Tuesday, September 18, 2018

God Cares About You

Do you believe that God hears you when you pray? Do you believe that He cares about you? Do you believe that He answers your prayers?







I have mentioned to you that Tim and I have had our troubles. He told me that he did not love me anymore and that he wanted out of our marriage.  He was ready to wipe his hands and be done.



I remember laying there in bed, the night that he told me he wanted out. I cried and waited for him to fall asleep. Then I got up and went out to the living room so I could cry and pray.



God Said "Fight"




I asked the Lord if I needed to find a lawyer or if I needed to fight for my marriage. It was completely quiet as everyone was asleep, however, I heard an audible voice telling me to "fight". I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that I was supposed to fight for my marriage, so I did.



It was not easy. I was so alone. I did not have anyone to talk to about anything. My friends only encouraged me to leave him and when I decided to fight, well, they were not very supportive.




Follow His Lead




You do something that is considered to be against the norm and you learn real quick who your true friends are.



I knew that the Lord had told me to fight. I clung to that with everything that I had within me. When I felt sad, I would climb into bed and pour my heart out to Him. My friends were not there, but God always was.









Sometimes our friends see only as the world sees. They thought it was normal for me to pack up and leave him, or kick him out. However, after a lot of prayer, I knew that I needed to follow His lead.



Do you believe that God hears you when you pray? Do you believe that He cares about you? Do you believe that He answers your prayers?




James 1:5-7 NIV



If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.




Prayer



Dear Father, I love that I can come to You with anything. It does not matter how big or how small it may be. You are always there. Father, I ask that You will give me wisdom so I know how to handle conflict whenever it arises. I am asking and I do believe because I know that those who do not believe are like a wave being tossed by the wind and they should not expect anything from You. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.








Matthew 21:22 NIV 



If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”



Prayer



Dear Father, thank You for being with me. Father, I know that if I believe, I will receive whatever I ask of You in prayer. I praise Your Holy name. It is in Jesus' name that I pray, Amen.









You Are Beautiful



Battling Insecurity 



Is Your Marriage Normal Or Weird?












Do you believe that God hears you when you pray?
Do you believe that He cares about you?
Do you believe that He answers your prayers?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.




















Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 




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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

You Are Beautiful

You are beautiful. Do you know that? Do you believe it?










I don't know about you, but I have a hard time hearing that I am beautiful. It is just something that I struggle with.



Think about this childhood rhyme for a minute:



Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But words will never hurt me



Have you ever just thought about those words. They are not true, at all. Words can and do hurt us very much.



Invisible Shields Up




I dunno, as a child, one that repeated that rhyme to mean kids, I guess I just believed that I had an invisible shield. If you throw a rock or stick at me, it might break a bone, but my invisible shield, will just deflect all negative words and throw them back at you.



I grew up feeling worthless and unwanted. I often heard that I was not "good for anything", that I would "never amount to anything".



Do you remember that Christina Aguilera song, Beautiful?



You are Beautiful
No matter what they say
Words can't bring you down









I think part of the reason that I have a hard time believing that I am beautiful or that I have a purpose is because of my illnesses.  Since I have gotten sick, that is all that I see in myself any more.




Words spoken by the wrong person can bring you down and they can hurt you. However, I am here to let you know that you are Beautiful. You are Wonderful. You have a purpose.




Do You Believe?



Do you believe that you can still have purpose while being sick? Do you believe God can still use you no matter what? Do you believe that He loves you?




Psalm 139:13-16 NIV




For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.




Prayer




Dear Father, thank You for creating me. Thank You for knitting me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, Father, because I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. All of Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. There is nothing about me that is hidden or secret from You, Father. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days that are ordained for me are written in Your book. Thank You for loving me so much. In Jesus' name. Amen










Ephesians 2:10 NIV





For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.





Prayer




Dear Father, thank You for creating me. Father, please help me to remember, to believe that I am Your handiwork which You created in Christ to do good works that have been prepared for me in advance. I praise Your name.  In Jesus' name.  Amen










Battling Insecurity


Your Story Matters


Seek To Put Others First











Do you believe that you can still have purpose while being sick?
Do you believe God can still use you no matter what?
Do you believe that God loves you?
You are beautiful.
Do you know that?
Do you believe that?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.






















Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 








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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Hand in Hand Match Up

Wanted: Prayer Partner. Looking for someone to pray with over life's struggles.







I have a hard time asking for things. Honestly, it might go back to my childhood. I was always made to feel that I did not deserve things.





Even now, with T, if there are things that I have seen that I have my heart set on, I have a hard time asking for them. He does not believe that I should feel the need to ask him for things. However, if I didn't ask, how would he ever know what I wanted.





I am the type of person that will see something and if I like it, I will either "gush" over it or I will make a point of bringing it to him. It has piqued my interest.





All it takes to make me happy is to pay attention to the things that I like. If I make a point of bringing something to your attention, it means that deep down, I really want that item. Watch the smile on my face bloom when you tell me it is okay to buy said item.





On the other hand, all it takes is one question to make me doubt myself. Or one negative, harshly spoken word.





I mention all of this to you because I would like a Prayer Partner.





There, I said it out loud (or typed it).








Wanted: Prayer Partner




I would like to find someone that would come along side of me as I struggle through my every day life. Someone that is a Faith blogger, so she understands what it means to "have to get the Word out" and feeling so alone in the process.





I would like to find someone that is entering the Empty Nest Stage, as I am. We can lean on one another during this time.





She might even have chronic illnesses, too, just as I do. So we can share stories and support one another through the pain and suffering.





I would like a Prayer Partner. 




This is something that I have wanted for a long time.




I have been praying for you.




I know you are out there.




Somewhere.




I will keep on praying and waiting for the Lord's timing to be right.





Prayer Partner Match up 




Have you ever longed for a friend? Somebody that you can email as often as you like? No matter what you are struggling with,  she is there on the other side of that email, or text or fb message. Have you longed for that type of relationship with someone?





I have created a closed fb group called OfferingGrace HandinHand. It is a group offering community, friendship, support, and encouragement. No matter your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them, Hand in Hand. A warm welcome is waiting.





If you long for an email pal/prayer partner, as I myself do, we are in the process of matching up into pairs. We would love to have you join us.











Matthew 18:19-20 NIV



“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”




Prayer



Dear Father,  thank You for all that You do. Father, thank You for the loved ones, the friends and the family that You have placed in my life. As I lift each of them in to prayer, help me to remember that it is through community, Father, that draws You closer in to our presence. If two of us stand in agreement about anything that we ask for, it will be done. Where there are two or three gathered together, in Your name, You are there. I praise Your name, Father. In Jesus' name. Amen. 











Hand in Hand, Facing Struggles Together














Are you looking for a Prayer Partner?
A friend that is just an email, text or fb message away?
No matter what you are facing, you are not alone.
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.


























Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 





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Friday, August 31, 2018

Let's Talk Bags

Do you suffer with chronic pain? Do purses cause you a lot of pain? Maybe it is time to think smaller. Sometimes smaller is better.







I have a love/hate relationship with purses. Oh, I love them. Please don't get me wrong on that. They are so pretty. However, they do not love me.




As far back as I can remember, I have never been one to want to carry a purse. I used to toss my driver's license in the car and just go. No purse was needed for that.




As I got older, I  started to care about how I looked and I wanted my bags to reflect that. Plus they carry everything.




I think it all started, honestly, when I had the need to carry diaper bags for the boys. Over time, I ditched the conventional diaper bag and went with a backpack type of purse. I felt like, if I needed to, I could have carried our kitchen sink in there and still had room.




Years have progressed, chronic illnesses have taken over and I am now back to a love/hate relationship with purses. I think they look good, they carry everything that I need for them to carry, but, they cause me way too much pain.






What Is A Girl To Do?





I dug out a wallet, that I had, that was large enough to carry my cell phone. Then I sat down and went through my purse. I asked myself, "Okay, Leigha, what exactly do you have to carry with you when you go out of the house?"




