Crazy Sexy Inspiration

This morning I watched a really inspiring interview on Marie Forleo TV with  Kris Carr the founder of Crazy Sexy Cancer. She is also a New York Best Seller with her diet, wellness, and recipe books.  I found her blog a few years ago and thought what she had done was amazing. She was diagnosed with cancer as a relatively young woman and started an email newsletter to friends and family to keep them updated with what was happening with her diagnosis.

From there her newsletter grew into a movement which she leveraged to write a book and even create a film. She is also featured on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday.  I love how she took a tragic diagnosis and turned it into something positive and creative. In this interview she talks about success, challenges and how she continues to keep her desire to help people as the core of her brand.

I hope it inspires you today.

Marie asked us to share one thing that this interview has inspired us to do. For me I was inspired to continue to move forward even though I don’t know what is around the corner. Right now I’m working on developing the brands that I have built and bringing some focus to this blog. It’s scary but I really feel good about what I’ve been discovering about what I want to do with this blog. I can’t wait to share it with you all!

Get Inspire(d) to do What you Love for a Living

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You’ve been sitting there dreaming of taking your art and starting a business for years. You know that you have something special to say, a message that will impact the world, a story that will move the masses. You’ve imagined countless times of  being able to make a living doing what you love every day instead of what you are doing now.

Now you are stuck in the labyrinth of daily living, paying bills, after school activities, and look forward to small breaks on weekends. You talk a lot about what you want to do, what your passions are, what your dream job is but there isn’t much action to back it up.

I understand it’s hard to find the time to live life and do the things that make life worth living. You have responsibilities, family, a full time job. I get it. I’ve been there. I am there.

But sometimes you look up and think…

What if?

What if I changed my thinking? What if I decided to get serious about my art? What if I invested some money into my dream? Into myself…what would happen then?

But then the lizard brain rears it’s head and brings up a slew of reasons why “you can’t”.

  • You can’t follow your dreams, you need to grow up.
  • You can’t create a job or business for yourself it’s too risky
  • It costs too much
  • It’s too hard to figure out
  • It’s just. totally. impossible.

And before you know it, you are agreeing with Lizzy’s nasty words.

“You’re right. It’s too hard.”

So you go about your life until another inspirational moment hits you and you start to dream again…

If you are like me you have to fight those thoughts on a daily basis. Right now I’m dreaming. I’m dreaming of what The Inspire(d) Cafe can be. I’m dreaming of what it can grow into, who it can help, how writing a blog, books, scripts and making movies could actually, quite possibly become my job.

Sometimes I get caught up in the comparison game and look around at all these people in the blogosphere or in media or in music that are making it. They are living their drams every day. Don’t get me wrong, I know that they have their own challenges, they are human like us after all.

…but still…

…they are making a living doing what they love…

We can take a huge lesson from what happens when we listen to the Lizzy.

Nothing.

Nothing happens at all in regards to our dreams. Life just continues to roll along, we get older, but non the wiser.

If you haven’t noticed, we live in an amazing time in history! Technology is allowing artists to take their livelihood into their own hands  because of one key thing that has fallen into the hands of the normal person.

Distribution!

Musicians can distribute their own music on iTunes, SoundCloud or Audiojungle

Last year alone SoundCloud had 40 million users and 200 million listeners!

Filmmakers can distribute their videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and Netflix. I personally know of a local filmmaker who has had several movies distributed on netflix. Amazing, huh?

Visual artists can start their own graphic design businesses, crafters can sell on Etsy, and designers can upload to Society 6.

Well that’s all nice and dandy, Dija. Making art and throwing it up onto the internet doesn’t automatically mean the money will be rolling in!

Well I’d have to say that:

“You’re 100% correct!”

But so what? Is what you are doing now working for you? Do you feel fulfilled? Do you feel excited about your life and your art? If so-I’m sorry I wasted your time. If you want to make a change…keep reading.

First of all we need to  know that the lizard brain is wrong when it says it’s impossible to make a living doing your art. It’s totally possible and we know that because millions of other people are doing it every day.

Secondly, figuring out how to sell your art is possible as well. I’m not going to say it’s easy. That would be a bold faced lie, and we are not playing lying games over here at The Inspire(d) Cafe.

