Never forget to remember…

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I am a real softie. I wear my emotions on my sleeve for all the world to see. Even when I try my best to be tough I cannot hide the rivers of tears that stream down my face when my heart is touched. Unfortunately this happens often, much to my dismay.

Some of those emotions come from my heart being touched so deeply by God’s great blessings that I cannot contain myself. I have felt that a great deal lately.

Sometimes it is from the kindness of others; when I feel so deeply touched by the love and kindness of another soul.

Sometimes my heart swells with such great pride (the good kind) when I witness my grown children accomplish amazing feats in their lives, or just make great choices¬† ūüėČ

There are times when I cannot keep the tears from spilling over due to the pain my heart feels during the deep struggles and pain of life.

There are times I simply become consumed knowing full well how great God is and how blessed I am.

The spilling over of tears comes from many reasons. My heart aches or it bursts, bringing forth a well spring of tears.

Currently my heart is weeping huge tears in deep sadness as I have learned of a great loss of an acquaintance. I actually only met her a time or two, but took many of her scrapbook classes through the years. Her 16 year old son has died. I have yet to learn the circumstances, but that really does not even matter. A family has lost a son and a brother. He held many roles; he was a grandson, a cousin, a nephew, a friend, a fellow rugby  team mate.

When I went to bed last night my pillow was filled with my silent tears as I thought of a family who would be so deep in grief they might not find the peace of sweet sleep. Their life forever altered. Their hearts broken into tiny pieces.

It is my nature to begin putting it all into perspective. I begin thinking about my great blessings. Of course I think about my own precious family and I feel compelled to love them deeper, hug them tighter,  hold them longer.

I live my life pretty aware of the fact that we never know what tomorrow holds or that it can change in the blink of an eye. I have¬†experienced a few devastating experiences myself. Yet, like many, I am afraid I might find myself “forgetting to remember.”

Tonight I am reminded, my heart has been re-booted and recharged, I shall not let any such great loss go without learning a valuable lesson, being more aware.

That is what I want to share with you today sweet friends.

Do not forget to remember your blessings. You may be struggling in your life, yet in the grand scheme of things you can find your way to knowing God’s got this, He’s got you. I pray you can find perspective and allow your heart to weep tears of gratitude or even anguish as you let Him know how you feel. Let Him carry the heavy load for you.

Hold your loved ones tighter, smile at others who may just need that tiny pick-me-up, lift up your head and know that He is mighty to save you and your situation.

Remember that we are not promised tomorrow and we much make the absolute most of each day. Live it fully. Love deepy.

I pray that you are in a place of peace in your life, and if you are not you will find your way there. God is the only route there. Hold on tight to Him and to the ones you love and hold dear to your heart.

Sending much love to each one of you tonight as I personally count my blessings and pray for the hearts that are breaking, especially Heidi Swapp and her family.

XO

Life Happens….

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Here I am after far too long¬†yet I truly do not want to go on about how I have failed to blog and blah, blah, blah…. Life happens as we all know, and things like a blog sometimes end up in the back seat. ‘It is what it is’¬†and one of these days I am going to become better at being consistent with this blogging thing. ūüėČ

Summertime is a time of less consistency, less rules, more relaxing when possible, more fun, more excuses even. I mean, once we hit the fall routine we¬†dig our heels in so deep we don’t allow ourselves much slack at all. I think I have that in the back of my mind sometimes and so I ¬†give myself a little break while I can.

I haven’t always been this way. It’s one of those things that comes with getting older and realizing just how fast life flies. Knowing that when there is a chance to take your grandsons to see “Inside Out” followed by making signs for a Lemonade stand (because one wants to be diligent and earn some money), you do it. ¬†Or when¬†you have a day to spend holding¬†your infant granddaughter,¬†you are¬†in no hurry at all to jump in¬†your car and drive home. When a conversation over coffee lingers longer than expected you just go with it knowing that both of you needed this friend time right now.

Life can be a rush. I know! I am usually the one rushing it. I live by lists and schedules that dictate my every waking moment.

Lots of things wake us up to the reality that life is fleeting, tomorrows are not promised, and all of those things. The truth of the matter is if we have had a wake-up call in our life we can and should count ourselves blessed to the core. You see now we will live with a new understanding. When things get a little crazy we will find that center that says…. ‘slow down, remember it’s not that big of a deal’

Oh there will be big deals, I am certainly not discounting that. What I am saying is that many of us (ah hem, ME!) tend to make even the little things way too big. But maybe, just maybe, it’s time to cut yourself some slack and enjoy another splash in the pool, a longer lunch break, an evening watching the sunset…. Do what restores your soul and know that the world will not come to an end, we WILL get back to the task at hand.

