Our Passions Benefit Those We Love

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!!!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

What Are You Passionate About?

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!

Warmest regard,

Salina Watson

 

Fear Blocks The Blessings

Fear will not only keep us bound, but it will keep the Lord from blessing others through us, if we allow it to. See, the Lord has given each of us assignments to fulfill with the time that he has allotted us, and we are the only ones that can fulfill them in the unique way that he has designed us to. If we allow fear to keep us from doing that which we have been called to do, then the world will not reap the benefits of the blessings.

It’s mind boggling to me, honestly. To think that the Lord has an assignment for our lives that has the potential of impacting others is just beautiful. The problem is we forfeit that if we allow fear to keep us from pursuing it. Let me say that another way, the Lord cannot bless others through us, if we allow fear to stop us from doing what he calls us to do. Folks, there is a lot at stake!

I’m sure that you have heard the phrase, THE RICHEST PLACE IN THE WORLD IS THE GRAVE YARD. Why? Because there you will find books that were never written, movies that were never produced, businesses that were never launched …. due to fear! This is a BIG deal, my friends! Not doing the things we know we are called to do because of fear is  HUGE!!!

So what do we do when fear enters the equation? Well, we do “it” anyway!  That’s right, we face fear head on by doing the things we are called to do despite it. We acknowledge the fear, embrace it, seek the Lord, and DO IT! Each time we do, we get a little stronger. As we get stronger, facing our fears, become easier. This process will not only bless others, but it will help us to become all that we were created to be!

On that note, what are YOU not doing out of fear? What is that one thing that you know you are being called to do, but you are avoiding it because you are afraid of how you may look to others if you do? Perhaps you’re fearful of rejection or maybe afraid of failing. Do it anyway! Who cares what others may think or if it doesn’t work out exactly the way you think it should. The fact is, it will work out the way it supposed to, and you and many others will be blessed because of it!

I love you, guys! I hope that you have a wonderful Thursday and an even better weekend! I’ll see you here Monday and as always on Facebook -https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ until then. Blessings to all!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Set Free From Fear

What do you think is the one thing that fear robs us of the most? I believe it’s freedom. That’s right, if we are not careful, fear will keep us bound. It will steal time from our day, precious moments with those that we love, rest throughout the night, and it will compromise our health, if we let it.

I have not experienced fear to an extreme degree, but there was a time in my life where I would say that it had a pretty tight grip on me. I remember waking up in the middle of the night with knots in my stomach because of it. All sorts of thoughts would run through my head. That is, thoughts of worse case scenario, of course. Thankfully, the cycle ended once I reminded myself of the tool that I needed to use to combat it with…scriptures.

See, once I began to remind myself of the Lords word, little by little I was set fee of what was holding me bound. Each time fear would creep into my thoughts throughout the day, I would research scripture pertaining to it, write them down and reflect back on them, when needed. Over time, the episodes of fear became less and less, until one day they were gone.

Guys listen, the Lord did not die on a cross so that we would be held captive in fear. No, he died so that we would be set free! He gave up his own life for us so that we can live and live FREELY! Listen carefully to what I am saying. Let me repeat it .THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE DIED SO THAT YOU AND I CAN BE  FREE! This is great news, my friends! We are free and free indeed! And although fear my come, we do not have to allow it to settle in. Find peace in knowing that today!

I really hope that this message encouraged you in some way.  As silly as it may sound, I’m encouraged! The Lord has a funny way of encouraging me through my own writing, sometimes. He really does have a beautiful sense of humor. Doesn’t he?

With that, please feel free to leave a comment, PM or email me. I always love hearing from you guys. Otherwise, I’ll see you on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ )  this afternoon and right back here tomorrow morning to finish up the blog week. God bless you, all!!!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Facing Fears by Redirecting Our Focus

How do you respond to fear? What is your way of dealing with it when it inevitably occurs?  If we’re honest, we have all been faced with it at some point in our lives, right? No one is exempt from fear. After all, it’s the bodies natural response to things that are dangerous to us both physically and emotionally. It helps us to act quickly to protect ourselves in potentially harmful situations.

