Dear Fellow Sojourner,
I’ve made a list of some things I want you to hear… you know how I love lists! Maybe it’s the additional introspection of recently becoming a grandmother that incited the list (in case you’re wondering, I’m warming up to the name Nana).
It could be that I’m a mom and can’t help but bequeath my vast wisdom to my children, and grandchild! Of course, the obvious is that my blog’s purpose is to offer encouragement to those—you included—who may stumble upon it. Whatever the case, I’m hoping this list will provide a few important life reminders that we can all stand to hear from time to time.
Here goes, in no particular order except the last one!
- Stop stressing.
- You have overcome 100% of your worst days.
- You will get through this.
- Don’t be so hard on yourself.
- Stop worrying about what other people think of you.
- Start caring about what God thinks of you.
- Don’t ignore your pain. It has tons to teach you.
- Write down your worries then hand them over to God.
- Pray all the time, even about the smallest things.
- Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s walking forward despite the fear.
- You don’t have to feel happy all the time.
- Feelings aren’t always an accurate representation of reality.
- You’re going to make mistakes.
- Forgive always—yourself, others, and, if necessary, forgive God.
- Look for beauty. If you can’t find it, create it.
- Cheer for, pray for, and bless others—especially those you dislike.
- Be thankful for everything—even the hard bits.
- Comfort rarely builds character (or anything for that matter).
- Be patient. Change doesn’t happen overnight.
- Talent only goes so far. Nothing replaces effort.
- It’s better to try and fail than to never have tried at all.
- Just start.
- Don’t judge. Everyone is scaling an invisible mountain.
- Be kind to everyone, including yourself.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a kind word.
- Give hugs. Receive hugs.
- There’s only one you.
- Keep going.
- Find things to celebrate!
- Trust God.
Now you’ve read the list, why not start at the top and pick one a day to focus on during the next 30 days! And if you’re looking for me, well, I’ll have my hands full.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, you’re amazing! Imagine what God thinks of you! xo
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In the fall of 2014, I had an idea. I would make a list of important things I wanted my children to know. Being a serious list-maker in general, this idea posed a fun and interesting challenge. Before I knew it, the list grew to over thirty items. Then, each day I posted a thought for them until they were all used up.
This week I’m branching off slightly from my regular devotional to share my “Thirty-three Days of Thoughts” in hopes that it might inspire you and your loved ones as well. Enjoy!
- Every day is a gift; enjoy the unwrapping.
- Dreams are the flight path to beautiful realities.
- Be merciful; you never know the mountains others have scaled.
- Whether insult or praise, linger briefly on what others say of you.
- A well-timed hug removes the need for words.
- Spend time with those you love, even when you have no time.
- Do what is right, even if no one else is.
- Finish what you start; it builds character.
- Be kind and expect nothing in return.
- Words are powerful; use them wisely.
- Nothing worth attaining is easy.
- Smile at passing strangers, especially children, teenagers, and the elderly – you make them feel less invisible.
- Respect yourself and others in word and deed.
- Be gracious to everyone whether they deserve it or not.
- Believe in miracles.
- Stop and smell the roses; literally and figuratively.
- Forgive AND bless your enemies.
- Try difficult things.
- There is no suitable substitute for hard work.
- Keep your word.
- Things need to be broken in order to be fixed.
- Joy can be found even amid the darkest days.
- Choose to be thankful; especially in trials.
- Be a faithful friend.
- Do good when no one is looking.
- Be honest, even if it hurts.
- Say I love you, often.
- Say I’m sorry when you are wrong.
- Listen more than you speak.
- Be slow to get angry and quick to forgive.
- Be polite.
- Be willing to go last.
- Put God first.
And one more thought written as a blessing over you:
May you measure your worth not so much by who you or others say you are but rather by Whose you are!
- Pick one of the Thirty-three thoughts you think presents the most challenge to you and be mindful of it this week.
- Try a Thirty-three Day Challenge and each day incorporate a “thought” into your actions and responses that day.