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Today, I’ve received 100 followers (116 including email followers)!
THANK YOU ALL so much for liking, commenting and following my blog!  I never in a million years thought anyone would want to read anything I had to say, so I am humbled!
When I first started, my primary motivation was to HELP others!  Through my very own struggles and trials I have made mistakes, but also learned valuable lessons!  My hope is that when you read my posts you will in some small way feel inspired and that your heart is touched by my words.
Through this experience I have learned that we are all MORE alike than we are different! And that the ONLY thing that truly matters in life is HOW we live our lives and how much we seek to help each other, since we are NOT meant to do life alone!
I also know there are NO coincidences for the people we meet along the way, whether in person or through blogging.  I am thankful for each and everyone of you!
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN FOR FOLLOWING!

BE STILL

“You’re parting waters

Making a way for me

You’re moving mountains that I don’t even see

You’ve answered my prayer before I even speak

ALL YOU NEED FOR ME TO BE IS STILL!”

 

These words by Hillary Scott’s song “Still”  truly touches my heart and penetrates my soul in the deepest way!

While waiting in the valley, when we cannot see, all God wants from us is to BE STILL!

 

 

 

Through The Eyes Of A Child

 

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Paulo Coelho has said that . . .

“A child can teach an adult three things:

 to be happy for no reason,

 to always be busy with something,

and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

Being an adult is a constant reminder of our responsibilities, all the while forgetting how to LIVE LIFE FULLY.  We remember to be an active participant of the “rat race” while forgetting what it’s like to “slow down and smell the roses.”

As adults, I believe we can learn much when we view the world through the eyes of a child.

Here are 5 beautiful ways in which children live and the valuable lessons they teach us!

#1 THEY LIVE IN THE MOMENT

Children don’t dwell on the past and certainly do not worry about the future.  They fully enjoy the HERE AND NOW! For them, the present moment IS the only moment!

#2 THEY ALWAYS SPEAK THE TRUTH

Children always say what’s on their mind.  They say what they mean, and truly mean what they say, making no apologies for it.  They have not been jaded, so for them HONESTY is the only way.

#3 THEY KNOW HOW TO FORGIVE

Children get upset at each other, THEN they get over it.  They apologize when it’s appropriate and move on.  They don’t dwell on what was done to them and “rehash” a situation.  It happens, they argue, they forgive. DONE!

#4 THEY LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY

Their love is pure and their motives are genuine.  They love without an agenda and hold nothing back. They feel free to express their love without reservations.

#5 THEY ARE ALWAYS THEMSELVES

Children understand the simplicity of just being themselves.  They don’t get caught up in trying to impress anyone. They don’t place emphasis on how they may come across to others, THEY JUST ARE!

 Through My Eyes

I know children are supposed to learn from me, but through the years, as I’ve watched them closely, I am aware of how much MORE they have taught me!

And although they are oblivious to how much of an impact they’ve had,

I would be a fool not to follow their lead on how to live this one life!

 

Waiting is Not Wasted Time

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Often though, it seems to be!

If you’re like me, then you probably dislike waiting. Whether we’re waiting for trivial things such as our phone to charge, or more serious things such as a big life decision, waiting can be difficult for us all.  While we’re waiting we often become tense and anxious, wondering how long will this take?

But what if we’re thinking about waiting in all the wrong ways?

What if our waiting was valuable time, instead of wasted time in our lives?

I would like to suggest five ways in which you can GROW while you’re waiting.

GROW IN WISDOM  

Waiting can provide much needed clarity and knowledge.  It buys us the time we need for reflection to occur. During our reflection time, our mind becomes clearer with knowledge, allowing for perspective and wisdom.

GROW IN TRUTH 

Waiting has a way to bring out the best and worst in us.  If you don’t wait to see things through, then that’s a sign to revisit your motives. The truth is, maybe you weren’t as interested as you previously thought.

GROW IN SPIRIT

The word “waiting” has a negative connotation.  So, while you’re having to wait, don’t see it as you’re “accomplishing nothing.”  Instead see it as God’s timing. Trust that it WILL happen!

GROW IN CHARACTER

Waiting has a way of rubbing off the rough edges in our lives.  When we are placed in a season of waiting, our character grows and is strengthened. And isn’t that a good thing?

GROW IN PATIENCE

When we grow accustomed to waiting for the small stuff, that allows us opportunities to get better at waiting for the bigger stuff.  Our patience will allow us to appreciate our outcome that much more!

 FRIENDS, THERE ARE REASONS FOR YOUR SEASON OF WAITING!

 Don’t get discouraged!

Sometimes WHAT WE LEARN AND WHO WE BECOME in the process of waiting is even more important than what we’re waiting for!

 

THE STAIRWAY

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There comes a time in our lives where we don’t see through the same lenses.  A time where our perspective completely changes.  We don’t place value on the same things anymore.  We don’t engage in the same conversations we used to.  We don’t like the same things. The world as you see it is different!

