Nothing steals joy and hope quite like discouragement and frustration can. It's been a struggle for me in the last week or so especially. But today, I felt like the Lord showed me that these feelings cause us to shift our eyes down and inward. We focus on the storm raging around us and just like Peter walking on the water, we look down into the impossibility of our task and allow the fear to pull us under. But God said to "lift up your eyes." Refocus on Him and not the circumstances and like the song says, "the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace."
I invite you to come read tonight's blog if you're struggling like I have been with this weight of despair. Your Heavenly Father loves you, and He's holding onto you even now.
Peace and strength to you, Child of God.
james I : XII
blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.
Stumbling blocks are not road blocks, only obstacles.
When things don't go as planned, we can fall apart and go mad, just beaten by discouragement, or we can stand even taller, more determined than ever, seeing clearly where we are going. Encouraged, strengthen, renewed. From the very thing that once knocked us down. Discouragement has to bring us to our knees. There we can stay, or from there we can go. Renewed by grace, encouraged to endure and persevere until the fight is won.
13 573 days ago
Check out our latest episode on discouragement for plenty of discussion on St. Therese and this magnificent quote from Bob: “...sometimes I think I’m like the armpit hair in the body of Christ.” #pittsburgh#catholic#discouragement#mentalhealth
0 173 days ago
While taking care of our grandchildren 👨👩👧👦 in Virginia, I fell down the stairs on our last night there. Our grandson was playing with an empty Tide bottle he had fished out of the recycling (who wants to play with toys when you can play IRL?) and had emptied the little bit of sudsy stuff still left in the bottle after I had rinsed it out up and down the stairs. I hadn't noticed it on the way up the stairs since I walked on the right side of the stairs and the mess was on the left but I sure noticed it on my way down! I slipped on about the third step from the top and my screams alerted my husband who stopped me about the third from the bottom step. When I went down the stairs it was in the hurdler's position 🤸♀️ (right leg stretched out straight in front me with my left leg bent to the left and parallel to the stairs). I could barely walk for a few days and was worried that I might have torn something. We were scheduled to drive back to Florida the next day and had to be back for appointments. That was a LONG trip! 🚗
Anyway, that was back on July 24th. Today, I was finally able to go to water aerobics 🏊♀️ without any pain in my knee. It looks like i'm on the way to full recovery! I am definitely "stronger than yesterday" physically—emotionally and spiritually, too, as it was very discouraging to not have full use of my leg.
My coaching friends would tell me it takes time and persistence to overcome an injury. You can give up. You must persevere. Sometimes it has to hurt to get better. This is true in business, too. Entrepreneur life can be difficult and the temptation to quit and just give up is the easy road to take. Persistence despite difficulties, however, will pay off in the long-run even if what you are going through right now might be painful..
3 203 days ago
#SelfcareSunday!! Time for some #VeggiesAreBae EXTRA CREDIT
NEW EPISODE ALERT—FIGHT LIKE A GURL
Discouragement is a disease unique to human beings, and it's universal - eventually everyone gets it, especially when you are facing health issues or taking care of a sick family member. Probably the most important part of your job as caregiver for someone with is being an encourager, but how do you do that, if you are the one that is discouraged?
