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Courage Conquers Fear

Today’s Encouragement and Motivation is to have the courage to keep moving forward when the weight of the world seems to be against you.

As I sit here at the garage waiting for my car to be worked on, because I procrastinated as long as I could, I am finding it hard to do it with a cheerful heart. Out of everything I take care of for my home and family, car repairs is my least favorite thing to do. I feel like I am wasting my valuable time which is not plentiful to begin with. I struggle with handling car repairs because it is usually met with unexpected extra things wrong and decisions that need to be made on a moments notice and then I am questioned why I made the decisions I have made. To me this is an incredibly stressful job that I HATE doing.

So as I searched for something to encourage and motivate you as well as myself, I came across a powerful saying by Winston Churchill,

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

When life is wrought with struggles cling to the hope that success is not final. No matter how many things go wrong there is hope for everything to turn itself around eventually. You have to have the courage to keep moving forward.

I created this t-shirt a little while ago to serve as a reminder, “Courage Conquers Fear”. God did not create in us to have a heart of fear for the foreseen or unforeseen events in life. He created in us to have a heart that is calm and of peace.

” Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV

My friend, as you begin your week, try to remain faithful, strong, and courageous knowing everything you are going through or that which lies ahead of you, God will give you the strength to conquer it all.

Stand tall with your head held high and have the courage to keep moving forward no matter how rocky your journey may be.

Have a great week!

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Honoring My Dad’s Memory

Encouragement Today

D2E89B84-2578-4BCE-90FA-CC31FE178EA8I am writing today with a heavy heart because it marks the 10 year anniversary of my sweet dad’s death.

It doesn’t seem possible that my dad has been gone for so long. He seems so alive in my heart, my mind, and my thoughts. Not a day goes by without thinking of him or saying something that he would find funny or finding myself using one of his many beloved phrases.

I absolutely love the times when God blesses me with someone who either looks like him or has his same mannerisms. I never take these moments for granted. I feel so blessed for the brief encounter, as I feel like I have spent that time with my dad. I am sure that seems weird, but I believe God meets our specific needs in life in mysterious ways. I may not even realize I needed that moment with my dad, but I never walk away without feeling thankful for it.

I can remember one day vividly when God gave me one of these brief moments in the grocery store last year. I was having a tough day and I was in the produce isle. I had noticed this sweet gentleman who had the same stocky figure wearing a flannel shirt similar to what my dad would have worn. As I noticed his face, my bewilderment only grew deeper. Oh my gosh, he had the same hair color, the same hair cut and similar glasses to what my dad had worn. No, this couldn’t be possible? This man looked so much like my dad, he could have been a twin.

I couldn’t believe my eyes. I completely lost focus on what I was doing and discretely watched him in complete amazement. As I continued to watch him, I learned that not only did he look like my dad, but even had the same gentle mannerisms. All I could do was thank God for my brief encounter with my dad.

It was a moment in life I could never have planned for, hoped for, but yet God allowed me to experience and I will always hold that experience in my heart as a sweet memory and moment in time.

My friend, you may never know how you will touch or impact someone else’s life because He places people in our lives and we may never even know it. This gentleman will never know how much he touched my heart that day in the produce isle of a grocery store. Likewise, the sweet nurse at my dad’s nursing home will never know how much she touched mine and my mom’s heart the day she left a fresh white rose on my dad’s bed.

See, what you don’t know about my story is that my dad had to be put into a nursing home because he was having debilitating seizures as a result of his traumatic brain injury he sustained during the Vietnam War. This brain injury brought on early onset dementia and as the years went on, my dad forgot who I was, except for the last day I saw him. There was a moment on his last day that he looked at me and called me by the nick name he had given me when I was a child. I will never forget that sweet moment. God blessed me with this special time because I could never have asked or wished for it.

When we left him we knew he wasn’t doing well, but my mom wasn’t prepared to stay the night because she didn’t have her own medicine she would have needed to take that night and even the next day, so we knew choosing to rent a hotel room to stay with him wasn’t an option that day. Mom lived an hour and half away from him to include you had to drive through the mountains to get to there. Where mom lived, it could be raining, but during the winter months, you could encounter a severe snow storm going through the mountains, which is what happened that night to us after we got home. The weather forecast the night after we left my dad was for not only a snow storm but an ice storm too. Unfortunately, the forecast stood true. When we got up this morning 10 years ago my mom received a phone call from my dad’s nurse to tell her it was only a matter of time before he passed and there was nothing we could do. Had it only stayed a snow storm we would have trekked through the snow and the mountains to get to my dad, but with the ice, it was too dangerous. We couldn’t, we just couldn’t get back to my dad. It breaks my heart to have not been with him the day he died, but we couldn’t risk our lives to get back there. Thankfully, God knew our hearts and He knew we would have been there if we could have been. I believe He knew that which is why not only did we have a snowstorm, but God stepped up the storm making it an ice storm too. He knew we would have attempted to get through the snow storm to get to my dad.

