Stress Point

  Body image. Friendship. Career. Money. Dating. All these issues and more serve as points of stress for the 20-something woman, and combined they can make for a decade of drama in a girl’s life. Sarah Francis Martin is the slightly older girlfriend whos been there, done that, and got the not-so-cute t-shirt. Through this interactive Bible study, Sarah helps young adult women address each stress point by encouraging them to wait on the Lord, worship Him, and make Him the focus of their lives.

I loved the journals inside this book, it gave you a place to study the word, and really think about your thoughts. With being a Stay-at-Home-Mom I was pulled aside through some of the book, because I am not searching for a career, or looking for a date, but I still couldn’t stop reading the book. I loved the Bible verses, it gave you facts and even mentioned why she thought it fit with the related stress point that she covered.

As you continue to read you start seeing things you do in your own life, and she explains how to “help” with that stress. The book hits home in some points, and I would suggest this book, not only to the 20-something, but anyone who struggles through stress and that could be you.

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Happiness is a Journey

Why is it when we want happiness these are the things we often look for/ask/want…

More Money
Special Someone
Promotion
Own a Home
Move
Degree/Degrees
Lose Weight
Be Beautiful
Rich
Famous

However, usually people who have all of these things are not happy. No matter how much money, special people, promotions, homes, move to a better place, lose all your weight, how beautiful, how rich or how famous – if you’re not happy, then you are simply have no happiness. All the materials in the world couldn’t make you happy. They might help with your happiness for a few days, but then you will continue looking for something to be “better”.

Did you know that all the things above is only 10% of our happiness? Crazy, huh?

I have often heard “money can’t buy happiness” and I am sure you have heard this too.

Money is not a bad thing, just don’t depend on it to bring you happiness. The list does not have the power to make you happy, if you constantly go after the list to make you happy, you will not be focused on what actually does make you happy.

Happiness comes from you, stuff that you do have control over such as behavior, thoughts, and intentional powers. Whatever you give your energy to, and what goes inside of you, can power your happiness. The only thing you have to do is control your thoughts to make you happy, figure out how to talk yourself into happiness.

Every time you are thrown into a situation that brings you down, start looking into the direction that will make you happy. The decision is yours. Once you come out of the situation without being down then you will see you are in control of your happiness.

Another thing I have always heard is…
If you are unhappy without money, you will be unhappy with money.
If you are single and unhappy, you will be married and unhappy.

Going for things that you think will make you happy, you will lose the things that really make you happy.

 

A Lost Friend

As most of you probably have noticed I have stepped away from my blog, not really pulled away from it as you see I am still here. This post will let you in on a little of why, then after You read this, you will just have to wait for the Six Word Saturday to understand the rest of it, haha.  So look out for that post, as it should follow this one, shortly.

I recently had/have a friend that pulled away from me. It seems she is going through a rough patch in life, but I don’t really know why she pulled away. Maybe it was the change of my recent blog or the more “God” thing to it. I don’t know why she pulled away, I really don’t. I think why I am so emotional over it, was because of the straight cut she made with it. Talking one day, then barely speaking to me, which I am sure if you have friends and one just stopped calling, you would ask these same questions.

I really don’t like it when people push me away without knowing why. I would like the answers to and, how, when, if, but, or however would make it a lot easier for me. I know I am supposed to let God control everything, but in this world I am still human. She is still my friend. She is still a person I talk/talked to everyday about everything till recently. When I say recently I mean like just in August we was talking; everyday. She was what made my day better. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. This is just a type of friend I am.

Anyway, I know she still cares about me because she contacted me over the weekend just to make sure I was okay. I guess we will eventually know where this leads, but right now I am just giving her space, as well as myself.

When she pulled away from me, it really made me wonder why I pulled so close to her and not anyone else. Why is it I have friends who are 10-50 minutes from me and I don’t reach out them. This weekend was a wake up call, and not just about her, but about myself and who I am.

Things I miss…
Laugh
Ability to say random things just to make me laugh
The darkness flew away when I talked to her, it was like having some sunshine in my pocket. (even if it was 5 minutes or an hour)
Hot Chocolate Mugs she sent me in the mail. They stare at me from the cabinet haha!! jkk!!

How would it make you feel if your friend pulled away from you? Would you run after them? Or would you simply just let them slip away? Would you think if they pulled away from you one time, they would do it again?

“Two may talk together under the same roof for many years, yet never really meet; and two others at first speech are old friends.” – Mary Catherwood

Scenario – Best friend in Car Wreck

Google Image 30 days of Truth is about bringing out the best in yourself. Also, to let people see the “real” you through what you write. For thirty days I will write about myself, I will dig deep and I hope you can start this journey with me. 30 days of Truth; Are you ready!?

Day 21 – (scenario) Your best friend is in a car accident and you two got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

So, you know we have “best” friends that are there for more than others, is this friend my very best friend? What was the fight about? These are the questions I ask myself when I read this question.

1) If this wasn’t really my best friend and the argument was about, let’s just say, her cheating behind my back with my husband, or boyfriend then I wouldn’t no longer care. She hurt me terribly and I wouldn’t know what to do at the time. It would take me time to get over the tragic news she was just arguing with me about. I would let karma do it’s thing, but eventually I might check on her, but it would take time for me to heal first.

2) If it is my best friend then an argument wouldn’t stop me from finding a way to check on her, or go see her. The small things we fuss and fight about, shouldn’t change your friendships with a person. You have to stand up in what you believe in but don’t let it ruin something you have with your friend. Best friends are hard to come by and nothing should stop you to be there for them.

Truth be known if it was my best friend then holding grudges wouldn’t be my option. Things happen for a reason and just maybe this is the reason for me to prove what kind of friend I am to them.

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Childhood Friend

Who can say they have a childhood friend from the age of 2? I can 😀 This guy has been by my side in everything. He helped throw eggs at me at Daycare, pour sand in my hair from the sandbox, and fill my days full of laughter and fun.

We got separated from Daycare till I was in 5th grade. I saw him in the hallway of my new school. I knew I remembered seeing him before, and who would have thought it would have been him? He hasn’t left my side since. He is my brother from another mother. He is one of my best friends through thick and thin. He can count on me, and I can count on him. He has spent many nights on my couch growing up,  endless times for midnight riding around, midnight snacks at Wendy’s, Going to the same college, playing video games. being in marching band together, late night talks, riding down roads just to see where they end, random moments in stores, my mom grounding both of us for coming in at 2 in the morning, going to his Junior Prom in high school, and going to Six Flags every week. One time my mom grounded me from going anywhere and I would walk to Justin’s, or he would come get me.  He is truly is a special friend in my heart. Here we are at age 25 and still talk almost every day.  I love you Justin! Thank You for always being a great friend.

Best Friends

What is “Best Friends”?

Best Friends are people who will never hurt, lie, betray, walk away, know your sentences before you even start, know your thoughts before you even say a word, and will sit on endless of days just to talk about nothing for hours on end. They have no limits in your friendship and would go thousand miles just to see you smile.

Best Friends will stand up for you when you are not around and will speak of joy and honesty when you are away. They will wipe your tears of sorrow and of joy. They will call you just to say hi. Best Friends is like having another you, just right around the corner. Someone who inspires you to do better and always gives you the advice you need.

They will never judge you, forsake you, or turn their back on you. So, how many “Best Friends” do you have?

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