Tuesday, March 18, 2014

When let down look up!

 I have to admit after my daddy passed away, I was very very hurt by some people.  People I thought that would have checked on me and followed up more with me & my mom after he passed away or right after he did pass away.... 
 Losing my father has been the hardest thing I have ever experienced.  Each day since he passed has had it's up's and down's.  I layed in my bed crying just this morning at 4:30 am missing my daddy...  He was one of my hereos and a HUGE part of my life that is now void.  
I came across this devotional on Proverbs 31 Ministries page and it helped me so much!  I hope someone out there that may be going through some disappointed relationships or just disappointments in general can be ministered to by this as well:

When People Let You Down

September 2, 2010
“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8 (NASB)
Disappointment feels like a heavy rock sinking to the bottom of my spirit. I’ve felt disappointed in many situations – a business opportunity that didn’t pan out, a writing door that didn’t open, and a relationship that broke my young heart.
The heaviest disappointments for me, however, stem from people. And not just any people; people who I’m closest to. People who turn out to be not at all what I hoped they’d be, or not who I thought they were.
I know I’m not alone in wondering how to deal with people who let me down. Just this week a friend said with a choke in her voice, “I wish my mom and I could be closer, but I don’t think we ever will be.” Another woman said with despondency, “My husband and I just don’t talk.” I’ve heard the edge of bitterness in women’s voices as they vow never to trust again because of a friend’s betrayal. And most of us have swallowed the hopelessness that comes with a broken heart, “I thought he was the one.”
I’ve tried different ways to handle disappointments in relationships. One way is to ignore the disappointment, to shut it in a box and hope the lid holds. Another way is to gloss over it with a quick statement such as, “People will let you down, but God never will.” True, but does this really help me process the hurt?
One morning in my quiet time I was pouring out my sadness, anger and disappointment about a close relationship. As the tears slipped down my face, I begged God to show up. What do I do with all this? Show me and I’ll do it because what I’ve been doing is not working.

Clear as a bell ringing in my spirit, Jesus said, Grieve.
Really? I questioned. I remembered that Jesus knew all about disappointment – Peter’s denial, Judas’ betrayal, and the disciples falling asleep during His anguish before His crucifixion (Matthew 26). I remembered people in the Bible who were well acquainted with people they loved letting them down, such as Joseph or Job. I felt reassured that Jesus wouldn’t misunderstand my sadness as a lack of faith.
So I cried, feeling every ounce of the disappointment. I told God all the things I wish were different about this relationship, all the things I thought this person had done wrong, and what I wish this person would do differently.
After the winds of grief subsided, I was done. Grieving was the bridge I had to cross to move beyond the disappointment. On the other side I found myself in a place where I could embrace the relationship for what it is, not what it’s not.
On the other side of grief lies a place where we can consider how to respond to the person who disappointed us. There are a number of possible responses. Sometimes we need to talk to the person or get godly counsel. Other times we may need to create healthy boundaries, or we may need just to let it go. Only after we’ve allowed ourselves to grieve, however, will we know how to respond to this person in the way that God wants. Then the words, “People will let you down, but God never will,” will be truly comforting, not just empty words.
Dear Lord, I’m so thankful that when it feels like no one else understands, You do. You understand about being disappointed in people but You loved them in the midst of that. Lord, I want to follow Your example. I’m thankful You know this sadness is a part of healing from the pain of disappointment. Give me guidance in handling this -I trust that You can bring good out of this. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

One of my hopes in 2014...

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,
 so that you may know how to answer everyone,” Colossians 4:6.

Praying to be more of a doer and sayer of the word this year!!  
{among a few other goals & aspirations for 2014}

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas Parade Fun!

Last night was Guin's Annual Christmas Parade.  
It was also Laura Leigh's first Christmas
parade to attend!  I loved holding her and watching 
her in amazement and saying "WOW"
That's how we should all be this Christmas season, in a 
state of amazement of our Savior and 
what Christmas is all about.... That a Child was 
born that was sent to save us ALL!!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

"I can feel it calling in the air tonight"

I feel a change (s) coming in the air very soon for a few different things in life.  Actually there have already been some changes made within me and I'm so excited about them!!  Even this little ole' blog will receive some changes and a big face lift at the beginning of the NEW year!  So stayyyyyy tuned!

If your not moving forward, where are you going????

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tiny Prints!

Each year I use Tiny Prints for my Christmas Cards and each
year I am so pleased and HAPPY with them!  
Tiny Prints does a wonderful job at creating some of the most
beautiful and heart-felt cards that certainly capture 
the true meaning of Christmas!

These are just a few of my favorites....

You still have time to get yours so you can send a bit of happiness 
to others this Christmas Season!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

When Mercy Found Me

Good morning :)

I have heard this song a few times before but never truly truly listened to it until this morning on K-Love... 

This describes my encounter with Jesus back in Feb. of 2005 when I rededicated my life to Christ!!  I hope this song speaks and ministers to you today.  In one moment EVERYTHING can change for you with Jesus.  No matter what broken road you have been on or are on right now!!  He LOVES you!!

I can't count the broken roads I've been down
But all I know
Something had to give
Something had to give

'Cause living my life so wild and free
Finally caught up
Oh it left me broken, left me hopeless
But that's where I met Jesus

And in one moment everything changed
Who I was got washed away
When mercy found me

My Savior's arms were open wide
And I felt love for the very first time
When mercy found me
When mercy found me

All those days and all those doubts
They don't seem to matter now
His grace is all I need
Oh, His grace is all I need

And the chains that I was in before
They don't hold me anymore
His love has rescued me
Oh, His love has set me free

And in one moment everything changed
Who I was got washed away
When mercy found me

My Savior's arms were open wide
And I felt love for the very first time
When mercy found me

My mind found peace
My soul found hope
My heart found a home

And in one moment everything changed
Who I was got washed away
When mercy found me

My Savior's arms were open wide
And I felt love for the very first time
When mercy found me
When mercy found me
When mercy found me

When mercy found me
When mercy found me
When mercy found me

(song by Rhett Walker)

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween 2013

(I finally took 5 mins to take a few quick Fall shots of my daughter)

Last night Laura Leigh made her debut as Dorothy 
at our church's Trunk or Treat!  
She had the best time!!


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