Friday, September 20, 2013

Five Minute Friday: She

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker and hundreds of others. We write for five minutes. All on the same prompt. No extreme editing. No worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

This weeks prompt: She

she believed she could so she did art work
via Pinterest
Yesterday I was searching for some inspiring images and quotes on Pinterest and this image was one of the search results. I can't seem to shake the quote. I have seen this saying numerous times, but it has renewed my confidence in myself. I have been battling against insecurities the past few weeks. I have a lot on my plate right now. I want to give up. Dump my plate, curl up in bed, and hibernate for the next two years. As relaxing and refreshing as that sounds I know it is unrealistic. I keep moving forward.

I encourage others, I care for others, and through it all I'm waiting to believe my own words. I believe I can reach the goals I have set for myself. I believe these God-sized dreams are in fact from God and I continue trusting my steps to follow Him. My heart is believing, my mind is hesitant to join.

she is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. proverbs 31:25
via Pinterest

I don't want to end my days saying, "I believed I could, but I didn't." I want to embrace my identity as God's precious daughter. I am trying to cling to His promises and love for me. Because if I did dump my plate and give up on trying He would still love me.

I am living my life to show my children that He loves us. God loves you! He smiles for you. He takes great delight in you. Not in the things you do, but in YOU!

I want my children to remember the things I have done and will do in this life. I want them to remember Christmas traditions and serving others. Mostly I want them to remember my love for God and for them. So I believe I can and I do.

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.


  1. So proud of you my friend. You are an amazing woman and I'm thankful God gave us our friendship. Go live your life!!

  2. Girl, you knock my socks off. I can relate on so many levels, and then I think: yeah, but Andi has 5 KIDS. AND she HOMESCHOOLS them! My life is cake. ;) You've got this, girl. Those God sized dreams are gonna make it. And so are you. {Hugs} to you!

  3. I too have been fighting the desire to quit. I told my husband today that I wanted to hide in a cave for just a week or two and then start over. But now I realize that we all got this. He has called us to these dreams so He will provide. Sending cyber {{{HUGS}}} your way and a few words of prayer.

  4. I am so there with you, Andi. Hibernate in a hole and curl up in a ball...sounds like exactly what I want to do. But you're right, God has given me some dreams that I need to pursue and believe are well within His capable hands.

  5. He gives us these dreams, all we have to do is give them right back and watch His beautiful work!

  6. Amy, thank you for your hugs and prayers! I'm so glad to have you as a friend!

  7. Marcy, you are beautiful and a wonderful encouragement! Thank you for your support!

  8. Having you by my side makes hard days a little easier. xoxo


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