2015: Year of Confidence

I think confidence is contagious.

Think about it; whenever you are around a person that exudes confidence (not arrogance), you gain some of their strength. When they leave, you wonder what they have that you don’t. What makes them so free, so sure of who they are?

They know everything happens for a reason. They aren’t always striving for control, because they realize they have none. It can be scary to look out into the future, and not know what’s around the bend. But I serve God and believe He has great plans for my life, and I trust Him to work through all the trials to bring about something beautiful and more creative than I could’ve done on my own.

When I start to see all the obstacles and problems piling up around me, I get overwhelmed. How can I handle all these things? Why do I need to face this? It’s then that I stop myself. It’s not about the how and why. It’s about WHO. Who is with me? Who gives grace abundantly? Who has never left my side?

The same God that tells me I belong to Him. That His perfect love casts out my fear. The God that showed me exactly who I was, at a critical time in my life.

He continues to show me who I am; the Christian woman He has designed me to be. I just shake my head in disbelief at how far I still need to go. But then I smile when I look back, and see how far God has already brought me! It makes me excited for 2015-because God is going to do great things!

Be bold in prayer. Ask God to instill deep confidence and joy in you. Listen to His guidance and follow, because He knows the way. Keep your eyes open. Then be amazed at the work He does in and through you! I will be praying that God makes 2015 your year of growing in confidence, and embracing the person He designed you to be.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

“5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
6    in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

Bible reference: http://www.biblegateway.com

 

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Snow Day!

snoopy comic

Snow Days are Special

When you grew up like I did, snow days were pretty much non-existent. So when you finally have one, it is so special!

Why, you may ask? Because I was homeschooled… and I loved it! My mom is a great teacher.

Living in Colorado, we’ve had tons of snow. But since our school work literally surrounded us, we got to keep studying when there was a fresh coat of snow in the backyard. After studying, we could go outside to play.

The Day Finally Came

There was 3 feet of snow, and no one was going anywhere. I was still a kid, about 12 years old… and the snow was magical. My mom declared a snow day (aka no studying), and dad even stayed home from work!

We dug out igloos, built snowmen, and had a snowball fight in our big backyard. Back then, I didn’t really like snowball fights, because my brothers were really rough. Nowadays, if you challenged me to a snow fight, I would be up for it! The day wasn’t complete without snow slushies-using only the purest white snow, of course.

As we 4 kids came back in, we all began to thaw as mom made us hot cocoa. Everyone had flushed faces, cold hands, and warm smiles.

This week of November has been decidedly arctic. With temperatures dipping into the negatives, the snow seems warm compared to the air. I’m a little jealous of my Arizona friends right now!

The roads were so icy, and it was -1 outside. I called my awesome boss, and he let me stay home! So I spent the day figuring out a quilt design, doing laundry, watching ridiculous wedding shows with my mom, and making grilled cheese and tomato soup. There was no snowman building, because when it’s this cold, staying inside is waaayy more fun. I had a wonderful day!

What’s Your Favorite Snow Day Memory?

I’d love to hear about your favorite snow day memory in the comments below! Stay warm, drink some cocoa, and share some stories with friends and family this weekend. 🙂

Are You Caught in the Middle?

Season of life

Will it Never End?

When restlessness creeps in, it unnerves you. You’re sitting still, but all you want to do is move. Sometimes you are sitting somewhere, like class, a meeting, or church. You have to tap your foot just to stay awake.

Is it the monotone speaker, the lack of caffeine, or your own thoughts that cause your eyelids to grow heavy?

This is what I call the middle.

These are the times when things seems so mundane or routine that you’d rather just sleep through them. Does anyone else feel this way?

When you’re in the middle, you feel stuck. You’re left wondering if things will ever change.

If they do change, will you be ready? You may even have some changes, like a move, job change, or family situation that is on the horizon. You may never be 100% ready for what comes, but you can take this time in the middle to prepare yourself.

I’m not one to be idle. I’d rather be learning, discovering, and trying new things. So if you are a doer too, let me offer some tips.

Write lists.

What kind of traits will you need to be successful in the coming season? Have you struggled with keeping your word, no matter how small the promise is? Start making less promises and start keeping the ones you’ve already made. Are you spreading yourself too thin? Who are the people that need and deserve to be a priority in your life?

Make attainable goals.

We all have some dream deep down, that we hope happens someday. Travelling the world, achieving the career you’ve been striving for, and having a family are big dreams. But those are long term and are less measurable on a day-to-day level. How about writing a letter/email to a friend or family member this week? Or make a goal to call a friend, and take them to lunch. How about making a goal to read a book of the Bible over the next 3 weeks? We need smaller goals to achieve while we continue on the path to reaching the big ones.

Be open to opportunities.

Things won’t always go according to plan… but don’t let it ruin your day! See that long wait at the coffee shop as a chance to make the barista smile. That traffic jam can turn into a music jam session in your car! Be willing to encourage others, even when things seem pretty dismal. Whenever you share sunshine with someone else, the light shines on you also :).

Don’t get stuck in the middle, waiting, tapping your foot. Let it be your opportunity to learn, make goals, and spread some cheer.