Do we think about the messages that are bombarding us from within our minds?  Alicia, how could you let that person down?  Alicia, will you ever be good enough?  Sometimes I lack the strength to say to these voices, “Shut up!”

Today a card and care package from my younger sister spoke an enormous message of encouragement.  A patient fiancé with me spoke the enormous message of your emotions and more importantly you matter.  Today I received hugs from children, saw hilarious television clips, and enjoyed pizza.  Special messages and moments help me speak above the negativity.

Recently I have struggled to communicate effectively with others.   I recognize I need to improve.  Thankfully, with God’s help, I can improve my communication and continue to grow.

God conveys messages to each of us.  You are loved.  You are treasured.  I will fight for you; you need only to be still.  Be strong and courageous.  Trust me.  I created you, and you are wonderfully made.  Beloved, I sent Jesus to die for you.  With me, you can discover hope and healing.

Allow God’s messages to shout above the noise of your negative thinking and regret.  God is still at work in redeeming our regret and healing our negative thinking.  Praise be to God!

“…being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it out to completion.”  Philippians 1:6


A Day to Breathe

Since I am a full time student, my days off are normally spent in divinity school classes.  However, today (Easter Monday) is a holiday for me, and I enjoyed my day off immensely.

I finished a novel this morning, and then attended a Zumba class. 

Next I found myself at the church on a quest to find a piano and a hymn book.  In a Sunday School classroom, I played an out of tune piano, or was that just my lack of practice?  Anyways, joy flooded my soul as I played the top notes of the treble cleft.  Songs with no sharps or flats were preferred, and I played songs in the key of F sharp or B flat as well.  In elementary school, I weekly attended piano lessons, but soon other activities took over.  Yet over the years I have discovered how soothing playing the piano is for me.

The rest of my day was spent with a great friend.  We have made so many memories together in the past few years that we have known one another, and I am thankful for her.  We shared lunch and great conversation.  My friendship with her is one of the greatest blessings in my life.

Next I spent some shopping and then headed home for the rest of the evening.  Today’s moments of joy, rest, and relaxation have been great, and I feel so energized.

Tomorrow I go back into my routine of work, homework, and chores, but I know God goes with me to sustain me.  Also, I know that novels, exercise classes, shopping, and time with friends can always be incorporated into my schedule.