Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

It's the little things.

Lately, I have been reminded to live in the moment. Celebrate the little things.  Because the little wins can sometimes bring you the biggest joys...

Take today for example.  It was cold outside. In Texas. It was mid 50's and wonderful.  I have prayed for Fall weather to make its appearance. and it did.  This may seem silly, but PTL for fall!

I completed another day on the couch 2 5K app.  This is big people.  I hate running.  I would rather walk briskly. but my husband loves running.  So I do it so that we will have a "hobby" to do together.  He runs far ahead of me- and I try to catch up. which has yet to happen... maybe one day.  but I run because I know he likes it.  This is true love at its finest my friends.

I am cooking and making new things and enjoying time in the kitchen with my hubs.  I have always loved to cook but have been afraid to step out of my comfort zone with recipes.  Thanks to mixandmatchmama.blogspot.com and her Monday Meal Planning Recipes my kitchen will never be the same, our time spent working together in the kitchen has been fun, and my husband's tummy will always be full!  Thank you Lord for this precious time with my husband... continue to show me how I can better spend quality time with him and how I can love him more.

I am learning to truly embrace the season I am in.  This is big. and a process. but I am taking steps and trying to process how to understand where I am at.  It is weird and uncomfortable. but a growing experience non the less - and I cannot wait to see what is on the other side.  God's divine plan for us is such a beautiful thing.

I am realizing/experiencing God's sovereign Grace.  This message seems to be in everything I read. in all the conversations I have with friends. and in every Bible study I am doing right now.  Obviously God is trying to teach me something!  I am finally breaking down and realizing that His Grace is so sweet and nothing compares.  My imperfections are made beautiful thru His grace and love! Praise the Lord!

Friends, do not let the little moments pass you by... life is but a fleeting moment.  Celebrate the small things so that when your goal has been reached you can look back and see how God intricately laid the plans of your life before your feet.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Just Breathe.

I would apologize for being gone for so long. but if I am being honest, it has been intentional.  I needed a break.  A chance to gather my thoughts. About life. This Season. What Is To Coming. and Where I Am Going.  It's scary. and overwhelming. and exhausting. but on the days where I have learned just a little something. caught a glimpse of hope. I remind myself that there is a reason for it all.

When I found myself in this season, I knew it was going to be full of tests. trials. and areas that God was going to push me to grow. so, I have had to remind myself to breathe.  To take one day at a time.  That I can only live for today. not tomorrow. or yesterday. today.  That thought alone overwhelms me, so I remind myself again to take a deep breath.

I have begged for answers.  prayed for discernment - and I have been given little glimpses of hope. but I know there is still so much I must walk thru before it all makes sense. before I truly understand His plan.  So I continue to just breathe. and take one step after the other.

Life is not always fun. or easy. it is usually messy and chaotic. and I feel out of control most of the time. which I do not like.  it gives me anxiety. and worry. and everything in between.

The crazy thing is, God is teaching me to give it all to Him.  To take a step. Breathe. And let Him be in Control.  So much easier said than done. At times this path seems all too familiar- but I am learning what it really means to relinquish it all. to hold nothing back. it's hard. but it is something I know I have to do. to be the best me God needs me to be.

I will admit, I have been here before.  it is not fun to struggle thru a season, beg for answers, and ask for prayers from anyone who will listen. but I have been reminded time and time again, this is life.  things will make sense one day. just breathe.

Even though I feel like the season just keeps dragging on. and that the fog will never lift.  God has gently and sweetly reminded me that it will.  and through His reminders, He has placed on my heart to pray for my friends... who are going thru seasons too (good or bad), and that they need prayer on their behalf just as much as I do. They need to be reminded just as much as I do that life will be ok. God is sovereign.

We all must remember to breathe.

Take it in.  Focus your thoughts on the Lord. and let Him Lead.

It is not easy. But I have been promised that there will be comfort.  there will be peace.  and His plan is perfect.

So today, I am making myself stop. breathe. and voice my concerns to God. because He hears my cries. and knows my heart.  and He is the only one that can bring me out of this season.

This God–his way is perfect;the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. -- Psalm 18:30