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Take Care

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One of the goals I accomplished last year, was to read a meditation every day from a book called, The Language of Letting Go, by Melody Beattie. It was a great help to me and I highly recommend it.

This week, my mom reminded me of one of the most profound pages:

“Rest when you’re tired.

Take a drink of cold water when you’re thirsty.

Call a friend when you’re lonely.

Ask God to help when you feel overwhelmed.

Many of us have learned how to deprive and neglect ourselves.  Many of us have learned to push ourselves hard, when the problem is that we’re already pushed too hard.  Many of us are afraid the work won’t get done if we rest when we’re tired.  The work will get done; it will be done better than work that emerges from tiredness of soul and spirit. Nurtured, nourished people, who love themselves and care for themselves, are the delight of the Universe.  They are well-timed, efficient, and Divinely led.

Today, I will practice loving self-care.

I am practicing taking better care of myself…I hope you will have success in being good to yourself now and in the days and years to come.  If you can learn it now, your family will be so much better off!!!

 

Love always,

Jacque

You Are A Gift

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A new book from Lioness, just for the young Lioness in your life!

This is mostly a picture book, with instructions on how to write and use declarations as a wellness tool.

Wouldn’t you love to have known how to write declarations for yourself when you were 16?

What declarations are you writing for your benefit now?

If you are interested in having one of these books let me know!

Love,

Jacque

“I am training my mind. I think in positives.  I believe in miracles.”

What Is

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Do you ever recognize ingratitude, or brattiness in yourself?  Ha!  I do!

It’s usually when I’m feeling slighted, like something (and maybe even a very big something) has gone wrong and I realize that I can’t call back the time and fix everything for myself or for anyone else, and frustration is looming!

And then I may have a good cry and let all of that frustration out in a questioning prayer to God, who I believe is willing to listen, even if I’m ranting or confused or sad. And somewhere in my tears and talking I feel peace and perspective beginning to distill on my heart.  And sometimes, I see in my mind’s eye, some of the people who have faced far greater challenges than I have.

All those who have never had the opportunities that I have had.  Who have never walked or ridden a bike.  Or those who remain childless or have suffered through war and famine, or those that have left us too soon.

And I begin to see how narrow my perspective has been.  How my feeling entitled to some quality of life or to some outcome has colored my vision.  And those people I envision, who have dealt with far more difficult challenges, look at me with the wisdom they gained from taking life and it’s limitations head-on.  And I can feel the strength they gained from accepting what is.  And how many of them made the most of every day.  And enjoyed the simple pleasures of living as they were able.

What a humbling vision.

Thank heaven for all of the good souls who have gone before us, and those who are standing beside us, who have and are doing their best to live happy lives in the midst of accepting, the sometimes painful and difficult realities of life in this world.

Heaven help us all to live as fully as we can, with enthusiasm for our opportunities and gratitude for our  blessings! And may the lens of entitlement and ingratitude get smashed under our feet!

I pray, for myself and for you!

Love,

Jacque

 

 

You’re Not Alone

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It seems to me that one of the most, if not the most, discouraging “fiery dart” is the thought and then consequent feeling that you are experiencing life alone.  That you are isolated for one of a million reasons and that leaves you wondering if anyone has ever felt as disconnected as you feel at times.

Sometimes it’s the sense that everyone else knows what is happening in a conversation or in the world for that matter, but you.  Sometimes it’s the weird zone of going to a gathering and feeling ignored.  Oh, feeling invisible is horrible.  On the other hand, being the center of attention for something you don’t want to get any attention for isn’t fun either.

Do you ever wonder how other people’s children seem to be so obedient and helpful and why you have to ask multiple times before you get your children’s attention and help?

Or does it seem that your friend’s spouses are helpful and supportive and you wonder if your spouse knows how much you need them and are missing their attention and support?

Whatever the reason you may have felt “out of it” or less than or somehow inferior to others you know, I want to reassure you that you are not alone.

We are ALL striving and wondering and at times feeling sad and at times rejoicing.  We are all riding through the ebb and flow of life, sometimes feeling tossed in the air with no handhold, and sometimes in the middle of white, rapid water and occasionally we are riding on a the smooth, glossy green surface of a serene pool, with the sun on our faces and feeling relief for a season.

I am you and you are me.  We are so much alike, frail and fragile while also strong and extremely resilient!

Please know you’re not alone.  We’re all just doing the best we can with the  knowledge we have now.  And no one is better or lives an enchanted life.  Just different challenges at different times that have different names.

Know I’m sending out my love to you today.  I love knowing that I am not the only one living here.  You are with me and I am with you.

Sincerely,

Jacque

“I like myself, I love myself and I forgive myself.  I am never alone.  I am loved and valued.  I am not better or worse than anyone else.  My needs are important.  I am worthy of having them met. I am not in competition with any of my sisters.  We are all human and doing our best.  I cannot see all of the challenges of others, just as they cannot see mine.  My heart goes out to all of God’s children.”

 

7 Steps Seminar Coming!

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To those of you who have attended the Lioness at the Door 7 Steps to Family Wellness, seven-month seminar, may I ask a favor of you?

Would you think for a bit about the most important take away you had from your experience in seminar and share it in a comment here?

God willing, we will start the 2017 series this month and I’d love for those who are thinking about registering, to hear your favorite or most life-changing lessons.

Our 2016 groups were stellar and I love all of you!

Here is a sneak peek at what you will find in the 7 Steps Workbook:

“Now, if you’re a champion at hearing negatives, believing negatives, and feeling crippled and then paralyzed by negatives, you will have to understand that this process of learning to take control of your mind, or rather to redirect it over and over until the negative default habit is curbed,will actually make chemical changes in your body and you may encounter resistance to this new way of thinking.  Not to mention that since you have believed these untruths for so long, the truth may sound downright fake and utterly wrong!  That is, of course, more nonsense!  We are God’s children, full of promise and infinite value possessing the power to choose and to learn from our experiences.  It follows then that to progress, to move forward, we have to become our own best advocate, hear the blatant lies we have believed, and proverbially kick them to the curb!  We are Lionesses!  We are family leaders!  This is the battle to fight; the interior battle for peace within. Then we can begin to tackle other problems in our personal and family terrain.”

No more being victimized by negative thoughts. No more!”

That is a good reminder for me today. I hope it is good food for thought for you too.

If you know of someone who would thrive in seminar, please spread the word! I look forward to another growing year with another great group!

Jacque