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No Worries!

Do you know that there is literally no help in worrying? I would say there’s no reason either, but there’s always a cause for our concern, even if we know there’s nothing we can do about it.

If there is something in your life that you cannot change, I encourage you today to let it go. Give it to God and let Him do His work on the situation. I know this is difficult, but your worries are going to be no help in the situation. Just because you think you’re “right” or that your advice might help, doesn’t mean that you should insert yourself into the situation.

Maybe it’s time to pull back. Maybe if you gave less of yourself and more to the One who’s trying to direct your path, you’d start to see that the worries and concerns lie only on the surface of the situation. Deep down, it’s all getting worked out, it’s just not happening as quickly as we’d like for it to.

Let me ask you this. If you were to not worry for just a bit, do you think the situation would seem better or worse? Do you think that, if you took your eyes off of that very situation for just a few moments, that things would get worse? I think not!

So why don’t you try that today. Take a step back. Remove yourself from the line of fire, take your heart back and refocus your mind on what you know to be true. Then pray that God does what He does best in the situation. Give it to Him and be thankful for His leadership. After all, isn’t this His baby anyway?

Hope this helps someone today!

Feelings…

There are moments when the answers seem so obvious, yet we choose to do the opposite. We often choose to follow our feelings versus the direction in which we’re being led.

Every day we have a choice to be ruled by our feelings or take charge over them. We may have a momentary breakdown, a “pity party” if you must, but we cannot stay there. For our own health, for our future despite our current situations, we mustn’t waller in what’s lost.

Stop thinking about what you don’t have or what is gone and turn your focus to what is here, what is true and what you can make of the situation you have right now. It isn’t about what is no longer present in your life, it’s about what you have to give right where you’re at. You have the chance to give your all no matter how difficult the circumstances.

You can’t lay low and let the world go on without you — you’re too important! You DO make a difference. Don’t be a product of your circumstances but rise above, take hold of your feelings so that they no longer dictate your days.

This is your chance to do what you do best. You are at this point, now what you do next determines where you’ll go from here. Don’t worry so much about the difficulty of the journey, just know that you will be able to handle it. The hard times will pass and you will come out ahead but only if you put first things first. One step at a time. You are stronger than you let yourself believe sometimes.

Whoever this is speaking to this morning, I pray that your every breathe today and moving forward is filled with warmth, confidence and the ability to decipher between what’s real and what is simply a “feeling” that you can choose to get past. Don’t reflect on what has passed at this moment, only look forward because it is the direction you are to go.

Is It Really That Bad?

Is it really as bad as we make it out to be? Is life really that difficult or are there just times that what we don’t understand begins to consume our thoughts?

I often wonder about those times when I was really struggling…what if I were to have taken all the worries, all of the “what if’s” and all of the bad feelings and put them in their place. Would I have come out ahead any quicker? Would it [the hard times] have ended any sooner?

There are so many times when we’re hurting and all we know to do in those moments is hurt. What if we try to feel something different? What if we try to worry less about the feelings altogether and focus on what’s next. If we carefully thought out our next move rather than huddling behind our feelings, do you think our difficult times might soon begin to be a little easier?

This week I feel like I’ve been speaking to the struggling; those who are going through a time in their life that they just wish was over. Know that I’m praying for you friends. I know it’s not easy but it definitely could be worse. There is such a bright future ahead and now is the time to turn your focus towards that. Don’t turn back or wonder what you could have done different because all you have is every step you make moving forward. Place your eyes upon the prize which is a life full of love, happiness and blessings in abundance. If you know that is what’s next, why would you ever look back?

You were meant for more than this moment.

‪#‎dontlookback‬ ‪#‎lifeiswhatyoumakeofit‬

You and Your Nemesis

I honestly don’t know why this is on my mind this morning and I’m not sure who it’s for, but it is for one of you so I have to share…

There are some people in your life that you could quite honestly live without. I mean, let’s be honest, you can’t stand them; the very thought of them makes you cringe. You hear their name and you automatically have a rebuttal to whatever it is that they’ve said or done, even if it’s nothing at all. So admit it, if I’m talking to you, that this person is probably someone you will never be “friends” with.

