It’s been a while since my last post. Going through transition isn’t always easy but anything worth it seldom is!
I now live in Las Vegas…who would have thought my path would lead me here, where the summer temperatures are consistently in the 100’s.
I’ve wanted to run back to the familiar, the safe, and the comfortable with familiar paths, family and friends. Job connections and options are plenty. I would survive because I know what to do!!! I’ve walked that path many times, its second nature.
But no, I’ve been called to another level of trust, another level of obedience.
How many people have said, “Lord send me, I’ll go wherever you lead me.”
Well, how about the desert where your daily bread is Him and your provision you have to trust him for?
Can and will you really walk through the Valley not knowing how long or how rough it’s going to get before it gets better?
My Valley is a desert and the people around me can’t encourage me or lead me out. What do I do? Get mad at them or God? Should I have expected a place of comfort and provision just because I‘m following God’s leading!
Well, I can expect that, but still I knew it could be challenging yet I had faith that I would make it through and all would be well. (And it’s finally getting there).
However, in the midst were confusion, doubt, and a meltdown…”Why me Lord, did I miss it? My God, my God I know you haven’t forsaken me but it sure feels like it at this moment,” or “This too shall pass but not soon enough for me!”
Yep, new and uncharted territory when you are all alone can and will stir up mixed emotions even fear. Still each time I had to encourage myself and others called to encourage me as well.
They are my biggest cheerleaders and support.
I live in a place where the homeless is everywhere you turn and the people next to you can find themselves in the same homeless state and one person has and another person and her child is on their way. That I know of!
Complacency is way of life for some. They want more but don’t have the desire to pursue it. It’s easier to sit and complain and scheme to buy more time just to sit and do nothing until it’s time to scheme again. This vicious cycle that has become second nature to far too many.
Even the homeless get up and hunt for plastic bottles and cans in the heat to get money, while those with struggling to maintain a roof over their heads just murmur and complain or laugh and make fun of until…then they want someone to help them and get mad when no-one can or will.
Ironic isn’t it! Standing on the street corner with a sign for help or Going to your next door neighbor who you hardly know to ask for the same thing…is there a difference in the need?
Change has definitely come and it’s a learning experience of real life up close and personal.
My life has changed because I have changed.
Hugs and Love from me to you!
Everything changes: seasons, environments, people, likes & dislikes, technology, time and you. I recently changed vocations from the Non Profit back to the For Profit sector.
Change is the constant that we all must adapt to at certain points in our lives. Our attitude and how we maneuver through these changes is important.
No matter how challenging change can be, make the decision to embrace it and make it work for you. Fighting against it will only leave you frustrated and spinning your wheels.
Like a wave, you can ride it out or go tumbling along while being thrashed and dragged about. Change is unavoidable.
The good news is… change can be better than you thought and even more rewarding but you’ll never find out if you’re in fear and constantly complaining. You’ll miss the beauty and blessing it brings. Hugs and love from me to you! Valarie
Never underestimate the power of love. In a world that says hurry up, faster and faster and I want it right now, love is not something to be rushed. Love is patient and kind and never insists on its own right or way, people do.
When pondering over whether you love someone, ask yourself, “Am I willing to wait for this person? How long?”
When love is true how long you wait is not the issue or a problem. A day seems like a minute and a month a day. Love is not governed by time and exists outside of time as we know time to be.
So, next time someone you believe you love asks you to wait or be patient, consider your reasons for wanting to rush. I know today is not promised but neither is the next hour or minute and rushing won’t change it.
Hugs and love from me to you. Valarie
How many times have you found yourself searching the night sky? What were you looking for? Did you find it?
Did you see a glimmer of hope that gave you the strength to endure a little longer? Or, do constantly search the sky for a silver lining.
Questions, questions, questions?
The real questions are, “Where does your faith lie? In whom do you trust? Dreams keep us going and hope encourages us to never give up.”
If we are not careful, we will always find ourselves waiting and longing for something that’s not meant to be while missing out on what is.
Hugs and love from me to you! Valarie
Life doesn’t always have to be colorful to be beautiful!
Honesty means being transparent, nothing concealed, no secrets, and full disclosure. In relationships it means opening yourself up to be known in depth as much as possible. Leaving yourself open to be hurt by the person(s) you’ve opened up to.
Trust is wrapped around honesty, because the more you trust someone, the more you open up to them. When trust is present honesty can flow freely, and unhindered. Although you leave yourself open to be hurt, trust allows you to do so believing that it is not misplaced.
Unconditional love shields the heart so that if honesty is false and your trust is misused, you will not be crushed, devastated or broken. Wounds will heal, hearts will mend, walls won’t go up to keep others out and make you a prisoner of your own emotions. You will hurt but you will also fully recover.
Honesty is a virtue you can’t afford to lose because the other side of honesty is dishonesty i.e. lying, false truths and lack of trust. There can be no genuine love without honesty only fallacies. No matter what you’ve done, others have done just as much, maybe even more.
Can you be honesty? Will you allow yourself to be transparent when others are not? Don’t allow the dishonesties of your past bind you in your present and ruin your future.