As for me, I am going to grab that book I have been meaning to start reading along with¬†a tall glass of iced tea with lemon. I might even float in the pool while reading.¬† ūüėČ

May you have many precious summer moments to enjoy!

Love & Blessings, Sherry

Another Announcement…

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I have yet another announcement to make. Although this one is not nearly as beautiful as my last one about my precious grandangel, it¬†IS another “baby” of mine.

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Soul Steps Fall 2015 is on the books and  I am ready to take registration.

For those of you who are not familiar with Soul Steps let me tell you all about it.

Years ago when we lived in the¬†mountains (we ran a church camp for 14 years) I would walk the mountain almost daily.¬†¬†I decided to challenge myself to walk to the top of the mountain and back on my 39th birthday…thus the statement “years ago” ūüėČ

It was during that walk that God took me through a spiritual healing of¬†struggles & issues¬†I had held on to for years, many since childhood. My experience was so profound I began writing about it (I always thought I was writing a book),¬† but last year¬†this¬†“book”¬† evolved into a curriculum¬†called Soul Steps.

Soul Steps has become a series that  walks women through a journey of letting go of the things (struggles, issues, wrong thinking)  that has held them back, moving them into the freedom of Christ. This process brings women to the awareness of who God created them to be while shedding the old and negative.

We will begin this fall on September 8th meeting every Tuesday evening at 6:30-8:00  wrapping up with a Celebration on October 20th.

 

Here is what a few women who have taken Soul Steps had to say:

“This experience taught me that God wants me to be free. I know I am on a journey and I definitely am not where I hope to be, but I feel like I have let go of a lot of the stuff that was holding me back. I pray that I will continue to follow my Soul Steps.”

“My greatest experience in Soul Steps was knowing I am loved and Jesus accepts me as I am, unconditional love.”

“I was nervous to commit but then I looked forward to every week being in Sherry’s home, it was so warm and welcoming, I felt genuine love and acceptance”

“I didn’t know I could be this happy! because of this journey my eyes are finally open to all the things that matter and not all the other junk anymore.”

 

The cost of this seven week journey is $125 and includes the curriculum, a journal, as well as 7 meetings full of goodies and surprises.

If you are interested in signing up or you  have any questions please contact me via my email at amazinglovecreations@gmail.com

Hope you will join us on this journey.

XO Sherry

A Little Piece of Heaven

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112I have been slightly distracted lately. It’s not every day an angel comes down from heaven and graces your presence.

We have been blessed with a precious new grand ANGEL: Princess angel Savannah Joy arrived on May 20th. She is the firstborn to my youngest daughter.

To  say I am smitten is a huge understatement. If hearts are capable of melting, mine has done just that.

I will never cease to¬† be in awe of God’s amazing creation, the perfection of His handiwork never ceases to amaze me. I am pretty sure my world has shifted on it’s axis, never to be the same again.

I may get my wits about me again soon and begin blogging about pertinent topics, but for now, my head is in the clouds.

 

XO

Praying all is well with you!

Sherry

BY FAITH

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“Ever find yourself wondering what the next step is in life? Feel like you are just not sure what God wants you to do next?

That is exactly how I have been feeling in this current season of my life.

I poured myself whole-heartedly  into creating Soul Steps then launching it, and hosting 3 seven-week sessions. During this time I was also training to become a Christian Life Coach. I have since received my certification. I have been diligent, devoted, nose-to-the grindstone, busy,  getting it done.

And now.

Now I am finding myself in a strange season of life. Not at all because I have nothing to DO. I doubt I will ever find myself at a time in life when I do not ¬†have a lengthy to-do list waiting to be checked off. I am ever productive and always have a project or ten that I am¬†working on. But there is something different about this little lul I am in.¬† Which by the way comes in very handy because I have a precious grand-angel about to arrive.¬† ūüėČ

This morning I went to the Word for some direction and clarification. I figured I would finish where I left off in Hebrews and after I did that I would look for further inspiration. Yea, well it was all right in front of me all along.

You see I have been reading and journaling in my new journaling Bible and as I read Hebrews 11 & 12 and then looked back over some of the notations I have made in the journaling column I found the very answers I was seeking. Isn’t that just like God!? Confirmation that God wants us to share, to “stir up¬†one another.” The Word reminded me that He does not want us to “throw away our confidence.” That “we¬†have need of endurance to¬†do the will of God.”

