Monday, December 12, 2011

With God - ALL Things Are Possible!

I am going for a new attitude! Yes, I am! I have decided that I am going to be defined by who the Lord says I am, by my creativity, by my writing, by my sweet family.  I have decided to start thinking in a new way and the pain can have no power over me any longer.  I found a beautiful email that my friend, Cheri, sent me and it just totally sparked something in me.  She sent me this email several months ago and it meant so much to me, I printed it out.  What she said didn't really spark with me at that time, but now I'm ready! If you get a chance, go to Cheri's blog and read her amazing story!  I put this email in a sheet protector and I am making it a part of my daily reading.  I also am in the process of reading some other books that I will share with you tomorrow.  I'm so thankful to Cheri for taking the time to write me that and she are such a blessing to me! Thank you, Cheri!!

On the Christmas front, we came to a great conclusion and I think we are all very happy with the decision.  We decided not to put up the huge tree this year.  My oldest son is still studying as he takes the state fire fighting test next week and is studying like crazy.  He got a 94% in his class and the instructors shook his hand and said he did great and that it was a very hard class to get an "A" in.  That meant so much to him.  My youngest son finished up all his finals yesterday and is just exhausted.  He got "A's" in all his classes, too! He's just so happy to have 3 weeks off before the next semester starts.  These things all helped us to decide to put up our little, pink tree. :)  It's only about 1 foot tall, but it's pre-lit, already in the house and will be perfect.  I have little ornaments that I've bought each year with all our names on them and I will put them on the tree.  I also have an adorable little tree that you put together.  I'm thinking it's from the 1930's or 40's and is so unique! Between the two little trees and all the special things from my corner cabinet I keep in the house for Christmas, we are going to have a beautiful Christmas.  I think we were all relieved that the big tree wouldn't go up this year.  It would only be up a short time and would require my hubby and oldest son to get everything out.  While they were happy to do so, it didn't make a lot of sense to do all that.  I'm just so pleased because I can do this! I can work a little at a time and get all my sweet little things put out for Christmas.  Yay!

I have goals that I am going to work toward.  My first goal is to get back to church, my prayer meetings and I would love to be at the Ladies Bible study!  Maybe I'll actually be back to being a leader again, too! I'm realizing that my thoughts really do affect how I feel and a part of that is being forgiving towards those who have wronged me.  Not living in the past but living for today is also key.  The more I have been telling myself I'm in pain, the more pain I've had.  When the pain is there, I'm learning to think about something else - work on something I enjoy.  Hey! I even went to my studio for the first time in 3 months and painted a tree for my porch!

I am noticing that I'm very weak from a year of sitting around! Oh, dear. I'm going to slowly start trying to do a little more each day so I can build my strength back up.  After going to my studio for a few hours, I was so tired, I just couldn't believe it! I had intended on going to church but fell asleep in my chair instead. lol  I will have to pace myself and plan things out better until my strength is back. 

I'm sharing all this with you so that I hold myself accountable about how I talk.  I want to change my life for the better and I would love to have you in my corner - praying for me and cheering me on! Many thanks to Cheri for the beautiful encouraging email and for helping me to see that with God, all things are possible and that I can make my life better!

God bless you - Julie


  1. Mind over matter really does work. Praying for you!

  2. Great Girl!!! You're getting rid of the stinking thinking!!! You Go!!! I do keep you in my prayers and I'm thrilled for what you're planning on doing. If we tell ourselves that we can't do something, then we won't even try. If we tell ourselves that we can do it, we will shoot for the moon. I have about 25 items that I have to make before Christmas for orders. I'm telling myself that I can do this with time to spare. Pray for me too! Have a blessed day!

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  4. Oh Julie!! I am so thrilled for you....thank you so much for mentioning me in your post....but my dear, this is YOU and God. Your mind, your decision, your power and your choic through God....I can't wait to hear about the books and improvement you have in your future.. ( ( HUGS ) ) Cheri


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