For me, all I absolutely need to carry in a bag is my driver's license, my list of current medications, my solu-cortef injection, the needles, and some alcohol swabs. Oh, and, of course, my cell phone.




That is the bare necessities for me. As long as I make sure that I have those items, I am good.




This leaves me wondering, why do I always struggle with such a big, heavy bag? Are there bags out there that are cute, small and will carry my bare neccessities?










A Purse For Every Occasion 





Yes, I am happy to announce that there are cute, small bags out there for every occasion. They are known as cell phone wallet purses and I love them. Some have hand straps (too cute), some have long straps so you can wear the bag over your shoulder or even crossbody style.




If you are like me and live with chronic pain, it might be time to rethink your purse. If you think you can manage without it for the time that you are out of the house, your neck and shoulder just might thank you for switching to smaller bags. See, sometimes, smaller is better.










2 Corinthians 12:8-10 NIV



Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 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. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.



Prayer



Dear Father, thank You for being with me. Father, even as I suffer, I know that You are still there. I know that Your grace is sufficient for me and Your power is made perfect in my weakness. Help me to be strong as I boast in my weaknesses, Lord. For I know that when I am weak, then I am strong. In Jesus' name,  Amen.













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What Are Your Dreams?













Do you suffer with chronic pain?
Do you have a love/hate relationship with purses?
Can you manage on the bare neccessities?
Do you have any tips to share that might help ease some pain?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I will be happy to help carry your load.


























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Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

What Are Your Dreams?

What did you want to be "when you grew up"? How has life changed that image?







As a little girl, I wanted to be nurse for newborn babies, you know, "when I grew up".




As I got older, my dreams changed, but not by a whole lot. You see, I knew, even as a little girl, that I was called to do something with children. By the time I was in my teens, I wanted to work in child care taking care of newborns. My heart was to actually attend school in that field, but since my dad was footing the bill,  I had to take what he wanted. In the end, I did not follow through with my school career.




After I met Tim, my dream changed again to being a stay at home mom. I was able to accomplish this when our first son was in kindergarten. In the meantime, I worked in childcare, taking care of the infants.




As I look back, I can see how the Lord has worked everything. I was called to do something with children; my children.




What Is My Purpose Now, Lord?





Now that I am looking at an almost empty nest and I am living with chronic illnesses, there are so many days that I feel useless. What is my purpose now, Lord?








For a while, I threw myself into crocheting. It was my go to comfort thing, my escape. Then the pains in my hands got to be too much for me, so I had to give it up. I won't lie, I miss it.




One day, I felt lead to start up a new blog and have now been doing this for about six months. It is my escape.





Do I Have Dreams For The Future?





Do I have dreams for the future? Tim often tells me that I don't dream. I just try to be realistic and try not to put too much pressure on myself.  I just do not have the same dreams that he does. I dream that the Lord will use my blog to reach someone. I dream that my group will reach the struggling women who feel all alone in this world.




I do have a dream that even my ten year old self might be proud of, to write an ebook. It is just a dream, but it sits there in the back of my mind.




I believe that the Lord can still use me. Even now with my almost empty nest, with my chronic illnesses, aches, pains and everything else. The dream may change throughout time, I just need to follow the Lord.









Romans 8:28 NIV 



And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.



Prayer



Dear Father, I thank You for being with me. Father, even when I find myself bogged down in pain and feeling useless, please help me to remember that all things work for those who love You and have been called according to Your purpose. Help me to stay focused on You and follow where You lead. In Jesus' name, Amen. 










3 Reasons To Let Your Child Make Mistakes

4 Ways To Manage Sensory Overload

Need Help Finding A Doctor?









What did you want to be "when you grew up"?
How has life changed that image?
Do you believe that the Lord still has a purpose for you?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.
























Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group.





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Friday, August 10, 2018

Battling Insecurity

Do you ever feel insecure? Deal with self doubt issues? Just feel like you do not measure up?












On facing issues of insecurity,  you need to remember one thing:



You are not enough.



