our home

We can spend more time asking questions than listening to God’s answers.

A tendency of self-reliance can make us think we’re in control, “giving” something to God while holding it tight in our fist instead of letting it go.

It is not our job to fix everything and everyone. There is peace in letting go and fixing our eyes on Him.

Worship over worry.

Compassion over comparison.

A home over a house. He is our home and our place of safety.

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” Hebrews 13:14

sit with me

Invitation from Jesus:

Sit with me and stay a while.

Are you feeling fearful? talk to me, I’ll give you peace

Are you happy? share your smile with me

Are you hurting? I can give you healing and mend your broken heart

Are you sad? this too shall pass

Do you know that you can talk to me about anything 24/7?

I am your Savior, but I also call you FRIEND.

Sit with me and stay a while.

you are not alone

you might feel unseen,
not important, invisible,
and small

but you’re not alone…
you are seen, loved, and important

I just wanted to say that if you ever have a prayer request, DM me. Prayer is powerful and it’s the best thing a friend (in-person friend or online friend) can do.

Tag and remind someone that needs to remember how important and loved they are.

♥️ Sending you hugs,

Ani

peace

There are days when there’s too much cluttering my mind.

I can’t see you in the chaos,

but that doesn’t mean you’re not there.

If I tune out all the noise and fix my thoughts on you,

I find peace. If I choose to let go, and let you, I find rest.

Thank you for your word, Lord:

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John‬ ‭14:27‬

I can’t remember the exact wording, but I once heard that if you feel anxious, you are probably focused on the future; if you experience sadness, you are likely living in the past; but if you live for the present moment, you’ll find peace.

Those words remind me of another verse: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Matthew 6:34

Find peace and rest in Him. Choose to let go.

Choose to be present in the present.

Depression

Did you know about the new Instagram feature?

Anyone who types the word depression after the hashtag in the search bar will be asked if they need help. Then they’ll be able to click “get support” and will be given the option to talk with a helpline volunteer. I think this is great! Way to go Instagram!

Also the Bible app (YouVersion) has devotional plans dealing with depression, anxiety, etc.

It is in one of these plans that I found this (while reading about how Scripture can help us fight depression): the greatest weapon we have is God’s Word, the B.I.B.L.E. It’s the Best Instruction Book for Living Everyday.

Depression is real, and it’s important to acknowledge it and learn about it.

As I learn more, I’ll share some of my findings every now and then. But please know that there’s help available for you or anyone you know who is struggling with this. And let me know if I can help in some way.

And remember, Jesus understands.

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35

Have a blessed day!

Hugs,

Ani

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do it anyway

Isn’t it ironic how
fear of failure is
what can make us fail?

It’s not that we’re not capable.

What would you do
if you were not
afraid to fail?

You know your calling,
you feel it in your heart,
but you’re afraid to
keep moving forward.
Do it anyway.
God will lead the way.

Hugs,

Ani

being vulnerable and sharing hope

Thrive & Bloom where you are planted. Today, right where you are, you can make a difference in someone’s life. You can brighten their day and make them feel seen and important. Because they are —as you are too.

Being vulnerable and sharing our own struggles can actually empower someone. They know they’re not alone, they feel hope of a way out, they understand the struggle is not permanent.

Being you, all of you, is a gift. There’s always room for improvement in our lives, but you don’t need to “change” before you can be someone’s source of hope.

Thanks for being here!

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up… 1 Thessalonians 5:11

don’t stare at the mountain

If we don’t stare at the mountain and instead we look up, we’re overwhelmed by a peace that can’t be explained.

Through pain, uncertainty, and hardship… cling to God’s love and promises.

This will pass. It will be ok.

God’s on it.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