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

Trust Where God Has You

When we seek to learn the most we can from what’s in front of us, the more insight we are given for the next stage of life. (tweet this!)

I’ve noticed this a lot in my life over the past year and a half. When I really try to enjoy and seek out the answers that are being given to me in my “now,” all of a sudden, something of even greater worth (information, ideas, innovations, etc.) seem to just flood in.

Once I start focusing on those and getting what I can out of them, even more comes rushing into my head.

When I start to feel overwhelmed by God’s grace and goodness to me in showing me these cool things, I tend to take a step back to see the larger picture.

Without fail, every time, in every thing He leads me to next, something MUST have come before it.

A video.

A note.

An idea.

A thought.

Something. Something that gets my mind and creativity going. Something that speaks to me in some way.

I realized what He’s doing is laying a foundation. He’s giving me bits and pieces of things to learn at a time which will inevitably have something built on it down the road.

When I pick up books now, I find a familiar thread in them… something I’ve heard or seen before.

When I listen to a new video or audio, or even read a blog post, there is a silver lining that runs through it that I have been exposed to before. It may not all be that way, but it seems to be happening more and more.

I’ve learned that the silver lining has had to come to me in a certain order, in stages, for me to be open to receiving more. Once I “get it” at one level, He reveals the next, and then the next, and then the next.

Amazing.

What an incredible God we serve. Not only is He leading us, but He really wants us to get it, grasp hold of it, and dive deep into His purpose for us.

We merely need to show up to be of service and to learn as much as we can. (tweet this, too!)

When we are open to all He has to offer, He keeps offering more and more. It’s truly incredible to witness and experience.

I encourage you today to seek what He’s trying to teach you at this stage in your life. What can you learn? What can you seek more information on that will help in lots of areas of your life? How can you alter your attitude to reflect one of gratitude and willingness to enjoy this stage of your life? Share your thoughts. I love reading them!

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JessBio200 Trust Where God Has 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!

Trust Where God Has You

What You Need May Be Right in Front of You

I must start this post by saying just how outrageously cool it is that God directs us to the exact information we need at the time that we need it.

And even when we aren’t necessarily looking for it!

I cannot begin to tell you how many times, over the past month or so, that I’ve been led to new people, blogs, videos, etc., that have either given me the info I need to move forward toward the vision God’s given me or led me to someone else that has the answer.

Awesome.

That leads me to that interesting word – coincidence.

Dictionary.com defines it like this…

coincidence [koh-in-si-duh ns]
noun
- a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance

Some people believe in coincidences and some people don’t. Those that don’t believe that everything is planned. Nothing is by chance. It’s all planned out for teaching us, leading us, and guiding us in the right direction.

What do you think?

Do you believe in chance things happening or when the same thing shows up in your life over and over, do you believe it was put across your path on purpose, for a specific reason?

Personally, I’m believing less and less in coincidences and more and more in a God who knows even the little things we do and directs people, situations, and information across our path to teach us, lead us, and show us exactly what we need when we need it.

And even to prove His point sometimes, He tends to bring the same topics or people in front of me multiple times – maybe because He knew I may blow it off the first or second time. I’m starting to learn to listen and pay very close attention the first time something or someone shows up in my life that has answers to problems or questions I’ve had.

It’s not coincidence. It’s a plan. It’s God’s plan. It’s Him speaking to me through others. It’s him directing me to my purpose.

Don’t be so quick to look past, glance over, or ignore even the little “coincidences” that appear in front of you. They may just be your Heavenly Father showing you the way to go.

quote mark left What You Need May Be Right in Front of You “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
~ Albert Einstein
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What do you think? What’s been your take in the past on coincidences? Do you blow them off as chance or do you consider what you can learn from that person or information falling into your lap at that particular time? Share how “coincidences” have affected your life in the comments below. I love reading your stories!

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JessBio200 What You Need May Be Right in Front of 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!

What You Need May Be Right in Front of You

The Lies of Personal Development

When you start this journey into self help, personal development, personal growth – whatever you want to call it – all the same, just different names, it seems most people get revelation after revelation. The more you seek, the more you are given to receive.

I know this is true for my life.

When I am open to change and seeking direction, it comes and comes like a flood.

It’s in the applying of the new knowledge and skills that gets interesting. You can be totally open to loving yourself and your life, even willing to make changes – however, the craziest part of the process of personal development is realizing just how dark, dusty, and damp your thinking was to begin with – those thoughts you grew up with, your mentality about yourself and the world around you, and how that could all once be considered “normal” in your head. Wow!

At least that’s the way I feel.

It’s brain pathways, thought patterns, and general feelings of life that try to seep back into the new thought patterns and habits you are trying to develop, almost trying to choke the life from the new growth. It’s bizarre, yet obvious, at the same time.

It’s almost it’s own worse enemy because it’s so obvious.

That’s when I know I’m on the right track… when I hit a crazy wall with funky thoughts and find myself “feeling” certain old things again and having old thoughts. It’s lies and not the truth. It’s the old me trying to squelch the new, improved me.

If you have found yourself in this same position, I encourage you to see the success you are having – if the lies are trying to creep back in, you are obviously doing something RIGHT!

Don’t give up and throw in the towel on all the progress you have made. Keep seeking answers to your purpose and passion. Keep serving others. Keep moving forward.

Are you in a place in your life right now that you are feeling “funky days” and having crazy, old thoughts creep up again? Are you fighting hard not to throw in the towel and need a boost to keep going? I pray this post has helped you realize you are NOT alone. You aren’t hanging out on a limb by yourself somewhere. You are loved. You are valued. You are appreciated and respected. Please share your story in the comments below. I love hearing from you!

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JessBio200 The Lies of Personal DevelopmentJessica 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!

The Lies of Personal Development

What Do You Do When…

What do you do when God has given you a vision of your future, though, you can’t see the road to get there?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when the lies creep in and tell you that it will never happen?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you feel like you’ve done it all?

You keep going and trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you feel disconnected and abandoned?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you feel helpless, drained, confused, and alone?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you receive gut-wrenching, heart-pounding news?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you can’t see a way around the huge mountain staring you in the face?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you are thrown into an uncomfortable situation for a season?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you are the sole responsible person for the training and raising of your kids, putting food on the table, and making sure they grow up in a loving, caring home all by yourself?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you want to throw in the towel?

You keep pressing on and trust Him anyway.

What do you do when all the circumstances around you are screaming the opposite of what His word says?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when your feelings and thoughts in your head lie to you?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when you are at the end of yourself and have nothing left to give?

You trust Him anyway.

What do you do when what He’s asking you to do is so big, out of your comfort zone, and requires a leap of faith?

You trust Him anyway.

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JessBio200 What Do You Do When...Jessica Stone is a mom of 4 and owner of her own businesses in the fitness, beauty, and essential oils industries. She has 3 special needs children, one which 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 children’s health 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!

What Do You Do When…