Write31Days 2016

Embrace Day 26 // Five Minute Free Write “Confront”

Beautiful autumn landscape with yellow trees and sun. Colorful foliage in the park. Falling leaves natural background .Autumn season concept

I don’t like confrontation. Matter of fact, I do everything in my power can to avoid it. Whether it be a work situation, or a disagreement with a friend, I am usually the one to cower down and just give in, or up.

But over the last month or so I’ve had to do some very deep confronting of situations in my own life. What I was forced to look at isn’t pretty. Matter of fact, I wanted to turn and run the other way. But you see, God loves me too much to leave me in my mess, so He’s helping me conquer my fears and giving me courage every day to face the hard stuff. I know that I will come through the other side better and stronger.

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What I’ve learned along the way is this: I’m a lot stronger than I ever thought I was.

I am conquering my weight issues through making healthier choices and it’s been paying off. Even though I’ve slipped a bit this last week, it’s opened my eyes to how many toxins were living inside my body.

I’m facing the demons of my past and present and working through healing my mind and soul. Who wants to look at their past, especially when it brings up pain? But sometimes we need to look at it, pray through it, renounce and release so that we can move forward.

I’m confronting my depression by forcing myself to get in His Word and surround myself with worship. Even though I’d rather sit on the couch all day eating Bon Bons and watching Netflix, I know that God has so much for me. He desires that I move into a place of utter joy in His presence. Even though the depression is real, my God is so much bigger.

It’s never easy to confront the hard stuff in our lives. But God will continually give us courage to face our fears and give us the strength to confront them head on.

After all, I’d rather live a full and free life, than one bogged down by sin and shame. You?

embrace_250This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.

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Embrace Day 25 // Five Minute Free Write “Sign” {Glimpses Link Up}

Thank you for visiting the Glimpses link up! I am still writing my October series. I got behind and instead of quitting I’m going to keep going. I hope you find these posts encouraging. I am so glad you are here!

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No one likes to appear weak. It’s not like I want to portray that I have it all together and know the answers to all of life’s challenges. I don’t. And I certainly don’t want to come across as if I’ve arrived at this place of perfection that is only attained after our lives here have ended.

I use to cringe every time someone asked me about something that I didn’t know the answer to because not having the answer was a sign of weakness, or so I thought. I especially felt this way when my children would ask me things that I had no idea how to respond.

But I’m learning that to not have the answer is not a sign of weakness, but one of strength. It takes a certain strength to respond with, “I’m not really sure how to answer that, but I will find out and get back to you.” I’ve had to do this in my job. And my clients appreciate this so much more than if I were to provide a wishy washy answer or a half truth.

In this life, we will never have the answer for every situation. In those times we have to swallow our pride and lean on God’s strength. It may appear to others as a sign of weakness but really, we grow stronger when we allow the wisdom of God to provide the answers to life’s questions.

We grow stronger when we allow the wisdom of God to provide the answers to life's questions. #write31days #FMFW #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #171-180

171. “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.” (Psalm 143:8)
172.  Inspiring others on my journey toward health.
173.  Encouraging notes from friends far and wide.
174.  9lbs lost in my first Whole30.
175.  Continued focus to stay the course.
176.  Allowing God to bring healing for past hurts.
177.  Prophetic words of hope and life.
178.  Exciting news!!! (I’ll share more soon!)
179.  My son receiving a free ticket to watch the 49ers play (even though they lost).
180.  Acts of service from my husband.

How has a perceived weakness in your life become a sign of strength?

This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.

 

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

V2 300px_GlimpsesIt is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply ink back here.
2. Remember to link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find one another’s posts.



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Embrace Day 24 // Five Minute Free Write “Global” {Glimpses Link Up}

Well, I’m farther behind in this series than I wanted to be. But sometimes life happens and I just have to retreat and take a break and rest. I’m hoping to finish by the end of the first week of November. Thank you for visiting!

