My mission is to provide you with inspiration and encouragement to live everyday to it's fullest. I do this by sharing the simple things in life such as recipes to the most difficult of things such a life. We all know life is a struggle and many days a balancing act, but I am here to inspire you to do it well. Everything I write about is designed to inspire as well as encourage you to be a "better" you that you can be. Everything I share is raw and real. I do not cover up or sugar coat what I write about. This would benefit no one. My goal is for you to walk away feeling uplifted and encouraged after leaving my page. Lastly, I am here to remind you that you are… enough and beautiful… just the way you are.
Author: Heidi Benson
I am a wife, mom, and daughter. I served in the United States Army, went to college, received a Batchelor's Degree in Criminology, homeschooled my daughter every year from start to finish, and now I am currently a daycare teacher's aide (soon to be a two-year-old teacher coming this fall).
I married my husband when he was in the United States Army so I have the unique knowledge of what it is like to be on both sides of a Military uniform.
While we were stationed in Germany, my daughter, who is 24 years old now, was born and I made the difficult decision to put my career on hold to be her mom.
The past 20 years have been wrought with many struggles but as a result of those struggles, this blog was created.
As the years passed and the struggle kept coming, I would say, "I'm not sure why we have to go through all of this, but if we have to then it is my desire to allow my story to serve as a means of encouragement to others so all this pain isn't for nothing."
The years passed and the struggles did not. However, I feel now is the time God wants me to share these stories of hardships with the hopes they provide encouragement to you if you are struggling in the same way. It is my prayer they will serve as a healing opportunity for you.
I want you to know you are not alone. There are others who know where you are and what you are feeling.
Cling to the hope this won't last forever and that God is standing beside you while He holds you up and dries your tears. He is showing you the way, you just need to follow Him.
Big Hugs, Heidi
It is my hope and my prayer this evening, if you are discouraged and you are feeling beat up and alone, that you know you are not.
There are people who care and more importantly, there is “One” who has never walked away or turned His back on you.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV
This is a promise God has given to each and everyone of us. He wants us to be encouraged and know,
“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.”
Psalm 56:3 KJV
Close your eyes sweet friend and pour your heart out to Him, who loves you. He knows your pain, worry, concern, fear, and frustrations. He is the One who is drying the tears from your face and holding you in His arms.
Rest tonight knowing no matter what tomorrow brings, He already knows and is preparing you for it as you sleep.
Close your eyes and allow God to bless you with the rest your mind, body, and soul needs while you sleep.
Rest knowing He is preparing you for the week that lays ahead.
It has been a while since I have posted anything, but I wanted you to know I am still here.
Life has become crazy busy on this end. My job has me at work more than I am at home.
My days are by far longer than my nights, but that is okay.
I have been offered an opportunity to shift gears in my work environment and in the new school year I will become the new lead teacher of a two year old class at our school’s daycare.
This is exciting for me as I will have the opportunity to take 5 of the children I have been playing with for a long time now with me and will be able to teach them and play with them in my own class.
This change makes me so very happy.
So, as we close out one school year and just ride the summer waves until a new year, I am in the background planning and preparing for my new school year.
How funny is it that the plans we think are ours, end up only being truly mapped out by God and His plans.
I had no idea when I started working where I do that this job would have ever lead me here to this wonderful opportunity.
Has this happened to you in your own life? You discovered in your plans really weren’t yours in the end, but what they became was something more than you could have ever hoped for?
With all of these changes in my life getting ready to take place, you may start to see a shift in my topic choices as I would love to share this new adventure with you, my faithful friends and followers.
I will always tie my subject matter or topics back to the theme of this blog, but as my journey in life continues to take it’s twists and turns I would like to continue to write about them here as well.
Maybe one day when I find the time, I will do a summary post about where I started when I began this blog and where I am today.
It would be interesting to see how God has orchestrated every road I have wandered down and how those roads have lead me to the one I am on now.
I hope you all have a wonderful day and are able to close out the week tomorrow on a high note.
Until I come back, know each and everyone who is still here with me are appreciated and that I am sending out hugs to all of you.
Merry Christmas to everyone who is on Christmas vacation and Christmas break.
It is my sincere and heartfelt message that you are able to make some precious memories and spend some quality time together.
Take the time to rest and watch Christmas movies together.
Take the time to fill your home with the sweet aroma of home baked Christmas cookies together.
