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Do Not Grow Weary

I do not know what your week holds for you. I do not know what blessings you will receive or what struggles you will battle, but one thing remains week after week, day after day.

This constant is God.

Today’s reminder is to encourage you with these great words from Galatians,

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (ESV).

Do not give up my friend!! You’ve got whatever comes your way.

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You Are Brave, Capable, and Loved

Encouragement Today

I have a simple reminder for you today in case you forgot…

“You are stronger than you know. More capable than you ever dreamed. And you are loved more than you could possibly imagine.” Unknown Author

Do you doubt yourself from time to time?

My friend, believe today that you are brave, capable, and loved.

Do not believe the self doubt words you tell yourself.

They are lies.

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God made you perfect in every way.

He made you to be brave and courageous. He made you to be Bold and beautiful!

You are His handiwork.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:13-14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My friend, today is the day to believe in “you” and fight back against the lies you tell yourself.

Lastly, remember you are Brave, Capable, and Loved!

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The Path Less Traveled

You’ve got this Friend!

 “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go; just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” -Unknown

You’ve got anything life can throw your way.

God has empowered you with the strength, determination, and endurance to battle what lays ahead.

Remember, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 ESV.

Take one step at a time and lean on God for your strength as well as your refuge.

One day you will look back on today and give God the praise for helping you get through it.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 ESV.

Hang in there and know, whatever you may be going through, it will not last forever.

You’ve got this Friend, you’ve got this! 💜

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Turning Frustrations Into Determination

Are you having one of those days where you just wish something would go right?

Maybe you were up all night or you got up and your car wouldn’t start, or you just received a phone call from the baby sitter saying you need to leave work to pick up your sick child?

It doesn’t matter what you have struggled with today.

All that matters is that you are still moving forward.

Instead of allowing your frustrations to manifest in your soul and consume your entire day, try releasing all the penned up anxiety and turn it into the power of determination.

Use that extra adrenaline energy for something good and redeem your day.

You will feel better when you do.

You’ve got this Friend! 💜

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Lessons Learned From Seasons and Ripples

Today’s encouragement is coming via the lenses of someone who is worn out, beat down, frustrated, and exhausted.

I know there are many of you who are living a season in life where this is you as well.

My encouraging words to you are these,

“You are doing an amazing job!”

Do not let society dictate how you feel about yourself.

Do not let them determine your worth, whether you are struggling at every crisis or you are feeling like a “rock star” at this thing called life.

We all go through seasons where we are on top of the world and everything is running smoothly and the problems are minimal, to where no matter which direction you turn, there is another crisis just waiting for you to resolve.

My friend, today I am here to encourage you to keep your chin up and make some time to “rest” today.

If you are in a season of struggles, conflicts, or busyness; take some time to rest your mind and body so you are better able to handle what comes your way next.

By doing this you will be amazed by the strength you will be renewed with.

Lastly, remember if this is a difficult season, it will not last forever.

The seasons in life are like the ripples in the water. They are all uniquely original and will never be the same once they passed.” -HD Benson

No matter how difficult life may be, rest in the assurance, this season will pass. Take the experiences you have learned from and leave behind that which you can not change.

My friend, you will get through! Today will be a better day, no matter how difficult your life may be.

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Are Trials and Troubles at Every Turn?

Is life a struggle at every turn?

Are you weary from constantly making important decisions?

Are you exhausted from always putting out a fire?

My friend, rest on the promises God provides us,

“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”Isaiah 40:30-31 ESV”.

God does not expect us to always solve our problems or even carry them.

He wants us to turn to Him when we are weak and weary.

You’ve got this Friend! Rest today and give your problems to God. Allow Him to create your solutions.

Have a great day!

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Living An Inconsistent Life

Making The Best of Every Twist and Turn

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Life is an adventure when you live my life.

I got up fully expecting for my day to go in a specific order only to hear my name being called from the bathroom. This is never a good sign or sound as this usually means there is a health issue of some kind.

By hearing this first thing this morning it means something went wrong and my day is about to derail before it has even begun.

I was right, I started my day out by sitting at the VA (Veteran’s Administration) ER waiting room waiting for my husband who has a cold.

I know this seems insignificant to write about, but this is how my life goes with my husband, daughter, and my life. I have to plan my life loosely around their medical needs.

This is why I have upgraded my blog to a 2.0 version. I am hoping my blog and my business will enable me to make some extra money to help out my sickly family.

I am not able to work outside of our home for all of these unexpected medical needs that arise on a regular and inconsistent basis.

I am hoping I will be able to get my day back on track and import more posts into my Encouragement Page, bake some Valentine cake balls, make some chocolate covered strawberries with the hopes I will make may family feel loved today.

My friend, if your day has started out anything like mine, it is my hope that you were able to salvage it and it turns out to be a wonderful one.

Have a happy day!

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Fallacies Do Not Equate To Truth

design-45Encouragement Today

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

Are you feeling like no one understands why you are frustrated?

Are you feeling lost even within your family?

Are you feeling invisible?