This is why we didn’t get back to the nursing home to find that precious white rose until the day after my dad died. To the nurse who went above and beyond your job by leaving that pretty white rose on my dad’s bed for my mom, thank you! Your thoughtfulness to think of this will be forever embedded in my heart.

As I am remembering my dad today, my encouragement is to remind you that life is precious and valuable. If you still have your parents consider going to them today and give them a hug and tell them you love and appreciate them. If you are like me, and you don’t live close to them, try calling and tell them this same thing.

If you do not have your parents any longer consider this simple thought as you are out and about living your life and possibly doing something as mundane as running errands, you will never know how much your actions or gestures could touch someone else’s life. People are always watching us, even though you likely will never know it. Be mindful today of your actions whether they are with your family or friends or total strangers. Allow God to use you today to touch someone’s life. You may never know it, but you could leave a lasting impact on someone today so allow yourself to be that blessing God has planned for someone else.

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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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Turning Your Winter Into Spring

Encouragement Today

BF3FB7C3-6007-4B19-8517-328016A7EEF0Are you struggling with a pain that runs so deep in your soul that you have lost your passion in life?

Do you wonder how you would ever be happy again?

Do you wonder how you will ever heal from the pain that just makes your heart ache so badly that you just can’t break free from it?

Does the pain consume your every waking moment, so much so, you don’t even remember a day without it?

My friend, I am here to encourage you there will be a day without pain. There will be a day where it won’t consume you. There will be a day where you will have the strength to break free from it’s bondage and find your passion for life again.

The key to your recovery and healing will be to take that painful, yet precious first step to walk away from it. 

Once you start taking those precious baby steps forward, you will begin to find your dreams and your passions in life again. You will begin to feel the warmth of a bright spring day sun on your face again. You will begin to see the bright and cheerful colors you see only in the spring after a long winter season.

When pain consumes our lives we find ourselves living in a state of winter, where we only know how cold life is and how painful it is when we only see through the lenses of black and white filters.

My friend, allow yourself to heal. Allow yourself to be free from this pain that has consumed you for all this time. 

Take that precious step forward and find your dreams and passions in life again.

You are worth it!  You deserve it! You Are Enough! 

 

 

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Quick Note of Encouragement

I am sending out a quick note to Encourage everyone to have an amazing day.

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Keep your chin up if it is a hard day, God reminds us,

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭12:9-10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If your day is going well,

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Have An Amazing Day, My Friend!
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Strength Does Not Come From Negativity

Encouragement Today

January 2, 2018

Are you struggling with a tough decision?

Does the weight of life have you beat down, worn out, and exhausted?

Are you facing some tough thoughts about life changes such as a deciding to walk away from your family, whether to change jobs, make a physical move or just how to survive where you are in your present circumstances because life just pushes you down at every turn?

My friend, you are stronger then you think you are. God has created in you a heart of strength and courage. You are not weak no matter how big or strong your circumstances are.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1-9 NKJV

The enemy wants you to believe you are weak and defeated so that you don’t fight back against your own thoughts. He wants you to live a fearful life because while you are feeling defeated he is able to run around causing chaos and havoc at every turn.

I have good news for you today. Your God is bigger then all of this.

He has commanded us to be strong and courageous and not fearful or defeated. All of these being the exact opposite of what the enemy wants us to believe. God promises to stay with us everywhere we go. When He is in our life, chaos is replaced by peace and defeat is replaced by courage.

My friend, you are not the power or strength of your negative thoughts. Do not allow them to take root in your life. Do not make life altering decisions based on them. Do not give value to them because they are not of God for He isn’t a God of fear or chaos or negativity, He is a God of love, strength, courage, and order.

Give all your fears, plans, concerns, and decisions to Him allowing Him to guide you in all the ways of His plans.

You will know when you have the answers because they will not come back leaving you feel fearful, defeated, or confused.

God will provide you with peace, comfort, courage and a direction that may not even make sense to you at the time, but no matter how obscure the decisions may be, they are and will always be from God. Follow the way of His direction in your difficult decisions and your life will be richly blessed.

If you were going to walk away from your family, but He wants you to stay, know with some work, He will restore your marriage and make it stronger and better then it ever was.

If you are looking to change jobs, God will open the right door where He will bless the needs you have whether that be financially, physically, or emotionally. You have to be open minded though because He may even have you to stay right where you are as well. Only does He know what the right decisions are.

