Breaking up with worry – part 2

One of the things I was initially worried about with Covid as we entered the fall was clothing. How would I find out if it fits without trying it on? Will the stores be open when I need something?

God quietly has been blowing this worry out of the water as I have turned to Him in faith. He has lead me to several reasonably cost and log lasting items as I have needed them, all in my favorite colors and within my budget. Just one more way His loving care continues to unfold towards me as this pandemic continues to swirl about me. The peace I have knowing He’s got me is priceless.

 “And why would you worry about your clothing? Look at all the beautiful flowers of the field. They don’t work or toil, and yet not even Solomon in all his splendor was robed in beauty more than one of these!  So if God has clothed the meadow with hay, which is here for such a short time and then dried up and burned, won’t He provide for you the clothes you need, even though you live with such little faith?” (Matthew 5:28-30 TPT)

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Breaking up with worry – part 1

WORRY. One of the biggest battles many of us are currently facing is happening in our minds by worrying. I get it, as Covid has heightened this battle for me, and I know I am not alone in this as I connect with family, friends & clients across North America.

Yet those of us with faith can draw comfort and find direction on how to battle worry in the Word. One passage (part 1 is below) in particular tackles worry head on….by reminding us that our needs will be met by our Father, our Abba. So we can be more like the birds, and trust in His provision. Why? The verses are clear. By using the word Father, we are reminded that He has a relationship with each of His preclous kids, including you & me, and as a good Father, He will take loving care of us!

We are also reminded that worrying doesn’t add anything positive to our lives in the last sentence below…

“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing- everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing? Look at all the birds – do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they? So, which one of you by worrying could add anything to your life?” (Matthew 5:25-27 TPT)

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In need of refreshing?

This winter, I have been thirstier than usual. Wearing masks in indoor heat has been drying me out more than usual. When I get home from work, my go to is Montellier for pure refreshment.

But I have also found that with all the ‘bad’ news swirling about, I am in daily need of emotional, mental and spiritual refreshment as much as my body craves water.

So this week, I will be sharing some verses which refresh me as much as a cool glass of water in the hottest of days. May they refresh us all as He releases them to take root within us.

“Like a drink of cool water to a weary, thirsty soul, so hearing good news revives the spirit.” (Proverbs 25:25 TPT)

“Water” by Matt Brouwer
https://youtu.be/dkSnCwQzI6A

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My 3 Rs of being present right now

This was going to be tomorrow morning’s early bird post, however I have decided to post it a bit earlier, so I can catch the night hawks as well!

Part of being more present in my life is learning how to remain present during the unexpected.

Last Thursday night, my right leg slipped as I stepped into my shower. Something I have done for years without an incident. My right leg did a full split on a diagonal as my left shin stopped my fall quite abruptly on the side of the tub. Apart from my loud scream of a prayer and the resulting immediate swelling on my shin, I thought that was it.

Saturday evening I began to have difficulty getting comfortable when sleeping. And this time it was not the snoring of cat or man which was disturbing my sleep.

Last night, my left side of my neck and my left lower back grew stiffer and stiffer as they presented themselves to grab my attention.

And tonight my physio confirmed that I have whiplash, not like I have ever had before, and swelling in my neck & back.

So my job tomorrow is to be present in my discomfort. To rest, relax and recharge as I give my body the time I needs to recoup from what was a 3 second incident which has decided to continue reminding me of its presence in my muscles.

Having most of tomorrow off work is a present I plan to unwrap slowly, and savor. The present only I can give to myself right now, being kind to myself as I let my body rest & recover.

Apart from the sore muscles, I feel great. Albeit a bit more in need of sleep than usual, but it made it easier to cheer on 🇨🇦 #WorldJuniors, so bonus present to myself!

Thankful for the reminder that God is present with me to calm and restore me in every way I might need it right now, known and unknown.

Sharing this graphic below as a free screensaver if you too need to reminder to present yourself with rest & relaxation right now too!

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Made by me via Canva

Matthew 11:28-30 MSG

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

These verses remind me that in each and every lonely, exhausted, drained and burned out moment – God is waiting for us to invite Him in to them. To give Him all our stress, mess & duress, and exchange them for rest.

And when I get stressed out wondering our to find that rest, God reminds me in, the very text that He will show me how to rest as I…

☑️WALK WITH HIM
☑️WORK HIS WAY
☑️WATCH HIM AT WORK

As I do, He will release the rest, grace, freedom, purpose, and life I am looking for.

Extra thankful for God with us, present & willing to get into the nitty gritty messes of my life, and lovingly walk me through them!

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Staying at home & being present

“Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort.” (Jane Austen)

Comfy clothes, warm slippers, popcorn & World Jr Hockey night in Canada made for a quite content evening at home last night. And coz 🇨🇦 made it to the gold medal match, will happily do it again tonight as I cheer from my sofa.

Learning to be present so I don’t take moments like these for granted, and fully enjoy them as they happen.

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PRESENT

When we went into lockdown last spring, I  ended up working full time out of my home, becoming more adept at ever at multitasking. As that transitioned into returning to full time work onsite and working part time from home, I realized that something was going to have to change, and it needed to begin with me.  My mind was constantly on the go, I wasn’t sleeping very well, and I felt like I was constantly being pulled in several directions.

Then God lovingly reminded me that He was with me. Present in every moment I was in, every situation I was facing, every move as I made it. Present to help me navigate my steps, make my choices, filter my feelings.

I wondered anew this Advent as I accepted this gift of presence, and how it began to calm me from within.

The greatest gift I can give myself this year is to be fully PRESENT in every moment.

🎁To be fully engaged where I am, at home, at work, in conversation.

🎁To put the boundaries into place so that I can remain in the main role, responsibility and relationship I need to be in at the time.

🎁To schedule in work, and then unplug when I am with my family.

🎁To give myself permission to be present in my emotions, without shame.

🎁To say no without explanation when I need to.

🎁To listen to the One always present with me, and join Him where He wants me to partner with Him.

🎁To give myself the gift of being fully present in my life, and the gift of being fully present in my relationships.

This year, my one word is PRESENT. I am so grateful that I am not alone as I integrate this word into every area of my life in 2021.

What is your focus, your one word this year? Would love to lift yours up in prayer & invite God to help you make it real in your life, friend.

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New Year, New Me!

Each year as I look back at the previous year, but most especially this past year, I have come to realize something critical about myself.

I am not the same person I was at the beginning of 2020 as I am now in the start of 2021.

I have lost, learned, grown, cried, laughed, gained, endured, flexed and prayed like never before, and all those have changed me for the better.

So nice to meet you, friend. The new me welcomes the new you, as we begin journeying the adventure of this new year!

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2021 loading…

2021 has arrived and most of us won’t have any noticeable change in our lives for a day or two.

And that’s okay.

Looking back on 2020 has reminded me how hindsight can see more clearly than looking at the same situation while smack in the middle of it.

2020 was a steep learning curve for me.

🐾Relationship over work.
🐾Refocus when stressed.
🐾Return to the basics.
🐾Relax over the little things.
🐾Rest in His Promises, even when I can’t yet see their fruit.

Which all combined to reveal my focus, my 🐾one word🐾 for 2021, which I will be sharing here next Monday. Grab a ☕ & join me!

#lookingback #movingforward
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Christmas break

This year, I have spent more time working online than ever before. As a result, I am unplugging while on staycation over Christmas break. And taking Him up on His offer to help me rest & regain my rhythm while I do. See y’all next year!

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:29-30 MSG)

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