I want to be like a sunflower. My head held high, always looking towards the sun. Never once thinking about competing with the others in the field with me but confidently owning who I am and knowing the beauty and the power of a multitude of us standing together.
I looked outside and saw that it was snowing. Huge snowflakes were
falling from the sky ever so slowly. They were more so floating down rather than falling. As I was watching I began to single in on one snowflake and try to watch it float all the way to the ground. I thought it would be easy because they were moving so slow, but I quickly found that it wasn’t very easy at all. The flake would float down then to the side and then zoom up and begin its downward fall again, while being surrounded by a million other giant white flakes. My eye quickly lost track of the one I was trying to follow. I tried this a few times before I felt The Lord speak again.
On hopes & dreams : "I feel like so many of us, when we hear "give it to God" we tend to maybe hold on to it just a little bit tighter because the impression we get is that we're putting the idea to rest and will never see it again. And maybe in some cases that is true and that is what needs to happen. But have you ever thought that giving Him your hopes and dreams might be the best thing you could ever do?"
"He wanted me to understand that sometimes we go through difficult seasons in order to fully surrender to God to see that our weakness is where we find His grace and His truth. We cannot rely on our own understanding, or our own strength. We need Jesus."
"A few months while being frustrated with my job, my mom reminded me that I'm worth so much more-that I didn't have to settle. She said, "Danielle you can do anything. You love to write." Those words mean a lot to me because she knew that I was capable of my entrepreneurial goals that I'm on a journey of now."
"when we admit we are weak, He shows us He is strong. I will pause and take stock, not getting so caught up in accomplishments that I forget to breathe, that I forget what really matters."
"Seeing God in every step I take, and being grateful for the things He blesses me with, and trusting Him as I go through the hardest days of my life. I am this small tiny plant that is eager to grow through God, who has a plan for me and I never want to take this for granted."
"The promise He whispered to my heart as I sat in a dark parking lot with puffy, tear-filled eyes, and an exhausted heart one night was simply this, “Maddie, I am the author of a full circle story.” Since then, that simple, yet powerful statement has surfaced over and over again - just like in the meaning of this ring."
"You have not been forgotten, no, but rather, you’ve been strategically placed for a time, in a place where you will have access to significant nourishment, wisdom, and relationship with your Heavenly Father. When you think of your season of waiting as a safe place rather than a confined punishment or a dark tunnel that has no end in sight, you might just begin to enjoy it."
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