dear vanessa ~ little miracles


Dear Vanessa ~ Little Miracles #miracleshappen

Originally posted on a beautiful life ministry:

nov little miracles

Peace within.

These are the feelings that come from being immersed in the moment.

God tells us ~

“do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth” (Matthew 6:19)

What is He really asking of us? 

Have you ever wondered if what you do makes a difference? I want to encourage you that it does. Our actions create reactions that have ripple effects.

Do you ever feel like you want to pinch yourself in those moments when life just takes you by surprise? Is this real? How did I get so lucky?

A moment…

  • Love one another ~ and pray for those who may hurt you.
  • Turn the other cheek
  • love your enemies
  • Love others as you would love yourself.
  • Do not judge
  • Forgive and let it go
  • Be anxious in nothing
  • Be thankful
  • Give
  • Pray

Every moment lived we have a choice. We can choose to embrace…

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Stepping Out In Faith & Embracing The Moment

Step out in faithEvery moment holds something in its hand.    Whether it be a learning, an experience, or just a moment to be still and breathe.
It is easy to get caught up in the moment, to let fear, anger, and resentment take over.   But we all have the ability to control how we choose to respond.   We can choose to let go, to not give in to the hurt, pain and unhappiness.
Perspective is everything.    When you look in the mirror of your life what do you see?  When I start my day I pause, and ask for strength and perspective.
Dear Lord God,
Be my eyes to see what you want me to see,
Be my ears to hear your whisper of guidance and direction,
Be my mouth to speak words of forgiveness and love,
Use me, guide me, help me.
It’s you who I choose to see in the moment.
It’s your grace that guides me.
It’s your love that helps me see.
I lift it up to You.
I choose to let go.
You are my direction,
You are in control.
It’s through you that I become whole again.
When I look in the mirror, I see a woman who has come through this life stronger than before.   I see the times where I was carried, I see the times where the brokenness was set free.   By His grace, I picked myself back up.  He held out His hand, and asked me “Step out in Faith my child, and trust ME”.    Thankful for Him waiting patiently, guiding, and giving me more than I could ever expect in this life.   
In the mirror I see a life that is full, a life that has abundance,  and a ton of love.

dear vanessa ~ love of siblings


Dear Vanessa ~ love of siblings #love #siblings

Originally posted on a beautiful life ministry:

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Dear Vanessa,

Ever since I was young, it seemed to be a constant battle for recognition, affection and love.   Over the years I have grown to resent my sister as it seems to me that she received an easier road.    She was young; the baby of the family, life seemed easier.   The rules were non-existent, and I took on the motherly role.  I see that over the years that her resentment for me has too grown, I often wonder if it is because we never truly acted as sisters or simply a mother-child relationship.    Navigation through the dynamics has been difficult.  Any advice you can provide would be greatly appreciated.   



Dearest Tanya,

That’s a tough one.   I do think many of us have experienced difficulty with siblings.   This is normal, what would life be without challenge?

Whether it is being the oldest, and feeling like life was “tougher”…

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A Moment ~ A Miracle

precious momentsHave you ever wondered if what you do makes a difference?  I want to tell you that it does.  Our actions create reactions, and have ripple effects.

Do you ever feel like you want to pinch yourself in those moments where life just takes you by surprise?  Is this real?  How did I get so lucky?

A moment…

It can send you back in time, it can make you feel like life is worth living, and sometimes it can just take your breath away.

Every moment, we have a choice.  We can choose to embrace everything it is.   

This moment can be our miracle.

A little child smiles with wonder, laughs so hard he can barely breathe.

The sun shines brilliantly, and catches your eyes, the rays reach out, and warmth fills your heart.

You meet someone that needs a kind word, you feel like you could use the same, but decide that you want to extend your hand.

You are tired, but muster up enough energy to push through.   You have faith.

Someone you love is hurting, you hug, you care, you reach out.

Someone you see needs support, you smile you offer a hand.

Reaching out to comfort, to love, to show compassion.

These are the everyday miracles that make life worth living.   Each action has a reaction, a ripple effect.

Sometimes it may feel like you have nothing left.  Believe me I understand this, but I have seen how simple actions create such a difference. 

Simple actions, selfless actions, expecting nothing in return.  

Yes in this world there is hurt, there is pain, and injustice.   We can overcome it, with simple actions.   A word or an action and a little bit of love.  Simple actions.

It is through each other we draw strength, we combat the pain. 

                I choose to focus on love.

                I choose to combat the pain.

                I choose to focus on what I can do.

                I choose gratitude.

What simple action can you create in your life today?   It may be for a loved one, it may be a cuddle or hug or maybe it is a smile for a friend that is hurting, or perhaps it is someone you don’t know… 

Take a step, create a reaction my friend.  Your action will have ripple effects.

I am thankful for waking up today, for sharing some laughs and a smile from a courageous woman, for having a house full of love and laughter, and for sharing kindness with kids.

Life is a gift, and I choose to live every moment to the fullest.

May you be blessed,


Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


The Sisterhood of World Bloggers Award, when an email came through the other day indicating that I was nominated, my breath was literally taken away. What a journey, to think this started with a C1 fracture and to know that I am not in control with what happens, all I can control is how I choose to respond. Beautiful Emily from nominated me.   Her kindness shines through her blog, through her sweet words, and now her actions.    I have been blown away by the relationships that have bloomed.   A million miles away, a beauty with blonde hair, blue eyes and a beautiful smile, a connection through words.  Something I am so very thankful for.

