Reflections: Asking for Help is Not a Sign of Weakness

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In our society today, showing vulnerability and asking for help is seen as a weakness. We are taught to rely on ourselves and to do our own thing. This mindset is leading to the downfall of society. 

A person could be drowning and yet they refuse to grab the rope in front of them and they decide to try to swim instead.

This has created a prideful generation. 

I am guilty of this myself. 

As someone with a disability I find myself in situations at times when I must ask for help. This might be asking for directions when I am out or asking for help to find items at a store. This is something that I still have trouble with and sometimes make things harder for myself instead of just asking for help but I would say that being visually impaired has made me humble.

There is a more important reason to ask for help, and it concerns life and death. This is a picture of your life; you find yourself about to fall into a pit of fire and there is a rope available for you to grab and be lifted to safety but you choose to climb and lift yourself instead. 

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This is what it is like to be full of pride and refuse help. This is what it is like to refuse God’s helping hand. 

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, instead it is a sign of wisdom. Sometimes, when we try to do everything on our own it all falls apart. Sometimes asking for help is the strong thing to do.

God is waiting to save you.

Acts 2:21 KJV — And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Summer Favorites | Lifestyle, Fashion & More

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#summer #lifestyle #fashion

Hello everyone, I hope you all have been enjoying your summer!

Today I want to share some of my summer favorites with you. I hope that these items will be helpful suggestions to help you enjoy your summer even more!

This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned below.

Excellent water bottles

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My stainless steel water bottle. The top is a  stainless steel silver color and the bottle portion is in teil blue 
#summer #summeressentials #water #hydration

In my opinion, the best type of water bottle to take with you on your next summer outing is a stainless steel water bottle. This bottle will keep your water ice cold from the moment you leave home to the end of the day and beyond. I left my bottle in a car on one of those 100 degree days and the water remained at the same cold temperature. 

Waterproof phone cases

A photo of my plastic waterproof phone case. The case has a strap to secure it over your head. The case is on a background that has pink and coral colors. 
#summer #phones #phonecases #summeressentials

These days our cell phones come with us wherever we go, and the beach or pool is no exception. Waterproof phone cases have made it possible to take those pool pics from inside the water. The phone case I have is made of a soft plastic and you have full use of the phone while it is in the case. 

Summer skincare and haircare 

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Burt's Bees lip balm, face moisturizer and cleanser are on my vanity dresser. 
#skincare

I highly recommend Burt’s Bees skincare products for every season. Summer days require good moisturizers and cleansers. I highly recommend the Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin and the Face Cleanser for Sensitive Skin. I also recommend the original lip balm by Burt’s Bees. 

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The bottle of the oyin handmade cave-in hair tonic is on my vanity dresser
#haircare

I recently found a product to refresh my hair on those summer days and it also has a great fresh scent. It is the Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries Herbal Leave-In Hair Tonic. I like this because it is natural and it leaves my hair soft and refreshed and it really does smell like berries. 

Modest swimwear

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Swim dress from Cute and Covered. The pattern on the dress is of large dots in various colors. They resemble purple butterflies
#summer #swimwear #swimsuits

I am a Christian and I believe in dressing modestly. I also believe that as a woman I should wear skirts and dresses. I found a small business started by a Christian mother that created a solution for her and her daughters to be able to have modest swimwear. The business is called Cute and Covered.

The swimwear they offer are swim dresses. It is a one-piece swimsuit with leggings that go to the knee with a skirt over the leggings and a zipper in the back. The swimsuit can also be worn with the zipper side in the front for those that are nursing babies. I usually wear it with a zipper in the front because it is easier for me to get the swimsuit on and off. 

This is not sponsored by Cute and Covered. I just wanted to share these modest swimsuits and I really love the variety of colors and patterns that are available. 

You can purchase premade swimsuits that are available in a range of sizes from children to adults, and if you are good at sewing you can purchase digital patterns along with all the materials you will need to make your own swimsuit from them as well.

Summer shoes

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Black crocks with a New York Yankees jibbit on one shoe
#summer #shoes #crocks

Well I may be late to the party on this one but I recently got a pair of crocks. I really like them and they are very comfortable. I was also recently introduced to jibbitz and was given a New York Yankees jibbit that I now have on my right shoe.

Summer drinks

There is not much else that screams summer than sitting by the pool or by the ocean with an ice cold cup with your favorite drink.

I would say that lemonade is my favorite summer drink. It always cools me down. I also love lemon slushies.

Some extra thoughts

I have also shared my summer favorites in a video, you can watch the video below to get a closer look at some of the items I have shared.

What are some of your summer favorites? Leave them in the comments below.

Reflections: God Fights for You

God fights for you
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I have been wanting to share a song with you all that has been a big encouragement to me. This song reminds me that I must be still and let God fight my battles and that I have to worship God instead of taking out my sword.

The first time I heard this song it reminded me of the story in 2 Chronicles 20:1-30.

The people of Israel were about to be attacked by a large army. God spoke through one of the believers while they were all gathered and told them they would not have to fight at all in that battle.

2 Chronicles 20:15-17 KJV — And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel. Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

Your battles belong to God!

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I will carry these words with me and let them remind me of the truth that God is before me and is fighting for me. I must trust God and praise him even as I face the challenge.

2 Chronicles 20:20-25 KJV — And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another. And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.

To my fellow believers, next time you face a challenge in life remember this story and the truth that God is fighting for you. To those who do not believe, remember God fought for you on the cross. Jesus Christ, God in flesh fought death and sin on the cross and his blood defeated sin.

He rose to life on the third day defeating death and sin. Those who die trusting in him awake in heaven to everlasting life.

I hope these words will encourage you to trust your life to the best captain in this battle through life.

July is Disability Pride Month | Be Happy in your own Skin

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July is disability pride month 

Disability pride is sharing your life and gifts with society even when you are told you don't belong.

I do not usually consider pride to be a good thing to have, but in this case the word “pride” is necessary.

July is Disability Pride Month and it is time that people with disabilities be proud of who they are.

People with disabilities are constantly seen as less of a person just because they are different. Society sees a disability as something to be ashamed of.

I have a disability myself as I am visually impaired.

When I think of being proud of being disabled I do not mean have an arrogant or conceited attitude, because that solves nothing. When I think of pride, i think of coming to a place where you are happy in your own skin.

I think it means stepping out into the world confidently using your white cane.

I think it means going out into the world confidently in your wheelchair or crutches or hearing aids or any other assistive device.

Disability pride is sharing your life and gifts with society even when you are told you don’t belong.

So to everyone with a disability: do not let other people’s comments keep you down. We are here with a purpose and we have unique gifts to contribute to society.

Take pride in your unique life and shine!

I wrote this poem to encourage myself and others not to be ashamed of using a white cane.

I hope that this post will encourage any one that has a disability. Remember you are valuable and wonderfully created by God.

Psalm 139:14 KJV — I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

Reflections: God is with you in the Waiting

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Even in the waiting

This journey through life can be filled with pauses at times. We are all waiting for something at one time or another.

As a Christian, heaven is something I wait for.

Waiting is not easy and it takes discipline at times. The hardships in life can make the waiting even harder.

I have to remind myself that I am not alone on this journey through life. Jesus is with me every second. He gives me the strength to hold on as I wait.

I wrote this poem expressing this point in my own life.

Help Me Wait

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Jesus help me wait
As I walk by faith
As life tries to take
My eyes far from you
Help me to stay true
And look ahead to
Worlds still yet unknown
To my final home
There before your throne

The hope of heaven gives me the strength to wait no matter what may come in this life. I hope these words encourage you today.