July 20 – Listen and Learn From Friends

4:201 - Listen and Learn from Friend #faithbites #faithjourney listen Setting Yesterday was a hard day with anxiety and stress, but I kept breathing. The reason I was able to keep going was the strength and support of all of my friends. You told me what to do and I listened. I chose to listen to you over my anxiety and fear. Someone told me, including myself, that there was nothing to be anxious about. I wish it was that easy. What was easier was knowing I wasn't alone and that God's breathe was in me. You all helped make that happen. i cant thank you enough for the wmmessages, texts, and personal encourmenta throughout the day. It truly takes a village. Today's Questions: Do you take advice from your friends? Are you listenjng to what they say or…

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June 29 – Can’t We All Just Get Along?

4:180 - Can't We All Just Get Along? #faithbites #faithjourney can't Setting A friend of mine visited tonight and was wearing a shirt that was all about respecting differences and being a good human. It had one word: Human with each letter in a variety of colors representing different types of people. I told her it just boils doing to being a good human. She said something to the effect of if only everyone was. That was very profound. What if we were all just good to each other. Back in 1992, Rodney King made the famous statement, Can't We All Just Get Along? This reminded me of a conversation I had nearly 20 years ago with another friend. Her husband was going to the Middle East for work and she was scared. She said that they are blowing…

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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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June 8 – Change Is What We Make It!

4:159 - Change Is What We Make It! #faithbites #faithjourney change Setting Anytime something changes it can be a challenge. Today was my first day back from vacation and it was a bit of a struggle. Not just the work but changes at work. My boss leaving, a work colleague changing her role, and the eventual return to the office is more change than I can handle in one day. At the same time, change can be rewarding. The scariest part of change is the unknown. When we were swimming in the gulf on vacation, everyone started pointing and said, "Look st the dolphin". A family near me said, "Sure, it's a dolphin until it's not a dolphin." They knew it wasn't a dolphin but a shark. It didn't hurt anyone but that changed how I viewed the situation.…

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May 28 – Embrace It: Stop Fighting

4:148 - Embrace It: Stop Fighting #faithbites #faithjourney embrace Setting Yesterday we talked about tears and how that is a way to express emotion but sometimes we fight it. Last night when I couldn't sleep, I watched an episode of Star Trek Voyager. This episode, The Fight, was about an alien species trying to communicate with Chakotay. They didn't communicate with words but through exploiting genetic errors. Chakotay was predisposed to an issue that could cause insanity but he was treated for it. Throughput the episode all he had to do was embrace this and he'd have the answers to save the ship. But it was against everything he knew. For him, fighting this disease would save him from a date his grandfather had. But in fact, the disease was the cure. Today's Questions: What else are we fighting…

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May 27 – Tears Are A Gift

4:147 - Tears Are A Gift #faithbites #faithjourney tears Settings Real men don't cry. Suck it up. It's not that bad. These are things that are said when people cry. I have been sad but unable to cry. I don't pride myself that I have only cried a couple of times in my memory. Sure, I get sad, but sometimes the tears don't come. While we have sad tears, we also have happy tears. Tears of joy and thankfulness. These are the tears that we want to have. When I think of crying, it's like a release of emotions. Why do we try to hold them back? Why do we think people are strong if they don't cry and weak if they do? What is wrong with us as a society that we try to bottle up real emotions?…

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May 26 – Peace Of The Lord

4:145 - Peace Of The Lord #faithbites #faithjourney peace Setting I'm struggling today with my mum's passing. More on that in a future #faithbites. Today will be just a simple but powerful scripture about peace and the Lord. Today's Questions: What does peace mean to you? How does the Lord's Peace make you feel? Scripture John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid Reflection The Lord gives us his peace. His love is beyond all human understanding. His peace lifts our hearts out from darkness, sustains us, and keeps us safe. As we close, remember no matter the highs or the lows, God gives us his peace. Prayer Father God, my heart…

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