This award, the meaning may be different for each of the sisters by for me, means love.   A love for others that share a vision, that want to reach out and touch someone through an act or a smile.    The woman that share this award look within, and investigate the “how”.   How can I share?  How can I make a difference?  How can I share a smile for good? Love makes the world go around, and I believe it is through our selfless actions that we create a difference together.   So today, I nominate women that despite the challenges in their lives want to share, to lend a hand or share a smile of hope.   I thank each of my sister friends, and my sunshine in Emily that choose to extend even though they face challenges in their own lives.

Here are the rules for the award:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions they have given you.
  • Nominate ten people.
  • Make up ten new questions for them to answer.

Emily’s 10 questions to me

What is it about your best friend that makes them so wonderful?

My besties are women that know me for me, and don’t judge just love.   I am fortunate enough to call a few women my besties.    Above these women, is someone that I am thankful for every day, my husband.  My one and only best friend that I will treasure til the end of time, and am so thankful for his strength every day in my life.

 If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would live exactly where I am today.  I am so very thankful for my life, for the moments and the people that I love.   Living life to the fullest and being present with my 3 boys is exactly where I want to be.

What helps you get through a long day?What helps me get through a long day?

That is easy, strength from God and the love that I have in my heart for my three beautiful boys (my husband, and two sons)

What is a topic on teens you would like to see written about?

A topic on teens is first love, and love for self.   But one of the interesting dynamics that I have realized is that strong self assurance is essential in this life.  If there is anything I can teach my boys, it is to realize that they are loved unconditionally no matter what happens.   Also, that their self worth is not identified through someone else, it is how they see themselves and that unconditional love always comes from their parents and God.   If I can leave one thing with them, it is to help them realize that deep within themselves is the greatest gift and they are made unique and perfect in their own skin.

 When you think about High School you feel _____?

When I think about high school, I feel sad.  The girl that I look back at was someone that did not love herself.  It was someone that believed the lies, believed the bully’s that said she was ugly.   If only I could back in time, I would tell her she has a ton of potential and that these years were only simple moments in time that taught he how not to treat others and to forgive and let go.

 If you could get rid of one day of the week, which would it be and why?

Monday’s.   Mondays are the start to routine, to the week, if only the weekend could last one more day :)

What do you dream about for your future?

My dreams are for now, enjoying every moment to the fullest and never taking anything for granted.  To love fully, and not hold back.    To embrace what life has to offer whether it is sunshine or rain.

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about helping others.  Whether that means one person or many.  If I could just make a small difference in someone’s day every day, I would be fulfilled.  It means offering a smile or encouraging words or a hug… What ever action I can because I know it has ripple effects.  In this world the more sunshine we can provide the better :)

What is the best present you ever received?

The best present I ever received was my second engagement ring from my husband.  When we first got engaged we were very young and didn’t have a lot.   Then on the first mother’s day I celebrated, my husband put a second engagement ring ontop of our son sleeping in his crib.  He is the most amazing man I know and this was a moment I will never forget.  His love for me amazes me every day.

Who knows you better than anyone else?

My best friend, my husband.

Now it is time for me to nominate 10 amazing people

1)  Lead by Lisa Evola and contributors women of faith that celebrate themselves right where they are

2)  Emily with her sunshiny personality

3) Helping support people in their relationship with God

4) Laurie Wallin, a women that embraces her challenges and reaches out to help others

5) A women that reaches out and wants to support and build up God’s kingdom

6) A woman that has a heart of gold and wants to do God’s work with passion, helping others see Him

7)  A woman that is finding herself through God’s words and is learning to lead through her words

8) Writings that inspire and leave you thinking

9) A home grown Saskatchewan woman, that continues to look at the 90% and focus’ on the positive

10) A beautiful women that helped me see strength in the pain, and has such a gift for seeing beauty

10 questions for my nominees to answer

1) What inspires you?

2) Is there a moment that has inspired you or changed the direction in your life?

3) Who inspires you?

4) What do you believe is the greatest gift in this life?

5) If you were to look through rose colored glasses what would this life look like?  Would you change anything?

6) When you look back on your life, what are your greatest accomplishments?

7) What is your definition of LOVE?

8) Do you believe we all can make a difference?  What does the “action” look like?

9) Where do you draw strength?

10) What is your greatest talent? (what have you discovered about yourself that you see as a strength and why)

May you be blessed you amazing women who are celebrating life just where you are :)

Love ness

dear Vanessa ~ fear of failure


Dear Vanessa Fear of Failure #courage

Originally posted on a beautiful life ministry:

oct fear of failure
Dear Vanessa,
Recently I have taken on a new job, and I have felt at times that it is out of my league.    I am unsure of myself and my abilities and am scared of failing.      A number of questions run through my mind on a daily basis, and then I feel just defeated.     Maybe I am not made for this job.

Dearest Jessica,

Our minds can convince us that we are not good enough, or we are not meeting expectations.   I am sure that when this happens, satan is sitting back and smiling.   But you know deep down inside how much you are loved, and God your father has your back.  He knows your capabilities.    Rely on Him, we cannot control what happens around us, but we can control our response.

Let go of the fear and the stream of questions that flow through your mind, “What if”…

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The antidote to worry


Guest post ~ worry

Originally posted on daughter by design:

peace, don't worry, trust God,Here are the benefits of worrying:

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Yep, there are none.

And yet how often do we toss and turn all night because of worry?

How often do we create the worst of scenarios in our heads of what tomorrow might bring only to realize that it’s unlikely it will really come true?

How often do we waste endless hours of thoughts and energy fearing the unknown?

Unfortunately worry plagues us all to some extent in some way.

Worry is what takes a situation we are going through and exaggerates the potential negative outcomes.

Or sometimes it takes no situation at all and creates a hypothetical one out of nothing.

Worry is a big deal in our life because it’s not just a physical and mental issue.

It’s a spiritual one.

Because what worry does is it doubts God.

It doubts God’s sovereignty.

Because if God is…

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