Priceless

Priceless

Priceless

Something priceless has value beyond any price.  We each have something so valuable to us that it cannot be bought. Take some time today to reflect on that.

We all go through life purchasing and investing time in things that will never hold any true value. Of course we don’t realize it at the time, but eventually it gets revealed when afterwards the emptiness remains.

God has created a world with many amazing  things we forget to take the time to take in; nature, love, time, the air we breathe, family, friendship, peace and joy.  We forget to take the time to slow down from our busy lives and bask in the priceless gifts we have been blessed with.

Time is free

You can’t own it

You can’t use it

You can’t keep it

You can’t spend ito

Once time is gone

You will never get it back.

So invest your time in what matters. Invest it in what is priceless to you. This is just a reminder to myself and you:

Take time today to look around and take in all of the priceless blessings in life. 

Growing with you,

Sandy

A Critical Spirit

A Critical Spirit

via Daily Prompt: Critical

crit·i·cal
adjective
1. expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments.

When you are critical of someone or something you tend to be expressing your disapproval or judgement on something they did or said. When I go onto social media lately, it seems that critical comments and posts are the norm. I see battles and arguments over politics and religion daily now. It seems as though everyone is out to prove that someone else is wrong. What happened to respecting others? Does respect even exist anymore?

Many are being quick to speak and put others down and react out of emotion.  This is not always good or healthy.  As a mother, I do my best to teach my daughter to think before speaking or posting on social media. I believe that our words [and posts] are a reflection of our character. While I don’t live my life based on what others think of me, I live trying to be mindful of the way my words or comments make others feel. Of course I am human so I too have made the mistake of blurting something out that I have regretted after the fact, but I do my best to be cautious with my words and statements.

Words should be used to build other up, not break them down.

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A Piece of My Story

A Piece of My Story

I thought I would take some time to write a little bit about myself so that my readers get to know to me. Like every human being I have been through many difficult times in life but I have also experienced joy.

I had a rough upbringing, I come from a broken family without a dad in the home. I was raised by a single mom who struggled independently and needed assistance to raise three children on her own. As a child, I never experienced what a healthy family life felt like so it is a hunger I have carried with me my entire life. This hunger caused me to have a blind eye to love. I have a huge heart and allowed my heart to lead me in my choices, this resulted in me having many painful life experiences.

I became pregnant at the age of 17 and gave birth to my beautiful daughter at the age of 18. She represented life to me. She was so innocent and precious so I made a promise to myself to always be her provider and protector. God graciously blessed me by opening doors to jobs that paid me enough money to support my daughter and provide for all her needs. We had all the material things we needed to survive, but somehow my inner hunger for a life partner led me in the wrong direction.

Parenting helped me discover that I have a giving heart. I found joy in providing for my daughter and seeing her face light up. This birthed a strong desire within me to help others. I know what it’s like to be in need so when I see someone with a need my instinct is to help them. I find myself having a desire to make their load lighter. So I try my best to help them in any way I can. I give the encouragement I know I would need if I were them.

I know what it’s like to have a longing for something in my heart and I know what it is like to be broken. I also know what it is to feel hopeless and shattered because the one you trusted to protect your heart left you in pieces instead. So when I come across someone who feels shattered or lost, my heart is lead to encourage and help uplift. I don’t want anyone to feel the emptiness I struggled with in my past.

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Those Aren’t Your People

Those Aren’t Your People

you will be too much for some

You will meet many people in life and some will be critical of who you are. Remember not all of them will invest the time to get know you to see what you have to offer, and many will feel your too much for them. These are not “YOUR” people. Wish them well and continue on your own journey.

God will place the right people in your life in HIS perfect timing so always be true to who you are.

You were created with purpose so don’t change yourself to please others or try to win them over. God knew what he was doing when he gifted you with your personal characteristics and talents. So let go of the friends or relationships who don’t take the time to see your value.

Everyone is not for you.

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True Friends Never Judge 

True Friends Never Judge 

It was such a difficult time in my life and I was struggling to hold myself together. I felt confused, conflicted and as if there was no one I could open up to. I didn’t feel like anyone could understand how I was feeling. I remembered how my younger self would share with all my friends (or those whom I thought were my friends), but I was now in a different place.  Life taught me that the advice they all gave made my problems and confusion worse. I had to acknowledge the lesson my past taught me, so I held on for dear life in this internal struggle. My mind went in multiple directions as I sat there alone with tears burning my checks. Why was I here going through this? Why was I feeling this way? I know I am not who I used to be yet here I was in a situation I never imagined being in. Here I was reading insults from someone I thought was my friend…

Why is it that some feel the need to judge your mistakes or sins as if they never fall short?

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Anchored in Hope

Anchored in Hope

Healing is one of the hardest things to try to do
It feels nearly impossible when you feel broken

You grieve what was lost, even if it was not meant to be

Seasons come and seasons go

They bring joy and laughter

They leave behind emptiness and sorrow

No matter how deep the loss or the pain

We must keep going forward

We fall and we stumble

But we must rise, we must keep seeking

Storms press us, mold us and stretch our limits

But they must not keep us down

When we feel hope is completely lost

We are blessed with a new day

Bright sunshine that illuminates the sky

The darkness from yesterday is overshadowed by light

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Made Piece by Piece….

Made Piece by Piece….

We ALL have to start somewhere. Everything begins with a piece.  I don’t know about you, but there are many days which I feel all over the place – as if my life is an unorganized mess. That can really be overwhelming. I mean it literally feels as if my mind runs nonstop!!! Many times my mind literally jumps from one thing to another causing me to feel like I am not equipped to do anything. It is in these very moments that I need to stop, take a deep breath and slow down. Always easier said than done, but I am finding that when I take the time to be conscious of the chaos and re-center my mind, that is when I am capable of being most productive. Tackling things one at a time is the only way to truly give your all to the task at hand.

We live in a culture where we all want everything to happen immediately, especially when we are overwhelmed. But being impatient causes us to disregard the importance of the step by step process and many times is what prevents  us from finishing what we start.  Let’s think of a puzzle for example:

A puzzle consists of many different pieces which fit together to create a big picture.  Like a puzzle, we all have our own unique roles to play in life.  God created us each with a specific purpose in mind.  In a puzzle if you try to insert the wrong piece no matter how many ways you try it, it will not fit.  In life, if someone else tries to do what God created us to do, results will not be the same  – no one else will be the right fit to do what we are called to do. Read more