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I never realized when I started blogging over 8 years ago that I would meet people all across the globe. I’ve made friends through blogging with people who life in Africa, Israel and Hungry. There are bloggers I’ve come to know and love all across the United States.

Blogging reaches not just locally and across the country, but it also has a global impact on those who read. As soon as our words reach the screen and we hit publish, there is no taking them back. I suppose we can delete posts, but really, our words reach the global atmosphere of people who read blogs. What an awesome responsibility we as writers have as we are given the opportunity to make a global impact with the gifts that God has given to us.

Are we being good stewards of this gift of writing? Some write books (I’ve self-published one). Others write because they feel led to encourage others through words. Still others write simply for the joy of writing, and feel a sense of  release and accomplishment when they hit publish.

No matter why you write, always remember that your words have a lasting and global impact. They just might be reaching people you didn’t know they were reaching far and wide across the globe. Use your words to bring hope, encouragement and life into a world so in need of Jesus.

As writers, our words have a lasting and global impact on others. #write31days #FMFW #glimpsesofhisbeauty Click To Tweet

And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.

Glimpses #161-170

161. The ability to slow down and rest when the need arises.
162. Not allowing myself to feel guilty for not being busy.
163. “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He restores my soul.”
164. My daughter excited about a summer trip to a third world country.
165. Seeing great results from my new lifestyle of eating.
166. The beautiful colors of fall.
167. My adult son finally ready to get his license. (Never felt the need before now. What?!)
168. The smell of cinnamon apples on the stove.
169. The way the air smells after a fresh rain.
170. The smell of lavender and how it relaxes me.

What do you think about when you think of your words making a global impact on others?

This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.

 

The Glimpses link up will open at 12:01 AM (PST) each Monday, and will remain open through Noon on Saturday. My hope is that those who were linking up on Saturday over the weekend will still have an opportunity to do so.

I am looking forward to reading your posts and visiting your blogs this week!

V2 300px_GlimpsesIt is time to share the glimpses of beauty found this week.
Words written, gratitude given, photos taken, things created — anything that reflects the beauty of God revealed in your ordinary life.
1. Grab the button to place in your post, or simply ink back here.
2. Remember to link up with the post permalink, and not just your blog url.
3. Visit and encourage others who link up. We need each other!
4. Share about the link up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
5. Use the hashtag #glimpsesofhisbeauty so that we can find one another’s posts.

 

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Embrace Day 23 // Five Minute Free Writes “Blowout”

Some days I feel as if I’m holding my breath, and along with it I’m holding onto all in my life that is hurtful, stressful and worrisome. There is an art to the practice of deep breathing, the kind where the inhales and exhales of life allow those shoulders to loosen and you realize that simply through breathing, you’ve released every care you’ve carried for the day.

Breathing is essential to life, but I just don’t want to breathe, I want to breathe powerfully. There is something about inhaling, taking deep cleansing breathes, and allowing the Holy Spirit to flood your soul with the peace that surpasses all understanding. Many days though, I breathe to exist and therefore I miss the peace that has been promised to me.

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blowout – a sudden or violent escape of air, steam, or the like.

God desires that we cast every burden and release every care to Him. We were not meant to carry such weight, and although we may have gone through the act of releasing and laying down, if we continue to hold our breath due to such matters, it will make us sick, depressed and anxious.

In order to fully release what it is that is weighing us down, we must breathe Him in, exhaling every thought, hurt and emotion that does not align itself with the truth of His Word. At the same time, we must blowout, fully releasing and letting go what we’ve been holding onto — stress, worry, pain, wrong thinking.

So, the next time you feel as if you are going to burst from the lack of the release of air, try this:

Stand up
and cast your face towards the sun.
Lean back
and breathe Him in.
Blowout all the
stress and worry of the day.
He’s got you
and will not let you go.

Are you due for a good blowout today? 

embrace_150This post is part of a 31 Day series entitled Embrace, where I will be sharing images, quotes and words that I hope will stir your soul. You can find each post in this series here. Together, let’s embrace every day and the beauty that each one holds.