Sunday Encouragement-Letting Go

This past week has been all about “letting go” for my daughter, Courtney. Colt is going to start preschool on Monday. We visited his class this past Friday and met his teachers. (Typical little boy, he has a scuffed knee.)

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We’re so thankful he’s going to a christian preschool where they can pray and read from the Bible. But it’s still hard on Courtney to see him grow up and start school, even if it is preschool.

This past year, Courtney and Colt have dealt with a lot of changes. Change is never easy. But thankfully, they’re are doing great and that makes this Mama very happy.

One of the things Courtney has put off, was taking Colt’s paci’s away. He only uses them to sleep with at night but he loves his paci’s.

Courtney had planned to make it special. We were going to go to Build -a-Bear and let Colt pick out a stuffed animal. Then he’d put the paci’s in the animal and he could sleep with it and his paci’s.

So yesterday was the BIG DAY. We took Colt school shopping, we got a hair cut and we went to Build-a-Bear. Colt picked out a monkey and we stuffed all 5 of his paci’s in the monkey.

Last night around 9:30, I texted Courtney to see how bed time went. Here’s the text:
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Poor Colt, he’s learning at a young age, that letting go isn’t easy. Oh how I wish we could protect him from all the disappointments in life.

Letting go is never easy, but sometimes it’s necessary. 

never easy  We’ve all had to let go of things, haven’t we? Past sins, difficult relationships, and loved ones who’ve passed away.

But in letting go, we grow and we learn and if we will let Him, Christ will mold us to be more like him.

Jeremy and Maribeth Johnson are friends of ours who understand the difficulty of letting go. They had to let go of their daughter, Abbie Ann, just a few hours after she was born. Abbie Ann had Trisomy 13. Jeremy and Maribeth have shared their story and given God all the glory. Maribeth sings this song about Abbie Ann and letting go of her.


Have a blessed Sunday!

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I’m Overwhelmed By Grace

I’m overwhelmed by God’s grace. I don’t take it lightly. I know the sacrifices He made so that I could have it. And to be perfectly honest, I’m desperate for it.

I sometimes forget that past sins have been wiped clean. I still mourn them….but. there’s. grace

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When I heard the words to this song, I was in my car. I almost pulled over and cried because of God’s mercy on me.

Here are the words, “I run into Your arms, Unashamed because of mercy. I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed.”

We get to go before the Father UNASHAMED because of what Christ did for us! I truly am OVERWHELMED.

 

I pray today that you will feel overwhelmed by His grace and know that you are loved by an almighty God who is holding you in the palm of His hands.

Do you sometimes need to be reminded of His grace? Do you have past sins that you mourn?

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Have a blessed day!

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Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

Do You Ever Feel Anxious?

I know many of you have felt anxious before, I know I have. I’ve had nights where I wake up and feel an overwhelming sense of fear. It’s in those moments I cry out to God.

The good news is that Jesus is always waiting, always listening and He is the one who can calm our fears. He can carry us in those times. The truth is we all need Jesus to carry us.

St. Augustine said, “our souls are restless until they find their rest in You.”

Philippians 4:7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”

Maybe you’re dealing with something, like divorce, financial troubles, illness, or doubt. Maybe everything is good but you still have fears or anxiety.

He can carry you!

I had heard this song many times, but hadn’t listened to the words. It’s a great reminder of His faithfulness.

Have a blessed Sunday!

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The Voice Of Truth

I was taking a walk this week in my subdivision listening to christian music on my iphone and I heard the song, The Voice of Truth by Casting Crowns.

I started thinking about all the lies that the enemy has told me, and I’m sure has told some of you.

The enemy tells us:

  • You don’t matter.
  • God could never forgive you.
  • God can’t use you.
  • You’ll never be good enough.

At times, I’ve chosen to listen to the lies over the voice of truth.

But God says:

  • You are fearfully and wonderfully made! Psalm 139:14
  • There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
  • So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. John 8:36
  • You are forgiven. Ephesians 1:7
  • You are the apple of his eye! Zechariah 2:8

The Voice Of Truth

My prayer today is we will listen to the Voice of Truth and stop listening to the enemies lies.

I’m sharing an older picture today, I hope you don’t mind! It’s day 27 of my 31 days of summer fashion.

I still have this dress and wear it. The dress is a Stitch Fix dress, my necklace is from Francesca’s and my wedge heels are from Payless Shoe Source.

Stitch Fix Dress

Have a blessed day!

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Difficult Seasons-Take Another Step

It seems like each week I come to this place and ask why? I know life is a journey and there are times of joy but there are also times of sorrow.

Just this week, a friend found out that her 2 year old daughter has a malignant brain tumor. They operated and removed 95% of the tumor. They will have to do chemo and radiation to get rid of the 5% that was left. My heart aches for this family.

I sometimes wonder how we handle the difficult seasons but I’m reminded of this quote by Oswald Chambers….

Take Another Step

We can’t give up. We have to have faith that God is in control. Do the next thing!

When my daughter found out about this tragedy, she texted me, “Why is life so hard?” My answer was simply, “Because this is not our home. We are here to shine light in a dark world and we never know how long we have.”

We have no guarantees of tomorrow but we have today, so let’s shine His light!

The song, Take Another Step by Steven Curtis Chapman kept coming to my mind.

Basically, the song is saying one minute everything can seem perfect and the next minute there’s tragedy. What do we do? Take another step, and then another, and then another……

 

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

I have a hard time posting fashion pictures on Sundays but since I committed to 31 days of summer fashion I’m going to do it. You know I wasn’t going to get through 31 days of summer fashion without wearing my chambray shirt.

31 days of summer fashion

Chambray Shirt-Cato//Black pants-Stitch Fix//Wedge heels-Macy’s//Earrings-Target

Have a blessed Sunday!

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Sunday Encouragement-Friendships

I’m heading home from Haven today. I’ve had a wonderful time but I’m ready to be home! One of the blessings that has come out of my blogging is the friendships I’ve formed with other bloggers.

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I spent a lot of time with Becky from Organizing Made Fun and Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (Jen and I were roomies!) We not only have blogging in common but we are sisters in Christ.

I need friends like Becky and Jen, they remind me  of what’s important. They challenge me to grow in my faith. Proverbs 27:17 says, As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

It’s important for us to have friends that help us grow in our faith. As women, we sometimes don’t take the time to build friendships with other women. But we need each other and we need to encourage each other.

Do you try to build friendships with other women? Do you have women that you can share your faith with?

Yesterday we went to dinner at Seasons 52. I love this restaurant, if you have one near you, you should go, immediately. :-) (Again, these were taken with my iphone, ugh!)

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Chevron top-Stitch Fix//Boyfriend jeans-Kut From the Kloth//Wedge heels-Shoe Sensation(similar here)

On the way to Haven I listened to a CD that a friend made for me after my Mom passed away. I have listened to it hundreds of times. This is one of the songs on the CD. I think I’ve shared it before but I love love it.

 

Have a blessed day!

***There are affiliate links in this post. This does not mean you pay a dime more when you purchase a product through my link. It just means I made it easier for you to find something, so I make a few cents when you purchase it. I so appreciate your support of Walking in Grace & Beauty. Thank you!

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