I always know when it’s time to write.
Whether it be in a journal, my book, or here.
The dogs become quiet and the house falls into a deafening stillness. The birds are singing in the front yard even though there is no bird feeder.
The squirrels left, but the birds stayed.
It’s been a little more than a week since I began praying over my daughter everyday. These are serious prayers that will bring breakthrough. I’m already beginning to see cracks in her armor.
She hasn’t been anxious or depressed that I’ve seen. The only thing she has mentioned is, she is tired. I believe it’s from carrying the burden for so long.
I’m using Stormie Omartian’s book, “The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children.” My daughter sees it laying out and it relocates day to day, so she knows it’s being used. I didn’t have to announce my mission. She knows I’m on a spiritual war path.
The only thing I’ve mentioned to her was something I read in the book. Omartian writes, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25)
This gave her food for thought.
If you want to pray but not sure where to begin, a good start is Stormie Omartian’s books. She has one for every topic and has written one for Emotional Wholeness and Wellness. I will use that one next.
That book has a chapter for anxiety and depression, but my daughter will have to pray that for herself.
As a parent we are living examples and do for them until they are ready to do for themselves.
I love the way God prepares me for what is next.
Everything you step out and do in life is practice.
It may not be a part of your plan, but by being willing to go forth, and just do, it will lead you onto the next thing.
I was reminded this week, I cannot help people unless they are ready for change. It’s healthy for me today to set that boundary, and step away. I cannot save souls by posting on Social Media. It may make them feel better for a moment, but that is just a band-aid for something that runs deeper.
God gave me an idea on Monday, so this is day 3 of praying, pondering, and asking questions. I’m gonna move forward with it and see what happens. It is something I’ve done before, and it’s normally successful, but even if it’s not hugely successful, it helps others, and causes me to become better.
The biggest thing God has prepared me for recently is, not having Internet since Saturday. A short time ago, I would have come unglued. Slowly becoming disenchanted with technology, and letting go of all that a phone can do, has brought me to this peaceful space. The Internet will be back, but it’s nice to know, I’ve been able to enjoy life without it.
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If you know anything about me, it’s that I live alone with my daughter. She will be 18 this year, but I have always treated her as an adult. I guess that was my way of preparing her for adulting. Some days she acts more like an adult than me!
My last few posts have talked about writing, and why we write. Now it’s time to turn the page, and take my writing to a more personal level. I have shown you in this Blog, the beautiful relationship I get to have with my daughter. What I haven’t told you is, it’s not a list of things that I did. It has been all God, and this one thing I did.
I prayed specific prayers over her for years. I pray everyday, but when it comes to our children, I believe we need to be specific. This is the tool I used to do just that.
Stormie Omatian books. Yep, when she was little, I began using ‘The Power of a Praying Mom.’ There are specific prayers in this book that covers every stage of their young life. Now that she is older, I purchased a another book to use. It was on a clearance rack for 8 bucks. I brought that book out this week, and have began reading it.
I would love for you join me on this quest! If you don’t feel a need to join, I’ll be writing about the power of prayer, and what God is doing because of this one thing.
You can click on The Power of Praying for Your Adult Childen, to see the book. There are many ordering options, especially on Amazon, so choose what’s best for you. I bought the actual book, just in case I ever need to whack her with it. Don’t worry, it’s paperback.
I created a new Facebook page where you can see inside our actual daily lives. One of our favorite sayings has always been, “Not Today Satan. Not Today.” The page began this week, but will evolve as we do. Come and be a part of our world!
I had to laugh at what just happened. Technology can be our friend, but sometimes it works too well. When it is connected correctly, all you have to do is push one button, and away it goes!
I haven’t used the ‘Publicize’ option on my Blog before. Instead, I have been manually going to every social media site I have an account with, and posting the link to my Blog. We have an option through WordPress for ‘sharing’ our posts automatically through Publicize. By connecting our Social Media accounts to this option, Publicize shares everything we publish!
The photo it uses to display the Blog could be any photo on my site. It may pick my Instagram photo, or my Bio pic, and this bothers me. Do you think it’s a control issue, or perfectionism?
God is showing me I need to take advantage of these tools of automation. So, I connected my Blog to Publicize last week, and haven’t written anything since. Let me stop here to catch you up. What I was playing around with today, that made me laugh will make more sense then.
I was driving home Monday, and started a converstaion with God while driving. This is how I pray, by just having a normal, sometimes one sided, conversation with Him, anytime and anywhere. I asked Him, “What do you want me to do with my life?” He was quick to respond with, “I want you to use everything I’ve already given you.” Don’t you just love that?
