Sunday, November 11, 2012

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Free

How many hours yet days have you wasted comparing yourself to others? I can ask you this because...honestly...I have done this. This used to be one of my biggest joy thief's, as I like to call them. Our minds are so filled with comparison that it steals us of our joy. Why? I can't speak for others but I can share with you mine. Maybe you have felt this way.


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Unworthy. Unloved. Worry. Fear. Shy....my list goes on.

This was detrimental to my self-worth but I was paralyzed trying to be someone else only to keep losing myself. Maybe I should dress differently. Change my hair. What if I could speak up like her.  What if I could be more outgoing as her. If only I could be as happy as her. As happy as she looked. or appeared to be. I wish I could have it all together with my kids like she does.

I didn't realize I had this problem with comparison {not judgement} for a long time. I love people. My love for others though was a hard thing to deal with internally. In quiet times alone. Just myself and my thoughts. When I realized this was a problem I knew I had to change myself in order to be pleasing to God. God wanted me to shine through my heart. Not my image or status. I had to be different then the world around me. I had to change myself for God's glory.

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."

Psalm 37:4

So what are the desires of my heart? To love and be loved. By God. To have a Kingdom heart. For God. Attracts People with my Faith to God. Strength and Courage. For God for Others.

This was a struggle to unveil my hearts desires. I had to choose each day with God's strength and grace to not compare myself to others. If I continued to do this I would not be honoring God. I desired a kingdom heart to glorify him and be more like Jesus. I needed to be confident in who God made me to be to share my Kingdom heart.

Be confident. Be courageous. Fall in love with God who desires you. God says you are lovely. I am lovely. I am worth it to God. I am his beloved daughter and so are you.


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I am free of comparison because God enables me to.

If you are comparing yourself to others and you feel your self-worth sink a little more. Remember God loves you and it is no mistake the Masterpiece that you truly are in God's eyes. He created you for his Glory. Do not let comparison steal your joy today. If so, how will you be able to shine in this dark world?


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Much Love,
 

A Mommy's Worry

 
When my sweet children wrap their arms around my neck so tight and their love radiates through my arms to my heart, I don't want to let go. Ever. I don't want them to let go turn away and become their own. I want to hold them oh so tight to protect them, love them, and stand still in these moments.

The nature of worry came to the surface even more the first few years as a mom. The first year I worried of SIDS. The second year I worried about their care from someone other than me. Dropping my child off at the nursery in Church left me anxious through our service every Sunday. Planning a date night with my husband, well that didn't happen very much.

Who would know the sounds of my children's cries when they were hungry, needing a special blanket, or just a very tight hug. Who would rock my children, snuggled in my arms just the way they like it, so they can play with my ears.

Who would pretend to be a dinosaur and roar through the house with them, and really enjoy it. Who would dance through house with them. After this it then started the worry of Who would take care of my precious children if something happened to me. Could someone love my children as much as I do?

I am their Mommy. I know all their joys, hurts, routines, tickle spots, and ways to calm them.

God had to tell me, oh so often.

Angie, My Child, these children I have given you are a gift from me. These are not your children but mine. Love them as I love you. Trust in me and I will provide. I know their means, ways, and needs. I have their names inscribed in my heart. They are children of God. I love them.

So much love. From a perfect God and Father.

I had to turn my worry into Trust and Faith in God. Whenever I started to worry about a situation. Envisioned the what ifs.


I prayed. Please God turn my worry in to trust and faith in you. Please God help me to see each blessing every day before I worry. God is faithful and restored my heart from worry. God loves my children more than I could ever imagine. God will provide for my children if I am here or not.

They will be loved unconditionally by our Heavenly Father.

God showed me a glimpse of his Kingdom. I need to have a heart of God's kingdom. Loving others like Jesus. I needed a heart of contentment. Give to others in a selfless way. Forgive without boundaries. I do not own my children, yet they are gifts of grace from God that I will treasure.

For now I will cherish each laughter, every tear, and even the hard days of being a mother. I will count my blessings instead of worry for I will trust in the Lord with all my heart!


Love,
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Outrageous Joy

Life doesn't always have joyful circumstances, rainbows, and smiles. Along the journey of life we also have heartache, disappointment, and trials. We live in a fallen world. God loves us however and knows our pain during these tribulations. He mourns with us during the loss of a loved one, have financial burden, lose a job. He is with us through all circumstances.

Good or Bad.

