30 Days of Thankfulness

Join me, beginning tomorrow, on my annual “30 Days of Thankfulness”.

Some days and some years. . . It’s hard. Creating a spirit of thanksgiving in your heart takes intentionality and discipline.

If you find yourself finding the negative in your day-to-day, and you’re done with it- join me.

I think you’ll find a new habit, and a little bit of that Negative Nancy weed pulled out of your heart.

What do ya say?! Join me!

Growth in life

I’ve been contemplating lately on change and growth, and I have to keep reminding myself. . . So, naturally, I felt led to share.

Growth in your life, no matter the area, requires a few things:

* Getting out of your own way

* Overcoming obstacles

* Setting goals, yet being flexible on the time line- it’s also important to remember that it’s ok to set a goal down, and pick it back up later!

* Being honest with yourself

Growth takes change, and if you’re not ready to change- you’re not ready to grow.

So, if you’re feeling “stuck” in a certain area of your life- you might ask yourself a question!

Am I ok with staying where I’m at?! Or, do I want to do the work to change what is no longer benefiting me?!

For me, I know it’s time to start doing the work on some things I’ve been avoiding. Know that if you’re there, too- you’ve got this. It’ll be hard, but it’ll be worth it!

Trusting God is Hard

Reposting from May 21, 2021

Sometimes, trusting God is hard. For a while now, I’ve been waiting on God in some key areas of my life. And, it feels like He is ignoring me. Deep desires of my heart. I feel like all I hear is crickets.

If I’m honest, the lack of answers. . . The sitting in waiting. The doing the work, only to get knocked down 15 levels. It has been so painful. The kind of painful that you are at the end of patience for waiting, and into I don’t even care any more, so I’m just going to stop praying and stop drawing near to God.

And that is so much more frustrating. Because, now I feel even further away from who I feel like God has called me to be. So much further away than Him being at the center of my marriage and our family. Further away, from where God has said He called me to. Further away from what He promised. Like, it all feels impossible. No matter which way I look- I don’t see how He is going to answer these prayers. I don’t see how He is going to bring healing.

And with the craziness of this last year- nothing makes sense right now. Absolutely nothing.

I was so sure that if x,y,z would happen, then God would x,y,z in our lives.

I do feel like He keeps sending me little reminders of His perfect timing, but right now- it is so hard to keep the faith that He will turn things around.

All of this has been weighing heavily on my heart.

And if you are out there reading this, just know:

It’s ok to be feel this way while you are in the waiting. Lay it all out to God- Trust me, He can handle it.

Following God doesn’t all of a sudden make life easier, and sunshine and roses. If you are feeling like it’s you and you aren’t worthy. That’s not true. You are so worthy. God loves you through the trials. Even if it feel like you aren’t alone, and you don’t want to pray about it any more. He is right there with you, waiting on you! He is patient.

Whatever it is you are waiting on- whatever storm you are walking through. There’s a rainbow on the other side. It’s beautiful. It won’t be stormy forever. When it’s hard, keep take one little step at a time, and He will guide you!

Even when it feels foggy. Even when it feels hard. Even when it feels like life is upside down, and you don’t see how anything will improve. Just keep walking. He is faithful.

Unchanging

Unchanging

Malachi 3:6-11 throughout the Bible and throughout time, scripture shows again and again that God is an unchanging God. He remains the same. When we feel distant from God, it is not God who is distant, it is us.

In Malachi, 3:6-11, we see that our actions can keep us distant from God. We rob God our time and our resources.

Read Malachi 3. Meditate on verses 6-11.

Have a conversation with God.

Ask him: “God, where in my life am I robbing you of my time and resources?”

Challenge:

Write it down. Whatever He speaks…it may come later, while you are working, doing chores, watching TV…stop what you are doing and write it down in your journal.

Now. How can you reconcile “that thing” with God? Spend time with God this week asking Him how you can give back to Him and His kingdom. Once you’ve figured it out, with God. Tell your spouse, mentor, accountability partner, or friend. Make sure to check your heart, before you do. This is about accountability, and God getting the glory…not you. Got all that done? Great. Now go do it.

