you are struggling.

If you already focus on the positive things in your live, way to go! I am super proud of you