You need to view being an independent artist as being a business. You or what you create is your product. Figuring out how to brand, market, promote and sell your product is the challenge. I’m right there now. I’ve spent several months working to clarify what my message is, who my target audience is, what I want to accomplish in this world, what exactly is my product and how do I want to present it.

If you want to move from taking a dream and making it into reality you have to realize that that the journey is not going to be easy…but it IS POSSIBLE. You must think about your art in the sense of a business not just a hobby. And you must be willing to take the time to learn about those aspects of business that artists traditionally don’t want to deal with.

Here are some amazing resources that have helped me a long the way. I wanted to share them with you in case you might find them helpful.

You don’t have to wait for permission to get started.

I was the person I described in the beginning of this article for so many years. It literally made me depressed after I graduated from college because all I would do is dream about what I wanted my life to be like while I worked as a cashier at Linen’s n’ Things (which eventually went out of business). I really wanted to be an actor and I seriously thought the only way I was going to get to make movies was by “getting discovered”. It’s embarrassing to admit but I had no idea how  “it” was going to happen.

But there was a part of me that always wanted to create and produce my own movies. I want to act in the stories that move me and get me inspired rather than be forced to take any job to build my resume so I can eventually get the dream acting job. And even if I had a great resume that still doesn’t mean I will get the job. So in 2009 I decided to pick myself and start making youtube videos…even when an actor friend in NY (who was doing well by the way) told me no one will take me seriously if I do youtube. Well today I can say that those youtube videos have gotten me acting gigs and a few awesome friends online!

As you start your journey keep the end in mind. Understand from the jump that it’s going to be hard and frustrating. It’s going to take time to learn things and it’s going to feel like you are moving only a centimeter forward at a time. But don’t give up. Wake up and share your art with the world. We need it. We need you to be fearless and share what you have inside.

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Join me in Celebrating Malala Day on July 14 2014!

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July 14, 2014 will be a very special day! It is the day in which we will celebrate Malala Day started by a young woman named Malala Yousafzai. It is also her 17th birthday.

As a young teenage girl shook the world with her story of triumph and perseverance after being attacked for pursuing her education. This is the day we have an opportunity to become part of a world wide movement and speak out for the millions of children that are denied education because of gender, socioeconomic, religious, political, or other needless reasons.

Malala was born (12 July 1997) in Mingora, the Swat District of north west Pakistan. She was named Malala, after Malalai, the famous Pashtun Heroine.

In 2012 Malala, 14, was on her way to school when a masked gunman came onto the bus, called her by name and shot her in the head as well as injuring several of her friends.

The question is why would a young girl be a target to a gunman?

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Malala was born in a part of the world where girls were banned from getting an education. In northwest Pakistan where Malala’s father, a poet and an education advocate himself, the Taliban began to take a tighter hold and began to invoke lifestyle bans from television to women’s education. Malala at the time was blogging anonymously for the BBC. Soon Malala and her father began to receive death threats that caused them to fear for their lives. Later, Malala was featured in a documentary for the New York times and started to receive awards such as the Pakistan national Youth Peace Prize which also heightened the Taliban’s awareness of who she was. She was then revealed as the author of the BBC blogs. At this time the Taliban leaders met and voted to kill her.

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On October 9, 2012 the taliban attempted to assassinate Malala shooting her in the head. She miraculously survived and was moved to the United Kingdom for more specialized treatment. She was released in January of 2013. This attempt on Malala’s life ignited protests in Pakistan inciting 2 million people to sign the right to education bill in Pakistan. The first of it’s kind in Pakistan.

While the Taliban took public responsibility of their gross act saying that she was a symbol of  the infidels and obscenity, other Islamic leaders issued a fatwa against Taliban leaders countering that “there is no religious reason for shooting a schoolgirl”.

Malala’s courage to keep moving forward with her mission shined the light on the struggle of many children around the world. Girls especially are denied the right to education because of  social, economic, and political, and legal factors.

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“Malala started the Malala Day to bring awareness to the social and economic impact of girls’ education and to empower girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential, and to demand change. -malalafund.org

Malala One Child One teacher one book and one pen can change the world

“Malala Day is not my day. It is the day of every girl and every boy. It is a day when we come together to raise our voices, so that those without a voice can be heard.

“On my birthday last year, I stood before the United Nations and spoke up for girls’ rights. You stood with me, with letters, messages and photos of support. Thank you.

