Wow, the pull of negativity, criticism, and darkness is strong!
The sharks are mean and lean, constantly circling. Sharks never sleep; they suffer from insomnia and they want you to suffer, too.
The world wants to steal your joy, peace, and light. The world wants to remind you of your failures and shortcomings, your mistakes and unfulfilled dreams. The world wants to drag you down and hold you under.
But – and here’s something that will knock your socks off! – you have everything you need to overpower the world. You have access to powerful rivers of joy, overwhelming beauty, unquenchable love, and the deepest peace that surpasses all understanding.
You have access to God, whenever you want to reach up. Take a deep breath and open your heart and mind. Can you sense Him?
PADS: 4 Secrets to Blossoming
My new natural resting state is PADS: Present, Accepting, Detached, and Surrendered.
I walk on all four PADS no matter what joys or pains, celebrations or desolations, ups or downs I’m experiencing. PADS is my default perspective.
This is PADS:
1. Present in this moment, right here now. Not thinking of the mistakes I made yesterday, the meal I’m cooking later today, or the plans I made for next week. I am actually listening to the person I’m talking to and focused on the activity I’m involved in. I am here.
2. Accepting what I hear, see, smell, feel, and taste. Not fighting it, not succumbing to my wish that my reality was different, not yearning for what doesn’t exist. Not judging. Not pushing against it.
3. Detached from expectations and outcomes. Showing up, doing my best work, giving this thing that I’m in my all. Letting go of what happens next.
4. Surrendered to my life and whatever happens – because I know everything is unfolding exactly the way it’s supposed to. Even if I don’t like it, even if I’m heartbroken, even if I’m sick and tired…I surrender. This doesn’t mean I’m passive or weak…it just means I’m flowing with my life as it is. And I’m staying alert to all possibilities that come my way.
God created you, and cares deeply for you. Believe this. Surrender. Allow Him to be as creative and original with your life as He is with the wildflowers in the fields and the exotic fish in the sea.
She Blossoms This Week
7 Things to Remember When You Feel Like No One Cares – Are you feeling lost and unwanted, like no one cares about you? I get it. The most important thing to remember when you feel all alone in this world is that it’s a natural – even healthy – part of being human.
5 Ways to Overcome Obstacles to Eating Healthy – You’ll transition from knowing how to eat healthy on a low income to actually getting motivated and DOING IT. You don’t need another list of tips for healthy eating on a budget, do you? What you need is motivation to follow through with what you already know.
5 Secrets About Surviving When You Have No Money – Having no money and no family makes it hard to survive – much less Blossom! These tips on how to survive with no money are inspired by a reader. She asked for survival tips and relationship help. *
Blossoming in Your Relationship
6 Ways to Survive Your First Year of Marriage – Newlyweds, the first year might be the toughest of all your 85 years together! Here are six of the most important tips on how to love (not just survive!) your first year of marriage. If you’re still smooching on your first wedding anniversary, you’ll be ready to survive anything. More or less.
How to Make a Relationship Last – for Better or Worse – For better or worse, right? It may depend. Here are seven tips on how to make a relationship last – I combined my own personal marriage experience with a few tips from couples’ therapists.
How to Find a Good Man and Live Happily Ever After – It’s never too late to learn how to find a good man – even if you’re in a bad relationship right now! You can share my five tips for finding a good guy with your single girlfriends…or file them away for future reference. Because you just never know.
She Says – Random Reader Comments This Week
“In realizing I am a ‘true introvert’ I can see God’s wonderful work. His grace. I am so grateful to know I am not the only one who delights in solitude! Keep uplifting the Kingdom of God Laurie and may He continue to use you for His glory. Thank you!”
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