No matter what you are facing, use this verse as a life guide for everything you are going through and every decision you have to make. God commands us to be strong and courageous not fearful or defeated. If you are facing fear, defeat, and confusion, this is not from Him.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1-9 NKJV

You have this my Friend!! Let God take control over your life in the year to come. Allow Him to guide you to a place of peace and comfort and let Him replace all your fears and anxiety with a calm and courage.

 

Lastly, remember God is always with you in every twist and turn in life. You will never be alone, no matter what your negative thoughts tell you.

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Trusting God Through The Storm

Christmas Encouragement

December 29, 2017

As I close out the day I am praying this will encourage someone else who may be struggling like us.

Tonight is the coldest nights of the season for where we live and our furnace broke. I tried calling the repair man but they are so busy, the soonest they can get us in is tomorrow late morning to afternoon. That seems so far away when I think of how cold our house will get. I am just praying our pipes don’t freeze because we don’t need plumbing problems too.

First thing in the morning I have an appointment to get my car inspected and I am praying and trusting God will protect us from any car repairs right now. We can’t have anything go wrong with that too. Then there is my husband’s truck who also needs an inspection and it won’t pass because he needs a couple of things done to it. We don’t have the money for all of this.

Where does all the money come from as we are looking at these big expenses? It is so scary, but yet it shouldn’t be. We are to have complete trust in God because He knows everything at all times. Nothing is a surprise to Him despite it being one to us. When I was at the hardware store tonight I just felt God telling me to be calm and trust Him. The hard part was I asked God to protect us for tomorrow’s vehicle inspection. I had no idea within a few hours that I would be adding my house to the concerned list for the night.

The emotional pain and pressure is great. Tonight my heart is so heavy. We can not catch a break from struggling. Today all I could think of was wanting to start a new life journey to form a better, more secure, and happier life, however I have learned from the past, often times life gets harder in the form of challenges to test our skills in how to handle adversity.

This is not what I want to happen because all I have lived since 2012 has been adversity. This is why I am exhausted, frustrated, and weary. I cringe at the prospect of any more hardships coming our way. Then there is this tonight.

Trusting God, trusting God, trusting God, He has a plan even though we do not.

I wish I had the words of encouragement to speak to those of you who are struggling with similar circumstances.

I’m at a loss to come up with the words when my heart is empty tonight. The only thing I know and believe works all the time is prayer. My prayer tonight is for us both and that God will meet all our needs. I know He will protect us both from the scariness of what lies ahead.

Hugs my fellow struggling friend! We will get through this trying time! Hang in there!

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Take Time To Rest Your Mind and Body

Christmas Encouragement

December 23, 2017

Dear Tired Mom,

Do you feel like you are running around in a circle with no end in sight?

Do you still have presents to buy or presents to wrap?

Are your kids going to the kitchen looking for a snack and you cringe at the question that is coming next. “Mom, where are the Christmas cookies?” Then your response is, “I haven’t made them yet.”

My sweet tired mom, at this point it is ok to readjust your list and start removing things from it. It is okay to not get everything done.

If you were to ask your family they would rather have you engaged with them in an activity together then have you running around with your head cut off.

It is also okay to sit back and relax with a good book, blanket, cocoa, and popcorn. It is okay to turn on a movie and sit back and relax or take a nap.

The key is to make the time to breathe, my friend. If you do, God will bless you with the time to get everything done. 

You can only push your body so far before it shuts down.  I promise this happens because it happens to me all the time. I am not good at taking my own advice.

God wants you to take care of yourself as much as you to want be there for your family. He created you and He knows what you can handle. He also knows there is strength in rest. This is why He commands us to do it.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NIV
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My friend, truly examine what you have left to be ready for Christmas and allow yourself the ability to enjoy the next three days. It will go by quickly. Then before you know it, December 26th will be here and it will be over. Breathe, my friend, breathe and make the time to rest today.

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Coping With Hardships During The Holidays

Christmas Encouragement

December 22, 2017

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Not everyone experiences the joy of the season. There are many who are just wishing this time away. I know many who are just saying, “Let me go to sleep and wake up December 26 or better yet, January 2, 2018”.

Do you know anyone who is experiencing any of the symptoms below?

There are many reasons which cause hardships during this time of the year which contribute to this discouragement and depression. Some of these reasons consist of:

  • Loneliness, whether you are single or a widow.
  • Grieving the loss of a loved one or close friend.
  • Financial hardships, when you battle a lack of funds all year long, this time of the year causes even more discouragement and stress because you can not share gifts with your loved ones like everyone else.
  • Relationship hardships, is your relationship strained between your spouse or parents or additional family members? This strain can become intense due to the stress and strain of the holiday season.
  • Health issues can be extremely hard whether by you or a loved one. If there are health issues in a family, this can add strain to those who love this person. I know so many families who have been touched by the ugly word, cancer. There are many who are experiencing this great difficulty but struggle even more so this time of the year when the joy of the season are expectations whether financially, emotionally, or socially that a sick person dealing with health issues are not able to perform. This can cause great discouragement and stress which makes life even harder then what it already is.

