The first thing we do when we wake up defines what holds our heart. I am very guilty of waking up and checking my phone for text messages from certain people, or Facebook for “likes” and comments. This morning, I willed myself to pray and claim positive affirmations for myself before I opened my eyes. I want my life to revolve around my Lord and “living loved”. My mom and I have begun a Bible study by Lysa TerKeurst. My entire life, I have felt “uninvited, left out, and lonely”, so I feel this Bible study is perfect for me. I have been battling depression. It’s difficult to admit, but I am praying that this Bible study puts my soul’s roots in Jesus, and changes my way of thinking.
I wake up to feed Callie and STAY awake. I’m on the porch, watching the sunrise, as I pray, while Callie scowers the yard, the sheep graze quietly, but I don’t know where the horses are. They’ll come around for breakfast, so I’m not worried about that. I do have a lot of other worries floating around in my noggin, so during this quiet time I’m going to say a prayer and give it to God.
A friend shared a link, I saw the headline and thought, “hmm, I’ll skim this.” Little did I know, it would be the final shock to my Spirit after months and months of the Lord pulling on my heart. This is my story, almost verbatim.
Here’s the link…
There’s a lot of ways that MD has defeated me. I am self conscious of performing certain actions because of it. “Showing my muscles” is one of them. They may be small in comparison to other’s, but I have them nonetheless. 99% of the time, I’ve learned, that completing a task is merely mind over matter. If I tell myself, “okay, you can do this! Knees you will NOT give out on me.” I accomplish the task I set out to do. Sometimes, I make it way harder than it should be, or I fall, but it still gets done. Tell yourself today, whatever you feel is inhibiting you, that you can overcome and complete the task! #loveyourself #youareunique #effyouMD
Remember this, there’s a reason you’re here. There’s a reason you survived your birth, the car ride to work today, the heat of the summer, the sickness you’re enduring, and so many other things. You are a survivor, and you have a purpose, because God destined you with one.
In Christ, you are worth so much more than riches and worldy possessions. He placed you on this earth to make a difference. Some may reach the world and some may reach a few. We all have different gifts and abilities suited perfectly for our purpose.
2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
We are weak. The flesh is weak. Our God is strong. His power is made perfect in weakness, which means, His power is unmatched when it dwells in us. Claim His power in your life and surrender your life to Him. Everything He wants for you is what’s best and out of love for you.
You are enough, because God says so. That guy who dumped you? That friend who dissed you? They don’t have any idea of your worth and beauty. Pray for their heart and their happiness, then move on. Find people who see your strength, abilities, beauty, and originality!
Happy Father’s Day to this guy. I wouldn’t have the high expectations I do, the strength to carry on when I’m knocked down, the courage to persevere, and the ability to take a step back when needed if it weren’t for him. He has taught me some of the most important life lessons and has been the backbone to our family for 30+ years. He’s why I stand firm in what I believe and am my own person without regret. Love you, Dad.
Happy Father’s Day, everyone! This is an oldie but a goodie. I had the pleasure of photographing my brother and beautiful sister-in-law’s wedding in 2010. This is one of my favorite moments. A man who didn’t have to be there stepped up and has been a wonderful dad, friend, and provider. Thanks to all those dads who didn’t have to be dads!
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