Hi everyone!

We are 20 days into 2015 and I don't know about you guys but I'm kinda falling short of some things I wanted to focus on the year...

Some of those things I talked about in my "one little word" post and some things that I didn't talk about but have been pressed down by for a while.

I'm going to be honest with you, I just don't have time for everything.  You probably don't either. At least I think I'm not the only one...  But boy don't we think when the New Year comes around we are GOING TO!  lol  

We have been remodeling our house and are STILL in the process of a complete make-over on the backyard.  We started this process last March.  I was REALLY hoping that we would be done by now.  But not so.  Tomorrow starts another big project; organizer closets in every bedroom!  It's very much needed as the builder of this home seriously didn't think people would have STUFF to put away.  But it's a HUGE undertaking and I just am tired of all of it.  I wanted to be focused on other things this year and there's still SO much to be done on the house.

Other things are still lingering too...  My health issues are not resolved yet and I know a surgery of some type is coming up soon.  I also know that there are a ton of little projects that need to be finished before we can call this remodel DONE.

But I say all this to let you know that even when we get down and are bummed about what we DIDN'T accomplish or didn't have time for... it's OK.  I try to take a minute and just step out of my thoughts and think LONG TERM.  Will all this be a big deal 2 years from now?  Will I look back and really care if the closest or the remodel got done in January of 2015 of June of 2016? Does is matter 5 years from now when my surgery was or is it just important to take care of our selves and do what needs to be done regardless of the timing...  We ARE making progress on things, and even though it's slow I know one day we will get to enjoy the benefits of the beautiful back yard we are creating and we will be happy when we have actual SPACE in our closets for the stuff we have and I will be back to walking and being healthy again.  So I need to remind myself these things and just BREATHE...  

Do you need to "just breathe" too?

Ok, here's my Health Tip of the day:

Go ahead... I'll wait for you.  Breathe in for 7 counts, hold for 7 counts, and breathe out for 7 counts.  (At least that's what Dr. Weil's says to do)  I actually do this breathing exercise at night in bed a lot and it really does help! I do it about 10 times and it just calms me down any time of the day. 

But I also have found that another thing that helps me is my bible journaling.  I don't have a lot of time for it, but when I am in the WORD, it helps me focus on what really matters.  Journaling in my bible is such an AMAZING new thing for me and I really can't say enough about it.  I love the Word of God and I love being creative.  Being able to blend these two things together brings me so much JOY.  Honestly, I really wasn't reading my bible every day before this.  I was doing a devotional a few times a week but if I'm being honest I just wasted focused on reading the word of God and having it be a daily part of my life.  I am so THANKFUL that I found this new way to connect with the Lord and use the talents HE gave me to draw close to Him and be IN THE WORD.  It's such a huge blessing and I really encourage everyone to give it a try!   I can't WAIT to share this with all the ladies at my Art & Faith Creative Retreat in Italy this Summer.  It's going to be a part of our day each morning after breakfast and I'm so excited to see what comes from this... So here is a page I just did when I was feeling a bit overwhelmed the other day:

Luke 12:22 - 31  

Do Not Be Anxious

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[a] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[b] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[c] kingdom, and these things will be added to you."

I wrote "You are SO valuable" because if he loves and cares for those little birds every day, how much more does he LOVE us, and care for us and TAKES CARE of all our "stuff"...  So needed to hear this.  Now I can "just breathe"

I hope this blesses you as much as it did me. 

You can find more information on bible journaling on Pinterest (my Pinterest link is at the bottom of this website if you want to see my pages) and you can also join the "Journaling Bible Community" FB page to learn more and get started with this great little community.

Have a GREAT Tuesday everyone!

Hugs,

Laura

 

P.S.  There are just a few spots left for my Art & Faith Creative Retreat this summer.  If you are at all thinking about joining us, send me an email soon.  I have one apartment left but I can try to get another or a hotel room next door.  I don't want to have to say no to anyone who feels lead to come to this because I know the Lord is going to work in the lives of these ladies and I can't WAIT to see what happens!  And I know Stephanie Ackerman and Jeanne Oliver are SO excited about it too!  Just today we were all talking about it (and booking flights) and it's going to be SO FUN!

 

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