Category Archives: Worry-Free Wednesdays

Worry-Free Wednesdays: Life’s Journeys

Choosing to believe in God’s grace,

No matter the struggle, challenge, or mountain we face.

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.

Remembering that we are never alone even in our loneliest, most frustrated state,

Believing that it is our faith that leads our fate.

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.(1)

Therefore we let go, trusting in tomorrow’s promises and today’s hope,

Smiling on in perseverance is the only way to live, to thrive, to cope.


Cast all your cares on Him for he cares for you He's near to the broken and confused By his stripes our spirit is renewed So enter in the joy prepared for you


“Find me here
And speak to me
I want to feel You
I need to hear You
You are the light
That’s leading me to the place
Where I find peace again

You are the strength
That keeps me walking
You are the hope
That keeps me trusting
You are the light to my soul
You are my purpose
You’re everything”

“Everything” – by Lifehouse

Source: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/l/lifehouse/everything.html


Worry-Free Wednesdays: Be Strong & Courageous

Before my son was born, my husband had a decal created to decorate the wall above his crib.   These words could not be any more perfect for us. They read:

Bring your special someone to an unforgettable night(1)

 

Walking with that message of faith today, we smile on…

 

 

Worry-Free Wednesdays: The Roads That Have Yet to Appear

This Wednesday we start with a classic…

_Hope if everybody runs, you'' choose to stay...(1)

It is amazing to me how many times in life we are faced with this decision.   

  • The first part of this poem is an excerpt from something I wrote at the age of 15 during my struggle with an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety when I felt like I had messed up everything.  
  • As almost 20 years have passed since I wrote those initial words, I have added a new ending of hope.  

Between Today & Tomorrow

“How can I choose between today and tomorrow,

And pick just one road to follow.

For I have so much trust invested in today,

Yet so much interest in what tomorrow has to say.

Here or there,

It all just seems so unfair.

I can’t decide between today and tomorrow,

Nor pick what road to follow.

Today is always here,

While tomorrow has many uncertainties to fear.

Yesterday must be remembered but pushed aside,

To make way for what tomorrow may decide.

But wait,

For I feel it might be already too late!

For here I still stand,

Kneeling as drops fill my hand.

Leaving me in the tears of my own mist,

As the roads both now cease to exist.

Still waiting for that perfect day to decide,

Which tide to choose to ride.

Should I wait it out a little more,

Or push it aside and continue to ignore.

For I stood and cried,

But still choose to pretend it didn’t hurt inside.

For here I stand,

Living as though the choice I never made,

Hasn’t just allowed both to fade….”

New ending with a necessary twist of hope …

“No matter the struggle or valley so low,

Something always making me hang on in tow.

Humoring the idea of giving up for second or even two,

Running seemed like the option I wanted but could not do.

Therefore, I stood and prayed to be led,

Knowing that walking alone was not how any of us were bred.

Holding on to promises and dreams,

For tomorrow holds new beginnings despite what today’s pain seems.

Initially stubborn and needed to prove the world wrong, 

Soon faith turned that into a new song.

The paths never fade,

Instead it was I who strayed.

Eyes opened to new paths ahead,

Faith dismissed fear and led.

New focus grown in faith and hope for tomorrow,

Erased my once never-ending sorrow.

Walking now on new paths despite the bumps and miles,

Once again allowing perfect imperfections to galvanize infinite smiles.

© Smiling Away Allergies-http://smilingawayfoodallergies.com/

_Hope if everybody runs, you'' choose to stay...


Sometimes, the right path has not appeared in sight yet. Patience is key. The easiest or most popular path is not typically the one that will led you to where you belong, where you can prosper.   Instead, follow your heart and those dreams that only faith can bring to life.   Prayer with belief is powerful and opens endless possibilities on a new path where we continue to learn step by step…smile by smile…


Worry-Free Wednesdays: Be Careful What You Focus On

Dropping to life’s lowest valleys in our darkest moments we must shift,

Our focus to see the light that will otherwise go adrift.

course

Change beyond terrifying when suddenly appearing out of the blue,

Leading us to grasp tightly to the past instead of embracing the new.

Change

In those moments leaps of faith become critical despite the miles,

Allowing perfect imperfections to galvanize infinite smiles.


