"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

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ready To Roll

Hello everyone! How are YOU today?
  Rolling with the punches of life can
be very difficult sometimes
but so WORTH IT. (eventually!!)

So I'm back today and ready to roll and hope
you are ready to roll right along with me.  I want to
encourage YOU my friend, because I know
first hand the power one encouraging word,
phone call, email or deed can make.  
Don't ever take for granted, that even your 
smallest word or action, can make a huge difference
in the life of someone else because
IT DOES!!!!!

Let's continue on to roll here with

Everything here is from the thoughts of Beth Moore
(just some in my own paraphrasing)

These past chapters have been deep and uncover the
downside of life somewhat but it's important
to evaluate where we are,  so we can be free to
enjoy the wonderful life 
God alone can give and wants for us.
Anyway.....rolling on...

God knows that it's scary to be us!  

He knows and sees where some of those
insecure root systems begin.
Such as if there is:

 Instability in the home as child or as an adult.

Significant Loss - no matter what the size of the
loss, if it is huge to your heart, it is huge to God on
your behalf.

Rejection - anywhere there is relationship there
is potential for rejection. And since we were
created by God for relationship we have to
be very careful not to let this one disconnect us
from  others but rather work towards restoration
if possible.

Dramatic Change - "a history of unwelcome
changes can be a breeding ground for insecurity,
because it invites you to become addicted to dread." 
If not careful, you could give into your constant
expectation that something bad is about to
happen. And eventually because life is life,
bad things happen to everyone and your insecurity
could falsely deepen your commitment to 
forecasting doom.

Personal Limitations - such as a learning disability,
physical handicap, abnormality of any kind that
makes us feel different or inferior.
"Attitude is everything when it comes to limitations,
and the way you view yourself will acutely shape 
how others view YOU.  Nothing is more impressive
than a person who is secure in the
unique way God made her." 

Personal Disposition and Temperament - God is all
of the temperaments, so one is not better than the
other, but people who are especially tenderhearted
are more vulnerable to insecurity. 
(cough cough-wouldn't ya know it!   I still cry watching
Little House on The Prairie reruns)
But it's not a matter of weakness.  It's a matter
of personal sensitivity. God gave each of
us our own personal temperament for a reason, and
that reason is to glorify HIM.  

Beth Moore has covered so much in just a few 
chapters that I've shared with you today. YOU must
get the book to read for yourself to see all of the
other major points that I didn't even touch on. 

I want to encourage you
to take an inventory and then
 pull up those false roots that have kept
you bound. God wants YOU to BE YOU, the one
GOD designed SPECIAL and UNIQUE.
  The very one He DELIGHTS in every moment
of every day.  The one He never takes His 
eyes off of ~ Not even for one moment!
The one He loves so much 
that He died for YOU and ME. 

"The Lord takes pleasure in his people."
Psalm 149:4a  (TEV)

Let's continue to ROLL....
 I'm rolling up and down the same hills with YOU!
(just like the rolling game I played in the yard as a kid) 
 Maybe we will bump into each other and I promise
 if we do, I will stop and giggle, maybe say excuse 
me and then ask you to get up and play tag or 
something.  OKAY?



Jennifer Richardson said...

Well I am ENCOURAGED.....encouragement on steroids! I feel like the little girl in your photo after letting those words roll over me for a while.

Like one of my therapist friends says, "you can't heal what you won't feel."
So glad He takes us by the hand and walks the way with us:)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I was given the book for Mother's Day...and I am almost finished reading, but still working on processing...you are doing such a wonderful job with your words that I am gleaning more!!!
Your art work is just sooooooo beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My insecurities really formed in the dramatic changes that came right at middle age...oh, my...but I am allowing God to heal them and deal with others that decided to take root during those struggling times.
It also makes me hurt for the things that have happened in my own daughter's life that I had no control over...I am sooooo glad we serve such an awesome God...who never lets go of us.
It has also made me understand "us" woman so much more and have more love for the female race!!!
Thanks again for sharing...I am soooooooo blessed

Heart2Heart said...


I am so encouraged that God has spoken to you through Beth Moore's study! I have seen so much through others sharing how her words and books are literally life changing.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Bren said...

Great stuff LeeAnn and in particular I love the journal page you created and the honesty with which you are sharing this journey your on, that many of us are on right along with you.

Nancy said...

What an encouragment you are to so many and especially me....You have taken what you have been reading and living and put it together into beautiful journal pages that bless so much....

I am very thankful for you and how you show us to "keep rolling" no matter what is going on in our circumstances and to keep our focus on God and what He says about us instead of all those old nasty voices in our heads....

You are truly an inspiration...

Big hugs girlfriend

Jackie said...

Lee Ann,

You are an inspiration and your artwork is beautiful. You are so right... even a small word of encouragement can be so powerful. Thank you for sharing your reflections on the Beth Moore study...I'm adding it to my list of books to get.

Have a great day.

Farmgirl Paints said...

You my dear are using your gifts. You have the gift of encouragement. How blessed you are that YOU get to bless others with your beautiful ways. Thank you for that.

Mary said...

oh I must get this book!! And I loved this -

"Nothing is more impressive
than a person who is secure in the
unique way God made her."

Oh to be secure in the unique way he made me!!!! I am getting there.

And I love "Little House on the Prairie" and "The Waltons"!
It's about the family isn't it!!!! :) :) :)

Hmmm, we both live in old, old, old, houses!!!! lol

Hey, we just bumped rolling down that hill......we are laughing so hard we might just wet our pants!!!!

Mary said...

oh, where did you get that image of the little girl!!!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Mary and to anyone else who liked the little girl photo. I think I got her from photobucket.

Jaymie Halt said...

Oh Mom you are just amazing & i love you sooooo much! what a tremendous example of being beautifully & fearlessly vulnerable you are! i am challenged & encouraged myself as i read along & share in your journey... you truly are radiating in a way that makes God beam when he looks at you! i am loving & praying with you as you continue to fully trust God throughout this process... Wow, i am so blessed to have such an amazing example in my life!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Jaymie! You just made your momma's day even sweeter. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Thank you for your beautiful comment.


Tina said...

This is sooooo beautiful. The thoughts and the art.

God Whispers said...

Beth Moore is wonderful, happy for you dear one. Blessings.

Martha Lever said...

Oh I love jour journal pages and all of your encouraging words!! Thank you so much!!! oxox

Me and Bis said...

today is my first visit to your blog and you are so inspiring. Your artwork, reflections and encouraging words are wonderful. I love Beth Moore and her books/studies. Thanks for sharing your work and your thoughts! I will be back to visit often!!!