"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."
Sometimes life can hand us situations that we would rather deny are even real. Especially when it is completely out of our own control.
That is when I can no longer rely on my own human understanding. Instead, I must believe in God's promise that he has everything all figured out and I can relyon Him and His plan.
"...For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..." Jeremiah 29:11
Sometimes we have to train our HEART toImaginethe best that is ahead. Sometimes you even need to pick up your heart and look it straight in the eye and say,
"Okay heart, remember your dream, the one you imagined and hoped for?" "It is still there." "God sees it and he knows all about it." "Imagine His Best!".....
.....and when we do remember to Imagine His Best, we shine on the outside, even in spite of our gray and not so great of circumstances, that are in the background. That glow on you is what brings such wonderful HOPE to others too!
....and don't worry that by imagining the best when things are the worst, that you won't shine forth as a REAL and sincere person. (I used to worry about that)
Because, what gives others Hope is seeing you persevering through, and up and over, because of your faith and your belief in the midst of what you are going through or have overcome! Your Real story will Inspire so many!
Inspiration shows itself in so many wonderful ways. Just like, in how I am
so thankful that God has given me friends that are like little butterflies in my life. When I am sad, or afraid, they seem to fly out of nowhere and land on my shoulder, and remind me that I am not alone on my journey. They remind me of the blessings that God has showered upon me during my lifetime and of the many more He is waiting to rain upon me.....and upon YOU.
Thank you for being one of those beautiful butterflies in my life! ♥
I've embellished them a little- which is part of the fun of getting to draw yourself.
Today, I wantYOU
to visually replace myeyes with your own.
Your creator thought up and made those
eyes especially for YOU.
As a matter of fact, he knows about every little strand
of hair on your head
and about every thought
in your mind and about every dream
He sees you as a woman of valor. He's given you a crown and it looks beautiful with your eyes.
"A woman of valor who can find? Her
valor is beyondrubies."
He created you and I on purpose, and with this in mind:
That You, his priceless creation,
would be clothed with
Strength and Dignity.
Did you know that you have the privilege of wearing divine strength like a garment? But sometimes instead, we can find ourselves giving in to a wave of insecurities that make us feel weak.
We all have triggers, if we stop and think about it. Those triggers tend to make us jump to the false conclusion of feeling insecure. If you stop and think about what those triggers are, you will probably find a false pattern that you've followed for a very long time.
"But the great news is, you don't have to live
that way. Insecurity doesn't have
to leave you feeling overexposed, foolish, and as
if you've somehow lost your dignity."
Identify the triggers and train yourself to immediately recite thistruth to your soul:
"I'm okay. I'm completely clothed. I don't have to feel insecure because God has covered and protected me with my very own strength and dignity."
You are worthy of respect. Worthy of high esteem!
"No matter how foolish insecurity has tried to make us feel,
we have the right to dignity because God Himself gave it to us.
If we really believed this truth, we wouldn't have to mask
our insecurity with pride. If we knew who we were and what
God has conferred upon us, what everybody else thought of us
would grow less and less significant."
To sum it all up, YOU ARE:
His priceless creation
A woman of valor
Worthy of respect
Worthy of high esteem and
Clothed with strength and dignity
Are you feeling like royalty yet? You should, because God said you are! ♥♥♥
....oh, and before I go, I want to tell you that I think YOUR EYES