But what about the things that are not necessarily “dangerous” ? An example of this for me would be the videos that I mentioned yesterday. Although creating them made me feel uncomfortable, doing them did not pose a direct threat to me. I just did not like the thought of talking to a  camera and sharing it with the world. For someone who struggles a bit with body image, it put me in a very vulnerable situation; although, I knew that the Lord was calling me to do them.

So, how can we positively respond to fear as such? What can we do when we know without a doubt that the Lord is calling us to do something, but we are afraid of doing it? Perhaps you’re not totally afraid of doing it, but the thought of it makes you feel extremely uncomfortable. I firmly believe that the answer is taking the focus off of whatever “it” is and redirecting our focus on to him. In other words, look up!

See, I truly think that the Lord calls us to do certain things that we would not necessarily do on our own for 2 specific reason. First, so that we have to depend on him. Secondly, so that he can help us to learn and grow, ultimately becoming who he created us to be. It’s a journey, my friends.  This life and all that we are meant to be, is a journey. And its a beautiful one! Lets embrace it. The good….not so good….and everything in between.

Let’s be the type of people that do the things we are called to do even if it means doing them scared. Let’s commit to doing them by seeking him first! When we are called to do something that forces us out of our comfort zones, let us direct our attention to him, seek guidance, and do it! Are you with me? I sure hope so! Can I get an AMEN this Tuesday morning?!?!

Thank you guys for being here today. I’ll see you on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler/ later today and right back here tomorrow morning! As always, any and all comments are welcomed & encouraged! Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Facing Our Fears

Hi, guys! Welcome back! I am so glad that you decided to join me this cold Monday morning. I’m not sure what the weather is like for you as you are reading this, but it is a super cold 21 degrees here in north Texas. Let’s just say that there is a slim chance that I will be spending much time outdoors today. I prefer our warm cozy home, and I am certain that you would agree. Now, let’s jump in!

This week we are going to be talking about fear. I’m not sure if you have had a chance to watch the short videos that I have published once a week for the past 4 weeks on Facebook, but if you have, you know that the topic has been  fear. See, I have known for awhile that creating  videos was something that I needed to do, but I did not like the thought of doing them. That said, I made a commitment to myself that I was going to do them regardless. Now with a few weeks into it, the process has become much easier.

Once I decided to make the videos despite my fear, the Lord met me there. I believe this is the case the majority of the time. See, fear to me is a signal that we need the Lords help. The great news is that he is there each time. We are not alone. He doesn’t call us to do something that we’ve never done or something that we don’t like doing, without equipping us with the tools that we need to do it. Nor does he leave us in the process. I don’t know about you, but this is comforting to me.

So, is there something that he is calling you to do, but you are fearful of doing it? What about it makes you feel uncomfortable? If so, please share.  I am really interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas on this topic. Perhaps the 2 of us can face our fears head on together. One small step at a time. Please feel free to comment below, send me an e-mail or private message me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thefaithfilledtraveler. Otherwise, I will plan on seeing you there later today and right back here tomorrow. I hope you all have a wonderful WARM Monday. See you soon!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Don’t Miss The Small Stuff

As we wrap up this blog week on the “small stuff’, I just want to encourage you all to be mindful of the blessings around you. I realize that the days are filled with obligations that need to be met, but don’t miss the blessings along the way. From the smile on a child’s face, to a simple flower on your path, keep your eyes and ears open. The Lord is all around. Not only is he making his presence known, but he his filling each day with such hope and love through the people and things that you encounter. Strive to be present in each moment, and don’t forgo the opportunity to experience him in the pursuit of your agenda. I guarantee that by doing so, your days will be much more rich and satisfying.

I love you guys! Have a great weekend. I’ll see you back here on Monday. Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

 

Finding Beauty In The Small Stuff

While in the process of taking the picture above, my husband asked me why I had chosen to do so. From the tone in his voice, he obviously didn’t think there was anything special about it.  At first glance, most people would likely agree. After all, it was ordinary. Or, was it?

