Hope Alive…

Every day I arise but I don’t see the shine, only the silver lining!

Yet…… all I can do is HOPE & BELIEVE…… that all this is for a good reason…… & only just for a season…… so I take another step…… hoping I’m not just chasing a pipe dream, & I’m not just chasing pavements!!!!!!

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Some days I feel like I’m hanging on by a thread & I think to myself “this is just too hard & tomorrow I will quit”, but I thank God I suck at giving up…… I can’t help but be hopeful in moments like these that something better is coming >>> Love, Joy & Peace are on the way > memories to be made > lives to impact > a world of possibilities >>> endless possibilities…… and so I keep looking over the horizon > watching > waiting > wondering……

HOPEFUL that the best is yet to come…… for now I’ll just keep surviving because I KNOW He’s never left me out in the cold >>> there’s no way He’ll let me down this time!!!!!!

In my teens this was my favorite quote: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

I even wrote it on a cardboard box and stuck it on the wall, haha & look where it got me >>> #chasingdreams & riding on #emotionalrollercoasters ….Whhhaaaaaaatt?!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

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Finding Beauty

Often times we think that beauty is only ‘in the eye of the beholder’ because we’ve heard that phrase quoted countless times. My understanding of this has been that this phrase refers to what we see with our naked eye and nothing more.
But the more I think about beauty, the more I am reminded of our inner beauty and that no matter what kind of ugly we see going on on the outside – greater is the beauty that lies within – if only we care enough to take the time and look beneath the surface of get a bird’s eye view!

Sometimes we have to find the beauty in ourselves as much as we see it in others if not more and before we can expect others to see it in us. It is often surprising the kind of valuables found in rubble and hidden beneath the ashes after a fire and I think it is the same with us!
‘I dare say some of the most beautiful treasures are found hidden in the middle of what looks like chaos (whether it be in our thoughts, in our hearts or external to us), and only those who care and are patient enough to take the time to search usually find and have a chance to enjoy their goodness.




So if you’re reading this and you think there’s no beauty in and around you, I would encourage you to take another look – a deeper look – and if you struggle to see then look with the eyes of your heart and remember. Removeย the tinted lense of pain and discouragement and put on the colorful lense of wonder and discovery and what you find might surprise you. Remember that beauty can be expressed in different ways like – the words we speak and the things we do – and these are simply expressions of what already lies within.

Matthew 12:34-35 tells us that “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.โ€

True beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder but is found within and without and all around us and if we really want to see it – we must be willing to find and appreciate the sun’s rays as it shines through the clouds.


You are beautiful and I am beautiful – we are all beautiful in our own right. Get used too it!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ˜˜

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The Titanics Of Emotion…

Sometimes it seems like the best thing to do is just lie on the floor and have a good cry. โ€œCrying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.โ€

โ€• Sadness to Joy

 

 

I used to walk around with a smile permanently plastered on my face – almost – it was genuine too. People asked me all the time why I was so happy, my answers varied sometimes but mostly would come down to: “I don’t know, I just woke up feeling really happy and now I can’t stop smiling”. Seriously, no kidding!

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Inside Out – Joy To The World

I was on a roll and I thought it would never end but 2017 has taught me otherwise! I – the ever optimistic one, suddenly found myself wrestling with angst and fighting to keep my peace and hope alive – I forgot about my ‘happy’ and was whisked off by the rollercoaster of emotion. I don’t think I have ever experienced as many emotions in the short space of time like I did in the past year – joy, sadness, frustration, and so on, truly a shock to my system. Problem/ root cause: yet to be determined (ytbd).

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One of the things that I learned from this is that you can lose your ‘happy’ if you don’t guard your heart and if you have no awareness of your needs and emotions. I had been walking around like I was invincible – coasting along on the sea of life and forgot that storms can sometimes stem unexpectedly. Believing lies, dissapointment, unmet expectations/ needs, miss communication, judgement/ condemnation/ accusation, just to name a few, are some of the things that can trigger and do not help – AVOID.

