F.E.A.R

FEAR

OR Face Everything and Rise. – Unknown

BY: MANDY LIMON | MELODIC RHYTHMS OF HOPE

I discovered this quote almost two years ago and it power punched me in the face!

The play on words immediately took me a few years back to a church service where a leader I greatly respected approached me saying,

“Amanda, I see you as a Lioness with a great voice. You have a gifting that will bless a generation, However, you have lived enclosed in a cage for far too long. In times when you have attempted to step out in faith, paw to the soil, you cower back into your cage. You were meant to run free, to influence and to let your roar be heard for generations to come” 

*Jaw Drop*

I remember being blown away that someone could see into the depths of my soul (mind, will and emotions). It was in that moment I realized I had cut off the oxygen supply to my dreams and passions.

I began questioning everything like, “When did this happen? When did I take an extinguisher to the fire in my heart? And why have I allowed certain experiences in my life to dictate my future?”.

You know what I discovered?

I found that brokenness had led to fear.

Fear of failure, fear that I was not enough, and fear that my spirit would be crushed once again under the pressure of ill words by envious hearts. Instead of pushing forward with tenacity and faith in my abilities, I allowed myself to crumble.

Now, fast forward to the present.

It has been a process. Hard. Emotional. A process of healing & self-discovery.

Having learned from this journey called life, I refuse to let anyone or anything stop me from my pursuit to share with the world what has been divinely placed within me ever again. Every day is not perfect. My tender heart must choose to press forward when it would be easier to regress. But that is why it is important to take courage and place one foot in front of the other.

My hope is that you will face your fears NOW and not allow years of influence to be wasted because you spent your days caged up in defeat as I had.

I want to say to you, “RISE BEAUTIFUL ONE”.

I believe the self-doubt and running away stops here! We must tap into our inner strength and believe that we are conquerors. No matter where we have been and no matter the Giants that stand before us, WE WILL RISE!

Inadequacy will rule no more!

May we become the Lioness no longer confined, operating in her gift, leaving her unique paw print on the world.

Lastly, I must say as a new mom, this principle is at the forefront of my mind everyday. It is important that I not only do this for myself but for my baby boy as well. It is important to me to pave the way for bold and brave living. As I go before him I want him to know that fears conquered can have a ripple effect for generations to come, and it starts with OUR choice to rise when it would be easier to run. It is by setting this standard that I know the legacy will not be lost.

Let us FACE all that is before us, RISE empowered having conquered our fear, and be relentless in the pursuit of the passion within.

The time is NOW….


FEARMandy Limon lives in Northern California with her Husband and Son. Her passion to empower women is the heartbeat and inspiration to her personal Blog titled “Melodic Rhythms of Hope”. Her Motto is to live Bold and Brave, embracing your unique story with Great Faith. Mandy loves the creative arts, serving her community and spending time with her family. The beach is her happy place with a cup of coffee hand. She loves meeting new friends and hopes to connect with you! 

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Simple & Cute Homemade Aprons


Hello my sweet friends! I hope you are all well & enjoying summer! I am excited to share with you one of my friend’s DIY’s! This is great for baking, summer popsicle’s, or homemade gifts for the grandparents! Check out more photo’s and details on how to make these simple & cute homemade aprons over at Hailey’s page! Link and bio below! Also, follower her on instagram @haileywedige.

BY:  HAILEY WEDIGE

I love homemade gifts. Both making them and receiving them (are you reading this, Scott!?!?), but I am a little behind schedule with this one. It was a few sessions of trial and error. I saw this idea on Pinterest once upon a time and decided it was easy enough to do myself. Well, it didn’t start out that easy.

First I bought the wrong size aprons (I had no idea aprons had sizes?!), then I used a fabric spray paint which is almost impossible to keep confined to the area of the apron you want to paint. But the third time is always a charm, right?!

I’ll explain the easiest way of doing this, at least as far as my experience went, and you can modify it to fit what you want your apron to look like!

I frequent Michael’s and found everything I needed there, but I’m sure any craft store will do.

