Because He Cares

Because HE cares for you. ❤️

Leave all your worries with him.

Another version says “Cast all your anxieties on him..”

When you cast a fishing line into the water it’s an act of letting go. You are releasing that line and bait to fall into the water. If you don’t release it then there’s no chance of a fish on the end of your pole.

When you leave something precious or dear to your heart with someone, you are trusting that they will take care of that possession/person for you.

Anxieties and worries are normally in relation to things that are near and dear to us.

He cares for us. You. Me.

How will we ever grow if we don’t let go?

Letting go and releasing burdens that we think we have to carry feels a little scary at first. Those are ours. That’s my burden. Mine. I hold on to what is mine.

But he says to let go. Leave your worries with him. Because he cares. Truly cares. He will carry them for us. If we just let them go, cast them away, and leave them with Him.

Such a complex process. But so freeing to release those things that aren’t in our control to begin with.

It’s ok to leave the worries with him. He cares. The way HE cares is like no other. Doesn’t compare with the way we “care”.

He is constant, unchanging, unwavering, dependable, good, love, and forgiving. He is all powerful, all knowing, and our constant companion. Our redeemer, defender, deliverer, counselor, Mighty God, and truest friend.

What do you need to let go of? You can trust Him. Because HE cares.

It Matters

I have written poetry since I was a child. I found this quote on Pinterest that explains what poetry is to me. I don’t know the author of this quote, but I love it.

” Poetry is what happens when your mind stops working,

and for a moment, all you do is feel. “

 

A place.

A smell.

A sight.

A song.

Feelings rush in –

The moment slows and freezes.

A thought.

A vision.

A memory.

A sound.

Time stands still –

Nothing else matters.

Our lives are filled with all of these moments.

Our bodies just skin that carries our souls.

Slow down.

Take time –

for the stuff that really matters.

Breathe in

Breathe out

The good and the bad.

Life is a gift.

Each moment, it matters.

The time we are given is not just for ourselves.

~ Heather Dawkins

 

 

A Letter To My Daughter

My Princess,

Last first day of school!! (High School) Senior Year! Oh the places you’ll go… shining brightly and standing firm. You’ve been a joy to walk through preK-12th grade with. You’ve tried new things and excelled in many areas. You’ve persevered, stood your ground, and never waivered in your faith.

Most mornings when I’d drive you to school I’d remind you and your sister to “shine” & I will always remind you of that … along with “remember WHO you are and WHOSE you are.”

In life there will be moments you wish to remember forever and moments you’d love to forget. The important thing is to learn. Always learn from the good and learn from the bad. Say yes to God and no to the things that separate you from HIM.

His opinion of you is all that ever matters. Not everyone will like you. Not everyone will agree with you. It’s ok. As long as you do everything in love. God first. God Center.

Faith is everything other than what you can touch, taste, see, hear, and smell. If it was any of those things then it wouldn’t be faith at all. Love each moment as if it were your last. Love hard. Forgive quickly. And never ever forget how much I love you.

But most of all, always remember that Jesus loves you even more than I ever could.

Don’t just follow your heart because sometimes it’s hard to distinguish between feelings and facts.. Follow HIM.. and you do that by seeking Him in everything and especially in HIS Word. Love you my kindred girl. Shine on.

Love, Momma 💕❤️

Riding The Wave

Overwhelmed. Too many people. Can’t focus. Can’t think.

You know the verses. The one about casting your anxiety on Him. You just don’t always know how to cast it without keeping a little behind.

You talk fast. You rush. Get irritated. But you know you are unreasonable. But it’s real.

Your mind focuses on one thing. Getting out. Finding the exit. So you can breathe. So you can have some space. Personal space. Hmm. Maybe that’s why you see personal space as a necessity. Space to breathe and think.

You breathe in and out deep and slow. You pray. You allow yourself that quiet time to get refocused. You try again. Successfully!

That’s one more time you’ve rode the wave of anxiety and didn’t drown.

It’s a real thing.

You try to explain it to your people. They may say that you shouldn’t feel this way. That it’s no big deal. They may make you feel like you are ridiculous for having to leave a store because there are too many people there. But it’s real.

You are fine in some crowded places. You are fine in your normal crowded habitats. But some places send you searching for an exit.

You often fill like you don’t fit in. You feel like you are a stranger in a crowd of friends. You don’t make eye contact when walking through a room. You hate the way you are.

A battle to overcome. A thorn in your side. That’s anxiety.

When you aren’t in control. Anxiety. When you have so much to do and the thoughts in your mind are just bouncing back and forth and you can’t focus. Anxiety. It’s a real struggle for many.

When you are the one who would prefer to people watch instead of engage in meaningless conversation. Is that so wrong? I think not.

When you don’t love to have shallow conversations or to talk just for the sake of talking. Wrong? No.

God made us all different. He doesn’t make junk and he is incapable of messing up.

I’ve learned to ride the waves. I’ve learned to embrace who God made me to be. I’m still learning to put on the armor of God daily. Not just a few days a week. But daily.

You don’t worry all the time and you aren’t what most would consider “anxious”. Or maybe you do. Either way, anxiety rears its head in many forms. Not just the typical ones that you hear of.

