We are "Not Just" who we seem to be on this Earthly plane, but so much more. We are ALL children of a loving God who is calling us home to Love. This blog is dedicated to those of us on that journey together…
Be unapologetically authentically you…this life needs you just as you are.
Today I was reminded how we just never know whose life we will impact… whose heart we may touch in the most ordinary of circumstances.
Today I was reminded how important it is to be exactly who we are… unapologetically authentic… because we don’t have much time and this life needs us to use all of our gifts… and to live like there may not be a tomorrow because… there might not.
Today I joined others in celebrating the life of a fellow creative… a life-lover… a thinker… someone who left this world a better place just by being here.
Today I was reminded to be grateful for all moments… both big and small… because even the small ones matter. Sometimes it’s the small ones that may mean the most.
One of the biggest problems we have as humans in this life is forgetting who we really are. We are not our bodies, our jobs, or our nationalities… we are not our bank accounts, our races or even our religious affiliations… we are more… so much more.
We have earthly identities that align with the above descriptors… but our true selves are eternal spirits… beings that are borne of love: a love that will never die. This eternal self is who we really are… spirits of love… and within this identity is where we will find out true purpose and our peace. ❤️Ann
Taking down the Christmas tree… oh, what a mess!🎄 As I try to clean things up it seems that everything just gets more tangled up!
This also seems to be like the current state of my life…. untangling things followed by a renewed sense of freedom… only to find that I am actually not free at all!
Frustrated, I find I am tangled up. Again. I keep working however as I know in order to clean things up I must be patient and do the work. Of course I pause to take breaks and rest… but I won’t rest too long as I know I won’t have peace until it’s all sorted out… my light freed to shine untangled. ✨✨✨
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
Exactly Albert. ❤️Ann
Sometimes this life just does not make sense. Things happen that seem so random, so tragic, so unfair… and yet, I was reminded by a sweet soul sister and friend (who has demonstrated inspiring and unwavering spiritual faith amidst great tragedy) that those things that happen in this life, especially those things that confuse us and challenge our faith, often are not ours to understand. God has bigger plan… bigger than you and me… bigger than all of us.
These things are part of a plan that is intended to benefit all of us… one that will bring us all closer to Him, closer to love. How these difficult and painful circumstances will be used we may not learn in this life, but be assured! God uses all things for good… even the worst will be used to bring us all the best.
God is with us and loves us through it all and often will show us his Greatness when we feel at our weakest. It’s just so much bigger than you or I can understand… but is never too big for God.
Taking selfies does not make you conceited, vain, self-absorbed, superficial, shallow, any more than not taking selfies makes you gracious, thoughtful, selfless, or a saint. Just say no to selfie shame! (Yes, it’s a thing. Another way that some folks like to put other folks down just to make themselves feel superior).
Share you selfies with the world! I for one love to see your beautiful happy faces! 😊❤️Ann
We don’t need to fight the darkness, our lives are transformed when we let in the Light. Just pray and then sit quiet and listen to God’s voice as he will assuredly speak to you. He will shine His light on your path and show you the way. There is no need to fight… relax in His Light.
Psalm119:105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
How do we expect anyone else to respect our boundaries if we don’t respect ourselves?!
Self-love and self-respect are the first step in learning to set healthy and loving boundaries with others. The second thing we must do is stop pretending that everything is all right, when it’s not! The third thing is to tell the truth and not minimize our feelings. The fourth thing is to stay connected and boldly face our conflicts and problems. The fifth is to follow-through with consequences of those who cross our boundaries. The sixth is to take responsibility for our own lives. The seventh is to stay humble and recognize no one is perfect… we all will mess up from time to time.
These seven things help us learn to set those boundaries that define us and teach others how we want to be… and expect to be treated in this life.
Bravely stand firm while setting those boundaries and don’t back down or waiver! Respect yourself enough to set boundaries and do all the things it takes so that you can enjoy the life that you deserve! ❤️Ann
Here’s the thing, it is easy to see and to judge other people’s faults and wrongdoings. Super easy. So easy in fact we might assume that we are better than they are… you know, less “guilty”, “annoying” or “wrong”. When we look at ourselves we have a difficult time finding real fault… and even when we DO we make excuses and feel justified.
We assume because it’s difficult for us to identify how we behave wrongly that we are less guilty, less annoying, less wrong than another. We assume that because we could not easily see our own faults… we must be better than them. Ha! This is not so.
We are often blind to our own negative attitudes and behaviors and minimize the effects they may have on others. We are blinded because of our faults!
Our own ego’s lie to us to keep us from looking first within. This is how we are kept from becoming the person Spirit calls us to become. When we are focused on the sins of our neighbor we are distracted from looking at ourselves.
Sometimes this task of looking within requires we ask someone we trust for honest feedback, a counselor, a spiritual mentor or friend. Someone who is looking out for our better good without their own ego’s interference.
Jesus guided us towards this truth when he instructed us to first remove the log out of our own eye before we helped another.
We must be humble before we can be helpful. We stay humble by always remembering: For every fault you see in another are two faults that you can work on yourself. Love on!
Whatever you focus your energy on WILL grow, so focus your thoughts, energies, gifts, resources, time and attention on Love. ❤️Ann
Mathew 6:21-23 (NLT) ~ Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”