and yet you’ll rise…

Feeling like a failure is not easy.

You’d think it was easy from the way it looks.

On the coach, scrolling on the phone, watching others be successful.

But no, it’s actually the opposite of easy. Watching others work for their success while you seem to be glued to the bed or the sofa or the chair staring out the window -to the world that’s out there. Out there where, maybe, you could have a chance to shine. But it’s all dim inside. Someone sucked the joy and energy out of you and you feel like there’s no turning back. Every opportunity lost forever, every dream shattered, you try to put the pieces back together but the mess is too much to handle, so you give up. Each day. You give up. And you feed the lie that you’re a failure. The still small voice tells you it’s a lie, but the lie is louder. It screaming and laughing at you.

And yet, someday, (and I pray soon) you will rise.

The couch will call. The lies will haunt. And yet you’ll rise. You will get up and believe the truth. You are worthy, you are capable, and this is still your time.

Hugs,

Ani

He did it on purpose

God made us unique, so why are we worried about being different? He did it on purpose. We are never a mistake.

God gave us all different colors in His masterpiece, so why are we pretending one color is more beautiful than the other?

He gave us different gifts and talents, let’s use them for His Glory!

Choose to see others (and yourself) the way God sees you —and make the decision to see value in the roles each of us plays in His Kingdom.

“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ… Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:12, 27‬ ‭

Gracious and Seasoned

It might be easier for us to understand what the Bible is referring to when it says that our speech should be gracious, but have you ever wondered what it means to have speech that is “seasoned with salt”?

In my Bible study, I learned that “seasoned with salt” means that our words should be “tasty” -they should be encouraging to keep the conversation going.

Nobody really enjoys talking to person that is not courteous or to someone that seems to be “talking down” to others.

God’s message can make sense to us, but it might be brand new to someone. If we want respect for ourselves (and especially for God’s Word), we need to model that respect.

Keep the dialogue going by making your conversation tasty and inviting -seasoned with salt! And above all, let’s show the same grace we have been given!

“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. ” Colossians 4:6

Hugs,

Ani

Thoughts Loop

What are we filling our minds with? What we spend time thinking about and consuming (through books, movies, music, internet, social media, television, etc.) determines what we say and do. What are you influenced by?

Yes, it’s very important to be knowledgeable about a variety of topics and to always be learning new things that will not only help us but help others too.

But ultimately, fixing our thoughts on Jesus, spending time on God’s Word, and consuming wholesome material will make the biggest difference in our lives and the lives of others around us.

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

like wildflowers

Each one of us, like a wildflower, is being cared for by the loving rain.

God takes care of the wildflowers and gives them rain, soil, and sun.
And his love for you is much more than that! He gives you everything you need, and he walks with you through seasons of waiting too.

Don’t doubt that he listens to your prayers. Don’t give up!

You Never Leave Me

Even when I feel alone
I know you’re with me.
When I feel small in
the vast beauty of this earth,
you remind me I am also
your creation.
You see me when I feel unseen,
you love me when I feel unworthy,
and you carry me through the storm
until the sunny days are back – and even then you never leave me.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭31:6‬ ‭

In Control of Your Steps

There’s nothing wrong with making plans and taking steps toward our goals —as long as we don’t forget who holds our future. You are loved by the one who wants (and knows) what’s best for you.

Ask & let God direct your path in every step you take.

Our future will be brighter if we let God be God, ask Him for direction, and surrender control. That doesn’t mean you’re passive, it means you’ll be actively following God’s calling for you.

“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.” Jeremiah 10:23

How has letting God be in control changed your life?

No other labels!

Here is the truth about you…

you are treasured (Deuteronmy 7:6)

you are beloved (Romans 9:25)

you are free (Galatians 5:1)

you are redemeed (Ephesians 1:7)

you have been (and can be) forgiven (Hebrews 10:17, 1 John 1:9).

And those are only a few things I can say!

Open His word (the Bible!),

read it, and find His love for you there & all around.

He calls you by name and has your name written on the palms of His hands.

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“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.

I have called you by name; you are mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

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“I have written your name

on the palms of my hands.”

Isaiah 49:16

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Other labels the world gives you?

They don’t matter!

Your TRUE identity is found in God!

Hugs,

Ani

Our world is unstable but our God is not.

When the world is shaky,

you are unshakeable.

When I put my trust in you,

and you alone,

I don’t have to be afraid.

I feel as if I had a superpower

-because, in you, I do.

The sinking sand cannot drown me,

the unstable world cannot stop me.

I am a conqueror

I am an overcomer

because you, Lord, are

my rock and my salvation.

I take refuge in your fortress

and dwell under your wings

-you protect me as a mother bird

protects her young in their nest.

And when I feel as if were walking

on a tightrope,

you take hold of my hand and

put me on solid ground.

I am because of you.

I overcome because of you.

And forever I am grateful.

“Truly he is my rock and my salvation;

he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

Psalms 62:6

Friends, our world is unstable but our God is not.

Let that sink in so that you don’t feel like you’re sinking.

Have a great day!