For Those Who Feel Invisible

E55-For Those Who Feel InvisibleI was chatting with a friend and somehow the theme of feeling invisible came up. Since my move to TX, I’ve had the recurring theme of feeling invisible, ignored, and disregarded. We both agreed that it feels like rejection. And it hurts real bad when it’s a friend, family member, or someone close to you.

Let me clarify. There’s been numerous situations (too many to keep track) in which I’ve either asked a friend for feedback, support, and help in a certain area.

And nothing.

My emails are ignored. People don’t have time to meet. I get the typical response, “I’ll look into it,” or… “I’ll get back to you.”

Has this ever happened to you? You ask for help (in one form or another) and you get nothing? People (friends, acquaintances, family, co-workers, etc.) will in one way or another disappoint you. They just will. And you will disappoint them. For the past year and a half, this has been the recurring theme. I was telling my friend how this really challenged me on so many levels. I’ve even had moments of doubting God’s purpose for my life.

So, I laid it all down at His feet. I told the Lord I can’t do ministry alone. I just can’t. And we can’t do life alone. But how can we do life when others don’t have time to do life with you? How can we be there for others when we don’t make time for them?

If I’m going to be honest (which I usually am – LOL), I’m done with working on my own strength to build something that nobody is interested in. Instead, I’m working on waiting on the Lord’s timing… allowing Him to lead me in every detail… resting in His presence, and leaning on His strength.

And so that’s where I am. Resting. I’m focusing on fully living this moment. Focusing on the people He’s brought into my life to give me words of encouragement that I too need to hear. Because I’ve found myself comforting others, sharing a shoulder to cry on, taking time to hear other’s pain… all along, longing for someone to hear mine.

But God in His mercy, meets us where we are. His touch is gentle. His words are life to my soul. His voice is clear.

  • God never disappoints
  • God never fails
  • God is always with you
  • God sees you
  • God knows you
  • God calls you unto Him

You are seen and noticed by your Heavenly Father.

If you’ve ever felt invisible, ignored, set aside, not good enough, and imperfect, remember that God is with you ~ always. He never leaves your side. He is for you.

“The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” ~ Psalm 118:6 (NLV)

Fan the flame!

Edith

How to Complain Less and Appreciate More

E53- 5 Alternatives to ComplainingEveryone complains. It feels good to get it off our chest. Plus, when others are willing to hear us out and validate our pain, it helps us feel human and “normal.” But there’s a huge difference between venting and complaining. Although I believe they are both unproductive, venting seems to be a one time deal, while complaining a chronic issue.

We all have people that complain about the little things and make them seem bigger than they are. Mine is a four and a half little guy who’s job seems to complain about everything these days. And let’s be honest, it’s annoying. Hearing him complain and point out what’s wrong is draining and frustrating.

But what happens when you’re the one complaining? What’s one to do then? Worst yet, what if everyone around you is done with hearing your rants and vents?

Friend, I was in that predicament last year. I got stuck in  a rut of complaining about my circumstances. It became evident that I was focusing on the lack and wants vs. appreciating what I did have. Can you relate? I sure hope so.

And because I’ve been there more than I’d like to admit, I learned a couple things about how to stop complaining and appreciate the blessing of now {this moment}. On today’s episode, I share five alternatives to complaining that will help shift your perspective into one of appreciation.

When Life Feels Like a Storm

E51-When Life Feels Like a Storm

Summer is fast approaching. We are half way into the year. About this time, I do an assessment of my life, ministry, and relationships. Think of it as a bi-yearly cleaning; out with the old, in with the new.

In six months, there’s been so many storms… huge life storms that have moved and shaken me. But the “steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23.

I don’t know what storms you’ve had to walk through or if you’re in one right now. But know this, Jesus loves you and is there with you.

On today’s episode, I’ll be sharing from Matthew 14. I hope you are encouraged and that your strength is renewed.

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Finding Peace in Difficult Times: 7 Takeaways from Michele Cushatt’s Book, Undone

E50-Finding Peace in Difficult Times

Today is Equip and Empower TV’s 50th episode – yay!

And to celebrate, I’m launching the Equip and Empower Academy. Summer session will kick off with two classes:

  1. Quieting the Mind
  2. Stress Management

For full course details visit the Academy’s page HERE. I would love your support in sharing the news with your friends. You can share this page using any social media icon above [easy peasy].

Alright, so on today’s episode {video #50} I decided to do something a little different. I share 7 takeaways from Michele Cushatt’s book, Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life.

We all have “unexpected” somethings. All of us. For Michele, it was cancer. In her book, Undone, she shares her journey so beautifully. She’s a brilliant writer. And although I’ve never had such devastating news, I’ve had many experiences with fear that I can totally relate to her story and I know you will too.

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The Scarcity Mentality + Abundant Life Power Prayer

E47-Scarcity vs. Abundant Mentality

Ok, so we’re gonna get a little personal on today’s episode. You see, I haven’t always been the “cheerful” and “joyful” kind. Growing up I was grumpy and tended to see life through gloomy lenses. Just ask my mom.

Things got really bad during my teen years (hormones… blame it on the hormones). It was a roller coaster of emotions. My mother tried her best to teach me about seeing the “glass half full” vs. my take of a glass half empty. I was stubborn.

If you’ve ever felt life is not fair or believe there is not enough goodness to go around – for you – I hope this message serves you well. I speak from personal experience when I say that abundance is for you – today. Jesus came for just that. The enemy wants you to believe there’s not enough. He knows scarcity will destroy dreams, friendships, and your faith. But abundant living begins with your mindset.

On today’s episode, we explore the difference between a scarcity and abundant mentality + I share a power prayer that will equip you claim an abundance mentality.

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