Verse 11 shows us what will happen when we reconcile with God, what will happen when we are honest with God. He basically tells us “Child of mine, I’ve got your back. I will defend you”. Meditate on verse 11.

Repent and ask forgiveness: God, I have robbed you of ___________. Father, I repent and change my ways. Please forgive me for _________. I want to draw near and close to your heart.

Follow through- Do the thing you said you would change.

Thank Him and Give Him the glory. Thank Him before, during, and after. When God is faithful to do what He said He would do, your story is now His story. Share what happened with someone who needs to know. Invite God into that process. Ask Him who needs to know. When you share what He has done in your life, He gets the glory.

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Trusting God is Hard

Sometimes, trusting God is hard. For a while now, I’ve been waiting on God in some key areas of my life. And, it feels like He is ignoring me. Deep desires of my heart. I feel like all I hear is crickets.

If I’m honest, the lack of answers. . . The sitting in waiting. The doing the work, only to get knocked down 15 levels. It has been so painful. The kind of painful that you are at the end of patience for waiting, and into I don’t even care any more, so I’m just going to stop praying and stop drawing near to God.

And that is so much more frustrating. Because, now I feel even further away from who I feel like God has called me to be. So much further away than Him being at the center of my marriage and our family. Further away, from where God has said He called me to. Further away from what He promised. Like, it all feels impossible. No matter which way I look- I don’t see how He is going to answer these prayers. I don’t see how He is going to bring healing.

And with the craziness of this last year- nothing makes sense right now. Absolutely nothing.

I was so sure that if x,y,z would happen, then God would x,y,z in our lives.

I do feel like He keeps sending me little reminders of His perfect timing, but right now- it is so hard to keep the faith that He will turn things around.

All of this has been weighing heavily on my heart.

And if you are out there reading this, just know:

It’s ok to be feel this way while you are in the waiting. Lay it all out to God- Trust me, He can handle it.

Following God doesn’t all of a sudden make life easier, and sunshine and roses. If you are feeling like it’s you and you aren’t worthy. That’s not true. You are so worthy. God loves you through the trials. Even if it feel like you aren’t alone, and you don’t want to pray about it any more. He is right there with you, waiting on you! He is patient.

Whatever it is you are waiting on- whatever storm you are walking through. There’s a rainbow on the other side. It’s beautiful. It won’t be stormy forever. When it’s hard, keep take one little step at a time, and He will guide you!

Even when it feels foggy. Even when it feels hard. Even when it feels like life is upside down, and you don’t see how anything will improve. Just keep walking. He is faithful.

Flipped

I can’t begin to tell you, how many times, over the last 2-3 years that I’ve paused. . .and thought: life just doesn’t even make sense right now.

Before 2020, life felt certain. Even when we were planning to travel in 2018/2019. . .I may not have been 100% sure what to expect, but I felt certain about traveling. I knew that come May 2020, we would be traveling, and I had a plan for what that would look like.

But, even today. . . In 2022. 2 years after it felt like the world flipped upside down. . . I still have days that just don’t make sense and the way I thought things were supposed to be just doesn’t feel certain.

Some days, I feel like I know exactly what I’m doing. Other days, it feels like I’m waiting on something. . .but, I’m not quite sure what?

At this point, I really don’t know what to do with it, other than to trust God.

I don’t know what it means for what life looks like. I don’t know what that means for what my relationship with God looks like.

I just know. . . It is what it is.

I don’t know if maybe you still flipped upside down? Maybe from the pandemic? Maybe from another kind of loss?

If you do feel that way. Know that you are not alone.

Just remember, through it all: breathe. Breathe and trust.

Relationship with God Changes

In the past, I’ve shared about my relationship with God, and what I’ve learned during that season.

However, for quite a while…I’ve stepped away from that.

I got to a point, where I realized a few things:

*I needed to do some heart work. Which, to be honest, will always be a thing…but I really needed to do some processing, working and healing.

*I really needed to sit and wait.

