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Be Intentional, Rest with Purpose

Five Minute Friday (Monday): Intentional

With lots of prayer and pondering, I’ve decided that my one word for 2018 is BALANCE.

Although I had good intentions for 2017 and I persevered, I found myself anxious about many things beyond my control. As we ventured into house hunting, my emotions just seemed to spiral.

So, my goal for this year is to have more balance of doing and resting. We live in a society that tells us that to be successful we must constantly be in the hustle and bustle.

While it is necessary to act, it is equally important that we take rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest allows us to rejuvenate.

Create a space where you can allow your mind to go ‘blank.’
Create a space to be emotional, rather that is reflected in tears or laughter. Because sometimes tears are necessary.

Let it out.

Root your thoughts and TRUTH.

Be intentional with your progress, knowing that small progress is still progress.

Be intentional with self-care.

Be intentional with words of kindness, thoughts of grace, and keeping God center.

When God is center and we are intentional about our relationship with him, things just seem to go from chaos to calm. Our perspective brings peace.

Be Intentional. Live with purpose.

 

 

Silence is necessary.

Silence.

Is there truly a such thing?

In a world that is always going, moving, and doing…is there silence?

Like other ‘tasks’, I feel it is something we must take the time to margin in our daily life.
We can rest in silence, pray in silence, and most importantly hear and gain understanding.
Sometimes the noise can be too loud. Even our thoughts, if negative, can become too much.

Silence is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rest is necessary.

One thing I have been challenged to do lately is to focus on how I am ‘pouring in’.
We give so much. Especially as wives and mothers, we are always giving.
In general, we give advice, we give an ear (to listen), we give a hand (to help).

But how are you giving to yourself?

How are you pouring back in, so that you can pour out effectively?

Given today’s prompt of silence, I believe it is necessary to create space…quiet space for ourselves.
We may use this time to pray or hear from the Lord, but to be honest, we just need space to be.
And do nothing.
I’ve always thought by doing ‘nothing’ I was being lazy or somehow it was a lack of effort.
But as my soul has grown weary and in need of REST, I’ve realized that it is NECESSARY to rest.

Just like our cell phones need to ‘charge up’ which often includes putting it down and not in use…we do too.
So, I’ll put forth conscious effort to be in a space that invites silence to RECHARGE.

This post is a part of #FiveMinuteFriday.http://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/11/09/fmf-link-up-silence/vhttp://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/11/09/fmf-link-up-silence/

I have permission. Do you?

I have permission to be.

I have permission to fall. Get back up. Fall. Get back up, again.

Life is balance.

Balance of working, dreaming, doing, and being.

Sometimes life can feel like an emotional and mental tug-of-war.

I have permission to press play.

I have permission to press pause. Press play. And to press pause as many times as needed.

I have permission to feel overwhelmed. I have permission to feel.

Most importantly, I give myself permission to pray.

I have permission to be. Right here. Right now.

Give yourself permission to not be ok. Give yourself permission to be…just as you are…right here. Right now.

There is something magical about giving ourselves permission to be authentic, to be ourselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

#LiveFreeThursday

I think. I try. I did. (FMF)

This post is part of the weekly Five Minute Friday (FMF) link-up! It is a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.

FMF Prompt: Try

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the hardest thing you tried as a kid?

I think the hardest thing I’ve tried was overcoming grief.
(Kid and grief do not logically belong in the same phrase together, but the two are woven into my story.)

A lot of times when life gets uncomfortable, it is easy to give in.
It is easy to just be.

But what if we tried?

We try something new? Try harder? Try different?

Try again…and again…and again.

In life’s imperfection, rarely is something achieved on our first attempt.

Instead, it is effort upon effort, compounded by consistency, that we achieve our greatest victories.

And yet, somehow ‘trying’ seems almost as a ‘pass.’
In honesty, sometimes we have to do more than try.

We must do better. Be better.

Somewhere in between trying and doing, we’ll discover an evolution from “I think I can, I think I can” to “I did it. I did it. I did it.”

What will you try today? A new thought? A new action?

Mid – Year Check Up

Good morning,

As an effort to be fully transparent, I feel pressed to give you a praise report. I’m a firm believer that we often share only the bad with everything: relationships, ‘adulting’ revelations, etc.; as sometimes it is hard to find the good in situations. With my relocation for work, my family has made some hard decisions and sacrifices. We’ve responded by praising (in advance), praying and even dropping a few tears (on my end).

It’s paying off. I am grateful and optimistic about what the remainder of 2017 holds and that come August (my moving anniversary), I know this move/transition has entered a new season. 😊

As you’ve read in my previous encouragement posts, it’s been a struggle emotionally, financially, mentally, etc. in many ways, but there has also been LOTS of good with new friendships, true friends ‘pulling through’ with communication, prayers etc. In some ways it has been a test for us all. And my marriage has blossomed, so there has been some good.

I’m optimistic about my transitions in all aspects of my health – mental, spiritual, financial, spiritual, and physical.

Anywho, just wanted to share some good with you and remind you that prayer works. Sometimes (often times) it is not in our timing or looks like what we want it to. But just like a rearview mirror gives the disclaimer ‘objects are closer than they appear’, God works the same.

 

XOXO

~ Lemon