Tune In Now to "(Veggies Are Bae) Extra Credit-Fight Like A Gurl" #BUZZSPROUT
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2 694 days ago
Hi Girls and Guys. I won't lie to you. I haven't been on here much in the last couple weeks because I have been dealing with some real life discouragemnet and depression. This post really spoke to my heart tonight. It reminded me that we need to keep going. The ship may be battered on the outside, but it cannot be sunk (sank, idk, lol) by what the inside unless the outside gets inside. Does that make sense? It sounds kind of funny. In other words, the ship can't sink unless the water gets inside the ship. In my life, I have been dealing with the words that people say to me. My dad is really critical of me and it hurts. No matter how old you get, when your dad puts you down, you feel like the same little kid that you did years ago. However, his words cannot sink me if I don't let them get inside me. If I don't let them get inside my heart, they can't break me down. What are you dealing with today? If it is discouragement or depression, remember that those things that have you bound up have to let you go.. Just remember who you are and don't let them inside you!! If you are dealing with temptation, remember that you will never be tempted beyone what you can withstand. You can make it!! All of these things are in the Bible, so keep them close to your heart and know that they are the promises of God to all who love Him and follow His ways. I love all of you so, so much! Please keep that in mind as you go through your day today and focus on keeping your ship secure!! #ship#discouragement#encourage#love#healing#youcandoit#health#sunday#wellness#hope#transformation#weightloss#plussize#torrid#lanebryant#joy#victory#gym#gymlife#gymrat#obesetobeast#fatgirlfedup#diet#dietbet#fatgirlfedupsdietbet#exercise#extremeweightloss#weightlossjourney
Funny, but true. We all do things and wonder why we did what we did! However, if we expect perfection from ourselves we will always be disappointed. Often, we compare ourselves to what we perceive as normal! Remember there is no normal! Behaviors we see in other people that we consider to be normal is generally just what they want us to see. When in reality, the abnormal things we do are normal also. “Give up being perfect for being authentic.” (Hal Elrod). #normalbehaviors#disappointment#discouragement#thenorm#reality#authenticity#perfection#normal#LiveLoveLeaveALegacy
This week has me like....
I went into a simple procedure Tuesday morning and came out with an emergency jaw surgery. I felt like I was punched in the face. Swelling has gone down since and I am very lucky to have the best surgeon.
I constantly try to be positive in my thoughts and actions. This time I was feeling a bit discouraged. I had a really good friend tell me, "being positive and faking happiness gets old after a while. Sometimes life isn't fair." I appreciated the honesty.
Life can be so unpredictable sometimes and you just have to roll with it. I do have those days of weakness but I know I have strength to fight. It is up to you if you are wanting to be the strong warrior and claim your victory. Doing much better today. Another day another fight ⚔️ Photographer: @andrewg_photo 💙
21 984:03 PM Oct 11, 2018
Everyday my family and friends encourage me to keep my eyes on God and he will look out for you. Often times I get overwhelmed and discouraged with the smallest things that hit me and I just want to give up everything entirely. But as I look through the Bible filled with love and hope that Jesus will never leave me, I become hopeful and encouraged. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares on him for he cares for you.” And for me, this verse is very uplifting. We have to learn to let go and give it to God; and by his grace, he is there to lift you up. ✝️🌸🙏💟 #adventist#biblejournaling#youthministry#cares#faith#love#hope#encourage#discouragement#Jesus
Do you ever have those days in which you have super high happy moments where life couldn’t get any better and then an hour later feel completely helpless wondering how in the world you continue to mess up and fail and are not sure how you are going to make it? That was me today. I’m trying to learn to be kinder to myself and those around me in my dark stressful moments of doubt and ultimately fear. Luckily my sanguine personality never keeps me there to long and I’ll be back to my silly self soon enough but when I lay in bed and Thank God for the day I am always so grateful He gave me these two tiny wonders to pull me out of myself. They always pick me up with their little laughs and smiles and soften my heart in a world that tries to keep it hard. These are truly the best days of my life with these little love bugs. Children really are ‘a blessing from the Lord’. #family#childrenlove#tinywonders#walkbyfaith#givemehope
Parenthood is so hard. And some seasons are harder than others. I have been in the hardest season, yet, for about 3 years. That feels like such a long time. Is that a long time?
There are many reasons and circumstances and emotions and brain chemistry and personality flaws that have contributed to the length of this season. And yesterday morning I felt super discouraged. .
I was talking to God and asking Him why there hadn't been as much progress as I certainly would like to see. I also asked Him for a heaping dose of encouragement because it was clear that I needed it. .
And after we arrived at church, dropped off the children in their classes, and I sat down, He did give me that dose I asked of Him. .
He did it through friends who needed some encouragement, too. He did it through worship music. He did it through the truth from Scripture and the sermon delivered. He did it through small group time, discussion, and prayer. And all of this by His gracious Spirit reaching into the depths of my weary soul...
And somewhere in the midst of it, He gave me this sentence... "I choose to see the wonder." He reminded me that I have to choose to see the tiny miracles He is working every day. .
