God Has a Plan for Your Life – My Home Story Part 1

jeremiah-29_11

There are so many hurting people out there.  If you are going through a tough time right now, please know that you are not alone.  You are also not without hope (although at times I know it feels like it).  God has a plan for your life, and that is what I want to talk about today.  I am inspired to share on this topic because I have been contacted privately by several people in very dire circumstances lately, and while my life is in a good place right now, it has not always been this way.  I don’t know if I am called to help people through my own journey or not, but there was a long hard road I walked that led me to inspired living and to … Continue Reading

My Poem is Being Published! + Why You Shouldn’t Second Guess Yourself

im fabulous affirmation

Happy New Year inspired friends! I have some inspiration and encouragement to share with you today. This is for those of us who have ever felt vulnerable, silly after sharing something with people, or afraid to show our wonderful wacky selves to the world. This is also for those of us who sometimes are our own worst critics, who wonder if anyone will actually care about the stuff we create, who worry too much about what people think, and who sometimes (or maybe often) second guess ourselves. So this is pretty much all of us at some point, right? Something fabulous happened to me recently and it has been a reminder yet again of why I should NOT second guess myself (and why you shouldn’t either).   An Affirmation I … Continue Reading

My New Year’s Eve Ritual and How Un-Inspired It Used to Feel

I can’t believe we are about to start another new year.  What do you all do for New Year’s eve?  Do you have any special traditions?  True confession- New Year’s Eve always depressed me and I have never really liked it.  I guess it is partly all the hype of it being about these big fabulous parties that you are supposed to ring the new year in with. That and the general melancholy of saying goodbye to another year (and sometimes the people that went with it).  It seems like there is so much pressure to ring in the new year in some fabulous way, yet we never did.  (The bottom of this post will have some inspiration, so bear with me.)    New Year’s as a Child Growing up, … Continue Reading

Learning, Living, and Loving with Grace

14409508_1005393366225814_1566918001691265257_o

“Grace. One of my favorite words. May we Be it. Live it. Embody it. Extend it. Receive it. Grace is one of the purest forms of love because one doesn’t have to do anything to earn it or deserve it.  When we love with Grace, we are loving like Jesus.  Sometimes that is a challenge and takes discipline!  Grace is a love that sees us at our worst, yet gives us pardon.  May we love others with Grace on the days they need it and love ourselves with Grace on the days when we are the ones in need. ” -Rebekah Ann Stephenson     I wrote that quote on a day when I was feeling challenged and needed to take time to breathe and talk to God so that … Continue Reading

The Garden of My Life : What the Bees Taught Me About Goals and Dreams

Bekahs Bee Copyright

This is my story of managing multiple dreams and goals at once and how the bumble bees in my garden, along with some wisdom from friends, have inspired me to know that I don’t have to choose and I can pursue all that my heart desires.  Have you ever struggled with keeping the balance between the everyday life stuff and the passions/desires of your heart? Do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time for it all?   As many of you may know, I’ve been doing a lot of things this year (many of which I haven’t revealed here yet!).  Because one of my theme words for this year is “simple”, I have been of this mindset that I “should” only do one main thing and put everything else … Continue Reading

Your Best is Always Good Enough, Even When it Feels Like it Isn’t

Feeling “good enough” and doing my best. This is a topic I have thought about (and sometimes struggled with ) a lot in my first year of marriage. I know I am not the only new wife, or old wife, or woman or person period who has ever felt this way.  Yet sometimes I do feel alone in this and compare myself to others and feel I sometimes fall short. Other days I feel pretty much like a rock star for what I accomplish . I am a bit of a late bloomer and so I have had to be gentle on myself my first year of marriage, which at times is easy and at times is not.  The times it is not it is because I am worrying about … Continue Reading

A Wild Turkey Stuck in My Garden (aka The Turkey Who Forgot He Had Wings)!

wild turkey

It’s story time and tonight I am telling you the tale of the turkey who forgot he had wings.  I’m feeling a bit like Beatrix Potter as I say that (writing a tale about an animal in my garden).  Maybe this will become a children’s book of mine.  Who knows?! At any rate, it was funny and inspiring and very, very odd.  And you know, everything has a story.  Maybe you will be inspired to see things a different way in your own life and spin a yarn or two :D. So on we go then!     Earlier this afternoon I heard my pug puppy barking outside and I couldn’t figure out why.  He is not one to carry on about things unless there is something to carry on … Continue Reading

Healing Another Piece of My Past- My First Bully Experience

broken heart puzzle pieces

Tonight I did something I’ve thought about doing for a long time, but have avoided.  I finally responded to a Facebook friend request from a former friend who crafted a letter to bully me in the 9th grade.  I was sent this friend request so long ago.  I’m not sure how long it sat there.  8 months?  A year?  I just ignored it as there was no message attached.  Just a request to be added as a friend, which to be honest kind of flabbergasted me.  My last memory of this person was of them bullying me, so why would they want to reconnect now?   This is not often the nature of my blog posts here, but I think telling pieces of our story is healing.  I also think … Continue Reading

He Gives Us Hope for Tomorrow- On Dealing with Depression

joy comes in the morning

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  ~from Psalm 30:5 KJV   (there will be more inspirational verse, music, and my latest radio podcast at the end of this post if you need some encouragement).       When you are in despair, it sure doesn’t seem like joy is just around the corner.  It feels like the heaviness will not lift and you just sort of get by minute by minute, hour by hour until it passes.  It is hard to be stuck in this sort of dreary spot and even harder to remember that truly, this too shall pass.  These are the sort of days that drag on.  Those never ending blah and merely existing days.     I was feeling this way … Continue Reading

Be Kind for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle

and the greatest of these is love

“Be Kind for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle” -Plato     The past two nights, in having two people reach out to me, God has been reminding me of the power of kindness and compassion. In working with the public as I do, I am often witness to the personal pain and suffering of my fellow man. When I meet a person initially, their pain isn’t often apparent. At some point when they feel safe, their walls come down. It is easier for their walls to come down because usually, I can’t see their faces. I am sure part of their comfort level has to do with the unique nature in which I work- online and via telephone. If you aren’t used to having people share their … Continue Reading

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...