When I initially noticed the bird from a distance, there were at least 20 others  surrounding it. The closer I walked towards them, they began to fly away. But, not this one. It sat there peacefully portraying such confidence without being bothered by me in the slightest bit. It was the peace and confidence that drew me in. You know, the “small stuff”.

Living in a culture that tends to focus on outward beauty, I think we often miss the beauty that can only come from within. That is, the beauty of the Lord within each one of us. I, for one, do not believe that there is anything more beautiful than peace, confidence, kindness, gentleness and love when expressed by another. These attributes far out weight beauty that is skin deep.

With that said, lets strive to be the people that recognize the beauty within others. Let’s be on the look out for the “small stuff” within the people that we encounter each day. I think that as we do this, we will find much more deep and meaningful relationships. And we will begin to see the Lord in a new and beautiful way.

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

 

Look Out For The Small Stuff

Sunday as John and I were walking across this bridge, I noticed that it felt as though it was moving. There were times when I had to hold on to the ledge because of it. The subtle movement made me a little dizzy, nervous and very uncomfortable . To be honest, I couldn’t wait to get to the other side to hop off.

Once we did,  I took a quick look back and thought about how much our lives resemble the bridge. We are constantly walking across “bridges”  into unknown territories in our daily lives. The experience can sometimes leave us feeling nervous, uncomfortable, and scared. But, we eventually get there.  And when we do, we build a little courage…a little confidence for the next time.

What amazes me about this is that the Lord uses things like bridges to illustrate this to us in our day to day. The “small stuff” is hidden in the ordinary. However, we are often too busy to recognize it. We are so focused on our own agendas that we miss what the Lord is trying to show us.

With that said, I am going to challenge you this week to keep your eyes and ears open. Be on the look out for the “small stuff”. When you walk into a room, pay close attention to the things around you.  When you’re in conversation with someone else, be present. Be attentive. Look for opportunities to spot the blessing in all things. I assure you that they are there. And once you spot a couple, he’ll show you more. I guarantee it!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Noticing the Small Stuff

Good Monday morning, everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend. It was a beautiful one here in North Texas. The favorable temperatures combined with the sunny skies had the Watson’s out and about a bit. Saturday we spent a good portion of my husbands birthday at the Dallas RV Show, and Sunday, he & I enjoyed a 9 mile walk around White Rock Lake. Needless to say, it was a much needed weekend for us all.

With that said, this week I wanted to touch on enjoying the small stuff. Living in this place in time, we are all so busy. Life seems to be going at a record speed. From the time that we awake each morning until we lie down each night, it seems as though our days are filled with the many things that we have to do. At least, this seems to be the case in our home.

The problem with this is that if we do not practice being mindful of the things that are going on around us in the process of checking things off of our “To-Do” list, we will miss the small stuff. By “small stuff”, I mean blessings. See, as we are going about our day, there are blessing all around us. I call them “hidden gems”. They are everywhere. From the conversations that we have with people, to the little things that are going on in the back ground, blessing can be found in them all.

The squirrel in the picture above in an example of this. I had no idea that John had taken it while we were at the lake. I was too busy doing other things that I missed it. It wasn’t until we got home and I started looking through the pictures that I stumbled across it. How in the world did this little creature notice John in the midst of all that was going on at the lake?  More importantly, how did John notice it? It was as though time had stopped for only a minute for the two of them to get a glance at one another. It’s so beautiful.

My point? There are blessings amongst us, but we must be willing to slow down long enough to notice them. Otherwise, we will miss the opportunity to seize them. I believe that each one of these blessings are a smile from God letting us know that he not only sees us, but that he is with us.

My prayer for you today, is that you will be more aware of the ” small stuff”. That you will not take them for granted. Keep your eyes and ears open, my friends. As you do this, you will become more and more aware of the Lords presence in your life. He is all around you and making his presence known!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson