Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord .
Psalm 112:6-7 NIV
I scrolled past this on one of my Pinterest boards this morning and thought it was worth reposting.
If you’re dealing with something similar or praying through a season of infertility or loss, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers 💗💜🙏
I was about to be 30 when my initial post was shared, now I’m approaching 32 and not much has changed.
However; I do realize that these years have granted me the benefit of WISDOM gained.
I can be CONTENT in my situation, but that does not mean that I am COMPLACENT.
I can be grateful for my marriage and the union that we continue to build while also working to develop myself as an individual and wife who will (I believe) one day become a mother.
I’ve been a bit more quiet during the last half of this year.
Earlier, I mentioned that 2017 would be the year I, “unplugged” and I became more committed to that personal vow as the year went on.
I have been working on personal goals and taking better care of myself.
Despite having had a few health challenges, I am feeling better now and looking forward to several things and living my BEST life.
I think Drake said it best,
“I’ll be back 2018 to give you the summary….MORE LIFE”
I love kids. Especially young kids (toddlers), but I don’t want ANY….right now.
Still, I have STRUGGLED with this.
Partner that with the conversation I experience almost daily: “Are you married? (Yes). Do you have kids (No). ****Insert confused/shocked/lost puppy/blank stare here****
I know I’m not the first to experience this and I understand that most people don’t mean any harm when asking those questions; However, it’s been on my heart to have a conversation (blog) about this topic. It is so frustrating/challenging and sometimes just downright draining to deal with this as frequently as I do.
Then came the guilt. Thoughts like:
Am I being selfish?
SHOULD we have kids now?
I know there are many young, married couples that are praying for children, but right now that’s not my prayer.– Does that make me a bad person?
Maybe it’s another character building exercise God is walking me through…
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This time last year, I was unemployed.
I had been working a contract position and the position ended that February.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it is still relevant now because this post will go into a bit more detail about the series of events and some of the recent revelations I received during my meditation time today.
No matter what I talk about on this blog or any of my social media sites, I will always come back to sharing what the Lord has done for me.
When I was a little girl– I promised the Lord that if He would take my life and make it something different– something more than I could ever do on my own— I would let the world know what He’d done for me.
If you don’t remember any other thing about me, please know this– Every accomplishment, every good opportunity, every review (big or small), is God keeping His promises to me. I know that for a fact.
I do not take it for granted and I believe with every fiber of my being that if God can do that for me, He can and will do it for you.
If you accept Him as Lord and Savior, if you purpose in your heart to trust Him, to build a relationship with Him– not that you will be perfect ( I am most certainly NOT), but that you will continue to press towards the mark to accomplish whatever purpose it is that God has placed you on this Earth for– I KNOW He is FAITHFUL to do just EVERY GOOD THING He has promised in His word.
Have you ever noticed how something as simple as your favorite pair of jeans or leggings can bring you a world of comfort?
Now imagine how you’d feel if you lost all of your worldly possessions.
That’s reality for many residents of Louisiana right now.
For my husband it brought back memories of Hurricane Katrina. For me it brings back memories of my first flood experience. It was almost 5 years ago, to the day. My apartment was spared, but my car was under several feet of water.
It’s one of those things you never forget. It’s a crushing blow to your mind and spirit, but it is also a true lesson about the things that matter in life– health, strength, your family– and simply being alive.
When I received these leggings to review, I thought I would be giving them to the clothing drive at my church or maybe to one of the youth, but I’m including them in my collection of items to donate to the local relief efforts and I pray you’ll find it in your heart to support them as well.
Yes, they’re cute. Sure, they’re trendy, but now they mean something much more– they can be a small sense of comfort– a step to returning to normality for a child who just lost all of her new, back-to-school clothes. A single pair of jeans or an individual donation may not change everything, but they can be a start.
My local ministry will be coordinating relief efforts. If you are unable to give items directly, you can use this link to give a monetary donation.
Scriptures for Encouragement:
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (Lam. 3:22-25)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Cor 1:3,4)
Coming Up: International Day of Peace Action Week (September 18 – 25, 2016)
There’s been so much going on in Louisiana over the past few months, and it has been a lot to process.
I’ll be taking part in the International Day of Peace Action Week next month and speaking more about my personal experiences, my individual reflections, and some of the activities taking place across the State, Nation and World. Please check back for more updates.
Thanks for reading!
This post exists in two parts:
Here’s Part I, the original Facebook live video.
Here’s the Part II recording from my podcast: