Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thoughts.


Lately, my spirit feels broken.
Despite all the love and all our recent happenings in my own life, I can't tell you how alone I feel sometimes.
So, I'm going to write.

This is the kind of post that can be applied to Sandy Hook, a personal situation, a mental battle, or just something that's getting you down.
And today, it applies to me.

I'm the kind of person who dwells.
I don't like to admit it.
I always think back to
what could I have done differently?
could I have reacted better?
why did I do that?

I know I can't change the past,
but I can change how I act in the future.
And I know I can't change what others say, do and feel,
but I can change how I respond to their actions.
Pray, love, give & pray.

Pray for hope, pray for change, pray for healing.
Love others, even more than you would love yourself.
Give—whether it's hugs, donations, or a helping hand.
And then pray for it all again.

I've had so many thoughts and realizations lately, about things that I need to change.
Things that others need to change.
Things to make this world a better place...

Never ever leave your loved one without saying goodbye. You never know if that's the last time you may see them.
Always be respectful.
Never go to bed angry—with anyone.
When praying, always give thanks for what you have before asking for more.
Never take for granted the little things.
Always say, "I love you."

No, those 6-things aren't going to change the world.
But if we—if I—do my best to follow those simple things, who knows how many others I can affect, and how wide that little ripple effect can reach.
I need to stop dwelling and start living.

When you feel alone,
when you feel broken,
when you are desperate, longing, scared, sad,
and when you feel like the rope is unraveling faster than you can climb it,
pray, love, give and pray.

The change starts now,
before this little rope of mine unravels any further.

26 comments:

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness said...

Love this post! Beautiful.

christina said...

yes and amen! great great great post! I can feel it stirring in my spirit, the yearn to do more!

amyeli33 said...

The last few days I keep thinking about what I could have done better on Saturday. It wasn't all my fault, but sometimes it feels that way. That is what happens when God has already forgiven you and the Devil just wants to condemn you.

amyeli33 said...

The last few days I keep thinking about what I could have done better on Saturday. It wasn't all my fault, but sometimes it feels that way. That is what happens when God has already forgiven you and the Devil just wants to condemn you.

Erynn said...

This is so true!! Thanks for the post!

Sarah said...

Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing and opening my eyes and heart...I needed this today.

Katie said...

I absolutely love this. These words are beautiful. It makes me want to make a change to do those things. A perfect way to go into 2013, I think.

Thank you for writing this.

jess said...

Thank you, friend. I don't anyone could have said it better.

Whitney H said...

I'm also a person who dwells on things. I'm trying to learn to let go, but it's very hard sometimes!

Chelsea Oliver said...

beautiful. beautiful. beautiful.

thank you.
chelsea

Alice, Pretty Confused said...

This post is lovely, I tend to dwell a little bit too much on the past too. Sometimes it's just a running commentary of silly things I shouldn't have done, but lately I've been stressing about bigger decisions that I have regretted. This a great reminder that I need to shed all the baggage from this year so I can start fresh in January xo

Shelley Paige said...

Aaahhhh. It's hard. I know. Let God lead you.... Do you have the Jesus Calling app? I got it as an early Christmas gift. It has really helped me already....

Merry Christmas

Haleigh said...

Oh, I am a dweller. There have been a few things in life lately where I don't want to dwell. I have a desire to move on, and this is a new feeling for me. So instead of dwelling in the circumstances I am learning to dwell in God.
Thank you for sharing

The Pink Growl said...

Oh how I needed to hear this today! Thank you girl!

Halie Renee said...

You have such a sweet, caring heart. I love these "on your heart" types of posts. And I think you said all of this perfectly. Thank you for writing the "heavy" stuff sometimes, as well as the light and fun stuff too.

Marci said...

It's exactly how I feel today. You took the words right out of my mouth. Great post. Thank you.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

"I need to stop dwelling and start living."

Amen. When things like this happen it really jolts me into realizing how short life is. But it shouldn't take something like this. We should embrace life every single day.

Cat said...

Beautiful post. Hope your unravelling finishes soon

Allyson Butler said...

I tend to dwell too... This post is a wonderful call to action. Thank you for sharing your heart!

Elisha said...

OH MY WORD.
I can so resonate!

Eesh said...

Aunie,

This is why I love you. You inspire me. Please don't ever change. Flaws & all.

xo

Mia said...

I love the phrase, "Stay Strong, Pray Strong, and Never Give Up." This post made me think- why do we feel bad when we feel sad? We should be allowed to be sad sometimes. Because this earth life? It's not easy. Imagine when we're in heaven, and we're heave a great sigh and realize how HARD earth life is. But the number one thing I learn is: never let your spirit get broken. Let yourself to be sad, mad, happy, angry, disappointed. But your spirit must always stay intact. Pray to our Heavenly Father to protect your spirit. Protect your flaws, but don't be afraid to chance. Laugh a little, but cry a little. Life is a constant flow of hot and cold, of sadness and exaltation. Anyway........ your posts, like always, make me think. Have a very merry Christmas.

Erin Campbell said...

I completely agree with all of this. It takes so many "I'm just one person" people to change a world and if we all had the same mind set that you have in how things should be there would be so much less hurt. I have the same thoughts as you do...what could I have done differently...i should have done this...maybe i should go back and try to change my actions. Those things have already taken place so there is no point on dwelling on it but more to better actions in the future. Love you doll!

Jessica said...

I needed something like this today. Thank you!

Lily said...

I definitely feel like this is something I needed to hear today. I want to start using this in my daily life! And you're absolutely correct when you said, "No, those 6-things aren't going to change the world.
But if we—if I—do my best to follow those simple things, who knows how many others I can affect, and how wide that little ripple effect can reach."

The change DOES start NOW!

Erica said...

I'm catching up on all my reading tonight...can ya tell?! You have some very wise words indeed my friends. You are going to be okay!

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