"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Friday, July 16, 2010

Letting Go!

I had a wonderful time 
while away visiting my daughter and family.
I was helping them pack up to move to their new home
and didn't realize how tired I was physically
until I got back home.
But I'm all rested now and 
ready to get back to my normal routine. 
I'll post some pics soon of my visit.

Today I began reading Beth Moore's book called

I think we all probably have some insecurities 
that we deal with from time to time,
but I must be honest with you
when I say that I have a few that have plagued me
for most of my lifetime. I've learned to cover them
well but know that God never intended for us
to live with even one insecurity in our lives.

As I read this book,
I'm going to try and be honest with
you about what God is asking me to change and 
how he shows me to do it.
Since it's late tonight, I am going to let you see my
thoughts through an art journal page that I made
this evening. It's a simple and not too fancy of
a created page but (away with those insecure words!)
it helped me to get my thoughts
out in another way  tonight.

As the old children's song goes: 
"I'm just a kid under construction,
God is not finished with me yet"

How is your construction coming along?


Lisa said...

Great post LeeAnn. Can't wait to read more and I've GOT to buy that book, too! :)

DJ said...

It's a difficult lesson for me, too:
Let us all work toward the goal of pleasing Him before pleasing humans...

Prayers n Hugs

Mary said...

Lee Ann, this is a wonderful journal page.

Let's not diminish it by saying "it's simple and not to fancy" :) it's your page, and a darn good one!!!!!

As you read this book, and journal about it - being able to see the words you speak, and write the words you hear God speak back to you will be a great treasure.

I am so glad you began - you will love this (most of the time) it will be hard sometimes too - that's okay!!! You know you are loved and accepted as you are, right at this moment!!!!

Big Hugs!!!!!!

Butterfly Works said...

First of all, WELCOME HOME....I have missed you and your encouraging smile.....can't wait to see the pictures of your time with your family.

You said your journal page was simple well I love it....I think it's beautiful but more the words are a reflection of a woman after God's own heart.....A woman who wants to be all that God has for her...

I have reread that book a couple of times because I too have insecurities that have plagued me most of my life. Now, comes the obedient part....letting go and believing what God has to say....
We can do girlfriend, we can let go and BELIEVE....

Thanks so much for the encouragement....

Hugs and blessings,

Jennifer Richardson said...

Well from one fellow-fixer to another, I'm WITH you! Longing for freedom and ready to feel the angst of letting go and letting, um, God be God. Yikes, easier said than done! Trusting Him to take us there:)
Glad you're back,

Bren said...

First off that's a beautiful sketch you did on this page.
You are not alone in this mess of mixed up sense of responsibility, I've battle the same thing. I was the peacemaker in my family as a kid and as an adult, even carried it into my marriage & parenting. Then one day I realized I was creating a false illusion of harmony and that in the end we all have to own what we create. Those that I love would have to build for themselves the relationships they wanted within the family & with friends and I was going to have to find the way to be at peace dispute the lack of peace around me. Amazingly enough they choose peace for themselves once I stopped trying to 'be' peace in their lives. Bless you for sharing your life and heart with us.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

You are all such great bloggy friends and I appreciate each of you soooo much.

After hearing a few of you remind me that I should be proud of my journal page, I have decided you are right and I'm taking out the "simple" part on my post. This is all about goodbye insecurities, so today is the day to start.

Lee Ann

Farmgirl Paints said...

I got through to the chapter where she prays and gives it over to God...then I loaned it to someone else. What a wonderful book. It really applies to every single person in the world I think...because deep down we all struggle!

Your journal entry was just beautiful LeAnn. It really looked like you:) I've missed you. So glad your home now.

JANET! said...

LeeAnn, this was plain and simple: BEAUTIFUL. Your painting on the journal page was amazing too!! I want to read this book soon.

Mary said...

oh yes, away with the untrue words, thoughts!!!!!

Again I must tell you it's beautiful!!!


Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Love this!! :)

Also, in answer to your question- "heirloom white" was the color of spray paint I chose. I just purchased a can at JoAnn's and liked the slightly off white color.

Good luck with spray painting! :)


Odd Chick said...

You have a beautiful blog!! And we must have been thinking the same thing about letting go. I love Beth Moore and didn't know about this book so thank you for sharing how it touched you.

Tina said...

A transparent post. I've seen this book and as with any Beth Moore book I've ready, I see parts of me I don't like so much. Always leads to growth and healing though.

Brandi Hanes said...

WOW! Beautiful blog, I just stumbled upon it, however God knew EXACTLY what I needed to hear this morning!! I am quiet new to the blogging world, but I am LOVIN'it!!


Robyn Buxton said...

Lovely post! I just love love love, did I say love your artwork! I need one just like the one you did today...
I need to get that book! I have been battling insecurity for years due to sexual abuse, and other issues.. I have tried to FIX everything in my life, my marriage, my "walk" with God...
What I am embracing now is TRUST. I have to LET GO and fully trust HIS plan for my life and KNOW it is greater than any plan I could have ever imagined!

Looking forward to further post on this book.


Courtney Walsh said...

Oooh, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I wanted to tell you that I read that book and actually sat through the simulcast a couple of months ago and it was really amazing. She is so wise. :) I hope you get LOTS out of it!!

deborahspalette said...

LeeAnn, So So true,
Who we were yesturday is not who God intended us to be, We are to become a new creation under the umbrella of His Love. Learning to Love what he has created...US! Challenging but, possible! Love Beth Moore...Many Blessings Debbie
PS...What kind of journal are you using for this.....?