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Making space for cozy weekend vibes

As much as I love to help others when they are lonely, hurting, struggling & broken with need, this weekend that is me. I am tired. Not depressed, anxious or fearful. Exhausted. Which hit yesterday evening, right before a triple shift day of work. So as of 11am today, I am unplugging to make it through this day with 💯 focus on the task at hand. As of 11am tomorrow, I stop working for the weekend, and spend time with my loved ones, church family, fur babies, and God. And probably lots of music, books & laughter.

Cozy weekend vibes ahead.
Refueling of my body, mind, emotions, spirit & heart.
Preparing for the week ahead after leaving this one behind.

What cozy plans do you have this weekend?

Brighter days ahead

The snow has brightened up the morning for me today, and so has an answer to prayer as to why my mood is lower than usual this winter. I thought it was just my SAD (seasonal affective disorder) was worse than usual.

I had major surgery at the end of May, and the expectation was my body would not lose any estrogen afterwards.

That has not been the case. So I start a new med on Friday, and should feel like my old self pre-gal issues in the next two weeks.

If I hadn’t told my doctor, she wouldn’t have referred me to my specialist to review things with me again post surgery.

So brighter days are ahead. Because not only did I pray about this need, I followed His prompt to tell my doctor. And I got the answer & the help I needed.

Don’t be afraid to speak up your need. If the first person you speak to can’t assist you, keep looking.

Later tonight, I will share some resources for you on where you can go for different kinds of help.

#sharingHope

Bell Let’s Talk

Not only are anxiety, loneliness, depression & opioid overdose on the rise here in Canada, but so is suicide.

Every day, more than 200 people in Canada attempt suicide. 

12 are successful. Let’s change this.

To learn more about ways you can take action, visit bell.ca/letstalk

**If you or a friend are in need of urgent help, call the Talk Suicide Canada helpline at 1.833.456.4566 or visit talksuicide.ca.**

#belletstalk @bell_letstalk

Mental wellness week

Yesterday was not a great day for me. I still got to work with folks I love, get puppy & cat cuddles, and lie down for a bit, but the unexpected stresses of technology rose higher than I expected, and I wasn’t prepared. I hadn’t slept well or eaten well, which took a toll on my energy & mental health.

Most days, I can manage pretty well, but those are the days when I press in to His Presence, share how I am really doing with a close friend, and take the best care of me I can.

It struck me this weekend that one of my recent deceased friends will never meet his soon to arrive grandson, which made me sad.

Several of my friends are struggling with family drama, illness, loneliness, injury, or depression & anxiety.

So am I.

This week, I will be sharing some of my journey, a few helpful resources, as together we get honest about mental wellness, and its impact on us.

#mentalhealth #mentalwellness #grief #anxiety #depression #selfcare #bellletstalk

Word of the week: Psalm 40:1-3

“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.” (Psalm 40:1-3 NIV)🌿

Points to ponder

If you could un-invent something, what would it be?

If I could uninvent something, it would be preservatives. I miss the old days when we would go to the store every day or few days for what we needed to eat fresh meals. We still bake homemade bread, rolls, cookies, soups, etc from scratch at home and love to visit our local grocer or farmer for our fresh veg and fruits.

What about you? What would you uninvent if you could?

Hello, me.

Hello, self. With all your quirks, I am enjoying spending time with you the more I begin to see myself through my Father’s eyes. Hearing Him say that I am:
🌿loved forever
🌿beautifully handcrafted
🌿intentionally made
🌿forgiven no matter what
🌿chosen daughter
🌿purposefully equipped
🌿supernaturally strengthened 🌿always heard, valued, seen, known by You
has changed my life, as I accept these truths.

Of all of them? Knowing that You hear & see me, know me inside & out, yet value and love me so – blows my mind!

So I have been hanging out a bit more with myself and letting these truths sink in, deeper & deeper, as I allow myself to be alone with intention.

And I find I am liking & loving myself a lot more the more I do so. ❤️🙌🏼🙂

Meet me

Every moment is holy, when You meet me here again. So grateful, Lord, that each & every time You are right beside me, just waiting to be found. In the moments when I am not enough, You come. In the moments when I have nothing but tears, loneliness or brokenness, You meet me in the midst of those moments to lovingly help me through them. Your Presence makes every moment holy. 🙌

Holy Moment

🎶”This is a Holy moment.
This is a Holy moment.
This is a Holy moment.
This is a Holy moment.

CHORUS: Come with expectation, everything abandoned. Look and see the Glory of our God. Lift your voice to heaven, Jesus is our anthem. Celebrate the wonder of His love!

He is here with us now.
He is here with us now.
He is here with us now.
He is here with us now.

Repeat CHORUS x2

For Your honor and fame, fall again in this place. Fill us up as we overflow with praise. x4

Repeat CHORUS x2

This is a Holy moment.
This is a Holy moment.
This is a Holy moment.
This is a Holy moment.” 🎶

🎵HOLY MOMENT by Chris McClarney

🎥WATCH & LISTEN here:
https://youtu.be/Rb6pRfDHMok

#worshipwednesday #worshipHymn #singanewpsalm

John 10:27

🌿"My sheep know My voice; I hear them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27)

What a verse! The trio of promises it contains thrills my heart every time I take it in!

🌿We know His voice. We can recognize it as we hear it!
🌿Jesus hears us! He is listening for our voice too!
🌿We CAN follow Him. Because we are in a dialogue with Jesus, we can trust where He leads is for our best to follow. And He is with us to lead us there!

#hopeinHisPresence #sharingHope #promisekeeper

PS. Doesn’t that first 🐑 look like it’s talking as it follows? 😁