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…
By loving yourself and valuing yourself you open yourself up to the life you were created to live. You must value yourself enough to take note of your gifts and your strengths, to truly look at your good. It is only after appreciating what you have that you can offer it unto the world. This is what we are each called to do. This is how we are called to Love our neighbor as ourselves, by loving ourselves first so that we can give our love to others as we have each been uniquely gifted to love.❤️Ann
It was a beautiful sky tonight filled with colors and clouds that stirred my heart and soothed my soul. I paused and took it in… knowing despite its perfection that it would change and the colors would fade away into darkness.
That’s the thing with the sky… and with life, it’s always moving, changing. Life’s colors are always changing their hue depending on the time and the season we are living in. We can be comforted in some moments, in awe within another… yet no matter what… whether we are cherishing or loathing it’s shade… it will always change again.
For now I will take in this sky, this precious moment that will never be again and be grateful for the many beautiful dawns and sunsets I have enjoyed, knowing in my heart that there will always be more of these and their colors of beauty until we reach the Perfect Sky where we will be with our loved ones, reunited in perfect Love.
Many search for Truth, but where can Truth be found?
The Truth can be found within each of us. The Truth is there… we just may not know it. Once we become aware of Truth we must learn to listen to It. Yes, we must be willing to let go of the noisy influence of the world with it’s empty promises and seductive lies. By attuning our attention to Truth we will learn to hear It’s voice.
Truth speaks with the voice of Love. This Love is of the truest kind. Truth never leaves us. Truth’s character never wavers. Truth is steady and is ever-present. Truth shines for us It’s Divine light on the path towards God.
John 16:13 (NIV) ~ “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
Many times I blame others for how I feel. I suppose many of us do this, don’t we? “She makes me so mad!” we fume… “He just brings me down…” we lament. How can this be unless we LET it? We hand away the power to maintain our peace and let it go to the highest bidder. It’s so common we mistakenly believe this has to be so. Those closest to us are the most susceptible to getting blamed for us not protecting our peace. No one can put us down, shame us, or mentally mistreat us unless we let them do so. As children we did not understand and believed whatever others who were older or who we believed to be wiser were telling us to be true… but now we know we must be careful. Who can we trust to always care for us, to always prioritize our needs and to ALWAYS share with us Truth? God.
God alone is who we should turn to for direction, truth and support. He is always reaching towards us in love if we are but quiet and listen. Others can bless us with their opinions and insights, with their support and their love, but it should never ever replace or distract us from the greatest Source of All.
For today I choose to not let others fears and neurosis affect me. I choose to protect my peace. I choose to listen to the voice of All to tell me what I need to hear. I need nothing but Him. Our God of Love is within my heart, and yours… and is always with us and will never let us down. ❤️Ann
The past three days have been filled with a whirlwind of encouragement and spiritual insight! I attended a unique 3-day conferenced hosted by The Influence Network. Who was this conference for and what was it all about?
In their words, The Influence Conference is for every woman. sister, friend, student, mom, artist, blogger, creative, writer, speaker, dancer, and daughter of God. They believe that every woman has influence, right where she is. This conference was a celebration and a starting place to encourage and spur on women in their passions, their projects, and the places they come from.
I felt encouraged. I felt inspired. More than that: I heard God speak to my heart right where I needed it.
I am SO grateful to my cousin Annalise who invited me to go with her months ago. She is a food blogger on her blog Sweet Anna’s and lives, cooks and blogs out of the Pacific Northwest. She loves food, her family, and most of all Christ. It is her faith that brought me to the conference and for that I will always be grateful!
Over the next few weeks, months and perhaps even years I will be sharing the things that I have learned during my time away at The Influence Conference with this special group of ladies. God works and often speaks through people, and these past few days were an example of that. God doesn’t just show up on Sunday folks! He is alive and well and craves us to draw close to Him and listen to Him if we but slow down, become quiet, focus and listen. That is what this week-end allowed me to do. Listen.
Truly The Influence Conference will always hold a special place in my heart. The Influence Conference has refined my focus towards what my true purpose is… to be the influence God wants me to be right where I am.
I was reminded that God knows my struggles, my pain, my fears, my limitations… and yet he can turn the mess of me into GOOD! God was the one who gave me the talents and gifts that can be used to fulfill my unique purpose! He alone knows how I should best use them and cultivate them for my BEST life. Yes, I am a part of His divine team sent here equipped with the ability to spread His love and help draw others closer to Him as I listen to His direction and allow Him to continue to cultivate his creation. The truth is, God wants YOU to live out your true purpose as well… and will lead you to where you need to be so that you can influence others towards their true identity and purpose as well.
Mark Twain has been quoted as saying: “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
…and if you can’t get away from them, at the very least don’t let their voices drown out the voice inside that not only loves you but believes in you!
So what if our earthy brother or sister thinks we aren’t good enough, talented enough or deserving? God uses the least likely of us to do great things… things that to some may seem a bit too ‘ambitious’… but with God all things are possible, are they not?
Let God guide your dreams and cease to listen or be attached to the reactions of others. After all, the world is full of darkness and of fear… but the light of God shines from within and will always guide us every step of the way. We each have gifts and dreams placed into our hearts by the Divine. Embrace your dreams! If God is for you, what else truly matters?
Romans 8:31 (ESV) What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Well, I finished this book by Mike Yaconelli! Messy Spirituality: a book about God’s love for imperfect “messed up” people like you and me! Struggle with imperfections? Made shameful mistakes? Do you continue to mess up and fess up? Are you waiting to be perfect before you seek God? Don’t wait.
God loves us messy messed-up folks the best… the Bible proves it… and Mike explains why most Church going Christians get it all wrong! There are too many gems on this book to quote, but just know if you are a church-going Christian (or an ex-church going Christian or a Contemplating-to-go-to-church-but-are-resistant-Christian) this book is for you.
God has always Always ALWAYS had a special place in his heart for the lonely, the least and the lost… and most of us are just that! The path of spirituality isn’t squeaky clean and easy… it is messy and full of miracles! Being messy with God is what Spiritually is all about! ❤️Ann
The most enlightened of persons has empathy and compassion for her spouse or life partner. She should nurture, care for and love her spouse yet also be aware that her spouse’s soul is on his own journey and has his own purpose. Sometimes the journey includes watching our spouse make choices that are painful or unwise. Other times that journey includes an early parting from the relationship either by death, divorce or separation.
The more the individual has attached her own purpose, identity, value and worth to her spouse the more she suffers in this life. Sometimes this suffering can become an idol.
We in this life can adopt suffering as an identity and as an honor. This does not have to be so. Feeling pain is human yet Spirit wants us to not live in pain or make it our home due to the attachment to persons or things. When we release ourselves from attachment to things as we wish they were, we miss out on acceptance and peace of things that are.
Being present with our love in the moment… whatever that moment may be… will bring us the greatest fulfillment in our relationship’s journey and in this life. Namaste. ❤️Ann
Our lives are filled with color. At times we are tangled within the threads of blue… suffering from loneliness or loss. Later we find we are immersed in the deepest of green… experiencing abundance and the richness of a new start!
Let’s not forget red and its passionate hue! Within the red moments we feel swept up by our emotions and feel fire within our chests!
Then yellow comes to smile on our lives. Happiness lingers in its golden light and shines onto our days. We enjoy its warmth and comfort, yet know it too will pass.
Purple pops up and take us off guard! It’s majesty bringing reverence and awe into those precious moments that are like treasures within our journey of life..
Oh, how these colors swirl in and out of the days of our lives! Yes, life is filled with many colors… each one brings with it a unique gift that beautifies and enriches the tapestry of our lives.