For seven weeks we were told that Samuel"s life was in grave danger. For seven weeks we were told very little of hope and mostly of the high probability of death in utero or soon thereafter birth. There were statistics thrown around about male premie vs. female premie outcomes, white premie vs. black premie outcomes, and pprom morbidity by weeks. Our son (although we didn't know he was a boy until birth) was part of the very low (like 15%) range of likeliness to survive. It was a lot to listen to every single day, to soak in, sit with, lay with, sleep with and fight against. It was likely the longest 7 weeks of the whole experience and through every piece of bad news i felt my heart try to grow cold. My humanity and the enemy tried and pushed and blanketed me with the desire to harden my heart. So when he was born, when he survived those 7 weeks without the water to grow and develop and breathe, after he was successfully intubated, I could slowly feel my heart soften from the potential stone to that of flesh again. It was God's promise to our hearts, come to fruition. "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Ezekial 36:26 //
I have been working on the next samuel series blog post about the first time I held our 2lb son and how that moment was a part of the softenimg that God did for the hardness of heart I felt building within me. That exchange that he offered and gave to me is also here for you, today. Right now, even. Will you recieve it? Double tap and comment "YES, YES, YES" if you will!
Please be on the lookout for that blog post, because I have the video to go with it!
#tb to the day I’ve never been more proud of myself💪I remember feeling like I had conquered the world. It was the first time I pushed myself beyond my boundaries and actually achieved the goal.
We are all capable of amazing things if we adopt positive choices and good habits daily💞
P.S. Thank you to everyone for the all love on my blog post.
I’m going to be posting general self-work tips, insights etc every Tuesday and instead of posting everyday on my Self-love journey I’m going to be doing a weekly update every Friday!
This question is a HUGE one and your answer to it will predict the success and happiness of your relationships. So what is the difference between a contract and covenant relationship? Simply put, a contract is behavior based, like your job. If you promise to do and continue this behavior, you will receive "this" in return and the contract will remain valid. You break this agreement in any way and the contract can be terminated. Whereas a covenant is an agreement based on a promise. That "this" will happen no matter what circumstances take place. Contracts value behavior over the promise and covenants value the promise over the behavior. Now what does all this mean? There are two relationships in our lives that are covenants: marriage and parent/child. Never do you hear a parent say: "Wow Mary you spilled the milk all over the place again! I've warned you about this before and this is the last straw. Give me back the last name, you're out of the family!" It sounds ridiculous. That's because it's a covenant and no matter what happens, there is a promise there of "At the end of the day, I'll always love you". The problem here is that these days so many treat their relationships like contracts and not covenants. You failed to do this action, make me happy this day or do this one thing perfectly so it's over! This not only takes away the stability that a relationship should provide but it completley destroys all opportunities for real connection. When both parties are too scared to be honest with how they feel or what they want out of fear of violating their contract there can never be true intimacy. They will never get to know eachother. However, when there is that promise there that "At the end of the day, I'll always love you" people will feel much more relaxed and comfortable to be themselves. So evaluate the relationships you're in and how you're handling them. Are you and your partner under contract or bound by love? (This in no way is suggesting an overlooking of unhealthy situations. Any type of abuse is not acceptable under any circumstances)
Post inspired by @jeffersonbethke
💕💕💕 hanging with my girl @danigreenfield .. we caught the tail end of the #womanmarchnyc where we randomly bumped into Bruce @handcraftedbybruce loved watching them hug .. joy and happiness ♥️ Dani and I were coming back from just seeing @amyschumer @meteorshowerbwy written by @stevemartintg .. awesome .. #amyschumer hysterical .. all about relationship and the vulnerability of marriage .. and a couple working in their relationship feelings . what does it take for the coupl s repressed feelings to come out? Love this line from show “ if you don’t deal with your subconscious it will deal with you “ain’t that the truth. #doyourwork#authenticity#healing#honesty#expeessyourself#speakyourtruth#timesup#instastories
Just experienced a beautiful mantra chanting session at @sanyamalta, with harmonium, guitar and percussions.
Incredible how mantra chanting is a form of meditation and devotion towards our true self that can release so much unblocked energies within us.
Tears of healing were flowing without me knowing why, and then I carried a smile from ear to ear that I couldn't take off, sprinkled with peaceful joyful laughter 😄
Heartfelt gratitude to @amber_riya, @yasmin_degiorgio and Ed @sproutmediamalta for setting up the session, and the great n unique individuals in the group.
#laughter is the #best#medicine ... & it's cheap!