Life is a series of lessons. None of us are perfect, so none are unscathed. The difference in people rising above or sinking below is in how you respond to the struggles; the lessons that life doles out to us. I am from the school of thought that things happen for a reason. The trials you face today will help you in some way in the future... if you will let it.
Do you let your struggles beat you down or do you face them? Do you pretend that you don't see a problem or do you shine a light on them so as not to repeat them in the future. Do you learn the lesson from the struggle or are you destined to face the same issues again and again?
Lessons, struggles, trials, they are sent to us to help us grow. We may not see the value of the lesson until we can look back and see how far we've come, so keep that in mind as you feel like you might drown. This too shall pass. Hang on, you can do this!
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped. -Proverbs 11:25
A warm smile. A simple compliment. Listening. Volunteering. Being a blessing to others does not mean that you are constantly sacrificing or are doling out money every time you turn around. It is actually the culmination of many small acts of kindness that becomes part of your character.
It may have been something you started consciously, but you'd be surprised by how quickly the attitude soaks into your personality. It becomes a habit.
A beautiful habit that gives back as much as you give it. Your blessings to others will come back to you ten-fold. It heals your heart, gives you purpose and comfort and even helps you sleep better at night. I'm not even exaggerating! Try it... just for a week. Be a conscious blessing to others. The sit back and feel the rewards...
If you don't have what you want, keep working toward it until you do... or something better...
I know we wake up and we go to sleep thinking about our families and their needs. Sometimes it feels selfish to think about the things that we might want out of life. Have you ever felt that you have been given so much, healthy kids, good job, great marriage or whatever the case my be, that you feel guilty for wanting more?
We all have dreams. Many times those don't go away just because we have kids, or get married or go a different route. You were given your dreams for a reason. You were given a passion for something because it is part of who you are. Dreams are good. They give us hope. They give us something to work for.
Go after your dreams, if not today, someday soon. Do something small that will lead you in the direction of your dreams.
Have an amazing day!
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you... - Psalm 55:22
Feeling the weight on your shoulders? We have a lot of responsibilities in front of us on a daily basis. The rest of this verse basically says that He will not let us fall or allow us to go through these heavy times alone. He is there for you when things get too heavy or overwhelming. Know that He will not leave you in times of trouble and asks us to let go of the things that become too much. Let go and let God. Hand Him your troubles and allow Him to comfort you. The tasks of the day can be a little less daunting when you can hand the heaviest burdens off to the One who created you and knows what you can carry. Allow Him to take them. He won't, of course, unless you ask... Ask. Let Him help you.
You woke up late. The kids are are arguing. You've got cramps. Can't find the toddler's shoe. There's no milk for the cereal, no sugar for the coffee, no time for the shopping. Where are the car keys? Ever have one of those mornings?
Be cheerful. Keep things in good repair. Keep your spirits up. Think in harmony. Be agreeable. Do all that, and the God of love and peace will be with you for sure. - 2 Corinthians 13:11
Be cheerful. Do not procrastinate. Take care of things before they become a problem. Most of the things that throw us off track are things that we could have attended to upstream. Harmony is found in order.
It's gonna be alright. Keep the chaos out of your mornings by preparing the night before. Cheerfulness is much easier to find!
As our children are growing and learning who they are, it is sometimes more common for competition to be more popular than it's counterpart, cooperation.
Competition definitely has its place. It can be a great motivator at times, but for peace under the family roof, it may be in everyone's best interest to search for an "our way" instead of a "my way". Get the kids involved with mapping out chores, and household activities. Watch their leadership skills blossom!
Teach your children the joy of giving, not out of necessity or obligation, but out of kindness, for the sheer feelings of happiness that is felt by all involved.
When we are taught generosity and kindness as children, it shapes us into loving and compassionate adults.
Her children rise up and call her blessed. - Proverbs 31:28
It is not an easy job, raising children. There is a good deal of heartbreak along the way, but I am so very honored with the task of working with children and raising two of my own. It is worth every sleepless night, every tear shed, every prayer, every fear... For that beautiful sound of laughter, or those tiny (and not so tiny) arms around my neck, I would do it again and again. Bless you Mommas. Stay strong and always look for the beauty and it will be there.
The wise people will shine like the brightness of the sky. Those who teach others to live right will shine like stars forever and ever. - Daniel 12:3
Our children were given to us to raise up and our teachings begin at day one. Children are sponges for information and we were given the all important task to give our charges a firm, secure foundation to grow up on and eventually leap off from. Every day is a teaching opportunity. They learn so much from our actions, maybe even more so than from our words. Start the day of making sure your children know they are loved.
Elizabeth Bourgeret is a life coach, author and she is the creator of the teen life skills event called Total Truth Workshop and the Leading With Love Series of books, workshops and coaching.