Maybe challenges help us shift our focus from all of the wrong distractions to exactly where it is meant to be.   With that thought, we smile on this Wednesday…

“When you’re upside down, then you see it all
Everything’s the wrong way around but clearer than before
When you’re upside down, then you see it all
That you spend all your time pushing on a pull door

I will shake you
I will make your shattered dreams unwind
Because it’s only when it comes to pieces
Only then is time increases
You will find the peace that you’ve been dying for
You’ll realize that all this time
You’ve been pushing on a pull door…”

Worry-Free Wednesday: Taking the Shots

SHOTS

In life, we can’t score if we don’t take the chance.   Therefore, today’s “Worry-Free Wednesday” is short but very sweet.

Dream big,

Act boldly without fear,

Have faith,

Even when the future is anything but clear.

Believe that “anything is possible” and smile on,

Take the shots bravely,

Even when everything else seems like it is gone.

Even when the mountains span for what seem like miles,

Faith reminds us that impossible does not exist,

If today we take the chance of our infinite smiles.

Worry-Free Wednesdays: Perseverance Defines Strength

seasonalspecials.com

Throughout most of my life, I have always been one to follow the rules and do what was asked of me.   Throughout my years of school, I was a respectful, hardworking, and quiet student.  Therefore, teachers liked me.   However, when I was in graduate school, I had a professor who appeared to have something against me from the very first class. Still, I went about my business as I would in any other class.

One of her policies was that you could turn in any paper early for her to edit and make suggestions about.   She also mentioned to us that you could do this as many times as you wanted to get the grade you wanted.   So what did I do? I wrote the major paper weeks, if not months, early.   It sounds crazy but that is just how I operated.

When I first handed it to her, she tore it apart with words.   There were so many red marks and comments everywhere! (Some of which I did not agree with.) However, I made all of the corrections and resubmitted it the following week, just to get it back again covered in red ink.

(Hey, I thought they taught us not to use red ink when correcting anyways?)

Redo!!!

Once again, I made all of the suggested edits and turned it in.   This continued to happen a total of five times before finally the last session of the semester class had come. As we were packing up to leave, I went to get my paper afraid to see what was now written in red across the text.  Instead of seeing the crimson color I had become familiar with, I saw a line that would stick with me the rest of my life…

“Your perseverance alone is enough to make you successful.”

a plus


I am far from the smartest…far from the strongest…far from the most talented….far from the most successful …far from the absolute best at anything…However, the driving force that has always been present in my life throughout all the ups and downs is my perseverance.   If I teach my son one lesson in this world, I hope it is the will to persevere no matter what because with that anything is possible.   We smile on because perseverance moves mountains and defines strength…

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.


“When fear feels bigger than my faith
And struggles steal my breath away

When my back’s pressed up against the wall
With the weight of my worries stacked up tall
You’re strong enough to hold it all

I will cast my cares on You
You’re the anchor of my hope
The only one who’s in control
I will cast my cares on You
I’ll trade the troubles of this world
For Your peace inside my soul

This war’s not what I would’ve chosen
But You see the future no one knows yet…”

“Cast My Cares” by Finding Favour

Source: https://www.air1.com/music/artists/finding-favour/songs/cast-my-cares-lyrics.aspx


My Random Musings

Worry-Free Wednesdays -The True Value of a Moment

MOMENTS

Dr. Seuss was one smart guy. While it has been a tough week for TJ with a bad eczema flare up, red rashes, hives, flu-like symptoms, and not eating much at all, this quote brings me back to where I need to be.   It reminds me that despite our challenges that these moments will become some of the greatest memories.   We can’t wish them away in worry.  Instead, we need to embrace them.  Life is too beautiful and precious despite its challenges. How can we truly live even through the tough times?


About a year ago during a phase of sleep regression aka sleep deprivation, a friend sent me this. It really hit home for me and touches upon this topic of living in the moments, good or bad, because life is a series of these phases…

It’s Just a Phase

Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com


For much of my life, I let worry take away from some amazing times. Looking back at some of these moments, they are memories that I cherish.   How can that be? How can we let moments like that slip away?

On the other hand, I have a brother who is 1 year, 1 month and 1 day younger than me and he did the opposite.   He always made sure to LIVE his life to the fullest.   I envied him for years for that. That envy has turned into respect and inspiration.   It is a respect that has inspired me to make the changes in my life that were needed. Individuals like my brother are often misunderstood; however, they should be our biggest inspirations.  I know he was and is one of mine.   It is my goal to savor this life through the best and even the worst moments. They make for some of the best memories.


Last Spring, on our long car rides to work and day care, one of the songs that I played for us was “I Lived” by One Republic.   The lyrics to this song are some of my favorite as they are about truly living life.   So as I smile on because I have never felt more empowered, I share these lyrics….

