When pain and frustration hang around like that extra 10 pounds you just can’t get rid of, take heart, that’s why God gave us memes and graphic t-shirts and wooden plaques! Each message filled with soul stinging, truth telling, belly laughing sayings and quotes that help us take one more step.
Here are 5 of my favorites:
I CAN’T ADULT TODAY
Because let’s be real, none of us knew what we were wishing for when we were 15 years old, yearning for the second we would turn 18 and we could be adults and finally make all our own decisions, free of parent tyranny (bwahahaha). Being the “Adult” is not all it’s cracked up to be. Some days you just want to pass the buck to the 5 year old in front of you and let them take the reins for a while.
LET YOUR FAITH BE BIGGER THAN YOUR FEAR
Though you sometimes face your greatest fears, they are never strong enough to overtake you. Knowing who you truly are and believing in that shines light into those dark places that begin to overwhelm us. Put power in what God has given you and faith will always trump fear.
DON’T JUST COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS SHARE THEM
Nobody wants to hear that you need to stop dwelling on your our problems and go serve someone else. I mean, like that’s really going to help me feel better or solve my issues! But you know what? It works. And it freaking works every.single.time. UGH! Here’s the deal though, it’s not about you taking from your lamp the last drop of oil. It’s about seeing that that drop of oil has lasted you days, when it only should have lasted you hours. Recognizing the blessings we have is only a small part. If we are not willing to share them, then we will never see them multiply.
MY GOAL IS TO BUILD A LIFE THAT I DON’T NEED A VACATION FROM
At first I was like, ummm is this even possible?! But the more you think about it the more you realize that everything in your life is experienced by your choice. We can’t control being woken up every hour at night by a newborn. We can’t dictate where a potty training toddler will choose to defecate. Teenagers will always give you gray hairs and yes, everyone on Facebook has lost their mind and is picking a fight with you. However, the choice lies in how you allow all the crap (literal and figurative) to impact your life. So, choose a calm beach life even when you’re standing in the cold rain.
YOU NEVER KNOW HOW STRONG YOU ARE UNTIL BEING STRONG IS THE ONLY CHOICE YOU HAVE
Ever had the rug pulled out from under you and even YOU are amazed that you’re still standing?! I’ve never really understood the comments people make when you’re going through something hard. “I don’t know how you do it.” “Do you know how amazing you are?” “I could never do it.” “I’m so glad it’s you and not me.” “You are so strong!” “You got this, cuz you’re amazing.” I’m sure people don’t really think about things sometimes, they just react even if that reaction is bad or inaccurate. In reality, everyone is strong! If it were your child diagnosed with a serious health condition or your marriage falling apart or your job that just slipped through your fingers or your dreams that are crashing down around you…YOU WOULD FIGHT! Most of the time we just don’t know the courage and ability is there until we look it in the eye.
*BONUS * PUT YOUR TROUBLES IN A POCKET WITH A WHOLE IN IT
I just want to laugh and sing every time I see this one! It is the poster child for LET IT GO! Troubles, anxieties, self loathing, negative talk and harsh judgments are not worth keeping. Let them go.
Well, there you have it.
Find some inspiration in your moments of weakness and build a life of joy on purpose while still cutting yourself some slack every now and then.