Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Each Day is a Gift

Each day is a gift....

Hold it, treasure it, unwrap it & enjoy it.
It has an expiry it only lasts 24 hours = 1,440 minutes = 86,400 seconds.
You can't return it, so savour it.
Don't waste it worrying or dreading it away.
Breathe in the sacredness of this very moment, you will never see it again.
Notice the simple pleasures & beauty surrounding you; a smile, the giggle of a child, the beauty of a flower, the changing colours of the leaves, the soft breeze across your face, a warm hug from a friend, the beat of your favourite song or the wrinkles of age.
Tell people you love them, don't let the moment pass you by...if you feel it , show it, express it & share it!
Let go of what is holding you back...fear, guilt, anger or shame...let courage, forgiveness, strength & hope rise!
Every heartbeat, a new beginning, this is your day, your moment to be fully and completely you.
Finally in this day, in this very moment...KNOW you are loved!!
Love you friends!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lessons from Rex

My dog Rex was under the ottoman, one of his favourite places to be, I had moved it so it was closer to the couch so I could put my feet up.
When I was leaving the room he tried to climb out the bottom only to realize he would run out of room because it was against the couch, he couldn't move backwards or forwards, he was stuck. Rex just took one look at me and then Conrad, my hubby, with his one foot, lifted the ottoman and Rex was free.
I asked Conrad how easy was it to lift the ottoman, to which he replied that it was no problem at all.
Where am I going with this?!
See Conrad and I had just been having a discussion about our lives and the things we struggle with and how it can be incredibly frustrating and never ending and here our dog was struggling for a moment and we didn't hesitate to free him.
In that scene, to me, it was a reflection of all the things I struggle with, I try to move forward...nothing, so I try backward...nothing, and yet what I need to do is lift my eyes upward and trust the one who can do what I cannot and lift the heavy burden that is weighing me down.
Yes I may have gotten myself into that situation, yes I probably didn't look ahead to see if I could get out of it.
See here's the thing, just as we didn't hesitate to help out our dog because to us it wasn't even a thought our loving father feels the same way about us.
To him, lifting up the burden so we can experience freedom is what he does, it's his thing, if we let it be his thing. We don't need to beg, plead, whine and yelp all we need to do is turn our eyes upward and he is there to help us.
Our dog had complete trust and faith in us to free him from his struggle and it was as though I was being asked the same thing....'Louise do you trust me to help you and can I walk with you, carry this burden for you and give you real freedom?'
The struggle isn't the point, we all have them, we will all endure them on this planet, it's part of the journey, the point is we were NEVER MEANT TO STRUGGLE ALONE AND CARRY OUR BURDENS ALONE.....He wants to carry them for us and walk beside us each and every moment of every day and make a way for us where there seems to be none and we feel trapped.
He wants to heal the broken places of our hearts, restore our trust and faith in him to be our amazing trustworthy master. He is so in love with us and cares so much for us, he is good and he is love and he wants us to experience his love, always!
Trust is a very real struggle for me, will you join me in this journey of trusting him today as we release the burdens we've been carrying and turn our eyes upward and begin to trust him for real, true, lasting freedom?!!

“Praise the Lord, who carries our burdens day after day; he is the God who saves us.”
Psalm 68:19

“Look at the birds: they do not sow seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren't you worth much more than birds?”
Matthew 6:26

Have an awesome Tuesday!
Love you friends! ❤️

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Some Back to School Love

A little something I wrote for my two youngest heading back to school this week......

*Stand out for kindness.
*Be known for encouraging others.
*Compete only with yourself, become a better version of yourself...everyone is unique and everyone is on their own journey, competition with others only leads to emptiness.
*Be a leader, stand up to the bullies, champion the under dog, find someone who looks lost or may be hurting and show them you care.
*There is always room for one more, don't be the great somebody, include everyone.
*Choose your close friends wisely, they frame your immediate future by the choices you make each day.
*Respect your teachers, listen, you don't have to agree with everything it doesn't give you a right to be rude. Rudeness and disrespect are never the right choices.
*Don't be afraid to ask questions and do your work diligently.
*You will be bombarded with "not good enough" whether it's clothing, style, size, looks, smarts, athleticism, charm....fight against it with all you've got, you ARE enough simply by being you!
No one can be you,
no one is you,
there is only one you!
So shine!!
Be fully and completely you and never let anyone dictate who YOU is!!
*School isn't simply to learn all you can, socialize with your friends and leave, school is a place where you can grow, be challenged and make an impact! Leave every day knowing that in some small way you made a difference!!
Be a difference maker every single day!
*Watch your tongue, it has the power to wound, to hurt and to maim or it has the power to heal, bring life and speak love!
Gossip KILLS, it may be tempting to get the juicy scoop, but walk away, don't take part instead CHOOSE TO SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE!!
*Look into each day as an adventure, choose to seek and find positive in every day, dwell on the good and don't focus on the negative.
*****Finally love the life you live, it's yours to enjoy, yours to walk and yours to navigate! You are never without hope and you are never alone, you are loved, unconditionally, completely and securely....your worth can never be defined by what others may think of you but it is determined by the one who made you and you are worth more than anything this world has to offer, even the purest of gold...never forget that!!!!!


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For Noah

Noah on this the eve of you heading off to University this mama heart is expectant, reluctant and expanding with love for you and what you will discover.
Some words for you as you head off to University this week:
*Throw off the weight of other peoples' expectation and step boldly into the future uniquely created and planned just for you.
*Don't let this world shape you, shape it by being you!!!!
*Share that smile with people you meet, it's a treasure that was never meant to be hidden.
*Kindness shines, be kind, always.
*Learn, grow, don't be afraid to ask questions and never set limits on yourself.
*Discover the dreams hidden and evolving in each day and moment.
*Though sometimes things may look different than originally planned, trust that you are never without hope and there is a plan even in change.
*Work hard and never give up.
*"Becoming a man" is a journey you've already been on, one that has been paved with kindness, love and respect you've already shown to the people in your life. Continue on that road, respect others and respect yourself. Champion the women in your life, they are a priceless treasure not an object of desire. Stand out for being a gentleman, for honouring and for integrity, in every area of your life.
*Life is a continuous journey of ups and downs, be fully alive for it all, don't trade reality for a high or a drink, live in such a way that you always remember the words you've spoken and the actions you've taken.
*Make time for fun, for that which makes you laugh, for that which fills you with joy, peace and contentment!
*You may have moments where you fail but that does not define you nor make you a failure, you have what it takes to rise to every occasion and become all that you were created to be!
*Never forget that above ALL ELSE you are loved infinitely, eternally and unconditionally by the King of Kings and His plans for you are good, they are above all you could even dream or
imagine. Listen to that still, small voice in every decision you make, the big and the small and you will be guided into your very own adventure on this journey that is your life!
***Be BOLD!
***Be BRAVE!
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