Wisdom has been from mistakes, Failure has led to my growth, Abundance gratefully rises above the paths of my past.
I define myself by the courage I’ve found to forge new roads, Not by how many obstacles have appeared in my path.
I define myself by the forgiveness and the faith I have found to begin again, Not by how many disappointments I’ve faced.
I define myself by how much I have loved and been willing to love again, Not by how long a relationship lasted.
I define myself by how many times I have struggled to my feet, Not how many times I have been knocked down.
I am not my pain
I am not my past
I am a unique individual that has emerged from the fire.
“Faith is being certain of what we do not see”
Genuine faith puts its letter in the mailbox and lets go- Distrust, holds on to a corner of the envelope and then wonders why the answer never arrives. Meaning- we hand over our circumstances over to God, allowing Him to work. (Psalm 37:5) “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will do this”. He will never work until we commit. Faith is receiving the gifts God offers us. We believe in Him, come to Him, commit to Him and rest in Him. Though we will never fully realize all our blessings until we begin to receive from Him and come to Him having the Spirit of abiding. (philippians 4:6) “Do not be anxious about anything” (1 Peter 5:7) “Cast all your anxiety on Him”, Here is when we cast our burdens on the throne of grace, (our true faith) we then walk away with believing and trusting the Lord that He will take care of everything. Don’t worry about the “what if’s” or when is it going to happen or answered, move forward , looking upward in faith, believing and trusting the Lord.
Blessing to you All! In Him, Lourdes
When we understand God’s grace, surrender our will to His will, repent- we become understanding, forgiving,and approachable. Through our circumstances we become content instead of discouraged. we look at our circumstances and trials in a different perspective. We endure and persevere, He then gives us comfort and strength, our character changes, we become a new person, we find peace regardless of anything that’s going on around us. It’s all part of His plan for our lives so that we will discover our Life Purpose. Sometimes we get so stuck on our past and we have negative thinking, we feel discouraged, worthless. Here is where we need to do what we don’t want to do, complete surrender. Once we surrender our will to His will, we can be assured that the outcome is better than what we ask for. His will is for our good. He’s for us not against us. There is hope beyond our circumstances and we can live above them. (Isaiah 40:31) “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint”. “Wisdom is gained in knowing the ways of God, We see life from His point of view” Blessings!
I always loved butterflies and today I have an understanding why I love them so much. After discovering the process of a butterfly it gave me the understanding with where I was in my life and “who I am” today. I will explain for those of you who may not know the process of a butterfly before it actually becomes a butterfly. So, before a caterpillar becomes a butterfly it prepares its cocoon as if it were dying, But what the caterpillar thinks is the end of its life, its actually “The Beginning”. It then sheds its skin which forms a chrysalis cocoon and goes inward for a few days. (Though for us in the process of life before discovering “Who we are”, (depending where you are in your life with yourself), it can take weeks, months or years). This process continues with it becoming a liquid (digestive soup). This liquid then chooses parts of the caterpillar to hold onto and kills the rest then creates new butterfly tissue. The butterfly then has to fight hard to get out of a the chrysalis (interesting thing is that if someone tries to help it during this process it dies). Its this process of fighting hard to get out that it gives the butterfly its strength and development that it needs to actually survive. Its then ready to learn to walk and fly. After learning about the process it takes before it becomes a Beautiful Butterfly, it was then I was able to say “I have been living as caterpillar, formed my cocoon, and have been in a puddle where I’m now fighting my way through (trials, circumstances all that life brings) learning and discovering more everyday of “Who I am”, I climbed out of what was holding me back, let go of what was not serving or supporting me, and now I’m able to fly, exploring all the beautiful new things life is bringing me. I’m enjoying every minute and embracing all the blessings in my life. I would like to encourage you to discover where are you in your life? Are you a caterpillar knowing that its time to change and do something new? Are you paddling around in the puddle of the person you were trying to discover the person you were created to be? Or are you a butterfly thriving and soaring to new heights? For me… it seemed like I was waiting for affirmation on what to do next, looking at what lied before me, all the hard work, pushing and pressing through, knowing the pain it was going to cause from letting go, all the obstacles I was going to face (which I learned to embrace). I took the leap of faith and started to learn and unleash all I had hidden and stored inside to discovering “WHO I AM”. This has been a process, and all worthwhile. I embrace all of my life experiences, the good and the not so good (in which I would’t change) It is because of all these life experiences that I have the strength to keep moving forward, as I look upward reaching my dreams. I look forward to sharing with you my journey as I continue walking, learning and growing experiencing my new heights. Blessings To All!