Friday, January 23, 2015

Five Minute Friday:: Share

I find that it is often easy for us to hide ourselves. We tend to keep those deep thoughts and feelings to ourselves not wanting the world to know our weaknesses.  It has been six years since I have opened up my heart and thoughts to others.  I didn't get here by myself.  It took nudging. It took many, many therapy sessions.  It took two beautiful girls. It took a patient husband.  It took faith.  It took growth.  I was afraid to share.  I bottled up so many up thoughts and emotions, and I literally felt myself being destroyed from the inside out.

I am thankful for the progress that I have made over the past six years.  This year I have finally gotten to the point where I will participate in Al-anon.  I've thought about for nearly six years, but this year I will go.  No longer will I hide and stuff down the affects of my parents' addictions.  I will share my story.  I will listen to others.  I will heal.

Do you find that it is hard to share?  Is it easy to stuff things down in the guise of making others uncomfortable?

This post is linked to Five Minute Friday hosted by Kate Motaung.





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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One Word: Diligence




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My word began to manifest itself sometime in 2014, and by the end of 2014 I knew for certain that my heart was being called to be more diligent.  I often find myself overextending myself.  It is easy for me to give my time away.  It is known that if it is a good cause, and a group or person needs the help I will most likely say yes. But, being this way counteracts with my call to be diligent.
 
 
 
The truth is when I am pulled every which way, when I am doing the bare minimum to get by, when I am not fully focused on the tasks that God has placed before I am anything, but diligent.  I am looking forward to being more focused, and less distracted.  I know that this is the word that has been placed on heart for this year, but it is my desire to remain diligent while offering myself grace.  I know that I won't hit it out of the park every day, but I won't get down. I will keep moving forward.
 
 

 
 
 



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Friday, January 9, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Welcome

Welcome to the first Five Minute Friday of 2015! I truly appreciate this community.

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With a smile and an opened heart I have decided that this the way I will welcome each day.  I will not allow the to do list or the stresses of the moment to deter from giving my best.  When my hands are opened.  When I am available, I am able to give more.  I am able to receive more; not physical things. I am able to learn more.  Welcome is more than a greeting it is a state of being.  It affects everyone that comes into my sphere.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

BookLook Bloggers Review: The Making of a Man By Tim Brown

Last year, the opportunity to review Tim Brown's Making of a Man was presented to me.  I thought that this book would be great for my husband to review, and he did just that.  In this BookLook review you will find his thoughts instead of mine.

The Making of a Man is a memoir and faith building book geared towards men and young men written by former Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Notre Dame Heisman Trophy winner, Tim Brown.  The book goes through the peaks and valleys of his life and career, and the dynamics of relationship with God.

I believe that many men, including myself, struggle to figure out the defining characteristics of a man and our role in the family structure.  We understand and are certain that part of our description is being the  the provider and protector, but we often struggle with the emotional side of life.  Mr. Brown is transparent in this book, and reveals to us his emotional side, and his feelings during childhood and his adult life.

Initially,  I was not certain the direction he was taking me while sharing his journey, but after chapter three or four I began to realize that he was showing the reader his growth as a man and how his relationship with God was challenging.  My favorite chapters from the book were: Chapter 6,"Men Need Mentors" and Chapter 16, "Little Things Lead to Big Results".  I appreciated Chapter 6 is because oftentimes men act as if we do not need help, and have the "I can do this on my own" mentality.  He shows that getting advice and leaning on others is okay.  Another favorite was Chapter 16  because it shows us that we cannot skip steps in life, relationships, family and business.  We must be diligent and focus on every detail in everything we do. 


I would recommend this book to all the men and young men in your life.  It shows that we all struggle in life and no matter how bad it may seem God is always there.


We received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts are those of the writer.
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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Lil' Year in Review: Photos of 2014


Another year has flown by!  

We started this year off by making vision board with friends.  


As always, we made to time for cultivating friendships.  This picture makes me smile.


My goal was to focus on my family, homeschooling, and Alexandria's Authentically Made Jewelry.  This was pretty much 2014.









Ending the year learning with grins; I couldn't ask for more.


Wishing you all a blessed 2015! 
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