This year, we need to raise our voices even louder. I’m asking you to stand with me again on Malala Day to say: We are stronger than the enemies of education. We are stronger than fear, hatred, violence and poverty.

They thought that bullets would silence us, but they failed. Instead, out of that silence came thousands of voices. My birthday wish this year is that we all raise our voices for those under oppression, to show our own power and that courage is stronger than their campaign of fear.

The road to equality is long, but we will succeed if we walk it together. Please join me in raising your voice this Malala Day.”

I am so inspired by this young woman’s story of courage in the face of absolute hate and bigotry. Malala has chosen to fight back with standing on a firm foundation of her belief to see children that are free to receive an education. In a way it is amazing and rather divine that the war on terror would be led not by armed forces but by a young girl.

Malala’s life seems to be on a divine path. God had His hand on her in allowing her to survive an impossible situation. She embodies many of the qualities of those “heroes” of our past.  When she was given her “assignment” she was around the same age as another young girl named Mary who was given the task of carrying our Savior at around the same age.

Malala has a dream. A big dream that is transcendent of  the wars and politics of grown-ups and seeks peace to preserve the children of the world. Fighting with peace for peace. Her approach is reminiscent of Gandhi in her ability to see through negativity and peacefully focus on what is important…the children. They are afterall our future.

I’m not comparing Malala to these archetypes because of who she is but because of the choice she has made to embrace what has happened and obtain a powerful perspective and mission because of it. That is why I’m excited to share how you can be part of her mission by going to malalafund.org and join others in helping to fund edcuation for over 600 million girls around the world that could with education grow to be a positive force in changing the world!

“…fear and hopelessness died, strength power and courage was born.”

-Malala

What are you #strongerthan?

So I planned your Fourth of July for you…your welcome

Sunshine, warm breezes, blue skies and fluffy clouds! For most of us in the U.S. we are celebrating the best parts of summer including the fourth of July where we celebrate our Independence Day!!! If you are like me you might be looking for some last minute ways to celebrate with your family without taking to much time to plan. So I’ve planned the whole day for you!

Evening July 3rd: Call some friends and invite them to a fourth of July brunch if you are not already planning a cookout. Brunch will tend to be a lot less expensive, easier to prepare, and a little less intense in preparation. (No meats to marinate)!
Morning July 4th: Make some of these delicious 4th of July inspired recipes for your guests!

4th of July Brunch Ideas

  1. Berry Patchwork Tart  
  2. 4th of July Flag Toast
  3. Easy Berry Cheescake
  4. Lemon Yogurt Cake

Early Afternoon July 4th: Make some crafts with the kids

4th of July Crafts for Kids

  1. Popsicle Stick Flags
  2. 4th of July Twig Ornament
  3. Easy Fireworks Ring
  4. Memorial Day Ring Craft

Afternoon 4th of July: Water Bomb Fight!! Kids and grown-ups alike can have some fun with these easy to make sponge water bombs while working off those delicious breakfast calories!

How to make Sponge water bombs theinspiredcafe.com

How to make Sponge water bombs theinspiredcafe.com

Late Afternoon July 4th: After getting everyone cleaned up from crafting and playing in the water it might be about that time to eat again! You might already have plans to head over to a cook out with family and friends but if you don’t you can make some of these super quick 4th of July lunch recipes!

Quick and easy 4th of July Meal Ideas

Quick and easy 4th of July Meal Ideas

  1. Hotdog Bar
  2. Sweet Potato Fries
  3. Deviled Eggs
  4. Bacon Cheeseburger
  5. Roasted Potatoes

Evening July 4th: Check your city’s calendar for fourth of July celebrations and parades where you can enjoy firework shows put on by the city. I particular love going to see these shows because I don’t have to spend money on fireworks, spend the time setting them up, or worry about accidentally starting a fire! In addition, the shows are a lot more spectacular than I could have created. Plus there is no clean up! I’m sure that my husband would beg to differ because he actually enjoys setting up the fire works. Guys!

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(yeah…this so wouldn’t happen in my back yard!)

Bedtime: Talk with your kids about what the fourth of July means for our country and for their future. Talk about what freedom means and tie that in to the freedom that we have from sin through Christ’s work on the cross.

Have an awesome 4th of July!

 

 

 

Young Family: Victims of Gun Violence

Hello friends!

