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Reflection....an honest view of myself

I'm learning...painfully slowly sometimes, what lessons God wants for me to learn. Sometimes as people go through the different scenarios and situations in life, the common practice is to find fault or flaws either in someone else or in the circumstances themselves. It is easier to blame your hardships on outside influences rather then owning up to the things that you may have attributed to the situation. In speaking with a beautiful friend of mine this morning, I realized I had some owning up to do. It's wonderful to have great friends to speak with, and I would encourage you not to isolate yourself from friends if you are going through some significant time or hardship in your life. Iron sharpens iron and we must not only lift each other up, but also be truthful with one another. In my conversation with my dear friend, we were discussing how we both would like to be in a different place financially, and how God has given us talents and gifts to help us be that Proverbs 31 wife; offering help to our husbands in providing for our families. Then during our gripes my friend said Reyna you never finish what you start. My immediate reaction to that was uh huh or yes I do, but then I looked around my crowded craft/school room to see some of the evidence of projects un-finished. Take this blog for instance. Blogging for me was to be a creative outlet, one where I could share with and encourage my readers, but I often find myself thinking about a post, making a note of it in my phone and then never actually sitting down to write it. Or we can take my conquest for better health as an example. My cabinets are full of chia seeds, almond flour, quinoa, and every other "health food" imaginable, but I never take the time to venture out and try those healthy recipes I was so passionate about a few months ago; when I dragged my poor husband an hour away to Whole Foods to buy them. Needless to say my craft room is full of beads and half made jewelry- an attempt to start my own jewelry line, soap making supplies, and un-finished wall art I was creating. I have to admit, I am the queen of not finishing what I start. I have to be fair to myself though; homeschooling and working part-time did not allow for a lot of spare time to finish some of the projects I loved. When you begin to trickle it down into your thinking however it becomes a problem. Honestly, I started believing I was a failure. Failing in some other areas of my life and using the fact that some things don't work out as an excuse to give up. Believing myself to be a failure is a lie from the pit of hell, but I did understand that I gave up too easily when things got hard or became too involved to keep working on. I would start out something full steam ahead and then fizzle out after a few days. This is something I am truly praying that God helps me to overcome. I would like to encourage you today, as my friend encouraged me. If you are anything like me, and all the unfinished business of life is starting to weigh you down, make an extra effort to finish something you've started. Begin slow. Maybe it's the half read book that's been sitting on your nightstand collecting dust for the past 3 months, or the gardening supplies you brought to start growing your own vegetables but never got around to doing it. Whatever it is, pick a task and finish it. This week my goal is to finish a necklace and earring set I was excited to make. I'll keep you posted on how it goes!

Happy Finishes and Many Blessings,
Reyna

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