October 9, 2016

My Biggest Mistake

This photograph blew right by me on my news feed today.

It’s true, and I know I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. But I am a wonderful friend, loyal, caring, empathetic, supportive, and encouraging. I will cry with you, hear you out, mourn with you, and do everything I can to help you pick up whatever pieces you’ve lost along the way. That’s just me, I care about people.

To my detriment, I am also easily hurt. I know exactly what I bring to the table. I make mistakes every single day. This picture, it’s true. It’s one of my biggest mistakes.

In spite of it all, the heartache, and personal turmoil, I have decided not to let the world change who I am. There are so many wonderful people out there in this world. There are also wonderful people who don’t always agree with me but understand the value of live and let live.

I’m not looking back and I refuse to let this world keep me from smiling and making the best of every day. It doesn’t matter if it’s close friends, acquaintances, or even family members, because they are people too, and they have their own struggles and situations to figure out.

With a genuine smile on my face, I am surrendering it all to God, and I’m not looking back.

September 19, 2016

Signs of True Repentance

What are some of the signs of true repentance?

1. The person will take personal responsibility for the wrongs without excusing or blaming someone or something else.

2. The person will take the initiative in healing your relationship. It won’t be you doing all the talking and pursuing.

3. The person’s behavior will match the words.

4. The person’s demeanor will be humble and broken.

5. The person’s level of defensiveness will be significantly reduced and the person will be approachable.

6. The person will have a desire to hear your truth.

7. The person will have remorse for how you have been affected by the problems.

8. The person will make a commitment to do whatever it takes to really change and begin doing it.

9. The person will have a long-term plan that supports the changes that have to be made.

10. The person will apologize when “slips” occur and old behavior surfaces. These slips should become less frequent over time.

Hat Tip: Karla Downing

August 18, 2016

RIP Sushi Down

RIP Sushi.
You will be terribly missed.
You were getting older but we thought we would have you for much longer.
You're a good girl.
We love you.

We are heartbroken. Sushi was a wonderful part of our family. She loved each of us, she was loyal, patient, extremely affectionate. Her expressions were priceless. She even knew how to spell words like w-a-l-k.

She was very fast. I will miss her zipping through the house and flying off the furniture.
She was my laundry buddy.
She snuggled and hugged us every. single. day.
She did this consistently no matter our moods or trials.

Today on the way to school the girls saw a rainbow.

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and ALL living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:16

You were the best dog, Sushi.
We will miss you so much. xo

April 5, 2016

Reminder To Myself

“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand” (Matt. 13:13). There are people who truly don’t get “it” and no matter what they see or hear, they will still not get “it.” Don’t wear yourself out trying to make them do something they just aren’t able to do.

By Karla Downing