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Be Strong and Courageous

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There are so many people struggling with anxiety for a variety of issues today.

There are many who are battling with issues Covid-19 has caused. Many are battling the virus, while others may be feeling the effects of having their jobs impacted, or are being forced to live in isolation. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, if you are battling with anxiety, then this feeling is real to you.

Some may be experiencing health related issues, or the uncertainty of pending surgeries. These medical concerns may have you consumed because of the pain you are in, or the fear of the bills that may be created as a result of this experience. The anxiety it is causing is real to you.

Some of you who are in school or are going to college may be stressed over the amount of work you have to invest in each class, or the papers you need to write, the exams you need to study for and take, as well as the numerous amount of deadlines that need to be met. This struggle is real and the anxiety is insurmountable.

Some may be in difficult relationships with spouses, family members, or friends. You know the relationship is toxic, but you are not sure how to end it or if you should. What you are certain with is that the pressures and the stress it is causing is more than what you want to continue to live with, but how do you make the changes that need to be made?

It does not matter what the struggle is. What matters is, the struggle is real.

It is my desire and prayer, God will use this Sunday Reminder to give you the strength to “Be Strong and Courageous.”

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Do not be dismayed because God is with you. He is guiding you. He is giving you the strength and the courage you need to battle your anxiety.

Be sure to spend some quiet time with Him today and ask Him for the guidance you need to fight this battle and know He will deliver you the peace and comfort you are in need of. He will walk you through the difficulty and you will begin to experience a peace you didn’t think you could have.

Rest in your Master’s arms and allow Him to free you from all that concerns you today.

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Rest, Breathe, Repeat

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Update To Previous Blog Post / “Living My Real”

I’m not sure about you, but I for one, am thankful for the weekend to finally arrive.

While we still have no resolution to if my daughter will have her health insurance come Monday morning, (see my post, “Living My Real” if you are unsure what I am referring to), I have to accept I have no control over the outcome over this stressful situation.

We have done everything we needed to do. We faxed the paperwork to them, not just once, but twice. We faxed their information Wednesday night and again Friday morning.

Now we have to “just” sit and wait and pray when we check her insurance Monday morning we will see nothing has changed. We will see she is still covered like she has been her whole life.

After being consumed by all of this, I had a realization yesterday while I was in my back yard. God revealed to me, no matter how difficult life may be, His beauty is still around us.

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He revealed to me, as I was pruning my roses, that no matter how beautiful life may be, there will always be the thorns in our lives. The thorns keep us alert, but they aren’t meant to consume us. The beauty of the bountiful roses is what we are meant to see.

Many times the beauty is hard to see, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Are you too, going through a difficult time? Have you forgot what it was like to just “breathe” because your circumstances are all consuming?

Today I have a challenge for both of us. I want you to breathe and open your eyes up to the beauty that surrounds you.

I know so many are experiencing a quarantined life, but I want you to go outside and do something that brings you peace.

Is this the sound of the ocean water and seagulls in the background or the quietness of a hike in the woods?

Is it a quiet walk or a relaxing bike ride?

It doesn’t matter what you do, but I would suggest just going outside, breathe in the fresh air, and just open your heart to God will do wonders to restore your heart and your soul.

Share with Him your need to release this stress and allow Him to replace that stress with a peace that only He can give.

My friend, take some time this weekend to Rest, Breathe, and Repeat.

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Today Is A New Day

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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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Refresh, Recharge, & Rest

This is your weekend reminder to take some time to slow down.

Take some time to refresh, recharge, & rest today.

Clear your schedule of the busy life you live and allow yourself the time to decompress.

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Rest and Recover

We Survived The Week

Today is the day where we should be able to rest from the craziness of the week.

I know for many of us, however, today is the day in which we try to catch upon our house chores, the dishes, the laundry, the grocery shopping, and the kids youth activities, but I want to remind you of the importance to make some time to rest in order to refresh your mind, body, and soul.