Now that I have your attention, I need you to listen and really HEAR what it is that I’m going to say to you this morning. This person is in your life for a reason. Regardless of how rude they are to you, what they’ve done to turn you off or how bad you just wish you could avoid them at all costs, they are in your life to serve some purpose. And don’t try to turn it around like maybe they are the one who should learn from you. I truly believe that these types of “unhealthy” relationships can be very healthy in the long run if we stop, take a step back and assess.

Please keep reading…

Often times the very things that drive us crazy about someone are the qualities we carry within ourselves that only others are noticing. Ouch! That’s truth speaking there ladies and gentlemen.

Hear me out…

In order for us to grow in our lives, to become better people, more productive employees, the best we can be in the roles we have in life, we MUST learn from every situation, every person, every good, bad and ugly thing that we encounter.

I want you to start thinking about this person in a different light. Today, I want you to find some qualities about this person that you find admirable and learn from them. I don’t want you to focus on their faults, their poor approach or negative responses. Nope, not this time. today and moving forward, I want you to look beyond where this relationship has gone and I want you to choose a different step today than you would have in the past. Today you will be the bigger person and you will continue to until one day, that relationship isn’t so strained.

I believe with my whole heart that these opposing forces between the two of you are acting like a magnet. They are drawing you closer together but in such a way that you’re moving about this way and that, furiously trying to part. When if you would just turn around – connecting the right end to end – you might just be stronger…a force to reckon with!

You have something to learn from this person. Maybe they are very good at some things that you struggle with. Maybe they push you harder than you like to work. Maybe they even challenge you when you are just happy being complacent. It’s time to shake things up a bit. Step out of your comfort zone and make a few changes. The only way you’re going to make a significant impact on this world is to learn to get along with others and learn the value that you can have on each other’s life.

‪#‎changestartswithyou‬ ‪#‎bethechangeyouwanttoseeintheworld‬

Just a friendly reminder…

Every now and then we all need a little reminder as to why we’re here, why we do what we do and how we can get back on track.

You see, it’s easy to start letting everything around us take our attention. The little thief is there, stealing our thoughts, whispering in our ear and determining our feelings has been guiding our paths for too long. It’s time to refocus, to get back in the game and to see all that we can do right where we’re at.

Stop worrying about all those around you – what they’re doing wrong, how much time they’re putting in and what we think they should do different. Let’s bring this back to YOU now. Why are you here in the first place? My guess is because you want to make a difference. Guess what? I believe you can, God knows you can because He gave you all the skills you need to do so, now it’s up to you to put it into action.

Don’t feel bad that you went astray for a bit. Just use that to fuel your passion even more. All you can deal with is what you have right now and where you are headed from there.

I am confident that today is going to be a good day for you. You have what it takes to make a difference in so many lives but you have to believe it too. You have to make the choice to work harder, put first things first and desire the end result so much so, that you will feel as if you can accomplish anything.

My desire for you today is to become all that you have inside of you to be, that you stop worrying about everyone and everything else around you and that you honor the position God has called you to be in, right where you are now. You have so much potential. Now prove it!

Happy Friday!

‪#‎getit‬ ‪#‎youvegotthis‬ ‪#‎youaremorethanyouvebeenshowinglately‬

Look Ahead

There are moments when the answers seem so obvious, yet we choose to do the opposite. We often choose to follow our feelings versus the direction in which we’re being led.

Every day we have a choice to be ruled by our feelings or taking charge over them. We may have a momentary breakdown, a “pity party” if you must, but we cannot stay there. For our own health, for our future despite our current situations, we mustn’t waller in what’s lost.

Stop thinking about what you do have or what is gone and turn your focus to what is here, what is true and what you can make of the situation you have right now. It isn’t about what is no longer present in your life, it’s about what you have to give with right where you’re at. You have the chance to give your all no matter how difficult the circumstances.

You can’t lay low and let the world go on without you — you’re too important! You DO make a difference. Don’t be a product of your circumstance but rise above, take hold of your feelings so that they no longer dictate your days.

This is your chance to do what you do best. You are at this point, now what you do next determines where you’ll go from here. Don’t worry so much about the difficulty of the journey, just know that you will be able to handle it. The hard times will pass and you will come out ahead but only if you put first things first. One step at a time. You are stronger than you let yourself believe sometimes.

