|"Something on my car broke and this nice stranger helped me temporarily "fix" it. Our temporary "fix" involved buying a yoyo at a gas station and using the string to tie it back together. Talk about good critical thinking skills!"--Erin|
12 things I've learned in the past 4 months:
By Erin Patz 9/4/13
12. Be bold, be brave, be strong. "Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined." ... author unknown
11. Everyone has a different grieving process. Grieve how you want to grieve. Don't change your grieving process based on other's opinions or books.
10. Be happy when you're happy and be sad when you're sad. Cry if you feel like crying and don't be afraid to tell someone if you're sad. Dance, laugh, and enjoy life during your happy moments. Don't force your emotions. Find people to be happy with you and find people to cry with you.
9. Beauty is everywhere, even during the darkest days. It may be difficult to see on certain days, but there really is beauty everywhere.
8. Family is important. Hold them close, enjoy your time with them, create new memories, laugh a lot, hug them, take plenty of pictures, say I love you and mean it.
7. Sometimes people don't know what to say in difficult situations. Sometimes people will say silly and stupid things thinking they are comforting words. Just laugh, let it go, and realize they are trying.
6. Enjoy the adventure that God has you on. Be excited for what He has in store for you! Have hope and be joyful. Your journey is uniquely yours.
5. People will offer you their advice, whether you ask for it or not. People will think they know what is best for you, but really only you know what is best for you. People will also pass judgment, whether they know the storm that you're walking through or not. The only thing that matters is that you're listening to God and letting Him lead your decisions.
4. Keep things in perspective. It could always be better, but it could also be a lot worse. Be grateful for your life and what/who you've been given.
3. There are real and genuine people in this world. There are people that truly care. You want these kinds of people as friends. Hang on to them.
2. Taking steps of faith is important, even if they are uncomfortable steps and you can't see the path you're following. Just have faith and trust that He's looking out for you.
1. God is bigger than your problems, your failures, your pain, your trials, your suffering, or your circumstances. He's working things out in the background, even when you can't see the good in the situation. It will all work out, one way or another, and everything will be okay.
Aren't these great insights? Beauty is everywhere if we watch for it.... I'll bet the Lord has brought some beauty everywhere to you too. Please tell about it in the comment box today. Erin and I would love to hear from you, ♥ ferree