Of course while reading all of this my¬†ever questioning mind of mine was already working overtime.¬†¬†Questions popping into my head while I was reading verse after verse of inspiration. Then I flipped to the pages that¬†points¬†¬†out how the “people of old” did the things they did BY FAITH.¬† Verse after verse tells of those who acted BY FAITH:¬†Abraham, Noah, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joseph. BY FAITH¬†the Egyptians crossed the Red Sea, BY FAITH¬†the walls of Jericho crumbled. (See Hebrews 11)

The questions I have about the details, the things that I cannot figure out are apparently to be dealt with BY FAITH.

Hebrews 11:8 says “BY FAITH Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out not knowing where he was going…by faith….”

So I may not know where I am going or how to navigate my way there but I do know the One who does. Today I will begin taking the first steps of faith forward into this land unknown. Trusting that He knows and He will show me the way.

Let me encourage you to do the same. Do not continue standing with your feet planted in fear. That dream, that vision, those things you have meant to do…start today. One step at a time. BY FAITH. Believe me you will not be alone if you invite Him as your travel partner.

Happy Mother’s Day

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As we embark upon this sweet holiday of honoring MOTHER’S, I want to wish each one of you a very happy day.

My heart is truly thinking of the broad range of women that might read this; some who are moms with healthy relationships with their children, some bearing the terrible pain of children who have died far too soon. There are moms who might not know where there child is. Mothers who live with regret at the way they raised their children. Women whose hearts and wombs desperately long to have a child of their own.

There may be some of you who no longer have a husband in the home to make sure a Mother’s Day Celebration is had or maybe he is right there and still there is nothing special being offered up. Maybe you cannot be with your child or children on this allocated holiday and it breaks your heart.

There are those who have never had a mom to celebrate, and you wish like crazy you did. Some have had the greatest mom ever but she is no longer here and your heart aches desperately as you miss her terribly.

Whatever category you fall into ladies I want you to know that although Mothers Day is a precious holiday to celebrate in the best of circumstances, if you do not find yourself in that particular situation, that’s okay! YOU are still worth celebrating.

Whether you are a mom, have a mom or want to be a mom, I hope that you take  time this weekend to honor yourself in a way that feeds your soul. What would that be?

Do you know what feeds your soul?

I talk to the women about this in Soul Steps; We need to know what the things are that re-fuels us and energizes us body, spirit and soul. In knowing what that is you will always be able to tap into that source that refreshes you. For me it will be going to church then driving up to the mountain and taking a little hike and having a picnic. That will feed my soul tremendously.

Think about what you can do this weekend to refresh your Spirit and honor YOU, whether you are a mom or not.

I would love to hear what YOU would do to refresh your soul.

Happy Weekend

XO

Sherry

Near Misses & How They Make You Pause…

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This wasn’t the first near miss in my life but it shook me just the same.

Last night after a very long day of travel I had an experience that shook me to my core. I was a mere mile from home on a residential side street when I noticed two sets of headlights in front of me. One set in my lane. I no sooner made this discovery when in a flash the car owning the headlights in my lane swooshed past me, barely making it into the other lane without colliding into me. The vehicle was gone in no time, traveling at a very high speed. I felt like I stood still in time. My home just the other side of the orchard I was slowly passing.

Thoughts of this moment have haunted me today as I have pondered my husband, children, grandchildren and friends.

When I received a KIK message from my son this morning with a picture of the moon hovering in the cloudy Japan sky my heart leapt to think, his momma would not have been here to receive this message and that would have broken my sons heart.

When I was speaking on the phone with my very pregnant daughter giving me the latest doctors report, my heart broke to think of a grand angel that would have arrived without her mimi present in her life.

As my other daughter who just became a mimi herself sent me a photo of her precious angel yet another tear slipped from my eyes.

Oh and the man I came home to. I cannot imagine the heartbreak of not having the one who he has spent 38 years of life with not being here beside him.

I realize how dramatic this all sounds. Yet I recall the way I almost could feel the breeze as the car swooshed past me on a dark street I travel quite often.

The message that is ringing in my heart is one of pure gratitude. This time in a way I do not normally focus. Far too many times I find myself forgetting to remember that I matter. I would be quick to think about how missed one of my loved ones would be if they told me this story happening to them. Yet it is not often I take a moment to realize the important role I play.

Many of us spend our lives valuing others and not ourselves. We are the only one of US that will ever exist. We hold a role that no one else ever will again, EVER.

Lest you think this is a selfish-over dramatic tale. Let me just challenge you to think about it. Put yourself in the leading role of my story of last nights event and think about what it is YOU need to realize. Maybe you too have forgotten to remember your tremendous value and worth? The impact you have on hearts and lives all around you every single day?

As you go along in your day today do not forget to remember your true value and worth to EVERYONE around you.

May you be blessed as you are also a blessing.

XO

Much love,

Sherry