Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Don't you dare... yourself!  In this age of technology, posting photos and bragging about the highlights of life is done within seconds. You can post anything and everything, and people see it instantly. How does that affect your life? When you see your friend posting about a new car when you drive an older model, or when you are stuck in your cubicle and you see beach vacation photos pop up on your home feed, do you feel jealous?

I think everyone feels a little something to a point. I know I am guilty of this at times. It's human nature, and it's hard to always keep control over that not so pretty side of ourselves. So, I went to the bible in search of something cling to when this type of feeling bubbles to the surface.

 Gal 6:4 says that

 Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone,without comparing themselves to someone else

We are not to compare ourselves to others. That's a pretty tough thing to do. We all know that we are blessed, well, at least I hope you do! Every now and then, I like to just sit and count each and every one of my blessings. Yes, my life hasn't been easy. There are things that I've had to deal with that most people will never know what it's like to go through, but God has blessed me tremendously in so many other ways that it's impossible not to feel loved and satisfied with the life he has given me.

Happiness and joy should come from within, and from acknowledging that your God gave you exactly what you need in this life he has planned for you. Who are we to say it's not good enough?  As long as we cling to him, and are thankful of the blessings he's give us, our lives will be fulfilled and happy.

Psalm 103:2

Praise the Lord, my soul,  and forget not all his benefits

Our God is going to give us everything we need, we only need to know and believe this in our hearts. We are not meant for this world, and because of that,  some days will be hard. Things will fall apart, but the love God has for you will never falter. Take comfort in that, my friends. 

What are some go-to verses that you use to get through rough moments?

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Wishes- The one with a harness and heavenly cupcakes

So today, as all Mondays, I link up with The Nectar Collective to bring you my weekly wishes. This is just a way to hold me accountable for things/goals I need/want to do this week. Sort of puts a time limit on your to do list!

The Nectar Collective
Also, I'm going to be threading in my instagram pics from last week. Might as well share those with you while you read!

Last week's wishes:

1. Continue blogging and scheduling posts for the month. (but what blogger EVER feels like they are blogging enough, am I right?) 2 weeks scheduled out, booyah! I couldn't believe the amount of work it takes to cover weeks ahead of time. Good thing I love my readers! Next time, I think I'll just schedule a break instead, less stress that way! 

2. DIVE into my bible morning and night! I feel like the morning bible study sessions are awesome because it really puts me in the right mindset to handle the rest of the day. Although, at night, as soon as I lay my head down, all of the worries, thoughts, plans, and feelings have to run around in my mind, preventing me from falling right asleep! Hopefully, if I dedicate an hour to bible study right before bed, I can just concentrate on that and sleep like a baby! I've been doing this on most days, if not all. Sometimes I do get a bit lazy and just read the daily She Reads Truth devotional and meditate on it. But hey, I think it still counts! And if you haven't heard about them, please do yourself a favor and go check out the site! It's an amazing little community and so encouraging to study the Word. 

3. Start making lists! This week is to prep for the vacation. I need to make grocery lists of things we will need while we are at the lake, as well as packing lists so I don't forget anything! I am notorious for forgetting if it's not written down, so this is the only way everything will be taken care of. Sucks getting older! Done and done! Most of the grocery shopping is done minus the produce (I want it to be as fresh as possible.) Half the bags are packed, and/or sitting next to the luggage. Maybe if I throw everything I'll need in a big pile, the magical fairy will pack it for me the night before... or Ginny... 

 4. Comment! I am the worst blogger when it comes to this. To my fellow bloggers, I read your posts, I really do. And most of the time, I think the comment in my head and the move along BEFORE I actually type out the comment! I am terribly sorry about this! I promise to really focus and make sure to leave you comments of encouragement each and every time I stop by your blog! AND... I've been having all sorts of trouble with my Google + profile switching me to a no-reply blogger! I've converted back to the regular blogger profile, so hopefully this will work. But please, never hesitate to tell me when anything is wrong! Have y'all been feeling the love? You should! I've been pouring encouragement all over the blogosphere this week! I know how much blood, sweat, and tears goes into maintaining a space, so I want to show you just how much I appreciate YOU! Again, if I am a no reply blogger to you, please let me know so I can fix it again! 

And finally, 5. This is a big one, folks. I have been so inspired lately. More and more bloggers are just putting their faith and beliefs out there on blast. I love it! But, I have been so worried that if I post too much faith based posts, that I will loose readers, or offend someone. I am a people pleaser, so I tried to be very limited on my faith posts. I can say now, especially that I will be re-committing myself and my life to my savior, that there will be more and more faith posts on here. I know, almost for a fact, that I will loose readers. And that's okay with me. I won't hold it against you. It's not every one's cup of tea, and I am really not going to be upset about it. I just think that y'all come here to see what I'm up to, to read about me and my life, and this is a huge part of it already and will only continue to be even bigger part everyday. So, if this is your last time reading due to this, I thank you for putting up with me this long! :) I will be sad to see you go, but to each his own! I pretty much rocked this list! I've been brewing up more faith based posts and I can't wait to share them with you over the next couple of weeks! I think everyone starts a blog as one thing, but over time, it slowly morphs into something completely different. And that's okay, that's life! I hope all of you continue to read as my little corner of the web slowly becomes more me.

Can I just get a big yeehaw for knocking out all of my wishes?! Yeah! I hope everyone has completed their lists if not, at least a few chunks complete! 

This week, I decided I would not be giving myself goals or wishes. Basically, all I will be doing is more packing, getting ready, training Ginny to like her new Sleepy Pod car seat/harness! Have you checked those things out? Looks pretty intense to put on a dog, but if it will safe her life one day, I'm all for learning how to put that bad boy on her! 

What are your wishes for the week? Comment below! 

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