Do you suppose that the Lord could be using every day things to bless us with answers to prayers? Or, to confirm that we are on the right path? As silly as it may sound, I’m talking about things like t-shirts. Yes, t-shirts. Could he be using ordinary things in our day to day to bless us? Of course he is!
Yesterday I received this t-shirt from a friend that I have not seen in well over a year. I met her while on a retreat in October 2017, and I have only seen & spoken to her a couple of times since. During the retreat I shared a little bit about my running journey that started in August 2013 with her and a small group of ladies. I told them how when I first started I could not run halfway around the track near our home without stopping and gasping for air. Yes, it was awful and a little funny, too. But, with time, patience, and persistence, I managed to build up to 16miles , and I still faithfully run to this day, some 5.5 years later.
During that time, I distinctly remember hearing a small still voice say, “Meet me at the track”. In fact, I heard it many times over the course of that year. What I began to realize is that the Lord was using my training time to teach me new things about myself, and most importantly about him. See, the running adventures had very little to do with running at all, and everything to do with what the Lord was trying to do in me as a result of them.
Fast forward to today, where I find myself in new territory with a blog and creating t-shirts to sale to help support my family & fund my daughters adventure, I received the reminder above. That is, I received a blessing from the Lord in the form of a t-shirt reminding me that it is not about my blog or t-shirt designs, but rather what he is doing in me as a result of them, and that I am on the right path. Guys, I was in tears. I mean ugly tears. Especially when I found out that she has had the shirt ready for about a month; although, she delivered it yesterday. My friends, do you see the blessings surrounding this? It was all in the Lord’s time. I received the shirt at the time that I needed it most. And what blessing it was … it is !
So what have you been praying for? Are you needing a confirmation that you are on the right path? Look around! I am certain that he is blessing you with the answers that you are seeking, and that he is using the ordinary things to do it. Don’t miss it! It’s beautiful, so…so beautiful! Keep your eyes, ears and hearts open to the blessings around you. They will likely not come as you expect for them to, but rather how they are intended to!
Make it a great Wednesday, everyone. As always, I’ll plan on seeing you on Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ later today and here tomorrow morning as we wrap up the blog week. Take care!
Have you ever noticed how being around other people effects the way you feel? You can be walking around with the weight of the world on your shoulders, have a conversation with a friend, loved one or stranger and instantly feel a little lighter. What about when someone smiles or laughs, do you do the same thing in response to it? I sure do, and I don’t think twice about it. It’s like magic! If someone smiles, I smile. And if they laugh, I laugh. It’s contagious!
I believe these little moments are blessings from God. I am certain that he sends people into our lives when we need them the most, whether we are aware of the need or oblivious to it. It can be someone that we’ve known for years or someone that we’ve just met. Perhaps it’s for a moment or an extended period of time. Regardless, he uses people to bless us with what we need when we need it. It’s such a beautiful thing that I think we often miss, because it’s generally so subtle. So subtle that we sometimes fail to see the Lord’s hand in it.
So, is there something that you have been praying about that the Lord could be using someone else to help bring it to pass? Or, could it be that he is trying to show you something new through the actions of others? My challenge for you this week is to be present…to be fully aware of the people in your path. As you begin to notice them through eyes of faith, I believe you will inevitably see the Lord at work blessing you in more ways than one. And I would love to hear about it. If you are willing to share these experiences with me, you can comment below, send me an email or private message .
On that note, I pray that you all will have a wonderful Tuesday. May the day be filled with abundant blessings for each and every one of you. I’ll see you later today on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ ) and right here tomorrow morning. Take care!
Hi, guys! Good Monday morning to each of you. I hope you all are rested up and ready for the week ahead. I, for one, am excited to start a new week. That is, I am excited to dive into this weeks topic, Keep Your Eyes, Ears and Hearts Open to The Blessings Around You.
Could we be so lasered focused on our own agenda’s each day, that we miss the multitude of blessings that surround us? Could the Lord be speaking to us through the people and things in our midst? I believe so. The picture above is one small illustration of this.
Over the weekend, John and I went out to take pictures for this weeks blog post. While I was in the process of capturing a few, I turned around to find John smelling the flowers on the tree behind me. Now, I realize that it is not the best photo, as I was trying to catch him in action quickly, but I believe that it gives you a good visual of the small blessings around us that we often miss in pursuit of what we are trying to accomplish.
