Faith > Worry

 

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Nowadays we are consumed by worry!  We worry about our future, our jobs, our personal lives, our health, and our loved ones. Sometimes we even worry today, about the fear of feeling worried tomorrow!

BUT FAITH IS GREATER THAN ANY OF OUR WORRIES!

Faith is trusting that everything in our lives will unfold EXACTLY the way it should, the way it’s meant to be.

Faith is TRUSTING that God has a plan for our lives EVEN if we can’t see it right now.  EVEN if it doesn’t make sense, all that we are required to do is TRUST!

WORRY IS THE OPPOSITE OF FAITH!

Unfortunately, worry usually sneaks up on us and steals our peace!  It can physically wear us out, and can even make us sick. When we worry, we are sending the message that we don’t TRUST God to handle our problems.

I know from personal experience it’s easy to get carried away by our worries, especially while going through difficult seasons in our life. But worrying just erodes our mind little by little, until we cannot think or see clearly. And for what?

You see, worrying gets us NOWHERE and accomplishes absolutely NOTHING!

HAVE FAITH AND LET THE REST GO!

Let’s begin to be in the moment AND trusting in the one to follow!

REMEMBER . . .

On the other side of worry, THERE’S FAITH!

 

 

 

Four Things You Can’t Recover!

 

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 The stone . . . after the throw.

 The word . . . after it’s said.

 The occasion . . . after it’s missed.

 The time . . . after it’s gone.

Regret! We’ve all toiled with this word.  Whether it’s over a period of months, years, OR whether it’s immediate.  We’ve all felt regret at one point or another.

THE STONE

I recently read an article of a man that lived across the street from a junkyard and painted on the wall facing the street it said “Take the stones they throw at you and use them to build your castle.”

Let’s begin to FOCUS not on what’s been broken, but rather what we can make anew.  And although it is a fact that we cannot take that stone back.  It is never too late to apologize to someone or to forgive ourselves for throwing a stone in someone’s yard that should’ve remained in ours.

THE WORD

 Ahhh Words!  We were given this gift to be able to express ourselves.  But this gift comes with immense responsibility!

In the past I’ve said that “Our words have great power!”  With just ONE word, we can build others up or we can quickly tear them down.  Words can heal or they can cut.

Have you ever said something and IMMEDIATELY thought, “Oops, maybe I shouldn’t have said that!”  I’ve learned to be careful when choosing my words and think things through BEFORE saying them.  Because once your words are out, there is no rewind button.  BEFORE saying something, ask yourself, “Am I helping, or am I hurting?” . . . Then PROCEED or NOT.

THE OCCASION

 An occasion is a “MOMENT IN TIME.”  It is an event that has a beginning and an end.  And yes, we’ve all experienced THAT occasion that for some reason we weren’t able to attend. Maybe we had a prior commitment.  But what about that ONE OCCASION that we initially planned on attending and then life happened.  And so, we missed it.   Honestly speaking, time is fleeting.  It goes by quickly.  Don’t miss THAT moment, THAT event!  You will never know how THAT ONE OCCASION can have the POWER to change the trajectory of your life!

THE TIME

There is SO MUCH I can say about time!  We all know how very precious it is and how quickly it goes!  We can see this more clearly for those of us who have watched our children grow.  In what seems to be “the blink of an eye” they go from being toddlers to young adults!  And you ask yourself, “How in the world did time go by so fast?”  Well, guess what, it did!

The difficult reality about time is once it’s gone, it’s GONE!

So, I’ve learned to make the MOST of my time. Forget what others might think.  They are not living YOUR journey!

Moving forward, my HOPE for you is that your regrets become FEWER and that your happiness GROWS exponentially!

LIFE IS TOO SHORT to spend doing anything other than what fills your soul with PEACE, LOVE, and MUCH JOY!

Remember that our days are LONG.

BUT our years are SHORT!

 

 

The Versatile Blogger Award

A great BIG THANK YOU to Laura at The View From My Window for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!   I am both honored and humbled by this award!  Please take the time to view her blog!  It is filled with great insight!

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Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award

  1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Nominate at least 5 other bloggers.
  3. Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.
  4. Share 7 facts about yourself.

 

7 Facts About Me

  1. Having faith in God and trusting Him for me is like breathing.
  2. I love music and attending concerts.
  3. Having a sense of humor is an essential part of life.  It is important to laugh!
  4. I LOVE helping others and feeling like I’ve made a difference in someone’s life.
  5. Going to the beach nourishes my soul.
  6. I love eating Italian food and Cuban food.
  7. I love my 2 dogs because they love me unconditionally.

 

My Nominees:

The Richness of a Simple Life

Jay Colby

Juan Day At A Time

Jennaraeshinn

Thriving Under Pressure

 

 

 

 

 

I WANT TO BE THAT PERSON

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LOVE IS PATIENT,

Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

LOVE NEVER FAILS.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

THIS IS PERFECT LOVE!

IT IS what love should look like.  The type of love we should demonstrate and strive for.

These words have always touched my heart deeply.

They are PERFECT and BEAUTIFUL!

BUT if we’re honest, who among us can show this type of love without stumbling from time to time?  We are not perfect human beings, and so these are BIG SHOES TO FILL!

So, what are we to do?

WE TRY OUR PERSONAL BEST!

