The sun bounced off the early morning waves, forcing me to open my eyes just a little bit more. It was a Saturday, and I was down on the dock with my coffee and Bible, ready to be filled by the Lord before I began my day. Every morning, without fail, there is a strong wind that travels up the length of the lake during the hours when everything begins to awaken. Today I felt it stronger than usual. Continue reading “How the Wind can change your life”
That guy who cut me off in traffic? I still love him. That girl who shut me out? I still love her. That person that broke my heart? I still love them. I have forgiven them. And I will continue to treat others with love because it is what Jesus did and asks me to do, too.
You and I are called to love every single person on this earth. No matter their past, background, or present choices. No matter their reputation, their attitude, or their actions. No matter if they were mean to me. No matter what they did to me. No matter what they said about me. Continue reading “Crazy, Normal Love”
I recently returned from a summer trip to visit family with my mom. I clearly remember sitting in the Seattle airport, finally able to relax, awaiting our last flight across the country to reach our destination. My mom and I had just finished a delicious dinner and a piece of dark chocolate…but that day wasn’t all bliss.
- We are all more capable and extraordinary than we give ourselves credit for.
- You won’t see the results if you don’t put in the work.
- People notice you more than you think they do. They are watching you; your actions, your reactions, and your emotions. Always remember that when you think that nobody cares.
- Determination and grit are always more important than talent (I learned that from a book I recently read: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. A short read that will really get you thinking. It is written by a man of great wisdom and courage.)
- Complaining is exhausting. Learn to look at the bright side all of the time…it’s a much happier mindset to be in.
- We go through battles to be made stronger, wiser, and more resilient. We can be women and men of courage, but only if that courage is built up inside of us. “Picking daisies on top of the mountain never made anybody stronger.”
- Speaking of which, we don’t go through hard times just so that “we will appreciate the good times.” Trials hold so much more meaning than that. They are meant to mature us. We are not supposed to just go through those hard times, we are meant to grow through them.
- Friends are not forever. Friendships will grow and change as you grow and change. You must make real choices about whether or not your friendships are benefiting you. If the friendship is a benefit, nourish that relationship. If it’s not, figure out why and either fix it or find new people.
- People can only reach out and help you if you reach out and tell them that you need help. Humans are not mind readers, as much as sometimes we wish they were.
- Find a balance between living like there’s no tomorrow and making wise decisions for the future. Avoid living recklessly, but don’t forget to have a little fun. 🙂
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 is a verse that applies always.