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Draw Close To What Inspires and Motivates You

I am here to encourage you today to do something that is inspirational, motivational, and makes you happy.

I challenge you to find a time to allow peace and harmony in your life today. At some point to allow yourself to breathe and find a place of rest. Even if it nothing more than taking a quick break at work. Take a quick walk. Listen to your favorite song or music. Try a few breathing techniques. It doesn’t matter what you do so long as you take the time to find that place of peace and harmony you need to get you through the day.

Dream big and reach for what motivates you. Consider that job promotion that would have scared you before. Consider that class you have always wanted to take, or simply reach for the stars. Dream bigger than what you believe is possible as that is where God will reach you and give you the strength to achieve them.

Lastly, have the courage to conquer your fears. Place your faith over your fear and reach for what allows you to grow spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. You will never regret what you strive for. You will only regret what you do not reach for.

Have a wonderful day!!

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Real Gets Lost In The Artificial

Just feeling….

  • Tired
  • Frustrated
  • Exhausted
  • Worn Out
  • Spent
  • Frazzled

Just wanting to…

  • Cry
  • Sleep
  • Eat your favorite comfort food
  • Take a hot shower
  • Read
  • Write
  • Take a trip
  • Escape from reality
  • Hang out with friends
  • Run away

Experience is reality…

  • Need to finish a project at work
  • Need to clean house
  • Need to get groceries
  • Need to wash laundry
  • Need to take care of the kids
  • Need to make supper
  • Need to study
  • Need to prepare for the new week

Does this sound like what you experience? Do not feel alone because your feelings are real.

This is what reality looks like and knowing this allows us to know when life gets messy it is okay because others know this experience as well.

In this day of “perfect ” social media, it is easy to loose track of what reality looks like because it gets lost in the rose colored lenses of our cameras and fancy captions we put with the images.

Anything can look good when you add fancy filters to your pictures and inauthentic captions to make them look and sound beautiful, but the “real” gets lost in the artificial .

When we look through Facebook and Instagram we can easily fall into a place where we see those images and lives as easy and “perfect” when in reality they are not. They are not because they are not “real”.

We live in the “real” and not in the “perfect”. Cling to your real and find peace in the difficult days while rejoicing during the good ones because they are there to rejuvenate and refresh you while preparing you for the difficult days when they arrive.

The reality is…

  • Life is real.
  • Life is messy.
  • Life is happy.
  • Life is difficult.
  • Life is exhilarating.
  • Life is devastating.
  • Life is joyous.
  • Life is exhausting.

Lastly, remember life is what you make of it. There are many days that are joyous while there are many that discouraging, but God gives us the strength to get through them all.

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Be True To Yourself

Encouragement Today

design-98Today’s Encouragement is a simple reminder that you are special.

It is important to remember to stay true to yourself. I think many of us struggle with becoming our identifiers instead of being who we are. We are to be the people God made us to be, not who we have become or what label we have placed upon ourselves.

We are not the corporate leader, we are not the lawyer or the doctor. We are not the mom, dad or the teacher. Those are what we do, but not who we are. 

Repeat after me, “I am _______________ (place your name). I am proud of me because I am __________________________(state two traits)______________________. An example would be I am loving, generous, loyal, compassionate, etc. This is who you “are” my friend.

Do not get lost in the identity of what you have worked hard to become. Yes, those are important and impressive because you worked hard to become them, but today’s encouragement is to remind you they are not “you”. You are you… You are Bob, Susan, James, Cory …. etc. Be proud of “who” you are.

Lastly, remember…

You are brave, courageous, loving, inspirational, loyal… and so many more. This is why you are liked and loved by so many.

Be that honest, husband or wife… son or daughter…friend that so many people love you for.

Be True To Yourself Today!

 

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Instead of Rebuilding, Try Creating

Encouragement Today

027E81A9-F7E6-468B-96EE-0BDDCAF7BA58This quote was inspiring to me because I am on a journey of self renewal and self discovery. I found this quote encouraging to know life does not have to be about finding myself, it can be about creating myself.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself.”

George Bernard Shaw

I do not know what it is about this revelation, but creating myself seems so much easier than retracing my steps in life to figure out where I lost myself and then try to rebuild what I lost.

I love to be creative so this sparks an excitement and a renewal about this journey. It no longer seems daunting and hard. I know I still need to go back to examine my past to figure things out, but to know I do not have to rebuild my life is encouraging.

It is my prayer if you are on a similar quest, this will be inspiring to you as well.

If you are on a similar quest feel free to comment below and just say, “me too.” By doing this we can share in knowing we are not completely alone in this journey.

Remember this important fact…

You are…. Enough!

You are beautiful, bold, and brave.

 

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Living on the Sails of Life

Encouragement Today

59519795-7E6C-4245-8C25-64958B6BFA40Today’s Encouragement is based on this quote,

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”  – Jimmy Dean

When life gets hard and directions become unclear, it is easy to get trapped in the state of fear and confusion.

However, it is important to keep your focus in life clear. If you do, it will enable you to continue moving forward without getting stuck in the difficult situation you are in.

Lean on God for direction and clarity because He never intends for us to be confused, misguided, or alone. Remaining in His presence will allow Him to guide you in the direction He intends for you to take. If you do, you will be able to truly adjust your sails and reach your destination.

Today’s challenge is to examine the course of your life. Is it all you hoped it would be or are you struggling somewhere? If you are struggling, turn the burdens you are carrying over to God and allow Him to know your fears and concerns. Allow Him into your secret or private life so He is able to guide you to your final destination.

Lastly, remember God created the winds and because He did, He knows how to calm them. He knows how to redirect them just like He knows how to redirect you.

Hold your head up high and know this storm is only temporary. Just turn your sails and follow the wind direction. You will get to your destination.