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Reclaiming Peace When The Storm Blows You Off Course

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Living with chaos is extremely stressful to me. It takes nothing to blow me off course. Let the winds shift and my sails change direction, and away I go, in totally the wrong direction.

For anyone who has followed me for a while, you can tell, based on my writing and how often I post as to whether my life became chaotic and whether it shifted courses.

My Friend, does this happen to you as well?

Do you just plug along doing everything the same way, but one day you wake up and your spouse or your child is sick?

Maybe one day you go to work and you find out your position is no longer needed or you have been fired, but you have no reason or clue as to why.

I have had similar situations happen to me, but the later happened to my husband. These life events rocked my world and have the power to still shift my sails sending me in the wrong direction.

I want to encourage you today, if you too have experienced life changing events that left you feeling like you are treading on the water just praying you will survive, I am here to encourage you with this truth, you will survive.

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I found three keys to this survival are God, family, and home.

God will give you the strength to sustain you during this difficulty. He promises to never leave or forsake us in Deuteronomy;

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread offor it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.””

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV


No matter how tough you find your life to be or how chaotic it has become, God will give you the strength to sustain you circumstances.

I also found that despite how stressful our life becomes, it is imperative to keep your family together. I know how strained your relationships can become, but you need to remember the importance they are despite the difficulty of your situation.

Do not allow the wedge of difficulty to damage or destroy your family relationships. They will be there when life calms down and the chaos resolves.

Be sure to take the time to still invest in your relationships. Take the time to talk (and listen) with your heart. Take the time to hear how they are affected or impacted by your circumstances.

Take some time to reconnect on a regular basis and they will be there when the winds blow you back on course again.

Lastly, a lesson I recently learned was the power your home has to giving you a safe haven to be when chaos tries to consume you.

I found by investing in cleaning, organizing, and decorating, it has given me a renewal for finding my place of contentment when life spins out of control.

My friend, if you invest love and energy back into your home, it will offer a healing of your mind and body because it will help to distract you from the stress and chaos you may be living and will offer a safe haven from the world as well.

I found tremendous truth to this quote by an unknown author;

A house is built by hands, but a home is built by heart.

Invest your heart today into building your home. You will experience a release of the stress and pressure you have been carrying. In turn you will also be investing back into your family because they will have a safe and loving place to live in.

It is my hope and prayer if you find yourself in a season of chaos and difficulty that you will find some peace today.

Do not allow your circumstances to consume you. Give your every concern to God today and allow Him to carry the weight you have been carrying. You will be thankful if you do.

Enjoy your day today!

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Today Is A New Day

Encouragement Today

Good Morning Friends!

Today is a new day.

No matter what happened yesterday, today is not yesterday, “today” is a new day.

Embrace the newness and walk into it with your head held high knowing today can be what you make it.

What failed yesterday does not have to fail today.

Change the pattern and make it yours.

Happy New Day!

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Do Not Focus On The Steps Behind You

Life Changes, The New Journey Ahead

This week has been an emotional week as we said a temporary good bye of 2 (possibly 3) years to our sweet friend, who is like family to us.

I decided to use her time away to set some long overdue goals for myself to not necessarily rediscover myself and the person I left behind years ago, but to discover who I am today.

I have spent the past six months trying to figure out what would change look like to me and to figure out who I use to be, but instead of going back, I have discovered that isn’t the journey. The journey instead, is what is ahead of me.

I have come to realize my journey ahead is not about redeeming what I lost, but is more about using my past to mold me into who God wants me to be today.

So, it was with great sadness that I said good bye while I watched our sweet friend board that plane the other night, but it is with great hope that I look forward to who I will be when she returns to American soil and home again.

#stepsforward

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The Innocence of The Smallest of Us

Mother Nature ceases to amaze me.

Just when we think we have problems this gentle reminder is here to remind us we don’t.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

If God can take care of the smallest of these, He will surely take care of us.

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God Is Calling You Back

Encouragement Today

Today’s message is another simple one. Have you strayed from God?

Did you once believe, but decided to stray away to live your own life?

My friend, it is never to late to return back to the arms of your creator.

God is calling you back.

“”Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Joel 2:12 NIV

If this message is for you today, will you listen? Will you take the time now, no matter what state of mind you are in to return back to Him?

God’s message is clear! Simply follow, simply listen!

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Finding Your Lost Joy

Encouragement Today

Is there something you like to do or something you enjoy but find you wait for someone to invite you because you would have not thought to do for yourself?

This how I feel about flowers. I love how a fresh bouquet of flowers can brighten up a room, but have never thought to buy them for myself.

I am not sure why I have always thought I couldn’t have them unless someone bought them for me, but I have sacrificed this joy my whole life.

Have you done this in an area of your life? Is there something that brings you joy that you sacrifice because you never thought to do it for yourself?

Today’s encouragement is a simple one. Do something today that you enjoy, but never thought to do for yourself.

I can be as simple as buying yourself a fresh bouquet of flowers or as difficult as going to your favorite restaurant alone to eat a meal you have always wanted to try or to go see a movie you have been wanting to see at the movie theater.

There is truly nothing wrong to do something you enjoy because you do not have to wait for someone else to fill this form of joy for you.

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Hope Shines Brightly For New Tomorrows

Today’s Challenge is simple and was inspired by this quote,

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.” – Unknown

How many people do you know who are struggling and are in physical or emotional pain?

All you have to do is take a minute to think of a person in life in your life who is struggling. They will not be hard to find.

I challenge you today to reach out and show someone who is in pain that they are not alone. Give them a hug, a smile, or simply a note of encouragement. Let them know they will be okay and that they are loved.

This simple moment of caring is enough to give them the hope they need to get through today.

My Friend, please reach out today and encourage them, give them the hope they may have lost, and allow them to see the brightness of a new tomorrow.
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Make Today A Good Day

Encouragement Today and Motivation Monday

Today’s motivation was inspired by his simple quote,

Today is a good day to make it a good Monday.” Author Unknown

Do not spend your time consumed by it being a difficult day, that you are not able to see the blessings that may be hidden it,

Your Monday’s are all in how you look at them.

Your challenge today is to make a good one.

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The Waves of Tranquility

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design-176Today’s inspiration is coming to you via a video taken yesterday when we were at the beach. It is fifteen seconds of tranquility if you love the sound of the ocean.

We were able to take advantage of an absolutely beautiful day and meet up with a friend at the beach. We enjoyed being able to sit back and enjoy God’s beautiful sunshine, perfectly warm temperatures with the sound of the rough surf in the background.

Take some time to find your place of tranquility. Does it look the same as a walk on the beach after work? Is it listening to soft music while you are at work? Do you love a fresh bouquet of flowers? Do you love spending quiet time with your significant other or your fur-real friends? It does not matter what this is to you. All that matters is that you enjoy your place of tranquility today.

Enjoy your moment of peace.
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Supporting Migraine Awareness Month

Encouragement Today

I am taking this opportunity to share something personal that has touched our family.

My daughter, “K” struggles with daily headaches and migraines and finds more debilitating days in a month than anyone could fathom experiencing.

June is Migraine Awareness month and I want to grab this opportunity to bring this illness to light.

Please share a purple ribbon on your FB and IG Pages if you or someone you know is plagued by this invisible illness.

I am supporting my sweet daughter every step of the way as she fights through this debilitating illness.

I love you, Kiddo!!!