Jul 1, 2013

Today I Launch My New Site!!!!

Well friends, the day has finally come.  Today I launch my new site, Words On My Heart!  I'm so excited, I can't wait to see what's in store for my little corner of the internet.  I have been dreaming about this days for weeks, months, even years and finally all the pieces have come together and we are celebrating launch day today.  I'd love for you to swing by to the new website over at wordsonmyheart.com and check things out.  You will see a few minor changes over the next few weeks but I just couldn't wait to share this project with you.

I would love for you to join me on this journey, you can do that by following me on Twitter, FacebookPinterest, Instagram and Bloglovin.

Jun 28, 2013

The Time Has Come It's Time to Launch

It's been a long time coming, I have been planning, praying and dreaming about this for close to a year now.  The time has finally come, I'm almost ready to launch my new blog.  Last year at Influence Conference I was totally inspired, I had been throwing around the idea of making a shift in my blog but I was comfortable where I was and all I really knew about the blogging world is it was a great way to share creative ideas.  Although I love to create I felt like I wanted something more, I wanted to share more than glitter and fabric... there is nothing wrong with glitter and fabric and don't get me wrong I still love my glitter I just wanted a change.  I wanted to share my heart and next week I will be able to continue to do that as I launch my new blog ... Words On My Heart
Like I said, I have been working on this launch for some time, it's been a long processes, longer then I had planned but I have enjoyed the journey.  I've had the opportunity to work with some amazing women to get my new space just the way I had imagined.  It's been such a blessing.

I'm looking forward to launch day next week, I'm so excited.  I hope you will continue to follow me over at my new blog as I continue to grow and share.  If you'd like to continue to follow me on this journey please follow me on one of the platforms below.

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Jun 24, 2013

A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath


Have you ever been so frustrated or angry with someone and find yourself just wanting to give them a piece of your mind?  I hope I'm not the only one that's found myself in those types of situations.  It's not normally like me, but from time to time I just boil over, I just speak my mind thinking it's going to help the situation... it's only later, after the fact, that I realize my outburst only caused more problems than good.  Thankfully I don't find myself in these situations a lot but there are times it gets me thinking about how I get myself into those situations in the first place.  I think for me personally, it come down to self righteousness and pride, normally I feel the need to say something because I want my point to be heard or I feel that what I was saying was right and the other person was wrong.  It's embarrassing to admit but more recently I found myself wanting to speak my mind rather than hold my tongue.  Thankfully it didn't take long to realize that it wasn't a flattering quality and I knew I needed to make some changes.  
Image credit from Good Morning Girls
I went to scripture for some answers and found this verse in Proverbs 15:1 'A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger'.  I’m not sure I could have found a clearer message if I had asked but I was encouraged by the words I found in this scripture.  I realized that how I responded to situation with words would impact the outcome.  I know that my intention wasn’t to stir up anger and I realized that I needed to be soft with my words.  I have found myself in a few situations since finding this verse where I wanted to comment but after putting my comments through my ‘internal brain to mouth filter’ I realized my comments would just stir up anger and therefore could go without being said. 

It’s been a growing experience to learn and apply this verse to my life.  I think we can all learn from this simple verse, I know I have been careless with my words and I’m sure others have been as well.  I wonder how different life would be if we all filtered our comments through this verse before reacting in situation with harsh words or with words that stem from pride and self righteousness.  I encourage you to examine your heart and words.  Are you using harsh words to stir up anger or giving soft answers to turn away wrath?    

Jun 17, 2013

Masquerade

Have you ever been to a masquerade? You know those parties where you dress up and wear beautiful masks to disguise your identify?  I can't remember attending a masquerade but I don't think we have to be invited to one of those fancy balls to be part of the masquerade, I think it happens around us more often the we'd like to think or even admit.

I know personally there are time when I 'put on a mask' just to appease the people around me.  Maybe I don't want people asking about something I'm struggling with and I'm not ready to share.  Maybe I'm ashamed and just don't want to talk about it or maybe it's about self doubt and feeling as though you 'need' to act a certain way to been included in a specific group of friends.  All these things happen every day, to you, to me, and to the people around us we love most.  
This concept of a masquerade is even more prevalent in the online world or at least I feel that way sometimes.  As we sit at home in our comfy PJ's blog browsing, things always seem to be so perfect.  The prefect family pictures, the youtube video's taken in a part of the home that is so lavish...whatever the situation might, be I bet you can think of one site you've been to in the last week and wondered, wow they have a perfect life.  I beg the question... is what we see a true reflection of their life or is a mask they are putting on to shield the real person, struggles and maybe personal flaws.  

As humans we are prone to hind being the mask, we often see what society considers normal through the snippets we see into the lives of celebrities.  When we watch TV shows our minds are flooded with images and ideas of what's perceived to be 'normal', or even expected.  But when we turn off the TV, shut down our laptops and close the magazines what do we see?  I know, I see a mess....sometimes that's a literal mess cause I didn't feel like cleaning the kitchen after dinner or sometimes it's a emotional mess.  Why do we feel like we have to wear a mask to impress people in our real lives or online?  I bet most of us have the same answer...acceptance, we just want to be accepted.  

It's probably fair to say, at some time or another, we have all put on that 'mask' to hide from whatever mess we didn't want people to see... doesn't that beg the question do we do the same with God?  Do we put on the mask to hide our mess in hopes of coming across as 'put together' for God?  I know I have, to be honest there was a time I thought I could hide whole parts of my life from God.  I thought that like people here on earth I'd be able to 'trick Him' into believing I was a good person and I had it together.  What I have come to realize is that as hard as I try to mask parts of my life, unlike people, God can see right through and He knows every messy part about me yet, He accepts me for who I am and loves me.  

It's unfortunate that we go through life thinking we need to put on a mask to be accepted, because who He has made us to be isn't good enough and we strive to be accepted.  But really, we are more the enough and we have the ultimate example of acceptance in God.  He accepts us, mess and all, just the way we are.  Get out from behind the mask, break down that facade you put online, stop trying to be something or someone you're not... you are a beautiful mess just the way you are and you're accepted!!  

Jun 12, 2013

Celebrate

Well friends today I'm celebrating my birthday.  How old am I you might ask...well that's a secret I'll never tell!  Today I grow a year older and a hopefully a year wiser.  I'm so grateful for what this year has brought, the good times, the hard times, the times of growth and celebration...so much has happened in the past year, yet it feels like it flew by so quickly.
As I celebrate this special day I remind myself that although this is my birthday I should be celebrating life every moment of every day because they are all just as valuable.  Every moment is a gift, an opportunity which we should be grateful for.

Although, today I'm celebrating the day I was brought into this world I am spending my day just like every other day, with friends and loved ones. So as I go through this day getting things done and being places I need to to be I am thanking God for the gift of life I have today.
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