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How are you?

If you have been following my blog for a while you know about the night my whole family almost died due to gun violence. You know that my daughter was hit twice by two stray bullets and that how our home sustained a lot of damage because of the recklessness of those individuals.  We are slowly working on getting  back on track and moving forward with our lives. My daughter is almost all the way healed up and this weekend we will finally have the contractors in the house! I’m so excited because we can get closer to listing our house. I believe that it will be a beautiful home for someone else when it’s all fixed up. We just don’t feel like we can move back in there after what happened.

Although the insurance is covering most of the damage there are still out of pocket costs because my daughter had to have surgery the night she was injured. We are currently living outside of our home on the opposite side of town so we’ve incurred more expenses for gas and food. We are also looking to find counseling for our family. Unfortunately there is not a lot of help available right now from our city in terms of paying for counseling so that will be another out of pocket expense.

We are so grateful for everyone that has rallied around our family for support, prayers, gifts, and just being the hands and feet of Christ in our lives! Many people have asked how they can help either through monetary gifts, food, prayer, etc. We do have a facebook page that we started where you can see more frequent updates on where we are in our situation. We’ve also started a gofundme campaign to help offset the living expenses and pay for the medical bills.


Please don’t feel obligated to help if you cannot. And if all you can do is pray please pray that we find a good home to move into before the next school year starts. Please pray that our current home sells quickly to a well deserving family, and please pray that God leads us to good family counseling.

If you can help financially you can go to our GoFundMe page and donate there. We will continue to update the page with videos and information as we progress in our journey forward. One of our goals is to put back up our anti-violence play called A Song for Peace after we are settled again. I can’t wait to share more with you about that! This is definitely needed in our city as crime continues to increase.

Thank you for your continued support here at The Inspire(d) Cafe. I believe great things are to come!

God Bless

Avoiding Being Hit

Today as I was driving back to my mother in law’s house I saw the most interesting thing.

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As I came up a stop light I noticed the flashing lights of an ambulance in the oncoming traffic. No siren. Just lights. And it was moving slowly.

Then saw this little white bundle of fluff running down the street. It was a little puppy that was running frantically trying to avoid the oncoming cars. My heart jumped because this was rush hour and I thought for sure he was going to get hit. The next thing I knew, the ambulance door popped open and a female EMT hopped out and started to chase the puppy dog. It was honestly kind of funny and sad at the same time because the puppy bolted away from her in the other direction. Just then a cop car pulled around the corner and stopped in the middle of the road to try and block the dog from running into oncoming traffic. That police officer jumped out and started to run around to catch the puppy. But then I think he realized how futile it was when the dog bolted away from him at lightening speed. After a few times back and forth the police officer gave a self-deprecating chuckle and went back into his car.

I think he realized how ridiculous he looked trying to chase this animal around with many many onlookers.

I thought to myself how sad that this little animal couldn’t pause long enough to receive the aid from the EMT or the police officer because he was so scared of his surroundings. His fear blinded him from the help that was right in front of him that could have taken him away from the busy streets and into a calmer situation of peace.

Of course I am embellishing a little bit that the dog might have understood that the officer was only trying to help, but I couldn’t help but think of how us humans can react the same way in the midst of what seems like a chaotic situation.

Sometimes we are like that puppy running back and forth trying to put our fires in our every day life so much that we don’t have time to pause and see the help that is in front of us.

Perhaps you feel like that little dog trying to dodge large, fast and dangerous obstacles that seem to be flying at you from every direction. Perhaps you are working so hard to avoid being hit that you are spinning your wheels and have become burnt out and no longer can see the big picture. Maybe it’s time to pause and look up. See the hand that is outstretched towards you to help you.

I am thankful that God is not like that officer who gave up and went back into his car after a few attempts. I am grateful that God continues to pursue His children passionately to help and comfort us.

Sometimes it just takes one moment to stop, drop on our knees, and reach our hands upwards to receive the aid awaiting us.

How to Take Care of Yourself Under Stress

We all experience it in our lives. It’s impossible to avoid. Sometimes it sneaks up on you and smacks you in the back of the head…literally…with a tension headache.

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Stress affects us all.