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Inside Out – Don’t Let Junk Steal Your Happy

My mind became a battlefield and I spent countless hours trying to figure out the problem of it so I could fix it myself (again, bad idea)! The longer I spent in my head, the harder it became to ‘fix it’ and the worse I felt. We don’t like mess because not being ok scares us and being happy and positive is the way to go and feeling blue just doesn’t cut it in our society and is frowned upon or seen as a weakness! It is good to know that sometimes even the seemingly ‘negative’ emotions are needed and should not be shunned because they tell us when something is amiss and they can also be a way of release unless bottled up for too long – then unwinding can become a long drawn process because things become distorted.

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Inside Out – Abstract Thought

All that said, I discovered that asking for help was not sucha bad thing after all, as daunting as it may seem. What’s the worst that could happen! Afterall, doing life by ourselves and solving everything on our own was never part of God’s design or plan for us but we were created for relationship with others and Him – to not just be helping hands or the ones that carry all the responsibility but rather sharing in God’s unconditional love and also receiving from Him and other fellow humans. Some of us need to realise that though we may experience things like dissapointment etc. it does not mean that we shut down and lock our heart away but instead we must learn to guard it and still risk while staying true to who we were made to be.

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Inside Out – Joy & Sadness Partner Up

It is during these times God puts people in our path who will be exactly what we need, the kind who take the time to listen – people who are not afraid of our mess and are willing to stand by no matter what it looks like (not fixers or notorious problem solvers) and they ask the right questions.  These are the people who are able to look beyond the mess and find beauty in us that we do not yet see! But also for help to be effective we have to choose to be an active recipient in reaching out, being willing to take risks and also be faithful in prayer – trusting and believing that God will stay true to His promises for us and remembering that He is always with us.

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Inside Out 

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…The Future That I See…

I have a dream to see the poverty of the generations that came before me eradicated in my life time.ย 

I have a dream to see every fatherless child receive and walk in their fullest identity.

I have a dream to see every grandchild know their worth.

I have a dream to see the old ways of thinking removed, minds renewed and hearts transformed.

I have a dream to see orphans become sons and daughters of integrity and realise how loved they are and what a good heavenly Father they have.

I have a dream to see the broken and wounded hearts of my brothers and sisters mended and made whole by the unconditional relentless love of God.

I have a dream to see boys and girls become young men and women of influence.

I have a dream to see the old embrace the young and leading them into their destiny with the wisdom of the ages.

I have a dream to see families free from the bondages of old slavery indoctrinations and conditionings.

I have a dream to see the health and wealth of families restored.

I have a dream to see the heavy yoke of fear and uncertainty lifted from the shoulders of my generation.

I have a dream to see the prophets, the warriors, intercessors, and the wise arise to take their place.

I have a dream to see the once downtrodden flourish and succeed.ย 

I have a dream to see those who were once told they would never amount to anything thrive and discover their greatness.

I have a dream to see every generation walking side by side, hand in hand sharing their wealth and inheritance.

I have a dream to see brothers and sisters,ย  mothers and fathers walk in forgiveness and acceptance.

YES!!!

I have this hope in my heart that the God that I serve is more than big enough to bring all these things to pass – to make them happen. After all, He is the God of the impossible. And we too are a part of his inheritanceโ€ฆ..ย 

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!

Bitter Sweet Symphony

I often spend most of my time only wanting to hang out in the sweet spots with hunny pots, and when I’ve found lemons been quick to want to disregard them or throw them away.

Slowly I am discovering that just “like man can not live on bread alone”, I can not live only in the hunny of sweet spots without a little lemon aid and some cool shade.

Some of the most beautiful bitter sweet symphonies in life are birthed with the lemon’s aid – savoured, they can bring much refreshing and maybe a little boogie to the taste buds.

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Mama Mia!

๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•Mothers๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

They are the ones who go above and beyond.

They love beyond compare and fiercely protect.

They will look for any opportunity to make us bubble up with giggles of contentment and laugh until our lungs cry out for a breath.

They smile and our whole world lights up and their laughter brings healing to a fragile heart. 



They are the ones that cook, clean and teach us most of what we know.

They dress us, bless us, and say prayers we never hear about.

They usher us into the land of dreams with a story or two.

They carry so much love that only they can change poopy diapers and wipe a runny nose with a smiley face.

