Sometimes it seems like things would be so much easier if we could just give up. In the midst of the struggle; when the going gets tough; when it seems like nothing is working out in our favor, we lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the right now details.
My husband and I recently celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. He surprised me with a trip back to where it all began. The beachfront venue where we had our wedding reception is now an utterly amazing resort.
Our anniversary usually overlaps with Mother's Day weekend. Funny how the Lord did that. I think He knew even then that I would need something else to celebrate every year. Something to keep my mind off of my own infertility.
Don't ever get so focused on your purpose that you aren't willing to be used by God. As I write this blog post, I realize that I'm probably preaching to myself more than to you, but I hope that the way the Spirit has been convicting me might be an encouragement to you.
Motherhood is an amazing blessing and it can also be a tough journey. On Mother's Day, we say thank you and honor mothers and those who are mother figures in our lives. It's is a time of celebration for many and it can also be a hard day for women facing infertility, grieving over the loss of a child, or who are in the midst of a long adoption process. Here are a few gift ideas to help you encourage all the women in your life this Mother's Day.
So many mornings, I feel defeated by 8:00. No, make that 8:07. The time distinction matters greatly, because school starts at 8:00. If I had gotten my children to school by 8:00, instead of 8:07, perhaps I might not have felt like such a mom failure. But probably not, because already by 8:07, I have rushed through my morning, yelled obnoxiously in the direction of my children, realized one son didn’t brush his teeth and another didn’t finish his homework, and drove my disheveled crew to school in a minivan – the backseat of which looks like it provides a home for a family of wild animals who store half-eaten suckers in cupholders, sleep on beds of crumbled-up candy wrappers and dirty Kleenexes, and gnaw on caps of markers that have long since dried up.
The discouraging defeat is not just from being late and feeling like a hot mess, though. My sense of defeat stems from how I expected the morning to go.
Do you like your reflection? When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I see dark circles under my eyes, I see the scars of life, I see grey hairs. Some days that's all I see and those are the days it's hardest to function. I can't seem to get my hair just right and despite having a closet overflowing with clothes, I have nothing to wear. It's on those days when I stare at the wrong things in the mirror, that I lose all perspective.
As Christian women, we have been given a mold. A mold that looks like being a wife, motherhood, cooking meals and maintaining a home. I, as a Christian women, love all of these things. However, I know that on top of being a wife, a mom (in the future) and maintaining a home, I have been called to lead. I have been called to entrepreneurship and to the business world.
Believe He will do what He says He will do! Whatever situation you find yourself in, remember that He can make a way out of no way. He can make even the most difficult situations work out for your good. He is not limited by your limitations. He is not limited by your imagination. His power is not limited. His forgiveness is not limited. His grace is not limited.
There are a million "holiday" gift guides out there, but this one is special. We've created it specifically for the woman who knows the reason behind the season. Check out the must haves on our Christmas gift list this year.
I've lived on the east coast, west coast and in the south, which makes for a unique mix of dialect, fashion sense and values. Although I've lived in California for over 20 years, I still say "y'all" and rock cowboy boots any chance I get. I'm a black woman who has spent most of my life living in predominantly white neighborhoods and being the minority at school and work.
There is so so much I could say on the topic of waiting. I could write pages and pages on the importance of patience, perseverance, contentment and hope. Is it just me, or does it seem like we're always waiting for something?
Depression is debilitating. Sadness is exhausting. Brokenness hurts so much. But the good news is, YOU CAN MAKE IT THROUGH. I promise.
Have you experienced situational depression caused by the death of a loved one or some horrible situation you've found yourself stuck in? Or, like me, you have been diagnosed with clinical depression and battled the physical and emotional effects of the disorder your whole life? Either way, we all go through bouts of depression. I've found that regardless of the cause, there is one thing that holds true...
The ability to stay positive and optimistic no matter the situation you find yourself in, is a skill that can be developed. It can be extremely hard, but it is possible! Here are a few encouraging quotes to remind you that staying positive can make a huge difference in your perspective and outlook on life.
Often times we try to interpret the dreams we have in our sleep. We excitedly talk to friends and sometimes even strangers, about what they think our dream may mean. But what about those conscious dreams we have for our future? Many of us keep those dreams of future possibilities to ourselves, too scared of what friends or family might say if we told them what we hope for.
When you're worried about succeeding or fearful of failure a few words of encouragement can make a huge difference. Here are a few encouraging quotes to help you keep failure in perspective and remind you that success may be just around the corner.