It’s a brand new day. A brand new day! Don’t live in past regrets or mistakes. Today is a new day where YOU get to choose. You my friend, get to choose your attitude, your demeanor, your happiness. Today is a new day. Make it count and make it great!
I’m on holidays this week and I’m outside enjoying this hot summer weather although I just finished saying to my dog Oliver that I feel a chill. Go figure it’s just about 30 degrees Celsius and I feel a chill.
Anyway, I made my second cup of coffee and grabbed a new magazine I picked up from Wal Mart, actually I picked up three. You know they have the three magazines for ten bucks at the cash out? Yup gets me all the time. Well I’m sitting here and I’m in complete serenity and bliss. Why?
Because today I am able to take time for myself and enjoy it. Years ago I always thought myself unworthy to take time for myself and was brought up with the notion of that being selfish or a “bad” thing to do. Took some getting use to but let me tell ya, I surely enjoy it!
It makes me a better person and a better spouse a better parent and friend. We all need time to ourselves. That is one thing I really encourage mums I speak with to do, take a daily time out for yourself especially to you young mummies out there! We all need a refuel, a re-charge a time to connect with ourselves and God.
When we keep doing and doing and doing, we get frustrated and irritated and life becomes a burden and truthfully it’s our own fault. I was like that and I’ll be honest I can get into that tail spin of crazy at times and I need to stop. Like this beautiful morning I’m given. I’m out in my backyard with my coffee, magazine and my dog Oliver. The birds are happily singing and I’m taking in the blessing of being able to rest.
I challenge you to make a time each day just for you. Go on try it, it’s so beneficial for our health and serenity and out relationships :)
Happy day to you my beautiful friends <3
Hey friends, wanted to pop in and say Hey and share this really awesome video my eldest daughter took and shared with me.
It got me thinking. Well I already knew but I reflected once again. Everything we teach our children, everything we say and do and how we respect ourselves, others and nature our children will learn from us.
It was really wonderful and warmed my heart that my daughter was able to stop and enjoy nature and record such a site and experience.
Hope you enjoy this short video and please take in the amazing sounds in the background.
Ciao for now :D
“Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
Whatever you may be facing today, hang on!! God has got your back. When it seems so tough, hit the floor and pray pray pray!! Thanking Him for the courage and strength to get through each day. Each moment. Each minute. I’ve been there and I still go through heavy trials but rest assured, The Lord has it all under control and it IS for your benefit. Hang in there. <3
So I watched this pretty cool semi documentary that was posted to Facebook, about how women view themselves. To no surprise, all the women interviewed had pretty much the same answer. In a nut shell, they all disliked their bodies and saw themselves as “ugly”.
I was there for many years. I was like those women for a very long part of my life and I’ll be honest, if I’m not connected to my Creator and taking care of myself, I can slip into the false beliefs once again.
How does this happen? Do you have any idea? Any idea at all? How is it that so many women around the world have a poor body image of themselves?? And what on earth is the why behind it?
I can only share from my own experience. I lived a life of comparing, trying to be those “perfect” women in magazines, trying to create some sort of perfect beauty to please everyone else. I went as far as to starve myself and when that wasn’t good enough, the internal self bashing with name calling and feeling worse for not being able to achieve the “standard”.
Society doesn’t help at all. Society puts there ridiculous standards on how a woman “should” look. We hang onto what society “feels” or think it “knows” what beauty is.
What is true beauty to you? Is it looks? Is it money? Is it fame? Is it the “perfect” body (even though there is no such thing)? Is it what you “own”? What does it mean to you?
I can confidently share with you my explanation of true beauty. It took me many years to get where I am today and it took a lot of re-programming my mind and thinking. Not only about myself but about the world outside of me.
I must make something very clear. This was not something I was able to do on my own. Being on my own and living for this world and experiencing situations that destroyed the thoughts of myself was what helped get me to the pit of ugliness. Ha! Funny you know! Having such a poor self image and saying mean and nasty things about myself is what is ugly! Isn’t that crazy? Here we women go around comparing ourselves to other women, putting ourselves in competition with them trying to be “better” more beautiful, more sexy and all the while becoming uglier with our attitude and hatred by the minute! Goodness me! And not to mention how this has a ripple effect and reeks havoc in our relationships! Wow, the enemy of this world doesn’t have to work very hard to get us feeling badly about ourselves does he?
Friends, ladies, gentlemen, lets get to the raw beauty we posses. We need to know WHO we are and WHOSE we are! Until I came into the beauty with God, I was no where near being beautiful or loving myself. Beauty for me is having a clean open heart. It is being able to love those who are unlovable, It is respect for one’s self and it is the care and gentleness one is able to extend to one’s self. Beauty is looking at yourself and saying, “you are amazing”, It’s being able to actually look at one’s self in the mirror and like what you see. I was unable to look at myself in the mirror for many years. I hated, I loathed the person starring back at me. Today by God’s grace I am able to linger and look at myself in the eyes with a heart of love and have gratitude for who I am. For what I see.
I want to encourage you today, start changing the old tapes in your mind. It’s hard but it’s doable, I am proof of that! Do it today, look at yourself and say something nice. Stop comparing and holding yourself to society’s standard and get back to reality and get back to God who has created such a beautiful being. YOU!
I can go on and on about this and I have, hehe, But I will leave you with this;
Charm can fool you and beauty will trick you, but a woman (or man (I’m throwing that bit in)) who respects the Lord shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
This scripture helped me change my views on myself. Learn it, know it. You are so much more than what society “thinks” or thinks they “know”. Let us stand together and take ourselves back! We are worth it and we are soooo much more!
Hello there my friends :D
Today was a big day for me and God. I was the featured guest on Canada’s #1 Christian Talk show 100 Huntley Street!!