Whoever this is speaking to this morning, I pray that your every breathe today and moving forward is filled with warmth, confidence and the ability to decipher between what’s real and what is simply a “feeling” that you can choose to get past. Don’t reflect at this moment, only look forward because it is the direction you are to go.

About Your Future…

So I got to thinking about you this morning…

I know there’s something bothering you and you wish it would all go away. I know you want these moments to end and this situation to just be over.
I know that your heart longs for more but your head tells you the time isn’t right.

But are you interested in finding out what else I know?

I know that “this too shall pass”.
I know that at this very moment, Jeremiah 29:11 is screaming loudly in my head AND…
I know that you need to hear it right at this very moment.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

But what if you read a little further…

Jeremiah 29: 12-13 “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

jeremiah-29-v11-13God’s response isn’t simply that He knows what’s best for us, it goes much further than that. In the next two verses, He tells us that we must come to Him in order to see it all come to fruition. It isn’t just about knowing He has plans and being just “ok” with the fact that someday it will all come together. Nope, it’s about fully putting your trust in Him. Knowing that once you go to Him and truly rely on Him that you will start to see things a little differently each day. The answers will become more clear. The direction you are to go will begin to show like never before. Things will unfold, unravel and open up right before your eyes. Believe it and you will see it!

It WILL come together in His time. He has plans. Just be sure you understand this, take it all in and continue to believe in a future that is brighter because of this very belief.

Hope this helps whoever it was for today!

 

Inadequate? I think not!

Have you ever been in a position where you felt inadequate? When you felt as if, even though everyone else thinks your the right person for the job, you question it? How come, in the times when everyone else sees it, we deny it the most? We question the very implications that prove we are it. We are the chosen ones for whatever task it may be.

Friends, I encourage you today to not be afraid to be different. In an instance like this, where others see your potential, it may be that you just aren’t ready to make a move. But ask yourself this question – how long must you wait before you take a step? How long will the door remain open before someone else walks in?

I don’t want you to act too quickly but let’s also remember not to drag our feet. You are good enough, you are smart enough and gosh darnit, people like you! Stop concerning yourself with all of the things that could go wrong, all of the things you may not like and all of the moments that may or may not happen. Focus on the abilities you’ve been given – the very ones that are making you stand out in the crowd.

Today isn’t just about the opportunities in our lives, it’s about what we’re going to do with those opportunities. Are we going to choose to ignore the signs, let our fears outweigh the possibilities or are we going to move forward and pray that where we’ve been led is where we are to be? Don’t be afraid if today isn’t your day but certainly don’t turn away the chance if it is. You never know if it will come again.

 

Tackling the puddles…

Last night, the 3 of us went on a long bike ride and it got me thinking…

At one point, about 3 miles into our ride, we came to a puddle. We went through it. Then, we came to an even bigger, longer and deeper puddle that went about 1/4 of the way up the bike tires of the man before us. My husband, of course, no hesitation, laughing at how wet his butt, back and everything was after.

I, on the other hand, was a little nervous and thought about veering off into the grass. It only took me a second to realize that, if Jared was ok, I would be too. So, I peddled a little, and put my feet up on the last 15ft. of the 25ft. puddle. I made it out with soaked shoes and feet, laughing like a kid coming off a roller coaster.

Aubrey was a little more apprehensive than I was, almost coming to a complete stop before the puddle. Then she floored it, coming out laughing and saying, “Uh, mom, my shoes are SOAKED!”

With wet feet and smiling faces, we all went on the rest of what now seemed like more of an adventure. I’ll admit, it was a little uncomfortable and my toes were shriveling as we road further, but we kept going because it wasn’t the end of the trail. Once we turned around, we knew we had 2 choices – to go through the puddle again, or avoid it by going another way.

Jared found larger puddles in the parking lot beside the trail to tackle. Aubrey and I went straight for it, this time, keeping our feet down the whole time. What a rush! I know, doesn’t seem that adventurous, but we still had 3 miles to get back to the car so we were in for a wet ride back.