I have to decide to notice the cute, sweet, fun, loving, snuggly, sleeping, creative, smiley, special moments that happen because those can give me a truth boost when the other hard moments threaten to steal my joy. They help me remember the progress that has happened and remind me why it matters. .
So today, as the children complain about cleaning up the room one or two of them literally destroyed, and as I teach them, and as I feed them, and as I fight myself hard to be a giver of life and love, I choose to see the wonder. .
There is so much wonder in parenthood. Lord, please give us eyes to see it. Like, every day. .
5 445:14 PM Oct 8, 2018
New Blog Post!
Feeling discouraged? It’s time to shake off your discouragement and warrior yourself up and know the value in your worth.
It’s time to crush your dreams and fight off the haters. It’s all about working hard and showing up to the table.
I hope my blog brings light to your Monday and encourages you to be your best self.
Don't you love the way that children see the world? There seems to be an almost always positive outlook (aside from the "I didn't get my way" temper tantrums). The smallest things bring some of the greatest joy. I just asked my girls what things make them very happy. Kira responded with "friends", and Thea said with great enthusiasm, "cows!" •
I'm not sure at what point in life the feelings of discouragement become real to us, but what I do know is that they do. Maybe you feel like you're experiencing set back after set back, or maybe there is strain on a relationship that you think may never be relieved. •
I also know that our God is a powerful, loving, all-knowing, faithful, and unchanging God. He is our creator and HE knows our hearts better than we know them ourselves. Often in our times of discouragement we enter into a time where we don't "feel" God's presence in our lives, but we must remember who He is and the promises that He has made to us. James 4:8 "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." •
As J.D. Greer once said, "Christians usually understand that we walk by faith and not by sight, but often don't understand that we walk by faith and not by our feelings." Our feelings and emotions are fleeting and changing, but our God is always the same. May we always look to the truth of His word and trust in Him.
Today I got a call from a local school district that was both encouraging and discouraging at the same time. I've been trying to apply for jobs in my field, but haven't heard a peep from anyone until today. In WV you can be hired on contingency if you're in an accredited Teacher Education program. So, I've been applying to anywhere and everywhere within an hour drive to try to get a foot in the door-- or at least interview to get a feel for the process. The woman who called was super helpful but my understanding is that I would not even be able to receive an interview unless literally no one else qualified applied. So, my options have been to look at an alternative teacher education program in the meantime, or to just wait out my time until I graduate from my MA program to be certified. Which brings me to point 2. I realized when planning my next couple of semesters that I should have taken a Math course this semester because it will not be offered again until the semester which I would be taking my culminating practicum. It's a major requirement and therefore I will be graduating a whole semester later than I anticipated because of this oversight. I honestly just want to be teaching. More than anything that is what I want to be doing right now. Mediocre pay is fine when it's doing something you truly love. But when it's in a position that offers no opportunities to advance while you don't even make enough to pay bills, you feel caught in a bubble. One that seems more and more suffocating. I want to be doing something I'm passionate about-- where getting out of bed and getting dressed doesn't feel like an overencumbering chore. But, at this rate, I have 2 years before I'll even see the light. Before I can imagine breathing again. And that in itself is overwhelming. #teacher#teachertobe#workingmom#student#specialeducation#sped#educateme#soicaneducateothers#freedom#discouragement#exhausted#sad#setback#discouraging#justdone#gradschool#graduateprogram#freakingmath#ugh
1 81:22 AM Oct 5, 2018
Another day, another #sweatySelfie, and another day with the same #body even while doing my personal best physically/mentally/nutritionally. The boyfriend took my scale away....yes, TOOK IT AWAY! He said that it shouldn't allow it to control me as much as it does, and it never makes me happy. Even when i do lose it doesn't matter cuz I'll still nitpick at myself. Awhile back I had tried to get hold of my #scaleobsession and really did cut back, but then it went back to how it was and even more- i'm talking multiple times thru the day. Seriously, him doing this is one of the sweetest gestures he has ever done ❤️ I know how much he loves me, and he always tells me that I have nothing to worry about "because you are beautiful and I love your body". Not having my scale is already giving me #anxiety, but is oddly #freeing at the same time. And knowing that he wont have to see #discouragement on my face (i don't complain about it to him, but he can just tell when i have weighed) is a good new #goal to work on 🙂 #iLoveHimSoMuch#TheLittleThings#AreTheBiggestThings#HealthyLifestyle#HealthyBodyHealthyMind
5 288:11 PM Oct 4, 2018
Man, I needed to read this today, and I believe you do too. Praying this puts you in check & builds up your soul like it did for me.
