Peace of My Heart

An encouraging voice to drown out the noise

~Take Care of You~ August 20, 2014

Today I have just a bit of hump day encouragement for my ladies. How many of you have uttered one of the following statements, or one like it, in the last week:

  • I’m exhausted!
  • I am so stressed right now.
  • There’s not enough hours in the day to get it all done.
  • I really could use a break from it all!

I’m calling you out, girls! It’s ok though, because I tend to fall into this same pattern. If you are spending every waking moment tending to everyone else’s needs that you continuously neglect your own, you are like a ticking time bomb walking around fixin’ to explode in the face of some unsuspecting victim. You know it, I know it and so does every person in your circle. 

So riddle me this, how much good are you really doing for others if you’re uptight, on edge, sleepwalking or like myself, doing everything with a mild case of the shakes as a result of the copious amounts of coffee it took to inspire your body to function?

Sweet sisters, I saw this quote and thought of you.

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Get moving, trust me, there’s something euphoric about sweating out your frustrations. I mean, it’s either that are constantly fight the urge to punch someone in the face.

Put good things into your body. God is only going to give you the one you’re in right now, don’t fill it full of trash that makes you sluggish and irritable. Plus, you can totally justify that piece of cheesecake if you ate a salad for dinner.

Do what makes you feel pretty….because you are! If you feel best in full face, hair and nails, then do it up big! Personally, I feel most like myself in running shorts, a pony tail & a dash of mascara and you better believe I rock it 6 days a week. I do put on real pants for Jesus.

And lastly, for the love of all that’s holy, don’t let anyone, man or woman, steal your sunshine! This world is full of mean, hateful people who are more than happy to drag you down with them. It gets lonely down in their pit, they’re looking for company, don’t give it to them. Keep smiling, that really makes them twitch.

Today, in the midst of the insane amount of stuff you’re doing for others, do yourself (and them) a favor and carve out some you time. And do NOT feel guilty about it! 

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.”  (3 John 1:2)

 

~Support, Carry & Take~ November 14, 2013

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

(Galatians 6:2 NKJV)

There is a story about Moses in the book of Exodus that I feel gives us the perfect visual of what it means to bear another’s burdens.

The Israelites were at war with the Amelekites.  Up to this point, the Lord had been working through Moses in various ways to speak to His people.  Oftentimes he had Moses raise his staff, and this time would be no different.  As the two armies battled, so long as Moses kept his arms raised with staff in hand, the Israelites held the advantage.  But when he dropped his arms, the tables would turn.  Naturally, after some time his arms became weak and too tired to lift.  Moses’ friends, Aaron and Hur came alongside of him, found him place to rest and stood on either side….holding up his hands.  Because of their love for their friend and their willingness to shoulder his burden when he was to weak to do it alone, Moses’ held steady and the victory belonged to the Israelites.

Isn’t that a beautiful picture?

God calls us to readily be available to help others.  And He doesn’t tell us, “listen to your friends issues and walk away having done nothing.” It clearly says to bear them.  In looking up the definition of the word, I found three interesting synonyms: support, carry & take.

When someone comes to you, hurting and seeking guidance, try applying these three things.

1.  Support them by truly listening to the issue at hand.  Be sincere in your desire to help them and reassure them that they are not alone in this struggle.  Encourage them as often as it crosses your mind, not just in that moment, but in the days to come.

2.  Carry them when the battle is too much and the weight is so heavy that they can no longer stand, offer them assistance in other areas of their life that would lighten their load.  Maybe you fix them dinner a couple nights or offer to watch the kids; think about what would help you out in the situation and do that.

3.  Take the need as if it were your own and cover it in prayer.  Beat down the doors of heaven for you friend, believing that God hears each and every one and that He will come through right on time with the perfect response for them.

And in so doing these things, you honor the Lord.

Friendship is a precious gift from God.  Friends are great during the good times, but necessary in the low times.  Give thanks for the godly friends in your life today.  friendship