Lessons Learned 2017

Lessons Learned 2017

I would love to hear from everyone.  What are the greatest lessons you learned in 2017?

I have learned a lot.  I feel like many of the lessons started in July while I was at the beach.  The Lord really started dealing with my heart about my priorities.  What I didn’t realize was that my out of order priorities was a sign of the condition of my heart.  I love the Lord and He knows my heart.  My heart is to serve and please Him.  However, I was suffering from some heart idols.  I didn’t even know that term when the Lord first started dealing with me.  This was just the beginning of “The Year of Learning”.  Ironically, to get me to be still long enough to really listen and learn the lessons God had prepared for me, it took suffering a concussion.  2017 became “The Year of the Concussion”.  That’s funny to me.  It’s just another sign of God’s sense of humor.  It’s also proof that God sees things differently than we see them. Who knew that a severe bump on the head could bring clarity and understanding?!?!  God knew. …THE REST OF THE STORY

A Joyful, Sorrow-Filled Heart

A Joyful, Sorrow-Filled Heart

Merry Christmas!  It’s just such a joyous season, right?  Anyone else feel a little less than thrilled?  While this season is a joyful season, it is also a very difficult season for many.  Yesterday was my daddy’s birthday.  He would have been 63 years old.  However, we lost him one year, 6 months, and 24 days ago, but who’s counting?  Last year was our first Christmas without him, but I think we were all still in so much shock it didn’t 100% register.  I busied myself trying to make sure everything was coordinated and organized, making sure everyone was okay and nothing was going to send anyone into an emotional firestorm.  This year is a different story.  Reality has set in and I have slowed my roll.  I am filled with sorrow.  I am grieving.  These feelings are in direct conflict with how I feel about celebrating the birth of Christ, the one who delivered, rescued and saved me.  These feelings are in direct conflict with how blessed I feel about being with my family during Christmas.  Regardless, the feelings are coexisting in my heart.  I am hurting.  I am deeply wounded, and I still don’t understand why Daddy’s gone.  I am convinced all I will ever feel is hurt at the loss of the man that chose to love me as his daughter. …THE REST OF THE STORY

Drop the Sand Bags & Soar

Drop the Sand Bags & Soar

Last night I enjoyed my first night back with an incredible group of ladies.  I had the honor of sharing with them a portion of the lessons I learned during my concussion recovery.  The particular lesson I shared was really more than just one lesson, but a series of lessons from God to my heart.

As I have previously shared, the initial recovery time included a million thoughts running non-stop through my head.  So the first I heard from the Lord was to “Stop toiling and striving and just rest”.  When I released all thoughts and all perceived control, I was open to hear from the Lord in a meaningful way.  That time of hearing from the Lord through His word, through prayer, and through Spirit began to reveal things about myself and the condition of my heart. …THE REST OF THE STORY

Scars for the Journey

Scars for the Journey

The other night as I was trying to sleep these thoughts kept rolling through my head and heart.  I believe they are meant to be shared for someone that may be in a dark part of their journey.

I once lived in a dark, dark pit where there was no light and there was no hope.  But God had mercy on me and saw fit to rescue and deliver me.  Have you had a ‘but God’ moment?  Not a day goes by that I forget the pit from which the Lord brought me.  While I remember the pit, I don’t stay focused on the pit.  I’m not meant to stare at that place for nothing good was there and nothing good will come from focusing on that place.  I stay focused on the God that brought me out.  So, in my daily life I can’t help but praise and worship the God that saved my life in so many ways.  I can’t help but think of Him and feel a rush of gratitude.  The gratitude isn’t reserved for a season or a specific date.  My gratitude flows freely daily because of who God is to me. …THE REST OF THE STORY

Easy and Light (Lesson 1 Post-Concussion)

Easy and Light (Lesson 1 Post-Concussion)

As mentioned in my last post, a couple months ago I fell which resulted in a concussion.  Concussions are serious and recovery is no joke.  The first couple weeks were spent in a dark, quiet room with little to no outside interaction.  No computer, phone, television or any type of screen time was allowed.  No reading or cognitive activity was allowed.  The only thing required was to rest.  For some this may sound like a really simple thing to do.  It may even sound like a ‘vacation’.  To me it seemed like a punishment or mild torture.
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I’m Back & I’m Outraged

I’m Back & I’m Outraged

 Merriam-Webster offers these synonyms for ‘outraged’:  angered, enraged, fuming, furious, incensed, indignant, inflamed, infuriated, irate, livid, riled, ticked, teed off.  Outrage can also be defined as impassioned anger.

For the last couple months I have been on an extended intermission from life both online and in the immediate world outside my door.  I have been recovering from a concussion.  It has been a scary time, a trying time, and a very enlightening time.  The Lord didn’t cause the accident that resulted in my concussion, but He certainly used it to clean up my perspective.  So this begins the series of Post-Concussion Discussion. …THE REST OF THE STORY