Their love is relentless and they never forget.

They give often with no expectation of pay back.

Their job is endless and rest is a dream come true when it comes.

They listen with an attentiveness only they can give while also giving time to other tasks.

They are the ones who also try really hard not to give advice unless asked for, but would love to follow you all the way to Harvard just too be sure you’re safe.


Some love them, leave them and forget about them.
They cry streams to rivers – often hidden behind the ‘strong’ busy body.

But they were never meant to be put in ‘old age’ homes because as much as they give – they too need love even though one might never hear of it.

Theirs is an endless love.

A love that must learn to give and forgive time and again.

And also one that must learn to receive as much as it gives!

So >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>



Love them even when they pretend not to care.

Take time to listen to them and hear them.

Let them cry and then make them laugh and smile.

Forgive them for being too much or not enough.

Appreciate them for the good they do.

Accept their weaknesses and call out their strengths.

Give them a word of encouragement.

Thank them and show them you care.

Remember them and Pray for them!

Our mothers (inc. grandmas) may not be perfect or know what they are doing some of the time but more often than not, they do their best. And sometimes they don’t get it right because they themselves never had someone show them the ‘right’ way and just because they rise and fall on their mistakes at times does not make them failures or bad mothers!!!

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Thanks for reading!๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜

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Sound Waves

Wave in wave out

On a hot summer’s day

Gentle kisses against rocky shores

Lifting and laying down sand as they swiftly move,

Swift swirls of a bottomless sea

Rising and falling

To the heartbeat of a vast ocean

Covered in a cloud of white

Dancing with rhythm from horizon to shore,

To a tune only for their ears

Day after day

Night after night

Everyday a new song

A new sound 

A new rhythm
Wave in wave out

Silence

And then a whoosh 
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What If?

What if instead of waiting to be served we became the servant?

What if instead of giving in to fear we remembered that there is no fear in love?

What if instead of allowing doubt to rule our minds we dared to trust?

What if instead of pointing a finger and blaming we became accountable?

What if instead of using people as a stepping stone we gave a helping hand and lifted them up?

What if instead of using our words to deliberately offend we used them to bring life?

What if instead of using our hand to kill we used them to heal?

What if instead of hiding our hearts we shared the beauty within?

What if we believed God!

What if we believed He is Who He says He is!

What if we believed we are who He says we are!

What if we knew that we are forgiven!

What if we loved our neighbour like Jesus asks of us!

What if we loved us as God loves us!
There are so many ‘what ifs’ in life and unfortunately we spend a lot of the time focused on all the negative what ifs that they begin to blind us to the good what ifs. 

So my challenge to any person reading this (myself included) is that instead of allowing ourselves to get stuck on the negatives and pointing out the negatives > we flip them into positives and see how our world / environment changes and also how we begin to change in the way we see and respond  to things!

By this I don’t mean ignore what we see it feel but rather approach but differently to how we would normally respond or react!
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The Thing About His Joy…

Sometimes we think that Joy is found in the things we do, 

But THIS JOY is found in the One Who is called the Ancient of Days, 

The One Who was and IS to come, 

The Alpha and the Omega. 

It is not found in our jobs, nor is it found in friends or family though great they may be. 

This Joy that I talk about comes from the very heart of THE Father, 

It calls to us from the Father’s loving arms – “Come rest, find peace.” 

No! This Joy is not just about smiles and feeling happy, it is not even found in a bottle of wine, rosรจ or a cigarette butt.

Joy is quiet and loud, 

Daring and reserved, 

Adventurous and calm, 

It is bold but not forceful, 

It confronts but does not condemn. 

Joy honours, 

Joy loves, 

Joy comforts, 

Joy brings peace and freedom. 

What more can I say about Joy except that it speaks for itself… 

Joy is in the nature of the Father!

It is found in the Father’s house and when you find His Joy, 

You never have to run after it or try to redefine it. 

You don’t need to fight for His Joy but Joy fights for you because the battle is not yours but the Lord’s. 

May the God of Hope Fill you with all joy and Peace as you Trust in Him, so that you may Overflow with Hope by the Power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13


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