I am sure the knowledge of that statement stings a bit. However, here is another statement for you:



Jesus is enough.



No matter how insignificant you feel, Jesus is strong enough to handle the situation. Hold on to that hope.



Do you miss out on opportunities because of your insecurities? I know that one all too well myself. It is hard to put myself out there, to take part in things when I fully expect that I am not good enough for that situation or that group of people.



Many are the times that I have passed on taking part in something. Because I knew that I was not good enough. I did not measure up. If I was given a task, I would inevitably mess it up. These self doubts play over and over in my mind until I give in to them and end up missing out on events.



I do not want this to happen for you. Or for me. How about the next time that insecurity rears it's head when you are asked to do something, you say:



I am not sure that I can, however, Jesus is enough and I can do all things with His help.













Ways To Battle Insecurity 



1. Look up verses about Bible Figures who struggled. 



Do a search for Bible Figures who struggled with depression. Pick one character and study them.



2. Look up Jesus is enough verses. 



Do a search for Jesus is enough verses.



3. Write down the verse. 



Pick one Jesus is enough verse that speaks to you and write it down. Write it on an index card so you can keep it close by. Whenever you start to feel "not good enough" read over your card. Continue to do this until you have the verse memorized.













Philippians 4:13 GW 


I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.



Prayer



Dear Father, thank You for always being with me.  Father, I confess that I struggle with insecurity, self doubt, and often feel like I just do not measure up. Whenever I feel that way, please help me to remember that You are enough.  According to Philippians 4:13, I know that I can do anything; I can do everything because You are with me and You give me strength. Thank You so much. In Jesus' name, Amen.










Your Story Matters

Seek To Put Others First 

Faith Over Fear













Do you ever feel insecure?
Deal with self doubt?
Just feel like you do not measure up?
Do you have any tips that you can share?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it,  I will be happy to help carry your load.



























Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I work in the medical field.  The tips that I have listed are what have helped me in the past.  I hope that they might help you as well.




Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 




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Friday, August 3, 2018

Seek To Put Others First

What are you struggling with today? Do you have someone that you trust enough to share with?









I have always longed for a close friend. That "bff" that I can share everything with. The person that I go to when I am sad and say, "Hey, I am feeling blue today." And no matter what, she is there to listen. Oh, and she does not judge, either.

I have been feeling down for several days now. Honestly,  I am not sure what is the cause. I will go as far as to say that I pick up on other people's moods. T was on call over the weekend and dealing with a bit of stress. I picked up those feelings and they became mine.

So what do you do when you feel alone and depressed?

In my ideal world, my "bff" would check in on me, just like she had a sense that something was wrong with me.

What I am learning to do is to put others first. When I am feeling blue, I reach out to someone else that I have not heard from in a while to see how she is doing. Then when I hear back from her, it brightens my day.










3 Reasons To Put Others First 





1. It takes the focus off of self. 



Putting someone first means that you are focused on her needs and not thinking about yourself.



2. It will help you to feel a little better. 




By taking the time to check in on someone, who you have not heard from in a while, you are doing for her what you long for someone to do for you. When she responds back to you, it will change the outlook of your day.



3. It is biblical. 




Philippians 2:3 NIV Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,












Romans 12:10 NIV 



Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.



Prayer



Dear Father,  thank You for always being with me. Father, help me to remember the importance of being devoted to those that I love. If someone is important to me, help me to make them a priority, Father, according to Your will. Thank You so much for the blessing of loved ones and friendship. In Jesus' name, Amen.














Hand in Hand Facing Struggles Together


On Making And Keeping Friends













What do you do when you feel alone and depressed?
Do you have someone that you trust enough to share with?
How can I pray for you today?
If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.




























Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nor do I work in the medical field. The tips that I have listed are what have helped me in the past. I hope that they might help you as well.




Whatever your struggles, you are not alone, we will face them Hand in Hand. If you are looking for community, friendship, support, encouragement, you are welcome to join my closed facebook group. 





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God Cares About You

Do you believe that God hears you when you pray? Do you believe that He cares about you? Do you believe that He answers your prayers? ...