If you don’t hear anything else today please hear this. Be an encourager. There is power in your love and your words and they can lift someone up from unspeakable despair. When life tells someone who they will never be, remind them of who they are. When life says you can’t, stomp your foot and throw your hands on your hips and scream “oh yes I can!” You can change the world one life at a time. When no one else believes in him, tell him YOU BELIEVE in him. When no one else sees her, let her know you see her struggle and you are there to help her carry the weight of the world. Be a gift to someone today…everyone. Do you have any idea how much power you have to make the most profound difference in someone life?
On those days where fear seems stronger than faith and despair wins out over hope, remember who you are…
You are strength
You are balance
You are love
You are perseverance
You are a fighter
You are a survivor
You are a rock, a pillar, a mountain.
You will get through this. Just remember to breathe. One day, one minute, one breath at a time.
Sometimes I wake up to a load I don’t feel ready to carry. I barely have my eyes open and animals need to be let out, dishes are in the sink, laundry is so backed up I can’t see over it with 100 things on my to do list. My mind wanders to my kids who are fighting battles of their own and I wince as I think of family far away sitting at a funeral I’m too far away to attend. I whisper to myself quietly, you’ve got this and thank the Lord that this weight that is mine to carry is not too heavy at all. I may not want to face the day but I am more than equipped to handle whatever comes my way. Sometimes it’s okay to admit I need a little rest or to reach out to others for support when I cannot muster up my own.
Whatever battles you are fighting, remember you are not alone. Most of us are most likely feeling the same way. We may hide our worries and troubles behind a half hearted smile but they lurk there quietly as we go about our day. Be kind to everyone you come across. Look into their eyes so they know that someone really sees them. Spread some kindness and compassion and leave people feeling happier than when you found them. It’s the small things that make the biggest impact. Do your part.
Today’s challenge is to purposely tell three people they did something right. Give them a thumbs up for anything good. Together we are the change. Be the difference.
When your world feels small I will be here to remind you it is bigger than your eyes allow you to see.
I cannot right someone else’s wrong but I can restore your hope in choosing to be an example of what is right.
I cannot hug away your troubles but I can let you know I am here for you with open arms.
I cannot walk in your shoes or take away your pain but I can walk beside you so you never feel alone.
I cannot chase away your fears but I will be a pillar of confidence on your darkest days.
I cannot erase words that have harmed you but I will shower you with words that make you feel loved.
I cannot make the rainy days go away but I can always offer you shelter from the storm.
When you are afraid to speak, I will be your voice.
When others doubt you and when you lose faith in yourself, I will believe in you without fail.
When others place conditions, I will love you for the person you are and remind you that whenever you are with me, you are safe.
When you think there is no way out, I will be there to show you the way.
When you are drowning in condemnation, I will offer you unconditional acceptance.
When the world leaves you feeling all alone, know that I am only a phone call away.
How often do you say, I can do this? I’ve been paying strict attention to my thoughts this week and one thing that keeps repeating over and over is, I know I need to do this but I don’t feel like doing it. I’ve turned everything into a tug of war between what I need to do and what I don’t have the energy to do. The truth is I waste most of my energy fighting myself and then there’s not enough left for anything else.
This morning I decided if I wanted to reach any goals or if I just wanted to get something done, I needed to replace the words coming from my inner voice with words of encouragement. So today, everytime I think of something on my list of things to do, I follow it with, you can do this! So, I am off to get some rabbit food so thankfully my little bunnies will not have to starve. Remember I can do it and you can do it too.
There is a new teacher that has been having a difficult time controlling her class. She was a special education teacher in elementary school and is now teaching 8th grade Spanish. She has sent numerous emails and phone calls to parents begging for their help when it comes to their kids behavior. Luckily for me, my child is one who always gets a good report and for that I am truly grateful. Yesterday she sent an email telling the parents how well the kids behaved and how much they were able to accomplish in class. She mentioned it was her best day of teaching all year and little did the kids know it was also her birthday. When I read the email to my son and thanked him for always being respectful, he mentioned he would like to bring donuts in to celebrate her birthday. So today, I delivered donuts and she was very appreciative. Do something nice for someone just because. Life can be so hard and filled with endless struggles but even a simple little sugar filled donut can make all the difference in somebody’s day.
I found a beautiful rose bush last spring and was immediately drawn to it. I don’t normally notice white roses but the ones on this bush were so delicate, beautiful. I was apprehensive about planting it behind the pool at the back of my fence. I wanted it to be closer to the house so I could look out my window and enjoy the roses every day. My husband strongly encouraged me to stick with the plan and put it in the back and so I agreed. I could see the bush shrinking in size as the number of blooms also decreased. The leaves seemed to be losing their color and finally the bush became so small I could barely see it. I had my husband dig it up and replant it in the original place I wanted it to be. Today, for the first time in months, I noticed a bloom.
This is a reminder to never give up. If you don’t seem to be getting anywhere, sometimes you need to make a change. Ask yourself, what am I doing that is holding me back? Is it carrying around a negative attitude, staying in a job or relationship that is robbing you of the happiness, allowing yourself to remain stuck because you are convincing yourself that is your fate? Sometimes the first step is moving your own feel. You will know you are headed in the right direction because just like the roses, you will start to grow. Make a change. Have the courage to take the first step.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Henry Stanley Haskins