Are you struggling with being misunderstood?

Are your emotions misunderstood?

Are you constantly working, while others see you struggle, but offers no help?

My friend, these feelings of hurt and frustration are real. There are valid and legitimate reasons, circumstances, and events that have occurred in your life leading to these feelings.

Unfortunately, the feelings may feel real, but it is important to identify what is true and what are the lies we tell ourselves. 

I know when I am frustrated and I say things out of that frustration, and my daughter quickly reminds me, this is what I am telling myself, but those thoughts are not real.

We can easily fall into the trap of constant disappointment and hurt and as a result, the enemy is in our heads feeding us these lies about ourselves.

  • He tells us we are a failure.
  • He tells us we are not important.
  • He shows us all of our negative emotions and how out of control we are.
  • He tells us we are irresponsible.
  • He tells us how unloving we are.
  • He tells us how ugly we are.
  • He tells us how bad we are at being daughters and sons, wives and husbands, moms and dads.

My friend, he shouts these lies loudly so we can not miss them.

What we need to do is shut him down and for everything you hear, shout back and say, No…

  • I am not a failure, I AM SUCCESSFUL in x, y, z.
  • I am not out of control. I AM IMPORTANT.
  • I am not irresponsible, I AM RESPONSIBLE.
  • MY FEELINGS ARE REAL and valid, but I will not let them run me.
  • I am not unloving, I HAVE PLENTY OF LOVE to share with others.
  • I am not ugly, I AM BEAUTIFUL or HANDSOME.
  • I am not a bad parent, daughter or son, or wife or husband, I AM the Best I know how to be.

My friend, take the time to evaluate where the truth is in with what you are experiencing. By knowing what the truth is, you will be able to see the lies in what you believe. The enemy’s objective is to tear you down and destroy you physically and emotionally so you do not fight back. Resist these lies and fight back standing on your truth and principle. 

“Hold your head up high and fight back against what is not true. Just because you feel it, does not make it is real.”

Remember this fact and truth… you are worth fighting for. You are strong enough to fight back against the lies you tell yourself and the lies the enemy tells you.

You are… enough!! See the truth and believe it!!!!!!

 

 

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You Will Not Sink Today

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You know that feeling when you feel like you are drowning and you are exhausted from treading water and you are ready to give up?

DO NOT!

Your life guard is almost within your reach. He is behind you, which is why you can not see Him.

Keep treading water and keep breathing. You will be saved. The sun is shining and you will live to see another day.

You Are Beautiful, You Are Important, You Are Enough!

Do NOT Give Up!

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Seeing Beauty Thru The Tears

Encouragement Today

design-191Are you struggling tonight or today? My friend, I am here to remind you your pain is real.

Are you feeling the pain of an illness that has you worn down and exhausted? Are you struggling with the darkness of depression or PTSD? Do you have tears running down your face, but no one sees them?

Are you grieving the loss of a parent, spouse, child, sibling, or close friend? Do you feel the pain so intensely that you can not fathom what life will look like without them?

Are you the caretaker of a loved one battling the ugly disease of cancer? Do you hold their hand and stroke their forehead to comfort them while you choke back the tears in order for them to see you are strong?

Please know despite the darkness which is all around you that there are brighter days ahead. It is hard to see right now but know during this time of your deepest sorrow that it will become a source of your greatest strength.

Take the time to think about this analogy. When a thunderstorm comes rolling in, does it not darken the sky and override the beauty the sun provided? Think about your life as a thunderstorm. You did have the joy of the sunny days, but the storm clouds rolled in hiding those experiences from you.

The wind begins to blow and the rain begins to fall. As the thunder gets closer and stronger, does it not begin to feel fierce? Well, this is where you may be right now. You are in the thunder part of the storm. The thunder is clapping, the wind is blowing harder, and the rain is pouring. You are in the darkness of the storm with the tears streaming down your face, but hold tight, my friend.

Just as every thunderstorm passes, so will your trials and struggles. Be sure to look back and watch for the brilliant rainbow that often appears after a bad or severe storm. As you dry your tears, ask God to show you the beauty of the storm you just went through.

How many times have you noticed, as you look around after a storm, everything has a brilliant shade of green to it. The leaves on the trees, the grass on the ground, the flowers in the gardens take on a sharpness to their colors. Despite the storm, the wind and the rain, the lightning recharged the ground and providing an electrical charge to our nature all around. Only could God take something as dangerous as lightning to make His creation beautiful.

Just as God does this with our environment, He does the same with our lives. Consider your trial and hardship right now as the lightning of your storm. It does not last forever. It will pass no matter how severe it was and the same will happen here. Take the time to see the brilliance of the trees, the grass, and the flowers. Ask God to reveal what you are to learn from all you are going through while you ask Him to show you His rainbow of grace, so you can move past this trying time.

Keep your chin up no matter how hard or dark this time is for you. I am here to remind you that no matter how difficult this time is, there will be brighter days ahead. Just as the storm truly passes, so will yours.

You are stronger than you think, My Friend. You will get through this time of darkness!