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Day 4: FINDING MY RAINBOW

Today I have been given the prompt, “A Story in A Single Image,” by #everydayinspiration, and so I chose the above picture that i saw yesterday on my way home. As i look at this picture i think about my purpose, and finding peace in every moment of my day. I have been in a funk lately because for the last ten years, more so in the last six, i have tried to use social media as a tool to help others, to share parts of my life in an effort to be relatable, and find ways to bring joy to others. Since i was 15 years old, i struggled with realizing my true identity. I found myself jumping from one thing to the next and switching my majors at school because “other people” wanted to know what i was going to do, and made me feel like i had to figure out my life choices before i turned 25. Because of this, i never knew who i truly was, which made me feel like the child in Charlie Brown who always had a rain cloud looming over him and that i would never be able to experience a break from the rain and see a rainbow on the other side. Growing up i always felt like if i were to be honest with others and share my struggles i was being weak or not having enough “faith” or hope that things would change and get better. It was so fake!

About a week ago i made the decision to cut back on social media, and start cutting away the people who were not producing life in my life, those who were fake friends in a sense. Since then i have been doing some thinking, some days i wonder if it is too much, and even though it has been a slow process, i feel like i am figuring out who i am and the things i like.

I think this rain shower is finally letting up in my life, and if i look close enough, i might just see the start of a rainbow and a little sunlight trying to break through. I hope this post helped you today, and if there is some hint you are going through and you feel like no one cares, i encourage you to send me a message, i don’t have all the answers but i am a good listener. Comment below with your thoughts and your own words of encouragement.

Till next time,

Angie

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A DAY TO LOVE

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Why do we celebrate Valentines? I thought of this as we are fast approaching the holiday. Is it just so Hallmark and other company’s can push their sales? Is it for husbands – or wives, cause let’s be honest – can make up for stupid stuff done the rest of the year? I don’t think so. For me personally, Valentines represents the one day that I don’t just say I love you to my man, it is dedicated to the love we have built together. To me, it is a day I can show others what true and pure love looks like. Because I know that I am loved by my God, and He is the only one who can make me complete and happy, I am able to love my spouse, in both good times and bad. Now, I am not trying to be preachy here, so just go with me.

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As a parent, you want your child to grow up to be a strong, confident, good human being. Right? Well, if they only felt happy when you gave them things and bent to their will, they wouldn’t grow up to be all those things. They would be selfish, self – centered individuals. This is what I am talking about. Because the child knows you love them, and they choose to have a close relationship with you, then they can grow up to love others properly and become good people that abide by the laws of the land. They know they are loved, they know where their joy comes from – because no matter what mom and dad loves them -, and they know what pure love looks like. This is my hope this Valentines Day. I hope that even if no one tells you how much you are loved or what your true worth is, I hope you read this carefully and get this deep in your heart. Jesus loves you deeply, he isn’t mad at you, and he actually wants to have a fun, cool, deep, roll – with – the – punches kind of relationship with you. If you will hold on to hope and know that regardless of what others say or what is going on right now, there is a God, he is real, and He loves you like crazy. This is a 24/7 kind of love. And this is what I think Valentines is really about!

Hope you enjoyed this article, remember to subscribe to this site, and share with friends. Be kind to others today, and don’t forget…..YOU ARE LOVED!!

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Angela

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It’s in my DNA!

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It is in every human’s DNA to feel connected, that is just how God created us. Now, despite your views on God, Christianity, and the Bible, I am sure you can agree the deepest longing inside a person is to be loved, to love, and to form relationships. Even for those who repeatedly say they don’t need anyone, know deep down they are the happiest when they are in connection with those around them. Why is this? Because the creator of the universe longs to be in relationship with us, and he wired us to form bonds with our fellow man.

Why do i write? 

You may be thinking, “What is the point to all of this?” The reason I am talking about relationships and connecting with others is because I have begun one of the ‘Blogging University’ courses, and the question in day 1 is, “Why do you write?” Well, I write because I recognize the need God has placed inside me to connect with others.

“Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.”  – C. S. Lewis

Some people are introverts, and I get that…I can be one myself at times, but no matter who you are or where you come from, we all want to belong. We see it in our everyday life; from the little girl sharing her lunch in the cafeteria at school, to the young man who gets involved with a gang because they make him feel accepted. The basic need to belong resides in all of us, and as people seek out and make good connections with others they sense the void of loneliness beginning to shrink.

“Relationships thrive when we try to outdo each other in supporting not in being supported.” – John Piper

In closing, connections are extremely vital. The moment we choose to open our hearts and allow others in, is the moment we find the key to truly living, and not just living but sharing life with others. Who knows, you might just be someone’s miracle today. Share in the comments below why or why not you write; and if not what is stopping you?