You Can’t Rush a Sunrise

You can’t rush a sunrise. That’s what I thought when I watched this unfiltered magniificance the other morning by myself in the stillness of our backyard. The same is true for self-discovery. I’ve been more of my true introvert-self this summer, focusing on home, family, love (for myself and others) and nurturing just a handful of close relationships. Part of me feels like I’ve missed out on sharing our fun in social media during this break. You might be seeing our porch Easter portraits at the same time as our autumn ones.😂 But that’s ok. That’s what I’ve needed. And as Spock said, “It’s never unwise to do what is necessary.” Honestly, I’ve been trying to slow down and #hearhim and figure out what I’m supposed to be doing and what happiness is in this new season of life. My kids are older. I’m growing too. I feel like as soon as I figure out one part of life, the game changes. LOL But that’s ok…

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Heaven’s Power is Here for Us

Isn’t it incredible that even if we don’t have what we long for, heaven does all it can to bless us with POWER according to our pure desires?

I love the truth that the powers of heaven can be close around me according to my faith, and not because I’m perfect or more special than anyone else – we all can have that blessing because God loves us!

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Feeling is Human ♥️

I just want to say if you find yourself riding an emotional roller coaster at times, you aren’t alone. You are real! You are human! And you are wonderful! Life has ups and downs and so you feel that.♥️ Just don’t stay down forever. Look up. Lift yourself up. Lift others with your love, experience, and courage.

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Real Hope

I believe fragile can still be beautiful. I believe transparency and honesty with ourselves is iluminating. I know light brings life. And this morning this amazing quote from “The Infinite Power of Hope” (a regular read and study for me because it’s sooooo good!) brought me peace because I know it’s true: “This type of hope in God, His goodness, and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges and gives strength to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear, doubt, and despair.”

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3 Weeks Deep in New Year’s Resolutions

Thanks to my hubby’s more gentle attitude toward New Year’s Resolutions, I might actually stick it out and continue the journey…

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Endure to Enjoy

When we accept our reality we allow ourselves the freedom to take it on and make the best of it. That’s why the E in S.M.I.L.E. stands for Endure to Enjoy. Choosing to master our toughest circumstances will give us confidence, even when it feels like things are falling apart. We can be brave, keep trying, and eventually face challenges with grace. We get stronger from the struggle. Eventually, joy and peace can come regardless of our circumstances.

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Listen to Loving Thoughts

It’s so important that we’re gentle with ourselves. When it comes to feeling good, it’s all in your head – literally. That’s why my S.M.I.L.E. acronym for emotional wellness includes Listen To Loving Thoughts. What we think matters more than we believe. I usually LOVE to cheer people on, whether in an audience or standing…

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Isolate the Issue

Sometimes the challenges in our lives need to be singled out and faced head-on! That can be hard, but exhilarating when we do it. That’s why the I in S.M.I.L.E. (the acronym that helps reduce my anxiety and depression) stands for Isolate the Issue.

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Perfect Faith in Perfect Love

As we wrote our annual goals (AKA gift to Jesus) this year and I pondered what I could do better or give up to be more like him, something heavy hit me. Hard. For years I have struggled to do what I need to do. I’ve written entire books while I’ve distracted myself from my…

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Smiling in the Eye of the Storm

“Smiling in the Eye of the Storm” That’s what I call this photo. I’d been crying on and off as I talked with my best friend from childhood on the phone for nearly 2 hours. I can still remember the stress slightly lifting and some of the jumbled pieces in my mind falling into place…

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