Love Where You Are Living

I love my life.

Is it perfect? By no means. Is it tough? You have NO idea. Is it fun? Often. Is it filled with grace, mercy, love, and joy? Absolutely.

Life has given me so many twists and turns lately, it’s hard to count just how many.

Through the deepest of trenches I’ve ever walked, I’ve been molded and shaped by a Creator who loves me and wants me to step into my designed purpose.

Every one of us deals with crap in our lives. Let’s be real. We ALL do. There is stuff that happens that no one would want to deal with.

It can be anything from a losing a loved one, being forced to be a caregiver, working a job you don’t like just because you need the money, losing a job, getting an awful diagnosis, etc. However, I wholeheartedly believe that what we get out of life and how we make it to the other side of these not-so-nice circumstances is how we think about them.

What goes on in our heads determines our attitudes and actions.

What do you think when something goes wrong or not as planned?

How do you initially view a challenge, problem, or issue you must deal with?

Did you know you can choose to make the best of challenges in life by looking for the blessings contained within them? (click to tweet)

Need a real-life example? Here’s one I live out almost every day of my life…

Faith Love Where You Are LivingMy daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular health condition. We have run about every test that 5 neurologists could think of. We have even done nerve conduction studies, an EMG, MRI, spinal tap, biopsy, etc. – all that over the past 6 years and the only thing we know is that she is biopsy-positive for Celiac (gluten intolerant) and shows polyperipheral neuropathy with no known cause.

Poly = many, peripheral = arms & legs, neuropathy = disease of the nerves

So, that in and of itself could be viewed 2 different ways – the first, initial way most people would probably view this situation is “Crap! We still know nothing!” The second way you could view this is more like “at least we know which things it’s not and can mark those off the list with every test we do.”

See the difference?

Let me take it a step further.

I could view her inability to make her legs work like her brain wants them to as a frustration. I could look at the fact that she’s got the only physical problems out of all the kids attending her school as a obvious sign that something is not normal. I could focus on her frustrating days and her own lack of understanding exactly what’s going on and why she’s different from all of her friends and school mates.

Or I can look at how blessed she is to not be in pain which is usually associated with neuropathy. I can view how awesome it is that everyone knows who she is at school because of her use of a power chair and walker and absolutely loves her. I can witness firsthand how her wonderful attitude and joy speaks volumes to people about working through their own struggles with grace and joy because they see how gracefully she deals with her physical issues as though they aren’t a problem most of the time.

There are so many uncertainties in life. It doesn’t mean there can’t be goodness found in everything that comes across our path.

Start looking for the good in life. Start looking for the blessings in what you would typically consider a bad situation. Start choosing to see the silver lining of the rain cloud. There is beauty, grace, joy, and contentment to be found there.

The more you practice noticing silver linings, the more you will see. Do you have any good silver lining stories to share?

One thing is certain in this life… we are all blessed beyond measure!

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JessBio200 Love Where You Are LivingJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Love Where You Are Living

Giving to Others Gives More to You

I completed a challenge group earlier in the year with an amazing group of ladies. They were engaged, commented often, and even shared their own experiences.

Our topics included everything from health and finances to time management and relationships. It was encouraging and enlightening.

The testimonials coming out of it were amazing – one person’s marriage was much stronger, another had the most productive month ever, etc. It really was great.

30+ e-mails, 8 Facebook group posts a day, and even 30 fitness videos shared (wow!)… now, being several months after, I believe that the challenge benefited me even more than the participants.

I spent months ahead of time preparing the information and what I would share, as well as the daily time invested in pouring out of my head, heart, and soul everything that I had learned about many, many topics over the past few years into people I care about and were wanting a change and growth in their lives.

I was up late. I wrote e-mails early. I found inspirational quotes from others that tied to our topics for each day.

I was exhausted by the end of it.

A good exhaustion.

I had poured, given, and poured again into 9 other people. All of my life for the last few years, wrapped into a challenge group in just 30 days.

The result? I’ve been filled to overflowing with newness, visions, and purpose for my life.

I realized I had to dump all of that stuff out to be able to get more back. I chose to pour my “river” (so to speak) out which left room for a lot more to flood in – new life.

My intention was to give what I could to others to help them build up their lives, gain a change in perspective, and grow where they needed to – encouraging the whole way.

Instead, I got blessed on the other side with an even bigger blessing than seeing others “get it” and find their “ah ha” moments. I have been given the gift of more life – life abundant.

We are made to keep the river flowing, not stop it up. When creativity, revelation, knowledge, etc., flows in, we must keep them flowing out for the opening to gaining more.

When you give with the right intentions – out of a love to share with others what works, what’s helpful, and what can change their lives in the most positive way, you automatically reap back more than you gave away. It’s a law. You reap what you sow.

I sowed my life, literally, into others for an entire month and got back more than I ever expected.

When was the last time you intentionally gave of yourself, your time, your knowledge, your skills to help others, even without expecting anything in return? I didn’t expect anything from them and didn’t get anything. The challenge was actually free. God was the one who blessed me later for giving so much of myself and allowing myself to be emptied, just to be refilled again. Are you in need of a refilling? Share with me ways you have poured yourself into others or plan to. I’d love to hear and encourage you in it! Share in the comments below.

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JessBio200 Giving to Others Gives More to YouJessica Stone is a serial entrepreneur and mom of 4 – 3 with special needs and a set of twins. Her daughter has an undiagnosed neuro-muscular condition that limits her mobility, and her twins are currently receiving therapy for sensory defensiveness, physical mobility, fine motor skills, and speech. She enjoys sharing what she has learned through her trials, experience, research, and tools that have helped her family with other parents who are looking for support, encouragement, and helpful information. Get her FREE gift to you, 30 Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Devour: Eating Healthy Never Got So Simple. Connect with Jess live today on Facebook!

Giving to Others Gives More to You