Don’t Lose Who You Are

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Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13‭-‬14 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/php.3.13-14.ESV

I cannot remain stuck in my past. I must focus on what lies ahead and trust God in it all. You should too.

Losing Yourself

Don’t lose who you are.

Think back to a year ago. Now think back to five years ago. Now, think back to 10 years ago. More than likely, you have changed. Now is that change something you are good with, or do you no longer recognize the person you have become? Have you lost your ability to be carefree and joyful? I am not talking about having an off day or two here and there. I am talking about looking into the mirror and seeing a complete stranger to the person you were years ago, in a negative way. Have you passed over yourself so much that all you see is the people you are trying to please day in and day out? Do you see a broken person who cannot find a way back up? Have you allowed the actions of family and friends to steal your joy? Have your circumstances moved you to take a backseat in life? As moms and wives, losing ourselves can be easy, if we keep putting God on the back burner.

This is not where God wants you. He wants You to know He has not left you. He wants you to know He sees you. He sees the you filled with excitement and joy. He sees you as His child, one He knew before the foundations of the earth. He chose You to be His. You are chosen. You are loved.

We cannot allow worldly things to define our character. Humans are going to fail you. God never will. Start today finding your way back to chosen, loved, and seen.

Your Sister in Christ

Mandy

Living with Hectic Blessings

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/eph.3.20-21.ESV

Yesterday was a rough fibro day. I hurt all over and felt like I was drugged, but I had not taken anything. I came home from work and the pain was immense. I fell asleep early last night and woke feeling better today. To God be the glory, He walked with me yesterday, and helped me find many ways to smile through the pain. He is amazing like that.

My Helper

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord , who made heaven and earth.
Psalms 121:1‭-‬2 ESV
https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.121.1-2.ESV

There are many that I see on social media or news stories that are broken and hurting and aching in their hearts. I pray that we all look to our Maker, He is our helper. Have a blessed day.

I am available to chat through messenger on Facebook or email. I am a listener and an encourager. Please don’t feel alone. I am not a professional. I am a sister in Christ.

Living with Hectic Blessings

Mandy

Whirlwind Trip

My husband’s side of the family is doing Christmas in July. It is going to be a lot of fun. We had to get Christmas gifts purchased. What a better way of doing this than making it a whirlwind 2 day getaway!

We left out at about 7 am on Monday morning, heading towards Eureka Springs, AR. I love this place!

We ate at the Mud Street Cafe, which is an underground restaurant. They have great food. We spent the next 3 hours shopping our hearts out! We stayed at the Super 8 Wyndham. They had an indoor pool. We all had a blast!

Pardon the sun in my eyes look in this photo. 😎

After we swam for awhile, we came back to our room and played cards, had loads of junk food, and just spent time together being a family.

She curled up behind me to give me a hug.
Getting ready to deal the cards.
Talking trash about how she was going to beat Mom at Speed. (She lost. 😂)

Day 2, we woke up at about 7:15, got ready, and at breakfast, then headed towards Springfield, MO, to go to the Wonders of Wildlife and Aquarium that is connected to Bass Pro Shop. This place was so much better than we expected. We spent 2.5 hours inside and could have easily made it 4 hours.

So many neat things about this place. Our middle daughter’s favorite place was petting the stingrays. I think she decided we need to get one as a pet. 😉 There is the huge screen with a digital aquarium. There are all sorts of strange looking creatures swimming in it. They give you different types of sea creatures to color, then scan it in and your artwork is then a part of this beautiful digital aquarium.

We picked up our last Christmad gifts, then we headed back to Oklahoma and stopped off in Miami, OK, at the Coleman Theatre. Our middle daughter loves theatre. She wants to visit old theatres all over the United States. This one was built in 1929. It took 330 days to build. The owner was quite rich and spent $600,000 to build this gorgeous place. It went for awhile with no one caring for it when in the 1980s a group of volunteers showed it some love. They have spent countless hours restoring this gem to its former glory. They even re-laid all of the gold leaf they way it was in its glory days. Bing Crosby and Bob Hope were on the board of trustees, along with Mr. Coleman, at one point. Will Rogers performed at this theater as well.

We were exhausted when we finally arrived home yesterday evening at about 7:30, but man, did we have fun!