Friday, April 21, 2017

Just Bloom.

Right now, where you are, not waiting for anything else, not waiting to lose the weight, to get more practice, to be older, to look younger, right now. Just Bloom.

No matter the circumstance that you feel is keeping you from being you, being your best you- let me define that for a moment, because being your best you, doesn't by any mean being perfect, all it means is being your true you. Just be you.

I love that old saying, 33% will, 33% won't, and 33% won't care- no matter what you try in life, a new hair cut, weight loss, sharing your art, selling your handy work- no matter what you do in life, the truth is... some will like it, some won't like it, and many just won't care.

So if those are the odds, what are you waiting for?
Just Bloom!
The world needs to awesomeness that you are...
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Coffee...Monday.

I'm just going to leave these here.
Happy Monday!
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Fear Fighting a Book Review.

Fear Fighting: Awakening Courage to OVERCOME Your Fears

By Kelly Balarie

Fear is sneaky, once you let it in, it grows like a weed in your heart, suffocating ideas, hopes and dreams. Then it starts telling you, you aren’t good enough, you’re not like those people, you will never be part of the in crowd. Your skills aren’t good enough. Your art will never measure up, no one wants to hang your work in their home. Why would you even try? Shut up already. Seriously… 

Fear has a way of making us shrink back instead of shine, it has a way of making us feel insignificant, like it doesn’t matter, like we don’t matter. The crazy thing about fear is; it’s usually lying to us (I say usually because if you are standing on the ledge of a 27 story high building, with the wind whipping around your hair, you ought to be scared- that fear is real). The fear we are talking about is the one that likes to keep us so preoccupied with nonsense that it leaves no room for reason. Now, I like to think I’m a reasonable person. I can break down a situation to the lowest common denominator, even though once I’ve broken it down, the problem doesn’t necessarily disappear. Why is that? Because fear has it’s clammy little hands in every aspect of our lives. 

Fear Fighting by Kelly Balarie, is a book about just that, it’s a book about recognizing fear in our lives and refuting them with the truth. This book is scattered with scriptures, life affirming prayers, stories and testimonies, from the author’s own personal experiences. It’s pulled together a little bit like an old quilt that your gramma may have made. Materials, patterns, and threads that you recognise but have come to a new light in their new life as a quilt, a comforter. This book is a comforter and a guide to the ultimate Comforter, the Holy Spirit, leading us and guiding us gently to focus on Jesus. 

When I read through this book I immediately connected knowing that fear can gain a grip that is sometimes uncontrollable and hard to shake. I also know what the Bible says, if you are a reader of my blog, you know I have personally had to deal with some weird unshakable quirky fears -sharks in the bathtub?- anyone?

Kelly brought a concept to light I have never thought about, this concept of waiting versus abiding. When we are waiting for something, it’s like we have no job to do there is nothing we can be doing, we are just sitting, twiddling our thumbs and waiting- but the idea of abiding, abiding in Christ, abiding is “putting matters of God over matters assuaging our restless mind” (chapter 9). So abiding is a heart condition, it’s a condition that you trust God to do what He needs to do for you, and in that time you will cover your fears and your anxieties in his word. You will abide in Him as He works for you. I loved this… We have been waiting for along time to have children, this waiting when you feel like nothing is in your control and it is easier to get angry, easier to let fear take over, easier to ask the questions what if this never happens than it is to hope- Those easier things Allow lies to build and ultimately they become our life truths… we begin to believe them as truth. But Abiding in Him is giving God all of those fears, giving it all to God knowing that what he has is better than anything you could ever have imagined. Abiding in Him is active, it is an action you take, it’s making the choice every day to trust.

I really enjoyed this book, I loved that it brought up topics and issues that I deal with and it gave simple (because with God it is simple, and we tend to overcomplicate everything) realistic ways of working through fear. The biggest concept in this book is that fact that we need to give it all to God… What is the point of worrying about tomorrow, we have no control, so why do we try so hard to control it?

If you are having issues with fear, anxiety, control-  if fear has you constantly worried about what others think, your hubby getting bit by a snake in the pool, your children falling off cliffs 4 counties over so you won’t let them play outside… if fear has it’s grip on you, this book might just be the one you need to read to set yourself free and start truly living in the authority we have been given, to stop focusing inward and start focusing upward…


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Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin CommunicationsInc






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Monday, March 27, 2017

Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled

WHOA, seriously, this is so much easier said than done, I tend to worry about everything that is out of my control and nothing that is in my control. I like to think I'm pretty efficient, if I'm in charge it'll go just fine... me, Large and In Charge! Oh but when I'm not in charge... I sleep less, I get anxiety in my shoulders, my beautiful worry line between my eyes gets deeper, wrinkles are forming in all the wrong places- my Mom says if you stay calm, laugh and smile in life, all your wrinkles will end up in the right place when you get older. I'm not doing a very good job of that.