“Hope when you take that jump, you don’t fear the fall
Hope when the water rises, you built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out, they’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, you choose to stay

Hope that you fall in love, and it hurts so bad
The only way you can know is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer but take the pain
Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived

Hope that you spend your days, but they all add up
And when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup
Oh, I wish that I could witness all your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes, I’ll say

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived

Oh, oh, oh, oh

With every broken bone, I swear I lived
With every broken bone, I swear I

I, I did it all
I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived”

Untitled design(2)

What if there’s a bigger picture?
What if I’m missing out?
What if there’s a greater purpose?
That I could be living right nowI don’t wanna miss what matters
I wanna be reaching out
Show me the greater purpose
So I can start living right now
Outside my own little world, my own little world, my own little world”
– “My Own Little World” by Matthew West
<!– start LinkyTools script –><p><b>Powered by Linky Tools</b></p><p><a href=”http://www.linkytools.com/wordpress_list.aspx?id=262711&type=thumbnail”>Click here</a> to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…</p><!– end LinkyTools script –>
My Random Musings

Worry-Free Wednesdays: Let Your Smile Change the World

CHANGE

Today, my son needs to go to the allergist to receive his flu shot.  Having it given at his doctor’s office is a precaution since most types of this vaccine contain a very small amount of egg protein.  However, he is required to receive it. Check out more information about the egg allergy and the flu vaccine here.

Every time I start to worry, I pray and remind myself to trust in God’s protection over him. With that being said, we will not let this vaccination or fear of reaction change our smiles.  Instead, we smile on in faith…


Hope is what we crave
And that will never change
So I stand and wait
I need a drop of grace
To carry me today
A simple song to sing
It’s written on my soul
Hope’s what You gave

“Hope is What We Crave”For King and Country

Worry-Free Wednesdays – Trust in God’s Timing

When I have the chance to, I like to plan a bit ahead with my posts. As of yesterday morning, I had planned to post the following…


Worry-Free Wednesday could not have fallen on a more perfect day.  Today, TJ will go to his allergist for an oral food challenge to wheat.  Because there is no way of truly predicting the outcome of how his body will react to wheat, we must put our trust in God.  With that being said, I cannot entertain fear for a second. It takes over too quickly. Instead, I trust that through our doctors and prayer, God is guiding our steps.

Say an extra prayer or two for my little guy today as we walk by faith and smile on…

“I will WALK BY FAITH even when I cannot see…” – 2 Corinthians 5:7


Walking by faith is exactly what we did. However, the last 24 hours have changed our course a bit without us steering the wheel…

Since my son woke up with a deeper cough and still battling this persistent cold for almost two weeks now, we called the doctor again yesterday.  They asked us to come in and sure enough, he has the start of an ear infection.  Poor guy!

Our allergist happened to be in the same office at the time of our appointment and informed us that due to the cold and infection, his oral food challenge would need to be postponed until the next available date. It makes total sense to be as healthy as possible when participating in a food challenge.  Sickness just complicates matters on many different levels.

When I asked the receptionist when the next available opening was, she searched her computer and informed me, “February 3 is the next available opening.”

Initially, I panicked.  It’s only the beginning of October! This was far from what we had planned.  Passing a wheat challenge would open up TJ’s diet soooooo much! Now, we would need to wait for four months.Our plan needed a lot of revising now….

Then as a tear or two started streaming down my cheek, I stopped myself and looked at my son who was drinking his water sippy cup, sick and still smiling away.  For sure, time in every sense of the word is important.  However, it’s not about my timing.

On the car ride home, I explained to TJ (more as a reminder to myself), “It is not the right time yet to try wheat.   We prayed for this protection and God answered.   He always does. Sometimes, we just need to open our hearts so that our ears actually hear it over the static of life.”

GOD'S TIMING

On this Worry-Free Wednesday you get two quotes for the “price” of reading one post! My frustration and fear have both turned into praise and a greater faith that this was all God’s work. After all, it’s all about His timing.  Therefore, we smile on without wheat but walk in faith knowing that it’ll be worth the wait.


<center><a href=”http://www.letstalkmommy.com/&#8221; “><img border=”0″ src=”http://www.letstalkmommy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ShareWithMePicM.jpg&#8221; /></a></center>

Super Busy Mum

<a href=”http://honestmum.com/category/brilliant-blog-posts/”><img style=”margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; display: block;” src=”http://i.imgur.com/fJzNWoE.jpg&#8221; alt=”Brilliant blog posts on HonestMum.com” width=”301″ height=”189″ /></a>

Domesticated Momster