Wednesday, May 16, 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.

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(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 we need to DO something about an issue, the best thing we can do is not to do anything at all.

And that's ok.  

God is holding you in the palm of His Hand.

He loves you.  Infinitely.       

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Just A Thought

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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!

Monday, May 14, 2018

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 very long.  I thought I was serious......but that turned out to be a personality characteristic I maintained that was merely caused by shyness and a severe lack of confidence......a characteristic that only showed up outside of home.  I thought I was quiet.  Again, a product from shyness and a lack of confidence that only appeared outside of my comfort zone.

This self-study of myself has revealed to me so many things.  Who I really am, strengths and weaknesses of my character, and most of all, revealing areas that I can work to improve, confidence, for example.

Why was I (and sometimes still am) holding myself back from being the bubbly, extroverted me?  I think I've realized it's because of fear......fear of what people will think of me.

I need to have confidence in myself and my abilities.  I need to be me and always work towards being the best version of myself.  And with our Holy God's graces, it is possible!

I can throw away that old belief of mine, that to be mature you had to be serious, quiet, and thoughtful.  Yes!  I do have the ability to be bubbly, animated, bouncing-of-the-walls me and still mature.  I don't have to change me to attain it.  

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This is who God made me to be.  I'm a woman......extroverted, loud, far from graceful, and a horrid gardener to boot.   

What have I learned?  If you're hiding behind a fake personality because you're afraid of what people will think or because you not confident about yourself......throw your mask away and be you.

God made you to be exactly how you are.......He doesn't want you to pretend to be someone you're not.  If He thought that was what you needed, He would have given you a different personality.

No.  He gave you your personality because He knew that it was beautiful, amazing, and exactly what the world needed.  Be confident about yourself because God made you.  Be you and always work towards bettering yourself every day. 

One last thing, though.  Don't fall into the trap of using the "I'm just being me" excuse so you can sin or do bad things.

In that case, you're actually not being "you" because God made us specifically to be with Him in Heaven.  That's the goal that we should all be trying to attain....and we stray from that when we sin.

Love God, turn from sin, attain virtue, don't be afraid.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Answers

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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 through......it's necessary. 

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.

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Trust in God.  Amazing things will happen!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Always Know

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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 beautiful.....embrace the challenge of sainthood and thank Our Holy and Loving God for this gift He’s given you.  

Don't be afraid of finding joy in suffering.  Let that joy overtake everything......and it will change your life.


Be joyful, take a step, hope. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Were I've Been

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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 something wrong, in which case run the opposite direction).  Trust God and follow Him.  You'll discover blessings you've never noticed before and you'll start to become the best version of yourself.

One realization I've realized, is that I'm not an introvert and never have been.  I never thought much about it, but it's true.....I'm not a loner by any stretch of the imagination and I've always been a "be around everyone" sort of person.  I just haven't realized it until now.

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field-trip to a grotto

So yes, I've been busy trying doors I've never dared to peak through.  I quit my job, got another job, quit that one (ya, don't want to talk about that), having fun with my friends, and am just starting the search for another new job.

Life is beautiful and amazing!  Embrace hardships, open the door, and smile.  

Gloria In Excelsis Deo!

God bless,

Emma