Snapshot 

At any given moment we can look at ourselves in the mirror, think about ourselves while taking a breather, or contemplate others’ descriptions of us and think “wow, I really like myself today,” “oh man, what’s wrong with me?,” or anything in between.

At any given moment a snapshot of each and every one of us will reveal a different view of us than we held even the moment before, and no matter how minute those differences might be, the snapshots will always be different.

My question to all of us is: what do those differences reveal to us and are we okay with it? 

For some of us the differences between those snapshots are substantial – in one moment we love ourselves, in the next we can’t even tolerate looking at ourselves in the mirror. Yet for others of us the differences are practically unnoticeable.

Now, I’m not here to say that one reality is better than another. In all actuality each one of us is the only person who can decide for each of us whether or not our reality, our view of ourselves from any given moment to the next, is right, best, or better for us.

I am simply here to ask: what do your snapshots reveal about you and are you okay with it? Be blessed. #lovebythedrop

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A Little Encouragement 

Lately I have sensed that a lot of people are going through some things – big things, small things, and maybe things that are so uncertain that it’s not even clear how big or small they actually are. 

None of us is immune to experiencing the challenges of life, and none of us has devised a way to completely avoid or eradicate them. And, in part, that is one of the many things that connects us all – our sheer inability to avoid the things that we wish to avoid the most.

So, I just wanted to encourage all of us who are going through something, no matter the size, depth, and width of that something, to keep going. To give to God what is only meant for Him to shoulder. To handle only what we are meant to handle. To keep putting one foot in front of the other and to determine to see the journey all the way through to the end, no matter what.

And may we receive hugs when we need hugs, a kind word when a kind word is needed, and the time to breathe when when we wonder if the next breath will come. 

Be encouraged and know that challenges are temporary. This too shall pass. #lovebythedrop

Heartbreak?

Today I happen to be sitting here for a few solitary moments enjoying some peace and quiet after a busy, yet productive day. I had no intention to write anything today, yet the more that I sit here the more that I feel like I need to write. 

This all came about because somehow I began scrolling through some of my old posts from when I first began this blog in June of 2013, and I came across a post that I wrote about heartbreak as a part of the 365 Days of Thanks Project that I was doing.

That post dealt more so with heartbreak of the amorous persuasion, but then it dawned on me that I am currently experiencing heartbreak as it concerns the loss of a friend. 

You see, someone whom I had come to care about greatly, had developed a pretty close relationship with, and spent a lot of time with over the last 8 months just disappeared from my life, out of the blue. No warning. No negative interactions. No indicators of any kind that any type of disappearance was on the horizon. Just there one day and gone the next.

Now, at first I wondered if I had done something wrong and just hadn’t realized it. Nope, there wasn’t anything that I could think of at all. Then I wondered if maybe my friend was in trouble or dealing with a challenging situation. I’m not sure about that, though, because of the lack of contact. Then it dawned on me that this friend of mine was probably someone who was only meant to be in my life for a season. 

You see, I had been praying for this person, even before the disappearance occurred, and then also after the disappearance took place, asking that God’s will be accomplished, that He would bless her and her family, and that He would help me to accept whatever His will was. And when it dawned on me that this friend of mine was probably one of those seasonal gems that surface in life but for a little while, it was pretty clear to me that God was answering my prayers and providing me with the insight that I needed.

Did my heart still break? Yes, because that person is my friend and one of the very few people whom I have truly opened up to and shared private aspects of myself with in quite a while. Yet, my heart did not remain stagnant at that moment of unexpected breaking. My heart, dear ones, is very much on the mend. How so, you might be asking? Because I gave it all to God, the whole friendship and everything associated with it, before the heartbreak even occurred.

Did I handle everything perfectly? Of course not. But the evidence of growth is there. I put it all in God’s hands, and because I did that I don’t feel like I’m the one tasked with fixing the situation and me. That is for God to do. And in the process of His mending me and my heart, He is preparing me for the future – the love and friendship that is to come, ensuring that I grow through this situation, rather than be broken by it. Ensuring that when love and friendship arrive in the future, I won’t shy away from them or mistreat them because of past hurts. Instead I will embrace them and cherish them as the priceless gifts that they are. Be encouraged 🙂 #lovebythedrop