Es bueno salirse de la caja de lo que nosotros creíamos que era para abrazar lo que Dios da, sus pensamientos no son iguales a los nuestros, lo que creíamos que podía ser, Dios lo quita para abrirnos los ojos y darnos lo que Él tiene planeado.
No te cierres a lo que tú crees que es, abre tus ojos y deja que Dios te sorprenda con lo inesperado, ese de repente que puede cambiar toda tu vida en cuestión de segundos.
Hoy sal del molde que siempre has conocido y deja que Dios te sorprenda.
Isaías 55:8-13 (NTV)
8 «Mis pensamientos no se parecen en nada a sus pensamientos —dice el Señor—. Y mis caminos están muy por encima de lo que pudieran imaginarse.
Pues así como los cielos están más altos que la tierra, así mis caminos están más altos que sus caminos y mis pensamientos, más altos que sus pensamientos.
10 La lluvia y la nieve descienden de los cielos y quedan en el suelo para regar la tierra.
Hacen crecer el grano, y producen semillas para el agricultor y pan para el hambriento.
Lo mismo sucede con mi palabra. La envío y siempre produce fruto;
logrará todo lo que yo quiero, y prosperará en todos los lugares donde yo la envíe.
Ustedes vivirán con gozo y paz. Los montes y las colinas se pondrán a cantar y los árboles de los campos aplaudirán.
Donde antes había espinos, crecerán cipreses; donde crecía la ortiga, brotarán mirtos.
Estas cosas le darán gran honra al nombre del Señor; serán una señal perpetua de su poder y de su amor». #allthingsbotanical#botanicaldreamers#beautiful
“The days are long but the years are short.” This truth haunts me more than I'd like to admit. I'd love to be able to say I'm a cool, calm and collected chick. You know...one of "those" moms who balances it all with grace and gumption. I've got the gumption all right, but the grace, well...we're still working on that : )
•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've got a big birthday coming this fall and I can't help but think about how I want to enter this next "stage" of my life. When I look at this picture I feel a flood of emotions:
1) Frustration followed by guilt. Because I never printed it...in fact I have very few printed photos of my kids...they are all sitting on memory cards or on my iPhone. This sends me into a whole 'nother tizzy where I remind myself I absolutely HAVE to get on top of printing/creating photo books before my kids turn 30. Aghgghhh.
2) Sadness (being honest). Because my baby is now 8...almost 9...and I wonder if I have truly treasured each moment with her over the years. I question myself- did I spend enough time soaking her in? Did I stop and live IN the moment or was I too "busy" to really enjoy each stage? If I put too much focus on missing her "baby" days then I'm going to miss the stage she's in right now...and I don't wanna look back at her 8 year old pics when she's 13 and feel the same way...(this is a cycle of thoughts that go round and round)
3) Joy. My greatest joy in life has been motherhood. My heart overflows with gratitude when I look at this picture- her little fingers holding on to mine, that scrunched up nose...all of it. I remember these days so clearly.
4) Conviction. It's time to just BE. It's time to let this stuff go and quiet those feisty voices in my head (don't even act like you don't have them because I know you do!) I have this crazy fear that one day I'll look back on my life and feel like it was all just a blur. But it doesn't have to be that way. The decision is totally up to me. Photo books or no photo books :)
UGLY TRUTH ALERT:
This morning I was resentful. Jealous that my husband got to leave for work while I was “stuck” at home...burdened by the laundry, dishes, a dirty house, waking up 4 kids and getting them to school, running the mom taxi, planning dinner, finishing work projects, blah blah blah. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I was folding the first load of laundry by 6am. I was tired and frustrated.
I was not a happy Holiday 🤣
And then my heart shifted.
The Holy Spirit rocked my world.
I was convicted. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
My husband and my children are gifts from God and I am truly blessed to be able to serve them each day. I thought of a widowed friend who so desperately wished she could still do her husband’s laundry. I thought of my childhood friend whose dreams of becoming a mommy have been defeated by multiple miscarriages. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
I stopped the laundry and opened my bible. I prayed for my heart and for the hearts of women who feel burdened and overwhelmed. I prayed for my family and specifically for my husband. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
The pressures of this world are legit. I am so thankful God doesn’t expect me to be perfect...I am saved by his grace and mercy. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Even in the ugliness. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
Every. Single. Day. 🙌🏻
As I’ve been getting ready for the consignment sale approaching I had a meltdown! The piles and pile of stuff had me frozen. I wasn’t seeing the dollar signs for my Blessing Budget- I was seeing a breakdown happening! SO I made an executive decision and decided to outsource. The moment I took the leap my shoulders immediately felt lighter! I’m learning...learning to step back and make changes that will free myself from unnecessary stress, learning to fix what I can. I’m excited to purge and in a few short weeks give my lil Blessing Budget a Monetary Hug! We all have those moments when we need to push the pause button and and say “This ain’t workin for me- rewind!”
#Repost @emilieallison・・・Happy Spring! Even though today we see snow outside the window and in the forecast, we are New Englanders. I moved around a lot as a kid and used to fight with my mother saying “Home is where the heart is.” She used to tell me “bloom where you’re planted.” And we have planted ourselves here, in this beautiful part of the world that graces us with 4 seasons. So let’s bloom. Even if the trees aren’t quite ready to show us their blossoms, we can still bloom from the inside out. Show someone your smile today and maybe they’ll have the courage to keep going and bloom too.
Happy Spring! Even though today we see snow outside the window and in the forecast, we are New Englanders. I moved around a lot as a kid and used to fight with my mother saying “Home is where the heart is.” She used to tell me “bloom where you’re planted.” And we have planted ourselves here, in this beautiful part of the world that graces us with 4 seasons. So let’s bloom. Even if the trees aren’t quite ready to show us their blossoms, we can still bloom from the inside out. Show someone your smile today and maybe they’ll have the courage to keep going and bloom too.
Spring has sprung!
This little duo of blossoms is the only one on my cherry tree this year, but I literally did a happy dance when I saw them. Because this is this first time its bloomed at all in the 3 years since I planted it. And blooming means its finally healthy and mature enough to expend the extra energy it takes to produce fruit. (I could pull a whole sermon out of that concept, but I'll leave that to someone better qualified.) You wouldn't know it just walking past my yard, but this little tree has been a tremendous struggle. Two others just like it died in that same spot. I had to pour hours of research into soil mixes and techniques for helping this species to thrive. And after a successful first year with version 3.0 here, a hungry squirrel chewed the bark off all around the bottom of it. I thought it was done for, but I still tried to save it. My desperate attempt involved surgical tape, lots of twine, countless extra waterings, and a few rousing pep talks (because it can't hurt, right?). And you know what? It was worth it. For two beautiful little blooms, it was totally worth the trials, errors, and effort.
The flowers won't last, but they gave me something that will. A quiet moment of hard-won victory.
Happy FIRST DAY of SPRING 🌺🌸🌼🌷🌻. It’s a NEW SEASON. I LOVE spring even though it personally feels more like a summer 80% of time here in Florida compared to back home in California. No matter what equinox you’re in, just know that the even in your spiritual season things won’t last forever. This includes good and bad seasons but we are to trust God and enjoy the season we’re in because there’s lessons and growth. “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 💕