But wait, is it my job to worry? NO. It's my job to trust. Trust is my word for the year, I should have known that if trust was my word for the year- the year was going to require a lot of trust.

Yesterday we got some unsettling news about timing and taxes yay! wooot hoot- ain't that a peach. I expected not to sleep. I was expecting stress in my shoulders and a few crazy conversations with the hubby resulting in me freaking out. But you know what? I changed my thoughts, I put on some music, I settled in my heart-  this is not for me to worry about. I broke it down to figure out exactly what I ought to be worrying about and I realized- nothing. I had no part, I was just along for the ride and where ever the ride takes us, we will go. I slept like a baby- my heart had never been less troubled.

Now, generally I sleep well enough until about 5 am... Duy (my hubby) goes swimming in the mornings at 5. It is dark, the pool is not lit, there is no one around. I worry. I toss and turn from 5 to 5:45 or so,  until Duy waltzes back through the door, and then I relax.

Now what exactly do I worry about? I worry that there will be a poisonous snake in the water that will bite him, reality, our pool is on the 5th floor, we live in a concrete jungle, and there will be no snakes in the pool unless an eagle flies over and deposits his lunch in our pool just because.

I worry that Duy will hit his head on the side of the pool and drown, reality, Duy doesn't swim at the speed of a rushing torpedo, Duy is not blind, he wears goggles, and he can navigate the approach leading up to the pool wall.

I worry that he will get struck by lightening, reality, if he gets in the pool when it is raining at 5 am, lightening will be the least of our worries- I will kill him- joking! But guess what?  This morning, Duy sets off for the pool, I shout out my usual "I love you, Have fun, be safe" statement and then Zzzzz. Sound asleep, I woke up to him unlocking the front door.

I had slept, in perfect peace. God you've got this.

So I've come to learn that 99% of the time I am worrying about things that can't possibly even come true. My imagination has the ability to make situations larger than life. I know this. I can usually calm myself down, I can break the situation down into bite sized chunks of nonsense... and yet I still have the ability to convince myself that there is danger. Guys, we don't have children yet, I can only imagine how mom's worry.

Sharing all of these thoughts with my mother, as she tries to stifle her giggles because she knows me. She knows, I'm the child who had to get out of the bathtub RIGHT NOW (!), because I was about to be eaten by a shark. I can still feel my heart beating fast when I think about it. The shark in my tub? Oh it was the facecloth, at the faucet end of the tub bobbing up and down in the splashing-ya... I'm that child.

Yesterday I showed my mom this print, and her wise words were... "Practice what you preach kid..."  (she added an 'lol' and a cutesy heart).

So here I am practicing what I preach, I know, that I know, that I know I am not in control! Why is it so hard to get through my head, maybe I'm a little hard headed.  I'm hoping I can learn it sooner rather than later.  Until then, I will be making myself reminders and sharing them with you.

I will be letting the anxious thought cross my mind, then I will break it down, I will define my part in the worrying- which is usually nil, but I will still define it, then I will let it go, and let God. Because who am I to worry about the future?

(Matt 6:34, Prov. 3: 5-6, Phil 4:6-7&8, 1 Peter 5:7 , Luke 12:26)


Philippians 4:6-7  do not be anxious [worried] about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:7 casting all your anxieties [worries] on him, because he cares for you.

John 14:1 ...do not let your hearts be troubled...

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled [worried], neither let them be afraid.


Do you find you worry about things out of your control? Do you fret about unrealistic situations? Does your heart get troubled? You are not alone... Cast your cares on Him...

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee or tea?
To go or not to go?
To do or not to do?

... our lives are made up of so many decisions, coffee or tea is probably one of the simplest... most days, and probably has the least impact on our lives, and the most impact on our day- or mine at least. 

We're in the middle of a big decision, a fun decisions, a life altering decision... and as exciting as it is, today I wish my only decision to make was;  coffee or tea?

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M.

I took a really fun class recently and this little print was one of the projects. I really loved it's style :) Hope you like it!


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