He comforts us so that we may comfort others. When you are going through "tough" stuff are you able to comfort others in the end? Sometimes it's easier to hide in our heartache and be content in those situations rather than be courageous and embrace the pain and soak in the joy. It was once easier for me swallow my pain rather than embrace God's love and comfort to equip me to comfort others. God didn't give up and neither should you. He loves you too much to leave you there.

So where do we start? When I needed lifted from a place of sadness and heartache I prayed. I prayed daily. Some prayers were long and specific and some were as simple and heavy as "Lord, I need you". "Lord, please give me strength to face this day."

When my husband and I lost our first child during her birth I was absolutely heart-broken. There was a period of time where I didn't want to get out of my bed. It was easier to hide under the covers and escape the world, the pain, the reality. I remember the day I finally took the first step joy and my prayer to God was "Lord, please give me the strength to take the blankets off of me and firmly press my feet on the floor." There were many prayers and more courage to actually get me to walk out of the room. But I did one step at a time with God's comfort and hope.

Six years later and a few more trials along the way I have my feet firmly pressed on the ground. I can honestly say I have JOY. Is it rainbows each day? No.There are still trials I face. But there is HOPE, LAUGHTER, and JOY through it all. Joy is a choice that comes through an attitude of confidence in GOD and embracing his mercy.


I rejoice in God's good works. I rejoice in the sunshine, laughter, my children's smiles, God's gifts. The gift of compassion he has given to me. The gifts that he embedded in my children and husband. Everyday you can find at least one thing to be joyous about. Write a list of just three blessings each day and Thank God. I also encourage to thank God for trials too so that you can be used for His glory through my experiences.

"A cheerful heart has a continual feast." Proverbs 15:15

There was a story told that Mother Theresa was once asked what the job description was for anyone who might wish to work alongside her in the grimy streets. She mentioned only two things: the desire to work hard and a joyful attitude. I am certain she had both.

I want to wake each day with Outrageous Joy!

 
Love,
 

Within Me{Us}

 
Ephesians 3:16 has always been a special verse to me for many reasons.

I love the reminder that the Apostle Paul is sharing with us his petition on bended knees to the Father Christ, that he will strengthen the saints, so that they will not be weary during tribulations they endure. I know I have been on bended knee to Christ in my life praising him, needing his grace, and strength through tribulations. We need strength to resist Satan and his temptations and endure afflictions cheerfully all by God's grace, a free gift.

In vs 17 I love that Christ will make his home in our hearts as we trust him.

FAITH and TRUST in God and he will dwell with in us.

God's strength will uphold us from within through the power of the holy spirit. What a prayer to pray each day for ourselves, husbands, children, friends, etc... Just think insert your (their) names below:

[Heavenly Father] I pray that from [Your] glorious, unlimited resources [You] will empower [us] with inner strength through [Your] Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in [our] hearts as [we] trust in him. [I pray that our] roots will grow down into God’s love and keep [us] strong. And [Lord] may [we] have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep [Your] love is. May[we] experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then [we] will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

How comforting to know that we can practice our trust and faith in communion with God and we receive the blessing of him in us.

We can not live in our own strength; we need his power. Through all this we can grasp his deep love, through the cross, deep down in the corners of my heart. Satan does not want this and will do whatever he can in this fallen world to destroy that. But once we have experienced this deep love with Christ we will be over comers of all our trials. Even though I may fail God daily I will continue to seek God and pray to him for he has a plan for me and you.
"That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

It is in God's power and his power alone that works in us. With out him we can do nothing. I will continue to seek him daily and have faith and trust in the Lord so that he may dwell in my heart, my inner most, and do things unimaginable for his glory.
 
 
 
Love,
 

Updating Blogger and Fresh Start

I have been blogging with my little blog on Wordpress with a self hosted account since February. Last night I lost my site!!! I was so upset. I am still upset. I still have no idea what happened. I have emaile my web hosting and they don't see anything either. I have actually been considering switching back to blogger since it is much more user friendly for me. I don'tk know near enough about Wordpress. I am just not wordpress savvy. So I guess this was my sign!
 
Thankfully I have saved a file of every post I posted on my wordpress blog unfortunately I can't import all of them to match the dates originally posted. So, I will be adding my posts this page again. I thank you in advance for you patience and support with re-posting these.
 
Hope you have a blessed day and enjoy reading some of stories again!
 
Love,