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Imagine Freedom

Imagine freedom from fear or anxiety.

What does it look like in your mind?

Have you ever experienced that before?

Freedom is possible with God. Personally, I know the struggle you may be facing today. You feel like the freedom you so desperately want is just out of reach or God only has that for someone else.

We tend to believe the lies of the enemy instead of looking at the wonderful aspects of our lives that God has given us on a daily basis.

I understand.

I did the same thing for so long. I doubted His love for me, even though I could look around and see all the beautiful aspects of my life.

Yet, the one aim of my life seemed so out of reach.

Freedom from fear, anxiety and agoraphobia was nowhere to be found; or so it seemed.

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Nothing is impossible with God, even when we doubt or feel unworthy.

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing is impossible.

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God has a plan, even when we don’t understand. After all of my struggles, I have a story to tell. Our stories help others know that they are not alone.

Share your story here today. What has God healed your from or helped you overcome?

Nothing is lost.

Let me pray for you:

Lord, nothing is lost in your sight. You know the beginning and the end of our lives. We have pain but that can be used for your glory if we follow your leading. I pray that anyone that is struggling today, that they can find a sense of peace by listening for your voice. You speak and we listen. Help us to quiet ourselves. Help us to seek your face and to see the wonder in even the small freedoms we have.

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Same but different

How can three siblings be so different yet grew up in the same home?

I wonder.

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I know for me being the middle child, life was much different from it was for my other two siblings. One sister was 3 years older and then a baby brother was 11 years younger. I was a good kid who loved to read, ride her bike, play outside and play “office” in her room. I was quiet and shy much of my early years, which meant that my mom called me names from a very early age. “I was a “problem”. I was not ” normal”.  There had to be something “wrong” with me. Why was I so fearful? Why did I cry so much? Couldn’t I be like my sister? ”

From as early as 3 or 4 years old, this was my everyday life. We lived one way at home behind closed doors and another in public. Most of the extended family could see how I was treated but often was fearful of confronting the situation because of the possible distancing of me from them. Most felt that if they kept me close, then at least I could be protected on some level.

Most were wrong.
I was not protected.I was not safe.

I lived in fear each day of once again waking up to the nightmare, yet dreaded sleep even more. Sleep frightened me. Darkness overwhelmed me. Fear was my best friend. At least with fear I knew what to expect. I couldn’t say the same for my parents or siblings.

It is still that way today. I never know from one minute to the next what my “first” family will do today to try to hurt me or harm my 2nd family. The family that I so love is often hurt so deeply by the out reaching tentacles of the “crazy” ones.

Family that I wish loved me, as I love them

wanted me healthy, happy and whole, as I pray  for them

cherished my children, as I do theirs

wished the best for me,  as I do them.

But after reading Elisa Morgan’s newest book, ” The Beauty of Broken” I have come to the realization that we each have adapted to our raising and childhood in different ways. I had to leave that life from the day I turned 18, while the other two have stayed entrenched in that life. If I had not left, I would have lost myself even more. It took me until I was 46 years old to finally try to find ” Angie” and to really seek what God said about me. To block out what has been said about me by my first family. To believe I am worth more. To believe I am loved. Such hard truths to accept. Yet, I am on the road today.

I would have lost me if I had stayed any longer.

I would recommend this powerful book to anyone struggling in their own family. Elisa shares the ups and down of her childhood as well as her life as a mother, wife and the struggles of that family. Powerful reading and you will walk away looking at your relationships in a different light.

Side Note: When my dad passed away 12 years ago, my mother wanted everyone to write something on the pine box casket. My husband wrote, ” Dennis, thank you for giving me your wonderful daughter Angie to love and cherish. She is so special to me. ”

My mom went behind hubby and marked out the writing.

 

Bloom Where You Are Planted

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Nourishment is necessary for plants, flower, animals but more importantly, nourishment from the Lord is most important for the human soul.

Bloom where you are planted requires:

1. Total acceptance of yourself

2. Faith in God to work all things for the good of our lives; good and bad will work in the end for the plan God has set for my life.

3. Trust in the process of finding the path for my life

4. To remember that often we limit ourselves and the abilities that God has placed in our hearts, souls and lives because we may not see them as significant enough to impact the Kingdom of God, yet nothing with God is ever a waste. Every door that opens or closes is all part of the bigger plan.

5. Allow others in your life to speak words of encouragement, praise, knowledge, respect, love and acceptance into your heart and soul. Life givers comes in all forms. Be watchful of those that hinder your walk and hinder your “blooming”.

6. Blooming may not happen instantly or on “my” timetable, but I pray that through the process I am staying true to the call God has on my life and the person He originally designed me to be in this world. Many people have stepped in my path, caused doubt and spoke evil over my life, yet I am finding the way back to the original “ANGIE” or at least I am a work in progress. I am not where I was 2 years ago and yet I am not where I want to be either.

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8. Remember, God loves you just the way you are. You are forgiven. You are loved. You are exactly as God has designed you. Live FREE with God.

9. After years of struggle with anxiety, fear and agoraphobia, believing in myself has always been very hard, yet God is slowly working in my life and I am forever thankful. Blessed and Thankful.

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I am thankful for all God has done in my life. Today, I want to offer you hope and prayer that all things are possible with God. Today rest in His arms and wait for Him to guide you on the path He has called you to walk in finding the destination of blooming where you are planted. All God wants is a willing person and I know that giving up control is hard.. I am a big control freak so I totally understand.

Three Great Giveaways

Today I am offering you a chance to win three great journal/notebooks.. Just read the blog post and leave a comment for a chance to win.. It is always so much to give but also great to win something as well. Today, I want to bless someone else. Good Luck…

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I am offering a journal with the Scripture verse Jeremiah 29: 11 on it. This is an awesome journal. Inside it has a side column where you color in the circle for the date, month and year. Then it has lined pages and is of great quality.

I am also offering a chance to win another small journal/notebook by StudioOH. It is beautifully designed and has flowers and the word Create on the front cover.

I am also offering you a chance to win the green journal/notebook designed by GreenJournal.com. It has small birds on the front cover as well as the quote ” Show me a day when the world wasn’t new.”

Any of these would make an awesome gift for yourself or someone you want to bless.

I am a great lover of words and I have always journaled. I pray that you will take the time to leave a comment and also which item you want if you win.

I don’t have a rafflecopter link on my site, so I will take the name of comments and put them in a hat. My husband will draw the three winners.

I hope to hear some great comments about the journals you write in or other ideas of where and how you organize your thoughts. Writing our thoughts, dreams and ideas down often gives us the power to succeed at what we set out to do because we have a record on paper.

Let me know what you think about these journals? I think they are so cute and will be such a blessing to whoever wins..