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

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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.”

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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


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