Stop whatever you're doing, crack open your Bible and read Hebrews 11.
Then read Hebrews 12:1-3.
Try to memorize it. Come back to it each time you get caught up and lose sight of the race marked out for you.
Don't sit still in your mess and keep "processing" it. May we throw off what hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles us.
Don't become occupied with what everyone else is doing. May we run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Don't get distracted by things that take us away from our relationship with God. May we fix our eyes on Jesus alone.
Don't be discouraged in doing good. May we not grow weary and lose heart.
'Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lost heart.' - Hebrews 12:1-3
2 647:20 PM Oct 4, 2018
Not Just a Town in Nebraska
I have been in bit of a funk the past two days - Tuesday and Wednesday.
Still saw people and kept my appointments, but overall I did not get much done.
I still tie some of my value to how much work I do ( thanks Dad, and of course when I am in a funk and not being very productive I can get pretty discouraged.
Thankfully I know that the funk will eventually pass - I just need to wait it out.
It’s important to me to share both the highs and the lows in my journey.
These days it’s more often than not a pretty joyful and enjoyable path I walk and I am very grateful for that.
For a coupe of years the path was really rough and I am so appreciative that things have seemed to turn a corner.
That being said — tough days still happen.
I am betting that tough days come your way now and then - please know that you are not alone in that experience.
I am pulling for you!
During the tough days I find Gary Allan’s song “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain” to be especially helpful - “I saw you standing in the middle of the thunder and lightning
I know you're feeling like you just can't win, but you're trying
It's hard to keep on keepin' on, when you're being pushed around
Don't even know which way is up, you just keep spinning down, 'round, down
Every storm runs, runs out of rain
Just like every dark night turns into day
Every heartache will fade away
Just like every storm runs, runs out of rain
So hold your head up and tell yourself that there's something more
And walk out that door
Go find a new rose, don't be afraid of the thorns
'Cause we all have thorns
Just put your feet up to the edge, put your face in the wind
And when you fall back down, keep on rememberin'
Every storm runs, runs out of rain
Just like every dark night turns into day
Every heartache will fade away” #DealingWithToughDays#ToughDays#Discouragement#Funk#FunkNebraska#EveryStormRunsOutOfRain#JustKeepGoing
Today I woke up in #discouragement . Wondering why things are still stagnant. Are things ever going to turn around. Literally full of tears and created fear inside of me because I may not get there. Do you get like this sometimes? What do you do to turn your feelings to #positivethinking ? ~~~~~~
I then noticed #angelnumbers #000.
Which means I have infinite and eternal support from my guardian angels . I need to strengthen my spiritual connection and do more meditating and talking to the #universe.. I have a bump in the road on my journey and it is causing some changes in my journey. 000 reminded me it’s never too late to change paths because I am supported and guided.
There are more days than I want to count where things aren't going as planned or desired. Days where I would like to just throw in the towel and be done. The days where your fight or flight response asks "What are we actually fighting for? Why don't we fly away somewhere else?" These are the days where all the prayers I have prayed, all the places deep inside I have stewarded, all the times before the Lord listening and learning, all the dreams and plans and hopes I have... are able to push past my emotions and my negative thinking and create a stillness inside of me.
It's a place of being still and seeing that He is the Lord. It's not always easy and I have to choose to abide there. But it's available for those who choose to make the secret place their dwelling and to not grow weary and give up while doing good.
And it can hurt. There is a crushing and surrender in this places where I lay down, AGAIN, the desires of my heart and take on His heart until I can steward myself again. It's in the crushing that He makes me new and reshaped my life as He rebuilds and heals me.
I guess you could say when I feel out of control, I purposely loose myself completely and take on the heart of Jesus until I find myself in Him again.
He is my only hope in moments where I can't see past my own hurt and disappointment.