Thank you so much for sending me your encouragement and prayers! I’m finally back to my old self again, working at full capacity with my usual energy and enthusiasm.
Even if you didn’t email me directly, you matter more than you know. Every week I scroll through my She Blossoms newsletter list, hovering like the spirit over the waters in the beginning. Every Wednesday I email you — and you keep me going even when I feel tired, unmotivated, and sore.
Healing took a lot longer than I expected (I broke my shoulder and underwent orthopedic surgery. Read Why You’re Safe Everywhere – Blossom Tip 56). Healing was painful, disrupting, and emotionally exhausting. I thought I’d bounce back after a couple of weeks…but it took me two months and two weeks to feel normal again.
Now I’m experiencing a “new normal.” You have your own version of a new normal, don’t you? After losing something or someone you love, you can’t go back to the way you were. You adapt to life…but it’s not your old life, old self, or old routine. You’re living in a new normal.
You know what I’m talking about. You’ve said good-bye to someone or something you love, and it hurts. It’s not just people, pets, or even places…it’s losing your childhood innocence, purity, hopes and dreams.
Take, for example, your perspective of Christmas. It’s different now, isn’t it? You’re facing loss, disappointments, painful new beginnings. Maybe you’re like me and you yearn for the childlike excitement for Christmas, the wide-eyed wonder and thrill of Santa Claus, reindeer on snowy rooftops, Frosty the Snowman, milk and cookies for elves and Mrs Claus.
What if it’s not over yet? What if the best is yet to come?
Hold on to the wonder and joy of the past — because it’s still alive in you! When you see the Christmas lights and trees and decorations, allow the old thrill and excitement to rise up in you. Find that tiny spark of childlike enthusiasm and joy…and feed it.
What to Feed Your Heart, Spirit and Soul
You can feed the tired old feelings any time. This year — as the last month of 2018 approaches — start feeding the joy, exuberance, light-heartedness and excitement of being a kid again! Feed your hope, love, light, and peace. Feed the good, the truth, the freedom of dwelling simply in the light.
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You have a choice when you see the warm glow of Christmas trees, lights, tinsel, angels and gift wrap. You can choose to dwell in the light or the dark, the hope or the pain. Now is the time to decide what you will feed your heart and spirit.
Decide that when you’re tempted to despair, you will instead feed your heart life-giving thoughts, fresh hope, and a new perspective on the upcoming year. Accept that you’ll always be healing from what you lost…and you’re always free to choose what to keep feeding your heart, soul and spirit.
What you feed, grows.
A Free Gift for You – A “She Blossoms” Calendar!
My publisher (Bethany House) created an inspiring, uplifting 2019 calendar to accompany my book, Growing Forward When You Can’t Go Back. This calendar is downloadable and printable — and it’s my free gift to you!
Click here for your free She Blossoms 2019 Calendar – and you get the added bonus of my She Blossoms newsletter.
May the calendar help feed all that is good in your life: hope, joy, peace, healing, and freedom. May you remember that the only source of everything good is God, and that Jesus is the truth, the way, and the light.
If you keep growing your relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, you won’t have to worry what to feed your heart. Jesus will feed you, and you will never hunger or thirst again.
Learn what this means — think it, feel it, live it. Your life depends on it.
With His love,
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