As I have observed some of these difficulties above I have also learned of the following coping strategies to survive these next few days. Consider doing some of these if you are struggling with depression this time of the year.

  • Be mindful of your personal struggles and accept them. Do not ignore them because of societal standards.
  • Be sure to get your sleep. Sleep deprivation is extremely hard on your emotions and can cause them to run out of control.
  • Maintain your daily routine. Routine is important to keep you mentally stable and physically grounded to what is “normal” to you.
  • Eat healthy and stay hydrated. A change in your diet or dehydration can cause changes in your body causing these emotions to be more enhanced.
  • Maintain your exercise routine if you have one or consider walking to produce your endorphins which will help battle against the discouragement and depression.
  • Do not consume excessive alcohol or drugs in order to cover up the pain of the Season. This will only cause bigger issues that will make everything worse then what they already are.
  • Find a friend who understands where you are or what you are feeling. There is comfort in finding others who understand your pain.

There are many more strategies to cope with this difficult time of the year and I hope you have something that works to make the next week a little more bearable.

If you know of anyone who is struggling this time of the year, reach out and share some extra love, compassion, and understanding with them. They need it.

Hugs to each and everyone of you who are struggling to get through this season. You are not alone, there are many who find themselves sharing the same emotions.

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The Pain of Love Over Health Battles

It has been a very busy week full of confused emotions which I’m trying to process while I am trying to keep the spirit of Christmas in my heart. However when the stress of every day life doesn’t know it should take a break during this joyful season, how do you remain cheerful, hopeful, and upbeat?

I had an extensive Christmas list of things to accomplish before yesterday came to a close in order to be ready for my daughter’s surgery Monday morning. I had to be done a week early because once her surgery is done, her mobility will be limited until her foot heals.

The emotional confusion came into play because of worrying over her. She found out she isn’t allowed to have any of her headache and migraine medications for her daily headaches and her chronic migraines. This is huge because these run her life and cause debilitating pain multiple times a week. She was encouraged by her doctor’s office to avoid her triggers with the hopes of avoiding this pain, but when we thought about what they would be we discovered how many daily things affect her. The environment both inside and outside affect her because of her allergies. The weather, which she has no control over. Fluorescent lights which are everywhere she works and in every store and these are just a few of her triggers.

Really people, how does she avoid these? I am finding myself in continual prayer over her head, praying for God to protect her from these headaches and migraines which we will not be able to treat should they arrive. We “have” to get her through Monday keeping all her pain, including her foot and sinus pain at a minimum.

Another struggle I came across this week was feeling guilty for worrying over my child because I learned of two more families who have been diagnosed with the ugly word, cancer. It breaks my heart what they are going through and then I found myself feeling guilty for worrying over my child because she doesn’t have anything as horrible as this. All I could think was who am I to be concerned over my child when we don’t have anything as big as this going on?

Now, I find myself trying to shift my momma discouraged heart from a state of worry to a different place, but I don’t know what this place looks like. When you are a parent you do not want to see your child in pain or sick, but when you start down the ugly road of comparison then your emotions become messy. I have done this which has cause confusion in my momma heart.

So how do I get out of this state of confusion? Am I the only mom to go through this?

I wish I had the answers to this question. I wish during my state of confusion God had revealed to me the course to which I get out of this, but He hasn’t revealed this to me yet.

As I pray over this and when God reveals the answer, I will post it and link it back to this post as well.

I am sorry to those people who are reading this hoping I have an answer for you as well but I don’t. I am writing today just to release some strong and confused emotions I have struggled with this week.

To those families who are struggling with this ugly disease please know my heart and prayers are going out to you and your family because it genuinely breaks my heart for the pain, both physically and emotionally you are going through. I know the pain is real and raw because my dad had it as well.

In writing this post, I am trying carefully to not diminish what you are going through. I decided to write this difficult post because my heart is breaking so deeply because of what you are going through. It has caused me to rethink how I feel about all my daughter has gone through over the past three years and is still going through. As a result it has caused confusion in my heart which I am trying to process now.

It is my prayer God will show me a solution to this confusion so I can write a follow up to this post to share with all of you who are experiencing this same struggle. I am going to close with a… to be continued closing.

Hugs to you who have family members struggling with the ugliness of cancer. Hold your head up high knowing God is holding each one of you in His arms.

Lastly, hugs to those of you who also have family members who are struggling with painful sicknesses or severe injuries as well.

The pain of emotional love is real for those who have loved ones in health battles.

Many hugs to each and everyone of you.