Monday, October 16, 2017

Morning Motivation, Even the Damaged Produce Good Fruit

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God". 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Have you ever really looked at an apple tree?  I guess some apple trees stand straight and tall.  But I am drawn to the apple trees that are crooked and bent, the ones that appear broken.  It is surprising to me that a tree that looks so damaged can produce such beautiful fruit thus making the tree itself complete.  I can't help but compare these crooked trees to our lives.  We get beat up in so many ways in life.  The causes of pain and confusion are endless.  As we deal with difficulty, it may appear at times that we don't have the strength to go on.   Luckily we have God who walks beside us in our times of most profound need.  Through God's compassion and comfort, we will regain our strength.  No, we may never be the same as we were before our trauma but we are now better equipped because of it.  We are better equipped to trust God, better equipped to follow the path that God wants us to take and we are better equipped to help others on our same path.  Yes, we may be a bit worse for the wear, but that will not hinder us from producing beautiful fruit just like the apple tree. 
Thank you, God!

Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Survive the Pain of Divorce (Even When it Feels Unbearable)

Occasionally I like to share a relevant divorce recovery video.  I found this one on youtube.

My favorite quote was by Patty Blue Hayes.
"It is a death, but from that death you have a beginning".

Similar to my quote.

Ways to Reduce Stress. Try Reading

Here is a quote in regard to reading and stress relief that I found online.....

"Reading worked best, outshining other stress-reduction techniques like listening to music, taking a walk or having a cup of tea. Stress levels declined by 68 percent after participants read for just six minutes, leading Lewis to say, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation."  When you read, your mind is distracted from everyday worries and anxiety, while your muscles tend to relax. In addition, research shows reading leads to improvements in brain function, including significant increases in connectivity that persist for several days after the reading takes place." Dr. Mercola
For me, reading is a distraction.  It takes me to a new place and different time. Reading distracts me from the things that cause anxiety in my life.  Because of this diversion, I can relax and step away from the fear and uncertainty of my life if only for a  moment.

Before my husband left me, I loved to read.  I would have two or three books on my nightstand that I would be in the process of reading.  I was in book clubs and loved to spend my evenings with my nose in a good book. It is interesting that at the beginning of my despair of an unwanted separation and divorce I could not read.  The emotional pain and unsettling of my situation were all-encompassing, and I could not escape that pull of dread. It has been just over four years now and slowly over the years, I have redeveloped my love of reading.  Initially, I had to force myself to read, and many times I would find myself just staring at the pages with no recollection of what I had read.  Now I love to go to bed at night.  I look forward to entering the exciting world of the written word.  
If you have stress in your life as most of us do in some form or another, I suggest you give reading a try.  Carry a book with you and at that moment that you feel overwhelmed and you need just a short break read a chapter or two.  Sometimes it is nice to take a break from our reality if only for a moment, and when we resurface from our diversion, we can face life with a less stressful mind. 
Happy Reading,

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Morning Motivation "Running with Perseverance"

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus,the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
(Caleb and Nana:-)
If there is anything that is causing you to "grow weary and lose heart" give it to God and let him handle it.  I believe, if we hold onto God and his word,  that he will direct our path and help us down the road that we are suppose to follow.  
Never forget God's Promise "I will never leave you or forsake you"
Thanks you God:-)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Morning Motivation Sharing God's Mercy and Grace

I am reading several devotionals at one time.  Not that I am consistent in my reading of any of them, but  I  attempt to read a few pages daily to try to find God's will for me.  One of my favorites is "Glimpses of God's Grace"  by Anita Donahue. Anita speaks of stepping out on faith and passing on God's mercy and grace.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
2 Corinthians 12:9

This scripture was one of my support scriptures during "the beginning" of the knowledge that my husband was leaving me.  I was extremely weak, and I needed grace, and I needed God's comfort.  He did lift me up, and slowly, very slowly I began to strengthen.

For those of you in "the beginning" of this process hold on tightly to this scripture because I can promise you it is true.  Please don't give up or give in to fear, which is so easy to do.  If you are in the process of "the journey" of divorce and all the unknowns that come along with it keep putting one foot in front of the other and know that His "grace is sufficient for you".

I believe, like Anita, that we can pass on God's mercy and grace.  We can share our testimony with others on the same path and give them hope.  To me, this would be "the joy" in the process.   God is giving us the gift to help others on this rocky path. Thank you, God, for the opportunity.
God Bless!