Five-Minute Friday: Trust

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When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
Isaiah 43:2

I was not surprised to see this as the word for the week. Trusting has been top of mind much of the time lately. Trusting in my partner. Trusting in each other to make ends meet. Trusting that God is there to help us make these ends meet.

Heading to the grocery store that last few times, there is panic in my heart and tension in my shoulders. I know we are so fortunate and blessed. I know we are far better off than many but I’ve found the costs of things disheartening and have become ever vigilant in being clear with meal planning. I also see the blessing in that – making me stronger for my family and our prosperity.

While we are not on ramen noodle budgeting just yet, I swallow hard with fear worrying we may be. And how do so many less fortunate manage this?

I know my husband is struggling too with his own thoughts on “providing.”

So I take a deep breath and try to trust. Try to believe that God is holding me, holding us in the palm of his hand, and there is still light in my world and we are still walking and we will thrive once again. I will thrive once more as a woman – able to be more sensible in finances and what our home truly needs or does not.

I want to pass along this verse today – I found it so reassuring.

Two TED Talks for Tuesday: Business Mindset

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I’ve been looking forward to 2016 this week and working on updating my business plans so these were great in motivating me and hold my head up and keep my head up!

Bill Gross: The single biggest reason why startups succeed
Bill Gross gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors. He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him. I just sent this off to one of my clients.

Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are
Hiding is a progressive habit… such an amazing talk. Thank you, Morgana, for motivating me to be brave and question where and what am I hiding.

BONUS! Carol Dweck: The power of believing that you can improve
Not Yet… good food for thought on how we need to reward progress not just any achievement. Growth mindset!!

Storytelling Saturday: Some things just never go away


A family friend sent me a book, The Highly Sensitive Person, this week after first approaching me two weeks ago that it would be okay to send. I’ve been considered a “Highly Sensitive Person” much of my life, told I’m too emotional, too sensitive, I’ve entered reading this book slowly. After 30-odd years of adjusting oneself, I accepted in my late teens that tears were just my first reaction to many things.But a few pages in, I’m learning new ways to not just understand myself but how others perceive the world different than me and that’s always useful.
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