Good beautiful morning my friends :)
So once again it’s been awhile since I took the time to sit and write. There have been many things on the go. For one, my book will be about very very soon! I’m so stoked about this. I was reading over some proofs yesterday and I was so filled with gratitude and I felt so humbled. I was in complete awe that God allowed me to write such a book. As my husband said yesterday, “Mmmmm, He makes good lemonade”. I chuckled. How did I come to such a place in my life? I was reflecting during my morning quiet time with God and I realized it all started with me. I stopped waiting for people, places and things to start changing and I started the change. The change started in my head. How I thought of people, places and things. It started with how I thought of God, it started with how I thought of myself. It all starts with us. In our mind. What we focus on, good or bad, our feelings and life will follow. And the best part of the growth is, it’s when we continue to focus on what’s good when our world seems to be falling apart. I say this because I’ve been there. Yes I have had periods of grieving and not wanting to write or be with other people, but once we get over the hump and remember who we are and that we hold the key to such goodness, we can quickly get our butts in gear and move forward and I especially LOVE the incredible spiritual, emotional and mental growth that comes with such little setbacks. Setbacks don’t mean we lose all our growth or that everything is lost (this is what happens to me during such times), it means it’s a setback, a time for growth.
I have grown thorough my small setback over the past couple weeks.
I feel good. I feel more growth, more healing and most important to me, I feel closer to my God.
What has this done to help my family? Well, it has brought more communication, more family time, more growth in my youngest daughter. We chatted for a few minutes before she left for school and she was sharing how her focus doesn’t always need to be on the bad “stuff” in her life. She explained how it starts with her. She went on to share how her thinking is where it starts. I just about cried! God is truly amazing.
Not sure if I told you all about how I provide childcare before and after school, oh friends it’s so fun, talk about nurturing the little girl in me, anyways, I came in from picking them up from school and my eldest daughter had snack all prepared, the dishwasher undone and a tidied kitchen. I took a few seconds to thank God for guiding me to teach my children the way to go. I also gave thanks for the love and respect my daughter has for me to be kind and thoughtful to do such things without being asked.
During family time a couple weeks ago, my husband came up with a challenge for us all to do for the week. He challenged the family to call, not text, call each other and discuss four things: 1) how are we feeling 2) what are we doing 3) what are we thinking 4)what are we thinking of doing (in regards to certain things we are facing at that time). So for the week we all took turns calling each other. It was funny. My daughter Corinne was on the phone with her brother and they were giggling and sharing their feelings and their day with one another. I marveled at how just by picking up the phone and making a call instead of text, brought about connection, intimacy and laughter to the family. In a world of text or email, connecting via voice creates and builds relationship. I really appreciated and liked the idea. We have slipped away from the phone calls and have gone back to text. I think today I will let it begin with me and make those calls. Expect a call from Mumsy today darlings ;) hehe
A little update on my son Alex, he’s in his last year of university and has recently applied for teacher’s college. I’m so ecstatic for him! He’s going to become a high school teacher. For the next couple of weeks he is overloaded with assignments and exams. I’m very grateful to God for giving Alex a brain to hold so much information and be so disciplined to do what needs doing.
All in all friends, I wanted to connect and touch base, give you an update and share a bit of my life with you :)
I pray this day is beyond amazing for you and today, declare it a GREAT day! Decide today that you will have a great day, a fun day, a day full of love and remember friends, this starts with us. Don’t look outside yourself for it, you won’t find it. Look within and bring it out.
Ciao for now :D