You start noticing that the people you’ve known for a while have changed.  That in many ways they are no longer the same.  Perhaps the things you had in common no longer exist. You wonder how this change has happened to so many people you know, over time!

THEN YOU STOP AND REALIZE, WAIT A MINUTE!

MAYBE IT’S NOT THEM!

MAYBE IT’S ME!

Don’t get me wrong, just because you view the world and those around you differently, doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing!  And just because you see people differently, it’s not considered a negative.  We are programmed to believe that “different” is bad, but it doesn’t have to be.

While each of us are here on earth experiencing our individual lives, we go through highs, lows, and everything in between.  We can all certainly relate to this at some level.

But it’s through the lows, through our trials that we experience this transformation more intensely!  Not only do we begin to view others with a new set of eyes, but we wake up one day and realize that “sweating the small stuff” is no longer worth it. Perhaps you notice you don’t like the same things.  You begin to show gratitude for everything and everyone!  And since you’ve experienced lows, you cherish your joys that much more.

But not everyone is experiencing the same things, on the same day, at the same time. Remember we are all on our own individual life journey, unique to each of us.

It’s as though we are all climbing on our own PERSONAL STAIRWAY.  The more we experience, the more we climb, step by step. As we learn lessons, we are no longer able to stay on our previous step. Because we’ve morphed into someone else. So, we instantaneously and without warning move to the next step, and so on.

If you’re like me, perhaps your perspective has changed. Perhaps you’re currently in the process of climbing to YOUR next step on your PERSONAL STAIRWAY!

If so, be at peace with the process!  Because we are not meant to stay stagnant.

REMEMBER THAT CHANGE IS GOOD, WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO MAKE IT SO!

 

 

 

Square Peg in a Round Hole

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“Everything happens for a reason!” This is a phrase we’ve all heard before and one we can probably agree with.  But do we believe it?

I’ve often wondered why some situations never turn out the way we want them to, despite our best efforts.  While other times, opportunities show up unexpectedly and things work out favorably, without even trying!

It’s difficult to know the difference between what’s meant for us and what isn’t.  So, I’d like to share some insights, based on personal experience, that have helped in determining when something I’d been pursuing was not meant to be.

ABSENCE OF INNER PEACE

This is a huge predictor whether to continue to pursue something or not.  When your stomach is in knots, your mind feels jumbled with troubled thoughts, and you’re feeling anxious, that’s the ABSENCE of inner peace!

That unsettling feeling inside of you is trying to tell you “PERHAPS, THIS IS NOT RIGHT!”  Take a step back. NOTHING is worth compromising your inner peace!

FITTING A SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HOLE

This idiom is used when one tries to “fit in”.  But why do we insist on something working out, when after multiple attempts, it’s clearly not happening?

When you give something your ALL and it backfires repeatedly, give up the need to try and “fit that square peg in that round hole.” Gracefully accept it’s not for you.  In the end, you’ll be glad you did!

MOVING AGAINST THE FLOW

Flow is the precursor for things that ARE meant to be. So, it’s crucial to follow the natural flow of things and respect it.  Give up the need to control. In time, the RIGHT thing will come your way!

ALL THE WRONG REASONS

When someone else wants something for you MORE than you want it for yourself.  This can be a problem! Remember in the end, ONLY YOU will be living with the decisions YOU make.

Seek God’s guidance first, then follow your heart. Afterwards, trust that you’re WISE enough to decide what’s right for YOU.  Remember that YOU ARE the captain of your own ship!

FORCING WHAT’S NOT THERE

The best things are never forced or done out of an ultimatum.  Every time I have chosen to “force something” it’s never had a good outcome. Keep in mind that what’s TRULY meant for you, does not need to be forced!

FINAL THOUGHTS

I know it takes COURAGE to walk away from something that no longer serves you in a positive manner.  BUT YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Always remember that walking away doesn’t make you defeated.

MAYBE IT WAS JUST NOT PART OF YOUR STORY TO BEGIN WITH!

 

YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS!

We were ALL born with certain gifts!  YES, YOU TOO!

If you haven’t done so already, I would like to INSPIRE you to take the SPIRITUAL GIFTS TEST!  This test will allow you to see your STRENGTHS and the gifts GOD HAS GIVEN YOU!

Why is this important?

Because when we know what our gifts are, we can take these gifts and use them for a GREATER PURPOSE!

If you’ve taken this test before, let me suggest to take it once more.  Because as time passes and life happens, we EVOLVE!  And so certain gifts move to the forefront, while others may move to the background.

Your results will provide you with YOUR TOP 3 SPIRITUAL GIFTS.

Once you take this test, I would love to hear from you by sharing your TOP 3 SPIRITUAL GIFTS!

http://spiritualgiftstest.com/

Here are my TOP 3!

  1. Mercy
  2. Faith
  3. Administration

WHO KNEW?