You Decide

I truly believe that there are times we focus so much on what’s going on around us, that we fail to see what’s directly in front of us.

Do you find that to be the case in your life?

Be honest.  Is there something that you wished you had noticed sooner – with your husband, your wife, children, family, friends?

Are you creating moments, or are you missing out on them because something else has your attention?

Here’s the thing to remember…we may be in this world but we are not of this world.  We are affected by the many things going on in our cities, our states, country, world – HOWEVER – we  should not to succumb to ignorance in our own lives in order to understand what’s going on with another’s.

Be informed –  but don’t let it consume you.

At this very moment, what can you do about the gas prices?

What about that person who is tailgating you?

How about the dozens of wrongdoings in our city alone, monopolizing the news first thing in the morning or last at night?

Each of these things are different.  Some with more weight on them than others, but equally as thought consuming…if we let them be.

Is there anything you can do about it this morning?  What about this evening?  Tomorrow?

How about your attitude right now?  Are you letting yourself be affected by gas prices, even though you still need to fill up your tank? How about that idiot driver?  (sorry, sometimes you just have to say it!)  If you let them take your mood, they win!  Do you really want that?

Then there’s the last thing…a bit more complex and significant to many, however, equally as thought consuming.  We can work for change in our communities.  We can fight for issues that are taking a hold of our next generation.  We can argue with one another on topics that we’re passionate about.  AND we can stand against these wrongdoings – share our ideas, our thoughts and our feelings.  When do we lose?  We lose when we let these things take control.  When we lose sight of the very things that are right in front of us.

Sometimes the greatest change begins right here, right now, within ourselves.  Want better for your family?  Do right by them.  Set a good example.  Don’t give them the impression that everything else is more important than they are.  Make a difference in your own home, then you will have a larger army to stand beside you, when you need it most.

You’ll never get today back.

You’ll never be able to relive yesterday.

You can’t make a choice for someone.

You can’t think for another.

Stop feeling like the world is against you and get it to work for you.

How can you do this?

It’s simple.

Stop letting it control your mind!  Don’t give it half the attention you do, but simply learn what information you need, act appropriately if action is needed and then see what you can do first inside yourself before trying to get into the mind of someone else.

Complaining won’t fix a thing.  I promise!  Going to the clerk and telling them how you just can’t believe the price is so high for a gallon of gas will not change the price – it is what it is.  You know what?  That clerk has to pay for the same gas you do to get to work to listen to someone complain about something they already know.

Can they change it for you? NO!  So why are you talking about it?

My challenge to you today is this – decide where your focus should be and KEEP IT THERE!  Don’t let another’s treatment of you determine how you feel about yourself.  Don’t let a situation you can’t change affect your mood the rest of the day.  And certainly don’t let the actions of your past make you feel like you can’t make a difference choice today.

You have a choice – to be or not to be.  That really is the question!

Do you want to be happy, pleasant and a blessing to others or not?

You decide!

 

 

For You, My Daughter

I want you to be strong, yet sensitive; Confident, yet humble.

I see you like me, only better, wiser, more capable of handling what life throws at you.

I love…

your personality…

your drive…

your decision to not worry what others think…

your hesitation to be the center of attention…

I know there are times when I hover.  It’s because I love you.

There are times when I tell you what you need to do in a situation, when it all actuality, you already know the right thing to do.

Your choices are wise.  You care about others, but you stand proud of who you are.  I love that about you too.

Sometimes, when I give you advice, it comes out as a lecture, I don’t mean to.

I feel like I’m talking to a younger version of myself–and that scares me.

You say you want to be like me?

Well I’d love nothing more than to for you to be where I am right now.

Why?

Because I’m happy and blessed.

But I don’t want you to go about it the way I did.  I don’t want you to face the harshness of life and see yourself making bad decision after bad decision.  I don’t want you to feel like a failure at times and struggle to make it to the next day.

But even still, every struggle was worth it just to be where I am today.

I want you to stay strong.  I want you to see the end result way ahead of time so that you know, every choice matters.

It’s just as easy to make the wrong decision as it is the right one…it’s just the outcome that is different.  

You see, I want what’s best for you and, although at times I think I know what that is, there’s someone else that knows even better than I do.

He’s got your back when I don’t even know that you need someone there.  He knows when you’re at a bridge and aren’t sure if you should cross it.  He is in your heart, on your shoulder, guiding your steps and always, always, always letting you know whether or not you’re headed in the right direction.

I may not always have the right words to say, but He does.

I may not have always made the best choices, but He has shown me the way.

I may not always set the best example, but He does.

I know you are made for so much.  I know that you are going to leave a legacy and it’s starting right now.  You have shoes to fill but God will give them to you when it’s time.

You have purpose.

You have reason.

Most of all, you have love.  My heart is yours.  My life is where it is because I wanted more for you.  God showed me the way, but you made me see the bigger picture.  Without even knowing it, you lit my path so that no one could ever take my focus again.

I wanted more for you – so I became better for you.  I won’t always be perfect.  We won’t always see eye to eye.  And we certainly won’t always agree.  But one thing is for sure…

I love you more than words can say…

I love you to the moon and back…

I love you most!

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine!

All those sayings and so many, many more, were created for you.  And this, this is for you.  My life, my love, my heart, my direction, my best.  God gave me you so that YOU can live for Him.  So that you could fulfill your  purpose through Him.