* I was completely at a loss on where my relationship with God was, and how that affected my relationship with others. Especially with my husband and kids. I truly felt lost…but not in the same way I felt lost before I found Jesus. More of a wait- “what’s happening” kind of moment. It was, honestly, a weird place to be in.

At this point..I’m still figuring things out…I’m relearning what my relationship with God looks like…and just still processing the last several years, and how change looks.

Right now, what I really want to share with everyone is:

* God is love and his promises are true- even when we can’t see it.

* Whatever you’re going through, whatever you’re feeling towards God- it’s ok!

* Although change happens, and change in my relationship with God and others happens…God is and always will be the same.

* For me: Being a Follower of Jesus, nurturing a relationship with God, loving others (and myself) and building relationship with others, and being the hands and feet of Jesus outside of the four walls of “Church” is what is most important.

*If your relationship with God doesn’t look like it used to. That’s ok. Even our relationship with God ebbs and flows. And just like our relationships with friends and family mature, so does our relationship with Him! So, change needs to happen on our end!

* My hope is that you know that you are loved beyond all measure by someone who can love you more deeply and unconditionally than any other, ever!

Relationship with God Changes

In the past, I’ve shared about my relationship with God, and what I’ve learned during that season.

However, for quite a while…I’ve stepped away from that.

I got to a point, where I realized a few things:

*I needed to do some heart work. Which, to be honest, will always be a thing…but I really needed to do some processing, working and healing.

*I really needed to sit and wait.

* I was completely at a loss on where my relationship with God was, and how that affected my relationship with others. Especially with my husband and kids. I truly felt lost…but not in the same way I felt lost before I found Jesus. More of a wait- “what’s happening” kind of moment. It was, honestly, a weird place to be in.

At this point..I’m still figuring things out…I’m relearning what my relationship with God looks like…and just still processing the last several years, and how change looks.

Right now, what I really want to share with everyone is:

* God is love and his promises are true- even when we can’t see it.

* Whatever you’re going through, whatever you’re feeling towards God- it’s ok!

* Although change happens, and change in my relationship with God and others happens…God is and always will be the same.

* For me: Being a Follower of Jesus, nurturing a relationship with God, loving others (and myself) and building relationship with others, and being the hands and feet of Jesus outside of the four walls of “Church” is what is most important.

*If your relationship with God doesn’t look like it used to. That’s ok. Even our relationship with God ebbs and flows. And just like our relationships with friends and family mature, so does our relationship with Him! So, change needs to happen on our end!

* My hope is that you know that you are loved beyond all measure by someone who can love you more deeply and unconditionally than any other, ever!

Change is Needed

There has been a lot going on the last two years. So. Much.

I already knew that we needed a change, as a society.

However, the last two years. . . It has really opened my eyes to just HOW MUCH change we need.

When I think of all the things that need to change. I am reminded that it starts on an individual level. One person makes changes in their lives, and then those changes have a ripple effect on the people their are closest to in their lives, and so on.

If you’re eyes are just opening to the fact their needs to be a monumental shift in America.

Start small.

Start with one small thing that you can implement in your life.

Think about the things you are watching, reading, how much time are you spending on social media? Think about the places you are spending your money. What are you putting your time and energy into?

Then, hone in on just one thing to change. Maybe, you and your family cut back on tv time, or the type of tv you’ve been watching. Maybe you shift the kind of music you’ve been listening to.

Change it. Set a goal for one day, for one week, for one month, for one year.

If you mess up. DO. NOT. Be. Hard.On.Yourself. Do not. DO not beat your self up. Give your self grace. Dust yourself off, and get back up, and keep at it.

I can’t tell you those things that you need to change. You know what’s best for yourself and your family.

I can give ideas and resources, and that’s what I’ll be here for.

Change is hard. You may see some small improvements. You may see no improvements. You and your family may take 1 step forward, just to get 10 steps backwards.

AND- you may come out of a season. . . And, all of a sudden. You’ll see it. The work you and your family has done to make changes. You’ll see the fruit. It’ll be beautiful. It’ll be worth it.

Let’s get ready for change.