June 17 – The Circle of Life Leads To A Circle of Emotions!

4:168 - The Circle of Life Leads To a Circle of Emotions #faithbites #faithjourney circle Setting What a crazy few weeks this has been. My mum passed away, my daughter's birthday, Father's Day, and remembering my father, a family member becoming their true self, and so many other things. It has really got me thinking about the circle of life. So many ups and downs and I'm glad that God is greater than all of that. I am still trying to process all of this. and haven't mourned my mum yet. It seems when there is an up there is a down and vice versa. Sometimes I wish there was a guidebook on how to grieve. At the same time, I'd love a guidebook on how to experience joy effectively. Today's #faithbites is just about acknowledging the emotions that…

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June 16 – Great Expectations

4:167 - Great Expectations #faithbites #faithjourney expectations Settings Yesterday we talked about being pushovers. One way to do avoid being a pushover is to set expectations. We all have great expectations, no not the book even though it's great, on how we want our lives to go. For me, I have expectations of others, but what I've found out, is I haven't been vocal about those expectations. It's not fair, even though I'm guilty of it, to be angry at someone for not living up to your expectations if they don't know what the expectations are. It doesn't matter if they are large or small, expectations level set what is expected from all parties and gives you are way to level set, evaluate and grow. Today's Questions: Do you set expectations with those where you live, work, and play?…

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June 15 – I’m Easy Like Sunday Morning

4:166 - I'm Easy Like Sunday Morning #faithbites #faithjourney sunday Setting Every Sunday, one of my friends posts, "I'm easy like Sunday morning." It's a great song and reflects that Sundays should be an easy day. Today, I was reflecting on my love and the term easy came up. Not kn how my life has been but in how I am. I'm easy and often a pushover. My mother in law once said the one complaint she had about me was I let people wall all over me. Maybe it's because I want to feel needed or excepted. Could be because I don't like conflict and rolling over is easy. Either way, it's something that bothers me an something I need to work on. Today's Questions: Are you a push over? If so, why do you let people treat…

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June 14 – Love Doesn’t Keep Score, But I Do

4:164 - Love Doesn't Keep Score, But I Do #faithbites #faithjourney score Setting This is a very personal #faithbites as I am fully admitting I fail often. God tells that love keeps no records of wrong but I do. I track when I did something or when someone else didn't do something. I remember when I was wronged. This is not love. This #faithbites has been in my head for a while as I've felt hypocritical for saying we should love one another at all times when I don't fully do it. It's not a conscious choice. I struggle with just letting things go and loving fully. Most of the time I can, but some little things bug me and add up. That has led to more than one blowup. This bothers me and rocks me to the core…

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June 13 – Do We Need A Plan B?

4:164 -Do We Need A Plan B? #faithbites #faithjourney Plan Setting My brain is always running. As long as I have been alive, I've always had at least a plan B if not a C or D. I've thought through what happens if I got a divorce, my family died, I lost my job, I got deathly ill, I lost my church, and the list goes on. This isn't the normal, "let's have a will or advanced directive", these are thoughts that constantly run in my head. Add to that all of the daily tasks that are needed, and it's exhausting. While having a plan is nice, if it's always running through your head you lose out on the to enjoy the life you are leading today. This morning, I was thinking about why I do that. Is it…

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June 12 – Relapse

4:163 - Relapse #faithbites #faithjourney relapse Setting When I say relapse, what do you think? Is it alcohol and drugs? Is it an addiction? What does it mean when someone says they've relapsed. I'm thinking about this for two reasons. First, my pain that has almost been gone for three weeks is back. I've relapsed into pain. Second, twice in a week I've yelled at my kids for stupid things. It's a relapse to the old ways. Do I feel like a failure? No. Not at all. I just know I'm off the wagon. Some things I can control, others I can't. Some days it's easy to get back on the wagon if it's in your control, other times, there is no apparent way to get back on track. Today's Questions: What do you do when you relapse? How…

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June 11 – Small Events, Big Reaction

4:162 - Small Events, Big Reaction #faithbites #faithjourney reaction Setting Today I went to my office for the first time in 15 months. It was a bit eerie because of time, no one being there, COVID, and the unknown of the future. We are moving buildings, coming back in some form or another to the office, and getting new leadership. I was a bit anxious about going and when I stepped in the elevator, I had a near panic attack. My heart was racing, I felt nauseous, and dizzy. I had no idea why I had this strong of a reaction to a place I had been in for years. After packing up my office and coming home, I napped to see if that would help. The answer was no. That reaction was still with me. We all react…

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