“Stress is the body’s reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses.” (WebMD)

The body will respond the same to stress whether it is “good or bad” stress. A death of a loved one, injury, job loss or even winning the lottery will cause your body to react because a CHANGE that requires adjustment has occurred. Cortisol levels will rise, nutrients will be depleted and neurotransmitters start acting like chickens in a hail storm if you know what I mean (and I think you do). If there is no rest between stressful events, the body will become distressed and more severe symptoms will follow such as (but not limited to):

  • elevated blood pressure,
  • upset stomach
  • tension headaches
  • body pain
  • lack of sleep
  • chest pain
  • asthma
  • anxiety

Sometimes people turn to drugs, alcohol, tobacco or even food to relieve stress. These self-medicating habits can worsen the symptoms by continuing to harm the body and continue the cycle of not allowing the body time to recover from the physiological changes that occurred during the stressful event. Did you know that The National Institute of Mental Health says:

  • 43%t of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
  • 74% - 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace.
  • Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
  • The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.

These are crazy statistics if you ask me!

So what is a girl (or guy) to do since we really can’t avoid stress in our lives?

The best thing you can do is find ways to relax and give your body a much needed break to heal, rest and restore the nutrients lost during the stressful events.

Another way to aid your body in the restoration process is by taking supplements.  There are host of supplements that you can take but please note that supplements do not replace a well balanced diet of fruits, veggies and whole grains.  Here are some ways you can give your body a little extra to get it back to ground zero.

Magnesium: This multipurpose supplement helps to relax the body while also easing anxiety. The starting dose of magnesium is usually 200 mg and is best in a glycinate or chelate form. Take at least one hour prior to bedtime.

Melatonin: For those who have trouble falling asleep, melatonin is a natural time shifter. It will help patients fall asleep and is also taken one hour prior to bedtime. It works best in a slow-release formula. The starting dose of melatonin is 1 mg. I will often combine melatonin and magnesium in patients with sleep difficulties.

B Complex: The B vitamins generally get depleted in stressful conditions, but vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) depletion has been linked to all types of headaches. B6 is best taken as a complex with the other B vitamins. Starting doses of 25 mg per day help to keep headaches away. B Complex also aids in memory, reducing stress and reducing PMS symptoms (yay, right?)

Omega-3s: The omega-3 oils (EPA and DHA) act as potent anti-inflammatories. Omega-3 fats work to lubricate both muscles and joints, thereby decreasing pain. Most of my patients take approximately 2-3 grams per day of total omega-3.

Curcumin: There are many natural anti-inflammatories that prevent worsening pain in stressful conditions. These include curcumin, willow bark and boswellia. Curcumin is extracted from turmeric and appears to boost the immune system while also preventing pain. The starting dose of curcumin is approximately 2 grams per day.

For me, I notice that my hair begins to get very thin when I am stressed…and that only stresses me out more! Within the B Complex Vitamins,  Biotin is really a great defense for me to maintain the health of my hair  and skin. During this stressful time in our family’s life I was really glad for the Biotin sent to me from Eu Natural to keep me on track. You can check out their website at eunatural.com for a ton of great information on natural health! You can also  purchase their all vegetarian vitamins here if you are interested.

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Lastly, I need to stress (pun intended) the importance of getting good sleep during this time of change in your life. A good sleep practice will help your body get the much needed rest it needs to restore itself back to good health.

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I get it. I know first hand that there are things in our lives that we cannot control. We feel overcome and overwhelmed at times. But there are a few things that we can hopefully take care of with our lifestyle to fight the effects of stress through our diet and sleep habits. When you begin to feel especially stressed remember what Jesus told us in His Word:

I have overcome the world

*This is a sponsored post. All of the opinions are solely mine*

A Little Sunshine in My Day

In the midst of the chaos that has been happening I got a few surprises in the mail that really made me smile! A few months before the shootings happened I was invited to join POPSUGAR Moms Select team. It’s an amazing site with lots to offer in terms of lifestyle, entertainment news, mom blogs and much more.

I recently received a box of goodies at my front door on a particularly hard day with dealing with repairs, meeting dead ends with finding a contractor, and just being sheer worn out physically and mentally. That little “Must have” box totally brightened my day!

I always believed that the little things can brighten your day like fresh flowers, a handmade card, a personal gift, a cute dress, or even bright lipstick. But it was just awesome to be on the receiving end of someone else’s gift giving and see this concept work in my life as well! It was amazing to me how God timed it out that I would receive a “gift” in the midst of all of this hardship.