Take the time to build a uniquely “your own” gingerbread house together.
If you live where it snows, take some time to play in the snow together. Make a snow angel family, go sliding, or make a snowman and then enjoy some creamy hot chocolate afterwards.
Take some time to sit in front of the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree or the warmth and sparkle of a fire in a fireplace to reconnect with the relationships you have missed or have been struggling with.
The time you spend and the memories you make will be the best present you can give to each other this year or any year.
To those who are not on vacation and are struggling, whether it is with grief, loneliness, discouragement, frustration, anger, or PTSD, know you are not alone. I see you.
For many, it is hard to see the joy the holiday season brings, but if this is you, I want you to know you are not alone.
It is my prayer God will soften the pain you feel and will provide you with a peace to see the sparkle of joy this season whether it is through a song that will touch your heart or the twinkling of Christmas lights you may see in the passing of your day.
It is also my prayer this verse will touch your heart and provide you with the comfort and peace you didn’t know was possible to feel again.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16 NIV
God wants us to remember that He sent His Son to give us the assurance there is better to come.
We don’t need to be hopeless or discouraged because no matter how bad life may seem right now, there is better to come.
Take some time in the week to come to seek God and receive His gift of grace, peace, and comfort.
Big hugs to those who are struggling and suffering today and big hugs to those who are celebrating the season with those who have embraced them.
I wanted to remind you there is power and strength in “hope”.
I recently realized the strength, power, and encouragement in the words grace, mercy, and faith, but hope tends to be neglected.
I recently felt God nudging me to share this story with you since He rejuvenated us with the power and strength of “hope”.
My daughter has struggled with a health condition that she was born with. It took me years to get the doctors to listen to me to get her the treatment she needed to live a relatively “normal” life, but it was not easy. It took the power of determination and perseverance to get her a treatment plan that worked for her.
Unfortunately, something changed this past January and her condition took a turn for the worse. She called me on my way home from work with fear in her voice that something was wrong and this is not something she does.
With all of her medical conditions, fear is never something she displays because she has a strength that only God created in her to gracefully deal with everything she battles.
So I took her concern seriously. I took it so seriously that I had her contact her primary care doctor who referred her to a specialist, who was not able to see her in a reasonable amount of time, so off to the emergency room we went.
The emergency room was not able to offer her any assistance and referred her back to the specialist.
This was when the waiting “game” began. As the months passed her problem did not go away, but her faith began to waver during this trial.
The pain began to overshadow her faith because no one was helping her.
She went through two appointments that were a waste of time. She was not able to get a new diagnosis or treatment plan, instead she was told she needed to wait an additional six more months. This was a very discouraging and defeated day for her.
This past October was when she finally got another appointment because I got tired of seeing her suffer in pain and began fighting for her, yet but again.
Do not underestimate the power of a mother when she fights for her children.
She was thankful, but yet nervous and apprehensive to go to it, as every appointment before now ended in great disappointment.
I wasn’t able to attend this appointment with her due to Covid 19 restrictions, so all I could do was pray for her and the doctor she would be seeing and be available for a face time call if they needed to talk to me so she went to her appointment alone and called me after it with a very upbeat voice on the other end.
God answered my agonizing prayers because she had a great appointment with a doctor who finally took her new condition seriously. He did not need her to go back to the very beginning of this problem because he had already done his homework and research.
My friends, he gave her hope. He gave her a new treatment plan and this plan will include a new diagnosis of what has changed as well as a new plan with the hope to give her a life without pain again.
Do not underestimate the strength of “hope”.
God truly was in control over this appointment. She has help now and for this I am excited to the point of tears.
We learned a valuable lesson in how hope is critical to our existence. When you loose hope, you begin to loose faith. This is what creates hopelessness (which we hear about more often).
Once you loose the strength of “hope” you loose a lot.
Today, I want to call attention to the strength of being hopeful brings and the weight it holds.
Are you struggling with something in your life?
Be encouraged my friend. I am sharing with you the gift of hope.
God sees your pain and your struggle. He has not left you, just like He didn’t leave my daughter. He wants you to feel hope in your situation and be encouraged this hope will replenish the faith you may have lost and may be struggling with now.
My friend, it is my prayer today that you will receive the same peace we received when the strength and power of hope was revived in my daughter’s situation.
I am offering hugs and prayers for those of you who may be experiencing the same struggles in life.
You’ve got this! Hopeis being renewed for you as well!