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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (15) and Angelee (12) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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06 May 2015

Go on ... give yourself a hug ;0)

I don't know about you, but for me one of the giants that I tackle every now and then is self-doubt. Its that inner wrestle of how I could have or should have handled certain moments better than I did. Or the inner chiding that I should be doing more than what I am already doing ... or sometimes rather the fear that maybe I am not the best person for the job that has been given to me. Camp long enough in that headspace and you can really start to feel down. I was having one of those melancholy moments yesterday when the gem-of-a-husband that I have gave me a 2 minute pep talk and a big hug and all of a sudden the dark cloud above my head began to clear. Encouraging words and a heartfelt hug always bring hope and perspective back to the heart.

As I was mulling over my feelings from yesterday I just had it on my heart to encourage you today. When is the last time you took a moment to appreciate and accept the gift that God made you to be? It sounds a funny thing to say, but how many of us really go there? It's so much easier to acknowledge the gifts in others than it is to see them in ourselves. It's always easier to see how much more we need to grow than it is to stop, acknowledge and embrace where we are right now on our journey. Im only sharing with you what I am reminding myself of today. Through my wrestling with God, He reminded me that He ALWAYS graces us for what we have to deal with. He equips us with everything we will ever need to thrive in who we are called to be and what we are called to do. Isn't that a comfort when we are finding relationships, parenting or difficult situations tough and self-doubt rises up to tell us otherwise. I loose sight of that sometimes when fear or frustration rises up. But this morning as I drove in traffic I made myself say out loud to myself that I accept myself because He accepts me. In fact I choose to celebrate in who He sees I am and what He tells me that I am capable of. This isn't  out of pride, but from a place of knowing that I am hidden in Him and that He is committed to the journey of growth as I yield to Him and there is joy in embracing and enjoying the process. Just because I don't get it all right every time doesn't mean that I should loose my confidence. After that little pep talk in the car I kind of felt like I had given my own heart a tender hug ... so now it's your turn. Go on ... give yourself a hug. There is grace for the day and season that you find yourself in. As you embrace and accept how God sees you, there comes a peace and ease in the path you walk.

Much love xxx

Janine  

  

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