He’s showing me my way too.  Every, single day, he shows me a new direction.  He leads me down a path and gives me the opportunity to make a difference.  I chose Him.  I will continue to choose Him.  Because without Him, I can’t be who I need to be for you.

So this is it.  These words from my heart, they’re for you.  I hope you know how much I care.  How much love I have for you.  But most importantly, I hope I show you every day how important God is.

I can guide as much as I’d like but God is your go-to person – now and always.  He’s going to be there at the times when I’m not and long after I’m gone.  One day, all my words, all our time, will be a distant memory.  God will be here to see you through.  He’ll show you how to be, how to live, how to feel free.  Trust in Him.  That still, small voice in your heart will always let you know when you’re doing right.

Follow His lead.

Know He is good.

Just as He says to me when I struggle, I’ll say to you right now–these words are for you, my daughter.  Listen to them with open ears.  Watch what He can do with an open mind.  Open your heart to all the opportunities that through Him, are possible.

I love you.

Love,

Mom

 

I Said “Good Morning!”

Seems simple, right? Saying “Good Morning!” to someone.   What if that person is a total stranger…would you reach out as eagerly?

Well, this morning I decided that I was going to do just that…say those two words to someone I’ve never met.

I see her often, arriving at work about the same time as I do.  We’re very different – in the way we look, the way we dress and I’m sure, countless other ways.  However, our differences don’t necessarily mean that we shouldn’t connect, or couldn’t for that matter.

So, I got out of my car, wrestling with the decision as to whether or not I would actually do it.  I mean, seriously, there shouldn’t be a lot of thought going into such a small gesture.  But for me, there was.

If she were to walk too far ahead, I wouldn’t do it.

I just happened to be able to walk fast enough that I was passing her on the right. She was looking at her phone so it seemed like it might be a little awkward.

It was.  But cheerfully, I said, “Good morning!”

You know what she said?

“Good morning!”

AND, she had a smile on her face.  I’ve never seen her smile in all the mornings that I’ve passed her coming in.  Although it could have just been a nice gesture on her part to smile back – regardless – she did it.

I felt good.  Not like I had climbed a mountain, but like I had done what I had set out to do.  Make someone smile.  A total stranger at that.  Maybe one day I’ll hang up-side-down from a tree like Robin Williams did in Patch Adams and say “HI!”

The reason I’m sharing this simple thought with you is because two words can be so profound in the eyes of another.  Reaching out to someone just to wish them a good day can be the most positive thing that has happened to them in a long time.

Even though we’re different, we’re much in the same.  We need love, respect and positive. human interaction to fulfill a deeper need that many of us will never understand.

I started this morning off with a post on Facebook that said:

“We have become so distanced from one another that we begin to see our differences rather than our similarities. We now focus on the bad before the good. Why must we point out the things that we dislike so that we are no longer able to see the very things that connected us in the first place? We will never agree on everything. We will never make the same choices in life. We are all different–unique in our beliefs, our lifestyles, our choices, our hobbies, our personalities–yet we want everyone to feel and believe as we do. It’s never too late to accept one another on your own accord; to know that your differences don’t have to separate, but can help you appreciate. Love one another for the good qualities, focus less on the bad. So many people are experiencing this in their life. If you are as well, you’re not alone. Every relationship has the potential to be in this very spot. It’s up to you whether or not you want it to stay there. Make a choice for the better. Start over today. After all, it’s Monday…a fresh start to a new week, a new month and what could be a great time in your relationships. Have a great day everyone!”

In closing, I want to say one more thing to each of you — GOOD MORNING!  Despite your differences in whatever it is, reach out to someone today.  You’ll be glad you did!

 

xoxo

~Amy

What am I doing?

I couldn’t even tell you what I’m doing at the moment…other than trying to figure out what I’m doing! I’ve written since I was about 10 years old.  It started with poems – some long, some short – then went on to just writing about topics.  Topics always were things that I was going through.  I mean, how can you write about something that you know nothing about?

I don’t claim to be an expert – in anything.  However, I understand that we are able to take something valuable from each trial and tribulation we experience.  Life isn’t easy.  We all struggle at some point or another.  Some of the things that I’ve dealt with are going to be very different than some of you.  However, my hope is that with this blog, I am able to help you in some way, shape or form.  I pray that the words that make it to this page are those that someonesomewhere needs to hear.

God has been good to me.  I don’t deserve it.  I haven’t always had Him at the center of my life and often times, I still don’t.  It’s a constant battle between life, here on earth, and life everlasting.

God saved me.

Plain and simple.

He took me from where I was, to where I am now and #IAMTHANKFUL.

My life isn’t perfect but it is for me.  I am so blessed to have come so far.  I know that I have a lot yet to learn, but I’m confident that with each new day, comes a unique opportunity to share inspirational words, to say “I love you” and to just make people smile.

I hope that when you read this, you know that there is more for you.  God has a plan for us all HOWEVER it is always in His time.  Stop trying to rush through everything and cram a year into one day.  Before you know it, time on earth will be over and you will have wondered, What did I accomplish?

If you start thinking more about what God has for you, what you can do for others and how you can leave your mark on this world, things will come together.  I promise. Stop trying to plan your every move.  Know that you won’t always have a clear picture of the end result when you step forward.  Trust that God is in control and give it all to Him so that He can be.

Hope this was good for a first post!  Happy Saturday everyone!

xoxo ~Amy

God knows what you need.