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Intro to the New Life of Grace Series!

As I write this I am tired, spent from the demands of another long day. I sit down to refuge in the sound and the texture of my .05 G2 as it softly and smoothly scratches its shiny black ink across the page to let some of the pent up thoughts flow, that I might make sense of them. This is my “self-care”. At least, that’s what they tell me. “Writing” gives me my joy, my spark, my strength to carry on.

But, as the evening sun warms my shoulders and with it life and hope return to my soul, I am reminded that true strength never came from anyone’s self-care, no matter how much they enjoy it.

Oh no, my friend, our strength does not come from what we do for ourselves – our strength comes from what He does for us! It comes from beauty, silence, contemplation, and prayer. Ultimately, it comes from GRACE.

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Self-Acceptance

Irreplaceable – Called to Recognize your Worth

I’m not going to lie, up until pretty much writing this post, I’ve resented being a mother. People tell me, “Just enjoy it, they grow up so fast” …but all I feel is my blood starting to boil a little bit. I’m not saying I regret having children, because I don’t. I wanted them. I wanted this perfect little vision of children and motherhood that I had inside my mind.  I had visions of tea parties and family board games (without pieces flying everywhere).  I had visions of listening to my children laugh and play nicely together while I got things done nearby. I had visions of perfectly clean, little smiley angels who minded when I asked them nicely to do things as long as I was reasonable. I had visions of enjoying teaching my cooperative, attentive and eager little ones to read and learn about life, language, nature and God as they hung on my every word.

I had visions of enjoying motherhood!

But I didn’t envision

Personal Growth, Self-Acceptance

Human Weakness – The Secret to Super-Human Strength!

We are all too familiar with our human weakness.

Do you get frustrated by failure? Do you feel that all too often your best efforts and best laid plans are thwarted by irritating nothings that somehow have the power to ruin everything?

I’m pretty sure most human beings can agree that we aren’t the biggest fans of not measuring up to our own standards, or, even worse, to the standards we feel others place on us. As disappointing as it may be, we are all human. And, part of being human entails weakness and imperfection. :'(

How can we ever find peace with our reality if we are trying to become something we are not (namely, perfect)? Is there any way to see our weakness in a more positive light?

Self Care

Is Self-Care Selfish? – 10 question quiz!

I saw a post called “Is self-care selfish?” the other day. Of course, the conclusion was “Absolutely not. You have to take care of yourself to take care of everyone else. You deserve this. You can’t pour from an empty cup. etc” and I agree with this statement, but it’s not that simple.

To truly answer this question we have to ask, what really qualifies as self-care? Have you ever considered the fact that true self-care might be something you don’t necessarily enjoy doing?

It is worth it to distinguish between healthy self-care and other pastimes we enjoy that we like to classify as self-care in order to justify doing them. These are the pastimes that make us ask the question “Is self-care selfish?” in the first place. Obviously, someone’s conscience is pricked, or the question wouldn’t even be out there.