Showing posts from May, 2018

I Want To Cry

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Ya'll, it's been a hard couple of weeks. 
Sometimes, it seems like you just can't find an solution to a problem.  Sometimes, it seems as though you can't escape from something that is bringing you down.  Sometimes, it just seems like you can't find a smile in a situation that is draining. 
That's ok.
God is holding you in the palm of His Hand.  
He loves you.  Infinitely.
Sometimes, the solution to a problem is just to be still.  Sometimes, the escape from something that's bringing you down is to not escape at all.  Sometimes, you can't find a smile, and that's ok.  Just know that God is there.
copyright Gloria In Excelsis Deo (my youngest sister Claire) 
We all have instances, situations, and relationships that make it hard for us to keep moving forward.  And you know what?  It's ok to just step back and realize that God is in control.  Sometimes, in instances, situations, and relationships were we feel w…

Just A Thought

Life is too short to be unhappy.  Say a prayer, be the change, treat others with kindness, and if nothing else, just smile.

Sure, we all have problems that get us down (believe me, I know.....), but that doesn't mean we can't still be happy.  Embrace your cross and take a step.  Be the change!  You have the ability to turn unhappiness into joy.  Do it!

Also, know that you're not alone in the struggle for joy and peace.  I'm right over here, trying to figure it all out to.

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Wishing everyone a blessed and joyful Monday!

Who Am I?

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One thing I've been thinking about lately is having confidence in myself.  Being nearly 100% turbulent, you can imagine that's sometimes a challenge for me :)
I often fall into the trap of comparing myself to others.....subconsciously trying to turn myself into what I think whoever I'm around wants me to be.  

I'm bubbly and animated by nature.....always have, always will be.  However, I think these past few years I've really, subconsciously again, tried to change that about myself.  I feel like I've tried living behind a mask that's not my own......a mere shell of who I thought I should be.
I thought to be mature, one had to be serious, thoughtful, and quiet.  In my mind, that was the ultimate personality.  It never occurred to me that I was holding myself back from being the girl God made me to be.
For years I thought I was an introvert, even while I craved being around people and never could handle being alone for v…


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Our Holy God always answers our prayers.  Sure, maybe it's not what you asked for, but it's still an answer.

Everything in your life.....whatever you're going's necessary. 


Once you realize that, how can you not be peaceful even through your struggles?  Our Holy God knows everything: past, present, future.  He knows what's best for you and will always show you the way if you just ask.

And don't forget to smile!  God has everything under control!

We couldn't stop laughing......hiking in our woods with my younger siblings.
copyright Elizabeth S. 
Trust in God.  Amazing things will happen!

Always Know


There’s always hope. 
 Maybe it seems you’ve backed yourself into a corner and can’t escape....maybe it seems as though you don’t have the strength or courage to fix problems in your life.  
Don’t give up.  
In my life, I’ve hit many brick walls and have backed myself into corners, not knowing how to get myself out of the dungeon I had created for myself.

I know firsthand what it’s like when you can’t seem to find the truth in a situation.  I know firsthand what desperation and uncertainty feels like.....but I also know firsthand that there’s always hope.  There’s always a door to walk through, always a step forward you can take.
I’m proof that hardships make you stronger, that you can change, that there’s always hope. 

We all have things about ourselves that need to be addressed....things that are problems that need fixing
Don’t back down from the fight for truth......don’t give up if all you see is the rocky road before you.  This pain is merely the beginning of something be…

Were I've Been


Hi everyone!  I know this is the place were people usually apologize about being gone so long.....but I'm not going to do that because there's nothing to apologize for.  Why?
Because these past 3 weeks have been the best ever.  In fact, I haven't felt this happy in a long, long time.  
The thoughts that have been going through my head?  "God is so good!" and "Life is beautiful!"  I've been busy as busy can be.....or just about :)  My schedule has been jam packed and it's been hard and wonderful.
Now let's see if I can make my thoughts stand straight long enough to write about them.

For so long, I've hid behind this shield.  It's called the "Introverted-I-Don't-Do-________-Shield."  Long story short, I've held myself back from doing so much because I used the introverted shield as an excuse not to face my fears.  Silly fears, granted, but fears none the less.

Don't hold yourself back (unless it's some…