Think about this:  rather than trying to show perfection, why can’t we commit to be the best version of ourselves? Why can’t we be THAT PERSON that shows love with a spirit of kindness and humility? Why can’t we offer our help when we can and as often as we can? Show our support in times of need. GIVE of our hearts freely and without fear.  Say the words “I LOVE YOU” every chance we get. Why can’t we be THAT PERSON who demonstrates love with PURE and HONEST motives!

I WANT TO BE THAT PERSON!

And when others think of this very POWERFUL four letter word, MY HOPE is that in some small way my name will come to mind.

 

The “Suddenlies” Of Life

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Ever have a situation or event in your life happen SUDDENLY? What I’m referring to are those small and seemingly “insignificant” events. The ones that catch us by complete SURPRISE.  And SURE they seem harmless at first, however after the fact they stay with us for quite some time.

These events are the “Suddenlies” of life.  And these “Suddenlies” may have looked something like this . . .

“I arrived at the airport on time and SUDDENLY they announced the flight was delayed until tomorrow.”

“I was talking with a trusted friend and SUDDENLY without her knowledge, something she said happened to be the PERFECT words I needed to hear at that exact moment.”

“I was thinking about calling someone I hadn’t heard from in quite some time and SUDDENLY while at the mall, I ran into them.”

“I was working at my job for years and SUDDENLY I was told the company was closing.”

The “Suddenlies” of life test our patience and stretch us in unexpected ways. They serve as our yellow or red lights of our lives. They force us to take some time to yield or completely stop to recharge, rethink, or reorganize something in our life.

So next time a “suddenly” in YOUR life appears, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is it showing up to move me out of a certain situation?
  2. Is it here to redirect my path by providing an “ah ha” moment or teach a valuable lesson?
  3. Is it a reminder for me to reconnect with someone because that person is meant to be a significant person in my future?
  4. Or is it here to give me a “much needed” push that will surely provide something bigger or better for me?

Take time to ponder over these questions. Remain open and when the “Suddenlies” in your life show up, however peculiar or inconvenient they may feel, embrace them!

WHO KNOWS . . .

Your next “SUDDENLY” might be the CHANGE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED!

Hope Whispers . . .

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When the world says, “Give up,”

Hope Whispers,  “Try it one more time.”

“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for ONE SECOND without hope.”

Hope is what anchors our soul and gives us promise for a new day.  My mom used to always say “without hope, you have nothing.”  Her wise words have carried me my entire life! When despair managed to creep in, those words echoed in my mind repeatedly.

I do believe however that most of us are hopeful, from time to time. After all, how else would we be able to function in our daily lives?  But then . . . LIFE HAPPENS!  Discouragement takes over and disappointments take a front seat. We start believing our own lies. We start believing that voice that whispers . . .

“You’re not ever going to feel happy again.”

“Your current situation will never get better.”

“You’re not smart enough for that new venture you’re thinking of starting.”

“You’re not good enough for that dream job you’ve always wanted.”

“You’re not worthy of finding your soul mate and falling in love.”

You’re not this, you’re not that . . . and so the toxic lies slowly convince you.

But hope is being able to see that there is a light despite our darkness.  Despite our circumstances. That although we might be climbing a huge mountain with no end in sight, we can always CHOOSE HOPE!  Keep moving forward, keep pushing through, one tiny step at a time.  ONE DAY, YOU WILL REACH THE TOP OF YOUR MOUNTAIN!  When the world says GIVE UP. Hope whispers, try it ONE MORE TIME.

A butterfly begins its life as a caterpillar and through its metamorphosis emerges into a beautiful butterfly. It is NO EASY TASK, but the butterfly doesn’t get discouraged.  Doesn’t question. Doesn’t become disappointed. It just keeps persistently moving forward, without doubt, without giving up.  THAT’S HOPE!

And yes, I understand the butterfly “naturally” does this.  But we CAN also “naturally” live a life FULL OF HOPE by making the CHOICE to do so.

And when the road gets rough, as it does for all of us from time to time, CHOOSE HOPE, knowing that your tough times WILL PASS!

REMEMBER THAT HOPE DANCES IN THE RAINSTORM, UNTIL THE SUN COMES OUT AGAIN!

 

 

 

Positive outlook, negative outlook, you choose!

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In our world today we are bombarded by information coming at us 24/7.  This world is one noisy place! It’s a constant twitter with the world chirping in our ear.  And let’s be honest, most of it is negative. According to news outlets most of the time, the cup is half empty instead of half full.

So in order to have a more POSITIVE outlook, we must make the CHOICE to do so. So what do you do when the voices around you become louder than the voice within you?  You must reconnect with your authentic self!  Choosing to fill your mind and spirit with positive messages is the precursor to having a positive outlook and hence a positive life.

Here are some positive affirmations about who YOU ARE.  My hope is that at least for TODAY this message is louder than the world’s frivolous chatter.

IN CASE NO ONE TOLD YOU TODAY you are beautiful.

You are loved.

You are worthy.

You are needed.

You are someone’s whole world.

IN CASE NO ONE TOLD YOU TODAY you are valuable.

You are wise.

You are capable of making all your dreams come true.

You are unique.

You have a purpose.

You’re alive for a reason.

IN CASE NO ONE TOLD YOU TODAY you are kind.

You have gifts to offer that someone else needs.

You are capable.

You are stronger than you think.

You are going to get through your difficulties.

IN CASE NO ONE TOLD YOU TODAY

YOU MATTER!

ACTUALLY WE ALL DO!