Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalm 100

So the past few weeks have been incredibly busy, stressful, and just plan overwhelming! I know we all have days like that, but when they pile on all at once, it is crazy! You can just get defeated!

This past week, I decided to get some help! I needed intercession, and I went for it! I am blessed to have some awesome friends who were willing to pray with me this past week. Praying to God can take the weight off your shoulders, but praying to God with friends can lift you off the ground.

I am also excited that I was able to outline a study guide for my book, Love Echoed Back. I hope to be able to share it with all those who have purchased the book and with other groups and churches. It is an exciting process to share my personal thoughts and feelings behind my story and my faith in God as well as help others improve their walk with Christ.

I am extremely excited at the progress my mom has made over the past week. Some of you will recall that my mother had a stoke last August. She has fought her way back ever since. Three weeks ago, we hit a very big bump in the road! She was in a lot of pain and having several other minor issues. With a change in her medication, she is now almost completely pain-free and able to go at her therapy with tenacity! The change in her is nothing short of a miracle.

To top this week off, I am excited that I have now loss 24 lbs and plan to lose more in the coming months. This is an area I have struggled with for a long time. I am excited to be breaking through the strongholds that have kept me down in this area.

So, after coming off some really frustrating days, I feel refreshed! And I want to encourage you! 

Looking for the good things that are happening can put the bad stuff into perspective quickly!

And then, once you have uncovered those hidden blessings, praise the One from whom they come!! I use this #hashtag a lot on my Twitter feed #heisable. It helps me remember Christ is in control of my situation, and that I have nothing to fear!

Today, compile a list of your blessings and let the praises lift your spirit! Be joyful!

He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.  Deuteronomy 10:21 NIV 

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