I’m sure you guys are ready for a break from all of this heavy stuff. I am too! My daughter is getting better every day, the kids will be on summer break soon, we found an awesome general contractor, and the repairs are getting done to our home. We even went to some open houses yesterday with the family! I am beginning to feel more hopeful every day!

Now on to the fun stuff!

Here are some of the items I got from POPSUGAR MOMS SELECT MUST HAVE BOX!
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I loved the colors and the packaging of the products. That’s important to me and makes me feel like the people creating their products care about what they are doing. My favorite thing were the hair ties/bracelets. Pretty and practical are the best combinations don’t you think? I’m really looking forward to reading “The One and Only” by Emily Griffin. The chips are gone of course! I let my kids, nephew and niece taste test the chips. I only got a couple as a result! HA! I’m not a huge fan of barbecue chips in general but I can say these had a very rich flavor with a little kick at the end. If you like barbecue chips than you would probably enjoy these!
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This is me trying to get a selfie in the scarf. I couldn’t get a picture I was happy with. After like 10 pictures I started feeling ridiculous that I was spending so much time on it! So instead I just made a collage. Collages can make one boring photo look a little more interesting, right?

It is a beautiful scarf with a lovely pattern, nice material, and rich color. It’s also coincidently one of my favorite colors as well. Unfortunately it’s too hot where I live right now to imagine wearing this out but I would consider carrying to as a wrap to an indoor event where the air condition can make it freezing inside!

Guess what? POPSUGAR is giving away a coupon for $10 off of a 3 month subscription! You can go to  https://musthave.popsugar.com/ for more information!

Here’s the info!

  • Code: JUNESELECT10
  • Type: Save $10 on a 3-month subscription
  • Start Date: Today
  • End Date: 6/30/14

 I hope that you can take advantage of this offer and/or gift them to someone else to brighten their day like mine was brightened by receiving them!

God Bless!

POPSUGAR provided me with a complimentary POPSUGAR Must Have box. The opinions I have shared about the box are my own and POPSUGAR did not tell me what to say or how to say it.)

Count It All Joy

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A better perspective of trials…

I keep thinking about this verse over and over in my head as we continue to meet up against more trials after the shooting. Now that my daughter’s physical wounds are healing up I see that we need time to work on emotional healing. New trials are springing up in ways that I never would have imagined before but thank God for His word so we can have the right perspective of our situation.

What we are going through now has a purpose.

What you are going through right now has a purpose too.

That is help you to be firm in your purpose, fixed in your faith, unwavering and fixed in your resolution.

You can do more for the Kingdom when you are steadfast, complete and lacking in nothing in your preparation for what is to come.

So count it all joy, my friend.

Count it all joy.

Moment By Moment

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What are you doing right now?

What do you see?

What do you hear?

How do you feel…right now?

That’s what life is like for me right now.

Moments.

I try my best to focus on each moment one at a time. And then the day passes.

And then another day.

Some moments are filled with shadows of what could have been. They swirl around my head fighting to get in, looking for one little opportunity to penetrate my mind and rob me of my moments.

The moments in which I play a game with my children, or laugh at a silly antic, or lift their voices in song.

That’s how children live after all. Moment by moment.

They don’t spend extra energy worrying about tomorrow or fussing about yesterday. They spend their energy on right now. Soaking up life through touch, taste, smell, sight and sounds. They are the moment masters!

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I’m trying to take that lesson from my children right now. They don’t sit around thinking about what could have happened that night we could have died. They are truly saying thank you to God by embracing life.

My kids teach me so much every day.

Right now, as I write, I am happy. Happy to have an opportunity to share my thoughts with others through writing. Happy to take the time to process my experiences through this medium. I’m happy because I love to write and I’m doing it…right now.

It’s amazing what happens when you take a break and live in the moment. It seems like anxiety can’t survive, and stress can’t hang around too long. Dark thoughts can’t stick around when I’m thanking God for sunshine. The remembrance of gunshots can’t ring in my ears when I focus on my children’s laughter.

But it’s a battle I have to fight moment by moment. Thank God I don’t have to fight it alone. Thank God for family and friends to help shoulder some of the burden.

Thank God for His Spirit.

Thank God that this is not the end.  It is just one moment in the journey of life that will one day reveal more fully reveal God’s glory.

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