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Simple and cute homemade aprons

You will need to make these aprons:

  • 2 one size aprons
  • sponge pouncers
  • stencils of your choice
  • fabric paint (I let the kids pick their colors)
  • newspaper or cardboard
  • iron
  • paper plates
  • paper towels
  • a bowl full of soapy water
  • an old rag (this will likely wind up with paint on it)

Tips for easy apron making:

  1. The first thing you will want to do is iron your aprons. Once they are wrinkle-free, lay the aprons on your cardboard or newspaper and cut out your stencils. I did this so I didn’t have to wait for the paint to dry. Line your stencils up and get your paint on your paper plate. Dab your sponge in the paint and blot to remove any excess. Hold your stencil very still and blot the paint down.*Be aware that too much paint on your sponge could mean the paint could seep under the stencil.*
  2.  Rinse each stencil after each use so the paint does not transfer elsewhere. Lay on paper towels and pat dry.
  3. I chose to center my words but you can stagger them or do them however you’d like. Once your words are finished, time to get the kids involved. (I let mine dry overnight, but you can do it all at once if you prefer)
  4. Have your bowl of soapy water and your rag handy. Put your hand print paints on separate plates. Have the kids dip their hand (one at a time) in the paint and gently place on the apron (palm first, then fingers). Quickly wash off hand and dry. Then repeat with the other hand.

I had my daughter go first so my son could see how to do it. And there you have it! Super easy. Well, not so easy for my 18 month old, as you can see by his blue hand prints. But, easy enough!

xoxox, 

Hailey

  I am a 26 year old stay at home mom to two children (ages 4 and 18 months). My husband is a financial advisor in Southern Wisconsin. We enjoy bike rides, hiking, and boating as a family. I love to cook and am learning to play the guitar. I have a goofy sense of humor and can quote almost any comedy movie I’ve seen. 

For more details and photos on how to make these simple & cute homemade aprons head on over here!

To learn more about Hailey and follow her blog haileywedige.com

Thanks to may sweet friend Hailey! I can’t wait to make these with my little man!

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; I WILL FOLLOW, DAY 30

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; I will Follow!

Welcome to day 30, our last day together.

Thank you all so much for being part of this journey. My spirit has been renewed, my hunger intensified, and excitement restored. I have once again been reminded that His mercies are new every morning! My hope is that you feel the same!

Today’s topic is more of an action, a commitment…….

I will Follow…..

Our time is our greatest commodity. We only have so much. It cannot be purchased. Once it is spent, it is gone. My biggest fear in life, is to look back and see that I misused it, wasted it. My biggest fear in life, is to regret having the courage to say YES to Jesus. He is the way, the truth, and the life! He is worthy of our YES!

There is no greater reward than Him. Therefore, the best decision we can make in regards to our greatest asset; time, is to give it to Him. 

Verse of the day!

Matthew 16:24

As we spend time with our Savior, He changes us. He begins to lead us, giving us opportunities big and small, to say YES.

When I look at the many heroic men of the bible, they all have one thing in common. They ALL said YES! They all chose to follow God’s lead. These men made the decision to exercise their faith, to trust not in the seen, but the unseen.

Victory and blessing in our lives always points back to obedience to God.

The Bible says,

and you return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons (Deuteronomy 30:2).

Then the LORD your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your cattle and in the produce of your ground, for the LORD will again rejoice over you for good, just as He rejoiced over your fathers; if you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:9-10).

God longs to pour out His blessing on us. He looks for those of us who are willing. His desire is to bless His people, set us apart. He is looking to use any willing vessel (you and me), to be witnesses to the world of who HE is. He wants to demonstrate to the world through his people that He is the ONLY MOST HIGH GOD. His purpose is to bring his lost creation back to Himself. He does this everyday through those that are willing.

God created Adam and Eve for His pleasure. He blessed them abundantly. It was their disobedience that brought about sin. Which tells us, that obedience is very important to Him. And without it, we too, will fall prey to sin.

Just a few of the men that were not perfect, but followed God’s lead!

Moses, Joseph, Joshua, Noah, Solomon, Esther, Abraham, Jacob and many more.

God longs us to bless us! His greatest desire is to teach us, change us, and help us say Yes to all the things He has purposed for our lives!

Join me in saying YES! Join me in praying that God would help us BE ALL that created us to be!

Thanks again dear friends for being here the last 30 days! You have been a blessing to me!

xxoxoxox.

Missy

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH: HOPE, DAY 29

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking truth into our lives; hope.

Welcome to day 29!

Hope…..don’t ever loose it. Cling to it! Let it fuel your faith always!

This is a special word, a feeling inside that keeps us pressing on. Hope really is a prerequisite to our faith. Without hope, what need would we have for our faith. Still, without faith, there would be no hope.

Verse of the day!

bible verse

As I think about what I want to leave with you, something that provides great impact, HOPE comes to mind. Although we are claiming with complete confidence, BLESSING this year in our lives! Reality is, we will have some bad days. Days when we feel weathered, stretched, and a little hopeless.