God reminds us how important this is or He wouldn’t have it in the Bible.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew‬ ‭11:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Consider this, My Friend. You will not regret it. Give your body and your mind this much needed down time.

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Walking Toward Peace and Rest

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Today’s weekend inspiration is to remember this simple phrase,

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.” Author Unknown

My friend, today’s reminder is to encourage you to practice the power of positivity.

It is so much easier to focus on how bad things are when you are going through the drudges of life, but if you try to focus on something positive during these times, life will not be filled with as much darkness and with as many difficulties.

It is easy to multiply problems, but I, however, would rather focus on multiplying positive and encouraging things.

My friend, if you are struggling with a difficult situation and it has you consumed, try today to look for something that you love or an encouraging activity you live. Spend some time finding a place that brings joy and sunshine back into your life.

If you have been in a place of difficulties for a while, this may be difficult initially, but do not give up. Make it a personal quest if you need to, but seek out your place of joy and focus on it and the happy, relaxing, and peaceful feeling you get from this.

When you do, it will give you a place of rest this weekend. It may even trigger a healing you may be in need of.

Feel free to leave a comment below if you wish to share what brought joy and peace to you. Especially if it was not easy to find.

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Hope Provides Strength

Encouragement Today and Weekend Reminder

Hope is found in the ability to rest. Allow yourself the time to rest this weekend. If you are tired and beat down from the stress of life, cling to these words…

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the Earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power to the weak.” Isaiah 40:28-29 NIV

God is there to strengthen you and provide you with the hope that tomorrow will be brighter than today.

Also yourself the time to rest your mind, body and soul so you will be able to receive His complete blessing of rejuvenation and restoration.

Breathe, My Friend and rest your mind while allowing God to refresh you this weekend.
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Rest, Rejuvenate, Refresh

Encouragement Today and Weekend Reminder

Today is a ”simple” weekend reminder to take some time to rest, rejuvenate, and refresh.

No matter how difficult the week has been, now is the time to sit back and breathe allowing the stresses of the week to just melt away.

No matter what your weather is, you can still make the best of anything you havI. If your weather is nice, enjoy going outside and do what you love. If that looks like a summer day at the beach or lake, then pack up your beach bag and hit the water. Does it look like a hike in the woods, then grab your hikers, tie up your laces, and hit the trails.

If it is too hot and you choose to remain inside, enjoy that to the fullest as well. Take the time to snuggle up on the couch with your good book or favorite tv show or movie. If you enjoy cooking, try exploring a new recipe you have been wanting to make, put on some relaxing music and enjoy cooking.

Take the time to just relax is the key to unwinding. 

Happy ”Restful” Weekend, my Friend!
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Refreshing Relationships

Encouragement Today and Weekend Reminder

img_8650Today’s inspiration is coming via another moment of tranquility.

We had some amazingly beautiful weather the past couple of days so yesterday’s adventure took us to Corolla in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

God’s revelation, while we enjoyed our beautiful day together, was that our kids are never to old to spend quality time together.

My friend, if you have a child or children in your life, no matter if they are yours or they are your nieces and nephews or they are just children in your life you love, it is never to late to spend some time with them building bonds and relationships that will be forever etched in their minds and their hearts.

Your weekend reminder today is to be sure to incorporate the time to build on those relationships. If you find the time to build on them, you will be amazed at how rejuvenated you will feel at the end of the day.

Enjoy the small people God blessed you with. Take the time to play, cuddle, love on, talk to, read to, and do whatever it is that you both enjoy. The bonding time will be priceless at the end of the day or at the end of the weekend.

Take some time this weekend to invest in your relationships. Your important people will feel loved and you will walk away feeling refreshed.

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Breathe In The Peace of Nature

Encouragement Today and Weekend Reminder

Today’s encouragement is to remind you to take the time to slow down this weekend and rejuvenate your mind and your body.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Allow the power of nature breathe a peace over your soul. Allow it to wipe your fears, cares, and concerns away allowing your mind, body, and soul to rest and recuperate.