I gotta tell you, what a beautiful bunch of people I met there today. They were so kind, gentle and so spiritual. It was a wonderful place to be.
I’ll be quick with my writing today as I have added the video interview I had with Moira Brown from 100 Huntley Street this morning.
What I would like to say is, no matter what we have gone through, God can and He will give you a new heart of love and forgiveness and take you places you could only dream of! :)
An amazing thing happened after the show, I met a beautiful young lady who just so happened to be a young mom, and shared a little bit about herself with me. She was able to do so after hearing a little bit of my own story. You see friends, the more we share our life and experiences the more God uses that to help others. I am so grateful I have chosen to walk with God and use what the enemy intended to destroy me, for good in helping others. Praise You Lord!
To all of you, thank you again for all your support over the past year and a half I’ve been blogging and sharing my life ;)
Thanks for watching ;)
“Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for his friends” -Jesus in John 15:13
Yes, no greater love. What kind of God is this??? There is no other God that has suffered, that has loved, that has given grace as this one true God we serve- Jesus. No other god who has been through and experienced what we also go through and experience in this life. No other god has humbled themselves to our level so He can relate to us and meet us where we are. There is and never has been any other with such grace, mercy and love. True, true love.
Ahhh, friends what a magnificent God we have.
Thank You Jesus for being the ultimate sacrifice for our sins and shame. Thank You that You have interceded on our behalf. Thank You that You loved us so much to lay Your precious sinless life down for us.
And on a little personal note, Lord, thank You that I do not have to sacrifice any animals in place for my sins. PHEW! Yup, giving gratitude for that today! I don’t think, no, no, no, I know in fact, I could not sacrifice an animal. :D (haha)
As we go through this reflective day, as well as our everyday’s, let us remember there is no greater God than this. This God Jesus, is the real true God, the real deal, the one true loving God who loves you like crazy and there’s nothing, absolutely nothing you can do about it ;)
I hope you enjoy this amazing song by Casting Crowns.
Have a blessed day!
Yup, another slice for me thanks.
Have you ever been so wrong about something and after some time passes and the dust settles, you’re able to see clearly? Ugh, yeah, that was me two weeks ago.
For those of you who don’t know, I have a very big faith in God. I want nothing more than for my life to seethe with His love and goodness, for my life to be an ultimate living sacrifice for Him.
Well, when things go wrong ,and even when they’re right, God is my “go to Guy” always. At times when life seems just so unfair to me I kick up my prayers and meditation time and start praying like a machine. This time I was praying for that someone who seems to know how to get me in just the right spots of my character flaws. Yup, my hubby.
Long story short, over the past month of me praying to God to open his eyes, God opened mine. Yuck and yikes!
Yuppers friends, I was back. Ugghhh.
So what I want to say here is, no matter what goes on in life, in our situations or in our relationships (as much as I prefer to blame the other person haha) we always have a hand in the situation. Even when we are unable to see it at the time. But when we can become humble enough and take the focus off of the other person and whatever hurt we may be feeling, God is gracious to “grow us up” and show us ourselves. I’m so grateful for this next step in my healing and this awesome, incredible step up in my spiritual growth with God. What a good feeling it is to humble yourself in front of God and do the next right thing.
And on that note, I’m having myself another slice of humble pie. Anyone want a slice? ;)
I have been crucified with Christ. it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Gosh, what does that mean to you?
For me it means that I am learning to live in another way. A way that goes against my way of wanting to live. It means that since I have decided to follow Christ I have given up my ways of behaving and the way I am towards life. It means I learn to love as He loves me. It means for me, to die to myself and start choosing a better way of living.
It’s been a great couple of days but I’ve got this anger creeping up inside me and I want to shout and swear and yell and just freak out.
But I choose not to. I am choosing to give that anger to God and have Him deal with it for me. I have chosen to pray. I have chosen to behave as Jesus asks me to because I have decided and I have chosen to live for Him. It’s ok to feel my anger but it is not ok for me to act on it and lash out because of my pain.
This latest journey hasn’t been easy for me. There have been hard hurting days and there have been wonderful days too.
I will say, I am so grateful for my kids and for the friends I have. I am grateful I am not alone.
I will not ever know why this has happened again but I have come to a place of acceptance.
Tonight, I will put on my pjs, watch a movie with my daughter and trust God has everything under control.
Tomorrow is another day.
I am so excited to share some really great news with you!
Ok, so many of you know that I have written and published a book titled; More of You less of me. Well, it’s been doing GREAT!
Last week I received an email from 100 Huntley Street asking me to be a guest on their talk show!! WOW WOW WOW! I’ll be heading over there May 6th. I don’t have all the details of when it will air but I will keep you posted and hope you will tune in.
If that was not enough, I received another email a couple of days later asking if they could feature me in their May Issue of their magazine! Holy smokes! Well I said YES of course! :D
Not to mention how many people have contacted me sharing how their hearts have been opened to receive God. That my friends is the greatest joy I have ever heard!
More great news, I’m scheduled to speak at a women’s luncheon on April 12th and next weekend I have been invited to A Just Joy Ministry conference from Carol McLeod in Buffalo! :D
You know, I take no credit for any of this. Every good thing has come from God. There is no way, no way at all that I could have ever done such a thing.
In the midst of what the enemy has thrown at me, my God moves in my life and no matter what the enemy throws my way, my God is GREATER!
So there it is, there’s my BIG news. I’m going to be on T.V. because of what God has done in my life. I am beyond honored to be called worthy from God to share what He has done. I love The Lord with all my heart and I know He loves me too.
I’m adding a picture of me with my book (hehe). If you haven’t gotten one yet, please do, I guarantee you will not be disappointed ;)
Thanks for reading and please, feel free to share :D