But that’s ok. Because we know that we live in a broken world. It would be silly to have any other expectation. There is no escaping the sin of this world until Jesus comes and we meet Him in the clouds of glory! (Oh, how I look forward to that day!). Until then, it is an impossibility for our lives and those around us to be void of sin.

However, what we do have, is Jesus! We have the absolute unwavering Hope in who He is, and what He did for us on the cross, and does for us daily! Together we can take our God given hope and cling to Jesus by exercising our faith. In Him, no matter what comes our way, we will be victors! 

We may find ourselves in some storms this coming year, but we will weather them victoriously because of the one that stands by us, lives in us, and holds us up with His mighty hand. 

Together let’s look at some of God’s promises that we tuck in our hearts for those rainy days,

No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord (Isaiah 54:17).

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing (James 1: 2-4).
 
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8: 37-39).

Jesus is our blessing, as long as we have Him we can withstand anything and come out triumphantly blessed!

Together let’s claim blessing & victory! In Christ Jesus, we are conquerors. Nothing can stop us from His best and His blessing if we keep saying YES to Him. Together, let’s continue pressing in, following His lead, and leaving the consequences of our obedience up to Him.

Because that is the very heart of blessing!

xoxoxoxox,

Missy

 

 

 

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30 DAYS OF READING, HEARING & SPEAKING GODS TRUTH; COURAGE, DAY 28

30 days of reading, hearing, and speaking God’s truth into our lives; courage!

Welcome to day 28!

I am so excited about today’s topic, COURAGE…….

As we are nearing the end of our journey, I want to encourage us all to be courageous, especially for Jesus! Over the last few weeks you have received lots of my thoughts, but today want to share a fresh perspective! 

This is so good I had to pass it on to you! These thoughts and the Lion-Chaser’s Manifesto are not my own. They come from Mark Batterson, author of In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. You can learn more about him, his work, and books here! Another great read!

COURAGEOUSLY CHASING LIONS

His thought comes from 2 Samuel 23:20-23. Benaniah’s life is summed up in three scriptures. These three scriptures tell us enough to know that He was courageous. He didn’t run, but chased a Lion!

I love the idea of chasing lions, because it’s scary, a bit crazy, and for sure uncomfortable. I think it is safe to say, chasing lions is way out of all our comfort zones. Right? However, as I look back on my life, some of my biggest regrets are the things I ran from because I didn’t have enough courage. This story and Batterson’s thoughts on chasing Lions really spoke to me, which is why I am sharing it with you! 

A bit from his book, GUTSINESS AND GODLINESS

This may not sound very academic, but I believe that one of the most under-appreciated dimensions of spiritual maturity is good old-fashioned guts. Gutsiness, which manifests in different ways, is a big part of following Christ. It’s challenging the status quo. Daring to be different. Refusing to play things safe. Think about it: no one was more gutsy than Jesus. He wasn’t afraid of offending powerful religious leaders. He defied social mores by reaching out to touch lepers-some of society’s  most reviled outcasts-and restored their dignity. Unconcerned about His reputation, He boldly befriended and defended prostitutes, tax collectors, and outsiders who came to Him looking for a new life.

 

It takes courage to step out in faith. It take courage to say YES to Jesus. The things He places on our hearts and calls us to do are not always easy. Not always comfortable. They require trust. They require great courage!

A Lion-Chaser’s MANIFESTO, by Mark Batterson.

  1. I WILL quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
  2. I WILL quit focusing on self-preservation and be willing to take risks.
  3. I WILL quit trying to be who I’m not and start being myself.
  4. I WILL quit holding out or holding back.
  5. I WILL quit running away.
  6. I WILL burn new bridges and blaze new trails.
  7. I WILL NOT let what’s wrong with me keep me from worshiping what’s right about God.
  8. I WILL go after the dream He’s given me that’s “God-sized” enough to fail without Him.
  9. I WILL stop complaining and find creative ways to become part of the solution.
  10. I WILL step out of my comfort zone and value every experience-even the difficult ones.
  11. I WILL worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.
  12. I WILL follow Him wherever He leads me.

AMAZINGNESS, RIGHT!

Dear friends together let’s live bold lives for ourselves, those closest to us, & mostly for our Savior, Jesus Christ! 

Thinking of you all & praying that God would not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind! 

xoxoxoxo

Missy

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