This is the point in the Blog where I could run off in three different directions, but I’ll try to stay focused. One of the things God showed me that I haven’t used is Patreon. He showed it to me how long ago?? Oh yeah…..about a year ago! I set up an account, and shared it maybe once, and that was it. I couldn’t wrap my mind around people supporting me financially for writing.
I am writing a book. There are two in process, but God has nudged one in front of the other. I am writing about my Breast Cancer Journey, with big emphasis on the journey. It seems people see Cancer as the dreadful ‘C’ word, and it’s only a label. The diagnosis is not the outcome. It’s only the beginning of what can be an amazing transformation, if you have the proper lense.
God wants me to offer people a new lense.
I went back to Patreon, and redid my page including some detail of the book. Patreon for me is giving people the opportunity to be a part of something big! I will post exerpts from the book on Patreon, and they will be involved in the entire process of the book. The hills and valleys!
***Here comes the funny part in case you are wondering. ***
This morning I downloaded the Patreon logo to use at the bottom of my Blog. I opened up my Blogsite, and started a draft to play around with it. I uploaded the logo, and copied and pasted the url behind it. Being in draft mode, it wouldn’t let me click on the logo, so what did I do? Well…I hit Publish of course!!! Just for a minute so it would activate the link behind the logo!
I refreshed the Homepage of my Blog, and there it was, the ginormous Patreon logo looking like a Blog. I clicked on it, and it took my straight to the page. Success! I just missed one detail. As soon as I hit ‘Publish’, Publicize shot that logo out to all my social media sites as a Blog!!!
I know I’m not really stupid, but it made me feel pretty stupid! Of course, I went to all my Social Media sites, and removed the post, but I just had to laugh. I had forgotten I had set it up to do just that! If you are wondering, let me assure you, Publicize works, and it works fast!!!
So, here is my first actual Blog using Publicize. Can’t wait to see what picture it chooses!
Barbara is a Writer, a Certified Letting Go Coach, a Mom to her 17-year-old daughter, a recent Breast Cancer survivor, and she loves God. When she started this Blog in 2014 Letitgocoach was the name that stuck. She enjoys helping people Let Go of what is holding them back from having a beautiful life. Her life is a beautiful example of Letting Go and Letting God. You may connect with her via email. Letitgocoach@gmail.com
Whoop! Look who joined Patreon! Click the Giant A$$ Logo to visit my page. (I hope)
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This past Wednesday was my birthday. It tipped me over that half a century mark. This used to concern me, but looking at all the changes that have taken place in my life the past 2 years, the second half is going to be awesome.
I believe it took the first half of my life to discover what happiness is. I am still learning and refining the definition. This plaque is hanging in the hallway of my home, and it’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes in the morning, if I look outside my peaceful retreat.
They are the first words I speak, as I just lay there and ponder all the blessings in my life.
Wednesday morning my phone was notifying me early of activity on Facebook. While I slept, my friends were wishing me a Happy Birthday, so I awoke to a lot of love. This has got to be one of the best uses for Facebook ever! People I hadn’t seen or spoken to in years were on my page, sending love. It was and still is a phenomenal feeling! Love fills me up.
Do we take love for granted?
I know I have in the past, but I try hard not to anymore. It can be refreshed so easily, but extinguished just as easy. We have to give it freely to receive. God loves us unconditionally and is always there to give His love to us if we seek Him. Every touch on my Facebook page Wednesday was like a touch from God. He worked through all my friends to love me up good that day, and I am blessed.
My daughter was so excited for my birthday. She was willing to do anything I chose to do that day, and was anxious to see what that would be. Well, I pretty much do whatever I want to do each day, so this was going to be a challenge. We hopped in the truck to go toward town and see what would bring us joy. The surrounding area where we live is on fire, literally. As we drove closer to town, the Texas sky hung heavy with smoke. Sadness.
Bastrop was like a ghost town, with hardly any traffic, which is eerie for a town filled with so much life. If you are reading this, I ask that you hold these families, firefighters and everybody associated with these fires in your prayers and heart. This area was hurt by fire just a few years ago, so this fire needs to be extinguished. My daughter and I just drove around Wednesday evening and prayed.
The fire in my heart burns bright this week, thanks to all my friends who shared their love. I will have plenty of love to give to these hurting people when it becomes evident who all needs it. These pictures are some items that were given to me on my birthday that made my heart smile. My daughter writes a card for me every year, and this year she hand drew a Mandala.
Thank you for reading and sharing this Blog. Thank you for loving me even when I wasn’t doing a good job of loving myself, and thank you for praying for these precious people going through fire.