Self Care is Important

I have been on fall break this past week. My goal was to work on all the areas I felt like I had been failing in for a while.

First and foremost I needed to get back to praying more. I felt like I was carrying around problems on my shoulders that I had no control over. I had to give them over to God to handle. I’m sure he was thinkng “why she carrying that heavy load when I can carry it for her?”

I also needed to get back to being more healthy. I need to lose some weight and get more fit. So, this week I started the 5k runner app, and if I only get to a mile jog and nothing else. I’m okay with that as long as I know I did my best. It’s been four years since I tried to jog. I have only did the app this week and it’s helped me feel better. My Fitbit actually has peak minutes. It’s been a while since I’ve seen those. I’ve not eaten the best but I am making better choices and since I’ve helped my stress level I’m not doing the nighttime binge eating I was doing.

Then I also wanted to do small things that made me happy and feel better about myself. Things I enjoy like writing, photography, or more simple things like watching a movie and drinking a hot cup of cocoa.

I have to say just doing these things this week has made me a better person. Self-care is important! If you take care of yourself it makes it easier and less stressful to take care of others and to also do the work that is needed or required from you.

I’m hoping to continue these things when I go back to work. The time needed to do these things could be achieved within an hour. I think I’m worth and deserve an hour. Make sure you are taking care of yourself.

Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

I hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading, and God Bless

Finding Happiness

I thought last year was a tough year. This year takes the cake. I have fought off being depressed many times. I feel like we have been through so much, but I know there are others who has it worse than we do.

Life will kick you down when you’re not looking. I have found myself praying a way out of many emotions and situations I was unable to deal with on my own.

That’s the thing though, if you pray through it, you can get through it. I’m not saying it’s always easy but it can make a difference in how you cope with what life throws at you.

Today, I had to take my daughter’s rabbits to the vet early this morning and go back and pick them up. I also had to get groceries and do errands. I could have had a bad day if I dwelt on the inconvenience of getting out of bed early and going to town. Then also be aggravated for having to stay in town all day because they would not be ready for pick up for 7 hours. Remember, I live 45 mins from town so running home and back across the mountain was not feasible.

I chose to have a great day. I dropped the rabbits off and then I went down to a place called Cumberland Gap and had a nice latte at the best coffee house ever. Then I walked some trails and took pretty decent pictures. Had a nice little talk with Jesus.

It was wonderful! I tried all day getting pictures of squirrels and they were too busy gathering nuts to stop and let me take their picture. At one point I said please God let me get a picture of this squirrel but it scurried off. I said okay, and it wasn’t two minutes later and I got to see and take pictures of three deer.

This was a reminder to me that sometimes you ask God for things and he has something bigger and better for you instead.

I don’t always have a lot of time to do what I want to do, but I do have the time to make the best of the free time I have. I’m sure I’ve wrote about this before somewhere, but every day may not be good but there is something good in every day. We just have to look hard sometimes to find it.

I pray those that are reading this finds the good in today.

Thank you for reading and God Bless

I shall not be moved

Psalm 16:8 King James Version

8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Today being the last day of spring, I took a walk to my happy place. This year has been more stressful than anything I went through last year. I needed some peace and tranquility, and no other than my happy place would do.

I haven’t been writing a lot; I’ve been doing one of my other favorite things, which is taking pictures. I found it is a good stress reliever.

Now for the reason for this post. I feel like God has given me a short lesson in life today. The last lesson he gave me was don’t stop praying. Don’t give up!

This evening I feel like he let me know if I keep my feet planted and stay focused, life would be okay. Do not get disheartened or distracted by others or the bad things that are going on. If you stay where God wants you, then everything will work out and get better.

We know this to be confirmed by reading the Bible but let me tell you why I feel God told me this personally.

Picture it Sicily 2021 lol just kidding when I started up the mountain; I thought I was taking a picture of a small black butterfly. When I looked closer and focused and zoomed in, it was a black-winged jeweled dragonfly. Then a little farther, there was a small bird that kept chirping. It seemed to be a regular bird till zooming in, and it was a little blue bunting. I think that was the beginning of God saying stay focused on me. I zoomed in and the pictures were amazing. If I took a picture of everything it would just be one of those pages in a hidden picture book. Trying to find different items, not knowing sure where it is, and when you do, it’s not that great. Staying focused on Jesus keeps you from random searching for things that are not worth the time you wasted looking. With Jesus, you keep your eyes on him and what he leads you to is always something perfect just for you.

So, we need to keep our eyes on the Lord so close that we only see him and not everything else. Take our mind off all life problems and things we can’t control. When you take a picture, there should always be a primary object that your eye focuses on. If you don’t focus on something in your photos, when people see your pictures, their eyes will be all over the place and not even know what they are supposed to be looking at. If we don’t stay focused on God, we will put unnecessary stress and problems in our life.

There is another part to this story. When I almost reached the top of the mountain, I saw an iridescent cloud (also known as Rainbow Cloud); it was like God said, keep coming this way. I got distracted by a little yellow moth, and then the wind came out of nowhere, and I was like, okay, the moth isn’t worth this. I kept going, and then I saw a female elk, and she stopped and looked at me. I was able to turn my camera on, focus it and get a great shot. Then when I got my picture, she went on top of the hill, and I still took photos by zooming in on her. She kept her eye on me the whole time I was there.

It was just amazing and a blessing for me to get to see an elk that close. I’ve seen elk four-wheeling, but it’s a different experience to see one up close and be on foot.

If I took my eye off the rainbow cloud much longer and focused on a tiny yellow moth which would have been a mediocre picture, I would of lost out on seeing the elk and getting a great photo.

That’s why we must keep our eyes on God and not be moved by anything because nothing in the world will ever compare to what God has for us.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed it!

God Bless you ♥️

Don’t Give Up

I set out to get a picture of the bird I seen yesterday evening. It was black and had bright red wings. I looked it up and it’s called a red winged black bird. So I went to where these birds were yesterday with my telescope to get a close up of this bird. I find them fascinating because when they fly the red wings show up and I just think they’re beautiful.
They were right where they were yesterday and I ended up having trouble getting my telescope and phone hooked up then my dog had to scare them off so I was not doing very well. I got frustrated. Photography is only peaceful when what your taking a picture of does not move lol
I heard it chirping and started up the mountain and before I could focus , it flew away. By this time I was aggravated and really felt like giving up and going home. I was hot, tired, and my legs were wore out. Something said , you are 1/2 way to your happy place just keep going. I tried to shut that voice up because I was done tired and aggravated lol
It was such a struggle but I made it to the top gave up taking pictures with my telescope because my phone was about dead and I had to try and get a picture of the cross I just seen. That is in the post before this one.
I got to my prayer rock, said a little prayer and also asked God to forgive me for getting mad for not getting a picture of my bird, but explained I really just wanted one good picture lol 😂
Took a couple more pictures and headed for home.
Then it happened my bird showed up right before heading down the mountain. I put my telescope back on my phone and tried not to get my hopes up. Then it happened! I got pictures of my little bird. The next words I said was “Thank You Jesus!”
The moral I think of my story is to get that picture I had to go just a little farther than I wanted to receive my victory. If I would of gave up and went home I’d not got my pictures and I also would of missed praying to God where I feel him closer than anywhere else.
I know God sent that bird as a lesson to remind me, don’t give up on what you’re praying for because sometimes you just have a little bit farther to go before what you have been praying for happens.
Don’t stop praying for that one that’s lost, those that are sick, the ones that need help, Don’t stop because you’re answered prayer may be just around the corner.
I hope this touched someone, I know I was blessed with the experience. God bless you always 🙏🏻💜