Amen

January 18, 2016
Filed under: Hope Quotes,Images of Hope,Musings — Leslie Carothers @ 10:19 am
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hope quotes, messages of hope, hope, inspiration ||www.messagesofhope.com As I was walking Sunday morning, I turned around to take a picture and this is the picture I was given. Then, this morning, early Monday morning, I turned on Facebook and a friend had changed her profile picture to this famous Bible verse from Lamentations 3:23.

The verse struck my heart immediately because it’s just what I needed to see this morning as my Mother heads back into surgery again at 7 am.

I was going to keep this fact of her surgery private this time, but I decided to share it with all of you, as it never hurts to have an extra prayer and dose of good energy surrounding those you love.

I hope, if you might be facing a challenging personal week ahead that, as you begin this new day, this new week, this Bible verse might be just what you need to see, too.

We are never alone in facing challenging times { everyone has something they are dealing with } and truly I have faith that…

“His mercies are new every day.”

Amen.

Leslie

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Beautiful Bible Journaling Pages

November 4, 2015
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Bible Journaling || Image Credit:http://tiffanydoodles.blogspot.com/2015/02/bible-journaling-art-freebie-proverbs.html#.Vjn7OWSrT7dGood morning, friends of Messages of Hope. How are you? It’s been a little while since I’ve written a post because I’ve been spending almost every spare minute of the past two months either working at my main business, taking care of my mother and the *things of her life* because she got terribly sick { but who, through the grace of God and good nursing care recovered and is just now back home as of yesterday } and downsizing dramatically and moving into a new home, myself.

I had so much to do and many times I felt overwhelmed. What helped me get through it all was prayer, eating clean so my own mind and body stayed clear and healthy through it all and the prayers, positive words, thoughts and deeds of my friends on Facebook and in real life.

However, yesterday afternoon, I had an emotional meltdown. Moving my Mom back into her own home from rehab was extremely tough – and it ended in a bad way. I felt terrible, she felt terrible, and yet it happened.

The tears would not stop. I walked out and got in my car and just wanted to run away – forever.

What happened next, though, was this:

I didn’t start my car, I just sat in it and cried and cried. And then, a tiny voice within me came through and said to me, “Leslie, you have to go back upstairs to your Mom’s front door and knock on it and not leave things like this. What if she dies overnight? Do you want this to be the way it ends?

And I did go back upstairs. And the fact that I was able to do that, {because I was angry – very angry at that moment, which is the emotion that pops up when you feel hurt and/or wounded} was simply through the grace of God.
Bible Journaling ||http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/homegrown_hospitality/bible-journaling/And when I knocked on the door, Mom answered, and, although she was still upset, too, she put a cool cloth on my forehead and poured me a glass of chocolate milk.

Bible Journaling || www.homegrownhospitality.typepad.com And because I also believe in the power of synchronicity, when I woke up this morning, still feeling tender, this is the very first thing I saw when I sat down to check on my friends on Facebook.
Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 6.10.14 AMFriends, we all know that millions of people the world over are caregivers or are the ones being cared for. I know that this tiny *slice of my life story* that I’ve shared with you today, is but one drop in a very, very big sea of stories just like it.

I know, though, that when I pray and a tiny space of forgiveness opens up, for myself and for the *other*, I always find comfort. I hope the same can be true for you if you’re dealing with something similar.
Bible Journaling || Image Credit: http://stephanieackermandesigns.com This describes things perfectly this morning.
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And this is what I plan to do today, and I hope you will join me.
Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 5.06.42 AMMy sincere thanks to the women who created these beautiful Bible Journaling pages I’ve shared here today and if you’d like to find a Bible journaling image to help you through a challenging time, too, please see this Pinterest board where you can find more:

http://pinterest.com/timewarpwife/bible-journaling

And just one more of these, because I love them so.
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Leslie

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Designing A Life You Love

October 12, 2015
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#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in SingaporeAs we all begin a new work week today, I ran across these wonderful illustrations created by Patricia Alix-Villa.

The words in the one above started me thinking:

Am I consciously designing, little by little and step by step, the life I want to live?

I have to say, for many years of my life, I did not, consciously, design a life I would want to live. I let spontaneity and the needs of others rule.

Today, I AM mindfully designing the life I love…and want to live for the rest of my years, but it’s taken me a long time to get here.  I am in the process of de-cluttering and moving into a much smaller [ 750 sq.feet! ] home that puts me across the street from the place that brings me the most joy, the place where I can watch the sun rise over the lake by crossing the street and ride my bike to the bird sanctuary 1/4 mile away.

This makes me happy!!

Are any of you de-cluttering and living with less? Are you designing the life you want to live, a life you will love?

If you are, friends and readers, I’d love to know, in the comments, what you’re doing, how you’re doing it and what made you decide to do it. Your story is as important to me as it is to everyone reading #TheHopeBlog. You never know how – or when – or where – your words will have an impact on someone else’s life, but for sure they will.

#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in SingaporeSometimes, it’s easy to forget what this illustration says, below, when we’re not mindful of designing the life we want to live, right?
#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in Singapore
And I’m adding this, because I just love this illustration of Patricia’s.
#TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com || Illustration by Patricia Alix -Villa of www.fancygirldesignstudio.com in Singapore
Have a beauty -FULL week ahead!

Thank you for being. I appreciate YOU.

Leslie
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Rely On Him

September 3, 2015
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Quotes || #TheHopeBlog || www.messagesofhope.com These past few days, I’ve been helping my Mom move into her new home. She’s 85 and this is her *forever home.* I know many of you have done the same thing, or are planning for the same thing, or are in the midst of the same thing. 

If it all seems a little overwhelming to you, or exhausting, as it has to me at times, I hope you will look back and reflect on this quote I’m sharing today and know, as I know, that when you’ve reached your limit, He never has…and never will.

No matter what you may be going through, know:

You are safe.

You are not alone.

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You can ALWAYS rely on Him, and until He answers… maybe you could call a friend, call anyone, write in a journal, enjoy your favorite activity or go for a walk in nature to regain balance and perspective?  I’ve done all of these things, and I can share:

It all helps ease the overwhelm.

What do you do when you feel overwhelmed by what life is throwing at you?

I’d love it if you’d share your own ways of coping, in the comments. Whatever you share is sure to help someone who may need your words of wisdom, who is reading this post.

In Gratitude.

~~~ 
Leslie 

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