The point of my story is this…

In life there are going to be times we need to face some things or find a way around them. We can either take the path that might get us soaked, find an alternate route or turn around and head back. However, even though it seems a bit difficult, uncomfortable and we won’t know the outcome, the path less traveled might just be the one that brings the biggest smile to our face. You know what helps when you get to that point? Having people with you to encourage you, be willing to go ahead to test the waters and show you that everything is going to be ok.

If you’re at a point in your life where the next step might be a little rocky and the outcome unsure, it’s ok to hesitate a little. It’s normal to worry what will happen once you start peddling into the puddle. Let me assure you, you might get wet but you most certainly won’t drown.

God brought you to this point, not as a test but simply as a part of your journey. He knew you’d come to a point in your life where you’d need a challenge and you’d need to trust someone. Now you have to decide what you’re going to do – move forward or fall back. I think you know what you should do, but you’re a little nervous. Ok, maybe even alot nervous!

God’s got you. He’s led you here and He’ll see you through to the other side. He may have even placed people in your life to encourage you through this; lean on them as well.

We are all going to face puddles of different sizes at different points in our lives. But remember, they’re only as difficult as we allow them to be. It may not be easy at times, but it’s certainly not impossible. You’re not the first nor the last that will ever go through this. Others have made it through and you will too!

Isaiah 43.2

The Facebook Post

I posted this on Facebook about 4 am.  I thought it would be a good idea to post it on my blog too.  Not everyone is on Facebook 🙂

I want to tell you something this morning. It may sound like bragging but I assure you that it is simply publicly professing my love for an amazing man.

1742 days ago, my life was forever changed. God brought Jared and I together for the first time. Yes, I know exactly how many days ago we met. Ever since that day, I’ve been writing in a journal the reasons that I love him. So far, I have 1742. I’m never amazed that the next day, I find more. I’m on the 4th journal now. The day I stop is the day I die.

God had a plan for us that day. He had a plan for us all along. Even through the rough times in our lives, He was working for our good; molding us into what would prove to be “perfection” for each other. No, I didn’t say either of us is perfect – far from it – but we are truly perfect for each other.

I gave this man my heart the day he walked into my life. I knew he was a gift. He is passionate, hardworking, loving, trusting, full of faith, honest, humble, talented, intelligent, playful and I could go on. He works so hard, getting up incredibly early for work, coming home to work on and around our home, and always makes sure he takes time to tell me he loves me and kiss me when he leaves the room. Some people have to hire a “handyman” to do certain things in their home…God made him one. If it’s broke, 99.9% of the time, he can fix it. It amazes me what knowledge he has but also what he learns when trying to figure out how to do something.

Our lives are not without sacrifice. However, the sacrifice isn’t in giving up the things that we need, it’s giving to God our desires so that He can place what’s good and true in our hearts and lives. We always want someone that makes us happy but that is the wrong quality to look for in a significant other. No one person will ever “make” you happy. What you should look for is that person who helps you to be the best you, who encourages you, helps you strive for more, all while letting you be who you are. You can be tired, stressed, frustrated, feeling ugly, unmotivated, off balance or just plain stupid any day of the week but in the presence that one person, you will feel loved. When my motivation is lacking, when something is wrong and I just don’t know what it is, when I can’t seem to get people to understand, Jared is there. He gets me – every single time. I’m a female. My emotions sometimes control me. I do my best to keep them in check, but sometimes i just don’t get it. My husband is patient. Very patient. Some people who know him don’t believe that but he really and truly is the most patient person I know. He teaches me to slow down, to enjoy things, to take it all in, to learn and most of all, to love.

So after 1742 days you’d think I’d have something bad to say. I don’t. I would never trade any part of what makes my husband who he is. I am so thankful for him, each and every day.

I don’t have a point to this other than I was just feeling grateful. He’s not on facebook and later on, I’ll probably forget to show him this. But he knows. God knows to.

If you have an incredible significant other in your life, don’t take them for granted. Find reasons you love them each and every day. Strive to be your best for them.

If you’ve yet to find that certain someone, don’t be discouraged. That just means God is working that much harder on you both to prepare you for “perfection” together. Stop being hard headed. You will need to do some adjusting. You will have to make some sacrifices to get to the prize. But trust me, it will be worth it. Work on you and when it’s time, you’ll know.

Merry Christmas Eve everyone!