Maybe it’s an uptight feeling. Or a feeling that you have to get it all done right now but don’t know where to start so you just don’t. Or maybe it’s the wanting to online shop because shopping in stores leaves you overwhelmed with too many things to look at and too many people to deal with.

Anxiety. Such a multi faceted word.

Be anxious for nothing. But in everything, with prayer and thanksgiving make your requests known to God. Got it. ✅

Maybe just maybe it’s not anxiety that we deal with but a lack of Being Still enough with The One who truly calms our souls.

Jesus often went to lonely places to pray. It says so in HIS word. He woke up in the early mornings to spend time with His Father.

He went away from the crowds. To be still. Because let’s face it. Crowds are great to get lost in and they are a great place to blend in. But really, they can be overwhelming at times.

What if we looked at “anxiety” as a gift? A gift that forced us to spend alone time. To be still. With Jesus.

What if we turned to HIM and rested our weary heads in the crook of his neck and rode the waves safely to shore? That actually sounds nice. We can do that you know.

“When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭94:19‬ ‭NLT‬‬

{ Look for a post to go along with this one. One that will give tips and ways to help with anxiety}

Seeking Him,

When You Are Out Of Practice

 

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Well. Earlier today I shared a photo on FACEBOOK and that photo explains my brain lately. Too many thoughts going in too many different directions. Geez. I should really stay away from technology when my brain is messed up like that. The photo was of a scribbly line going all different directions and it said : “How do you explain this feeling?”

Then, I proceeded to read an almost 3600 word ROUGH (rough being the key word here) draft of a future book that I began in July of 2015. I edited it and saved as draft or so I thought. Then I received an email. Which means that all of you received an email. That email contains RAW rough draft words that were not meant to be seen or shared yet. However, God knew it would happen so I am trusting that there was a reason for my dumb luck.

Here’s hoping that someone out there that might possibly open up a Simple Truths blog post and read it, will have needed the words that I was not supposed to share yet. If you click on the link you will not find it on the blog because I deleted it. But…..the email you received has the post available. (insert hand over face and shaking my head here)

Happy weekend friends. I think I will steer clear of technology for a few days. And yes, I do plan to pick up where I left off a few years ago. It is past time to follow the call God has given to me. I have filled that space with things that I thought were good ministry things. I have filled that space with things and with work and with well meaning good works. I haven’t actually been doing what I know I am supposed to be doing though and that is why my joy has been lacking.

Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) ~ Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 

Looking forward to ministering to you right here again.

Keeping my eyes on Jesus.

 

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The Comparison Trap

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The Comparison Trap is just that… A trap. A trap that leads to feelings of worthlessness, envy, bitterness, and discontentment. It steals our joy.

“Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!” ~
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬



Comparing themselves to each other… Hmmm. Sound familiar?
How often do we find ourselves in this comparison trap?

We compare hairstyles. We compare relationships. We compare outfits. We compare how “busy” we are.(and that’s another message for another day). We compare occupations. We compare houses. We compare waist sizes. We compare cars. We compare how educated we assume someone else to be. We compare compare compare.
Then we feel worthless because we assume that we aren’t as good…

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Fab Friday Faves

Fab Friday Faves

So. I just got back from an amazing Mission Trip to Honduras. Check out the website if you want to see where we went. I’ll be blogging all about our trip later. 

I wanted to share a few things that I love and that I find beneficial to me or my family. 

We did a lot of walking while there and one of my favorite comfy and cute shoes are these Birkenstock lookalikes from Target. My daughters and I all have a pair of the rose gold & the black ones too. So. Comfy. So. Stylish. (A teacher friend was wearing them last year and I spotted them immediately.. because.. hello.. SHOES. ) So you can really thank her. You’re welcome. 

While in Honduras, my essential oils were a necessity. We used the tea tree, lavender, peppermint, AND clove to prevent lice. It worked! And we used lavender and peppermint for bug bites. Deep Relief was a lifesaver after the 6 mile hike. I even ended up leaving it with the girls there. 

My new favorite healthy go to meal is avocado cut in chunks on sesame Ezekiel bread that’s been toasted. I drizzle olive oil on top and McCormick’s original all purpose salt-free seasoning and coarse sea salt and eat it up! 

With school/work starting back for me on Monday, I ordered a few things for my desk. Because it’s my home away from home from 7:15 am until around 3:30 or 4:00pm Monday – Friday. Look at this CUTE glasses holder I got! Amazon prime. Yes. I’m an Amazon Prime fan. Check it out!
  Cute right?! 

When we got back from our Honduras trip I ordered Chatbooks so I could keep the memories close by. Such a GREAT idea. Fast, cheap, and easy. And this way I won’t accidentally delete memories from my computer.. or if I do I’ll still have them printed!

One last thing that’s a new fave. Well. Two. My Mophie charging case 

 and my pop socket that’s attached to the back. This mophie gives me charge all day long. The pop socket makes it easy to carry my phone or prop it up to watch my favorite series on Amazon Prime video. (That’s a plus 😉 )

One of my favorite podcasts is Steven Furtick at Elevation Church. You can find it here

That’s all for this week. There’s more I could share but I’ll save it for another time.

 
Happy Friday! 

Heather Dawkins 🙂