See, my agenda for part of the afternoon was to take pictures of the beautiful trees near our home. I wanted to take the photos and move on to the next location. While doing that, John embraced the small blessings at hand. Not only did he enjoy the beauty of the flowers on the trees, but the smell of them also. Seeing him, reminded me to slow down and enjoy that which was right in front of me. That is, the blessings all around me.
In a world that seems to be moving faster than ever, we must make it a point to stop and “smell the roses”. It is during times as such that we see and feel the Lord the most. Our father, the Creator of The Universe, is speaking to each of us all day, every day through the people that we come in contact with and the things that are in our midst. And it’s generally in the smallest of things that we have the potential to see him best.
So, today as you are going about your day, keep your eyes, ears and hearts open. Leave your home with a new pair of lenses. As you do this, he will show you more. Your vision will become clearer and clearer. I guarantee it.
Have a great day, everyone! I’ll see you here tomorrow morning and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ , later today. Make it a great day, my friends!!!
When was the last time that you were scheduled to be somewhere to support a loved one, but didn’t follow through? Perhaps it was for your child’s soccer game, the launch of a friends new business or a neighbors holiday party. What about the last meeting at work or with the organization that you are a part of that was on your schedule for weeks, did you not show up? My guess is never…no. Or, at least not intentionally. So why do we schedule time to support others, but not ourselves? Why do we not schedule time to do the things we enjoy, that we are passionate about?
As silly as it may sound, we have to make time for these things by scheduling them as we would anything else. Yes, that means blocking time in our schedules to do the things we enjoy, that we are passionate about. They must become a priority by either writing or typing them into our schedules; otherwise, we will likely never get around to them. Why? Well, because LIFE HAPPENS. Although our intentions maybe good, things will inevitably come up. Can I get an amen this Thursday evening?
So, where do we start when every minute of every day seems to be occupied with things that we “need” to do? I say start small and grow from there. That is what I have done over the years. Maybe that means committing to 30 minutes every day or 3 times a week. Perhaps you can plan on getting up a bit earlier, staying up a little later or using part of your lunch hour. Whatever you decide, commit and follow through. Write it on your calendar and protect the time that you have allotted yourself. Do not allow anything to keep you from taking that time. That may mean saying no to somethings . After all, we make time for the things that are important to us. Don’t we? Are the things that you are passionate about important to you? Of course they are! Give yourself permission to make time for them.
The Lord has designed each of us with things that we enjoy doing and wants us to do them. I truly believe that our passions are an indicator of work that the Lord wants to do in AND through us. By not pursing them due to guilt or anything else keeps him from doing just that. Let’s make a decision together today that we are going to strive to make time for these things by scheduling them into our calendars . I am certain that we will find that we will not only be better for doing so, but that our loved ones will be too!
Thank you guys for being a part of this blog week. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend! Cheers!
As we begin to pursue the things that we enjoy, the things that we are passionate about, the Lord reveals more. It’s true! See, that “thing” is a doorway to many opportunities of growth that lie ahead. Having set out to launch this blog on 12/31/2018 after many years of dreaming about it, I can attest to this first hand.
Not only have I learned a great deal about blogging, but building and managing a website, graphic design, marketing, photography, etc. All of those things combined with the people that I have met along the way has allowed me to grow in ways that I could not fathom before venturing out. And it’s only been a few short months since this whole thing transpired.
My point? We must move past the guilt of pursuing the things that we enjoy, the things that we are passionate about, because the Lord wants to use those very things to raise us to higher ground. Why? Because as we learn, grow and become who he created us to be, those around us will find the courage within themselves do the same. This brings glory to God!
As a wife and mother of 3, I realize that we have obligations on the home front that we must tend to, but there are things outside of our 4 walls that the Lord wants to do in and through us. We should not feel guilty about this in any way, shape or form. And I am speaking to myself here as I type this message out to you. It’s funny to me, but the Lord often uses my messages to speak to me.
So, where do we start? How do we move past the guilt and pursue the things that the Lord created us to enjoy and are passionate about? Well, I think I have a few practical ideas that might just help you. Let’s plan on ending the blog week tomorrow talking about them. Until then, take sometime through out the day today to reflect upon those things and consider what has kept you from pursing them. Let’s see if we can begin to work towards them.
I’ll plan on seeing you here tomorrow morning and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/) later today. Make it a great Wednesday, my friends! (Hugs) to you all!
Could it be that when we pursue our passions, our loved ones actually benefit from us doing so? Do you think that the process has the potential to teach them a thing or two; although, they are likely oblivious to it? As a wife and mother who has put off doing things that I enjoy….that I am passionate about many times due to guilt, I believe so!
Since 2010 I have had a passion for writing. I love to share my thoughts and ideas with others. Although it wasn’t until I was 35 years old when I discovered it, writing has been something that I have thoroughly enjoyed ever since. That said, over the course of the past 9 years, I have put off writing multiple times. In fact, I had a dream of starting this blog in 2010-2011, but did not pursue it. I felt like it would take time away from my family. Yes, I allowed mother guilt to settle in. Well….for awhile, anyway.
As I began to share my excitement about the possibility of starting a blog, our daughter, Morgan encouraged me to do so. She watched me plan, research, write content, etc.. She also listened patiently as I shared my ideas about what I wanted the blog to look like, and who I wanted it to reach. Most importantly, she cheered me on when I considered forgoing the idea, which I did many times.
Thankfully, after many years of putting it off , I launched the blog on December 31, 2018. To celebrate, we had a launch party at our home on New Year’s Eve. As you can see from the picture above, Morgan was so excited! I think she was just as excited as I was, perhaps even more. The smile says it all, doesn’t? So did the tears of joy.
See, Morgan was there from the start. She watched as I wrote updates when she was initially diagnosed with leukemia in 2009. She heard me speak about having a dream of having my own blog for years upon years. She sat watching as I created not one, but TWO websites. She has been there through it all! And she celebrated the accomplishments with me on 12/31/18.
THIS, my friends is one of the main reasons that we must stop putting off pursuing our passions due to guilt. By doing the things that we are passionate about that bring us joy, the Lord works through us to teach those around us. Don’t you see? Our families benefit from the process. In my case, Morgan witnessed her mother’s dream become a reality. What was once a thought came into fruition right before her eyes. It is priceless!!!
So, what is it that you enjoy? What are you passionate about? Better yet, why are you not doing it? Please share. I would love to hear your feed back. Comment email or PM me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler ) and let’s work through it, shall we?!
I’ll see you guys here tomorrow!!!
Hi, guys! Good Monday morning to each one of you. How was your weekend? I hope that you were able to get a little rest, have a lot of fun and do somethings that you have been needing &/or wanting to do. With our youngest daughter being admitted into the hospital Saturday night, the weekend in the Watson house did not turn out exactly the way we had planned. But, we made it! Thank the good Lord, we made it! Now, let’s jump in, shall we?
What is the one thing that you absolutely love to do? You know, the thing that you are passionate about that makes you smile like nonother. For our son Montana, baseball is that “thing”. Since he was a little boy, he has loved the game. If he wasn’t playing baseball, he was watching it on television or talking about it. In fact, he’s been doing these things for the past 13 years. Other than getting a little older, much taller and more knowledgeable about baseball, his love for the game has not changed.
I believe that each of us, like Montana, were designed with something that we are passionate about. Something that makes us feel fully alive when we are doing it. I also believe that as we get older and life happens, we tend to do less and less of these things. Whether that is due to our obligations at home or work, we seem to move further and further away from the things that we are passionate about.
Can you relate to this in anyway? I sure can. For the majority of my adult life , I have put off doing things that I personally enjoy doing that I am passionate about because of my obligations at home. As a wife and mother, I have put my families needs, goals and desires before my own more times than I can count. Although I think it is natural to do so, I don’t believe that the Lord wants us to get stuck in this cycle. After all, he wired us with these passions. Why on earth would he want us not to pursue them?
Today, I am going to challenge you to think about the things that you are passionate about. What do you love doing? When was the last time you did it? How did it make you feel? If it’s been a while, what has held you back? My goal in doing this exercise is for us to reflect on the things that the Lord has uniquely created us to enjoy doing and by the end of the blog week discover ways of pursuing them. I hope you will join me.
Thank you for being here today. I’ll plan on meeting you at the same place tomorrow and on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ ) later today. Make it a great day! See you soon!