Saturday, May 16, 2015

Playing Catch-up, Part One

I know its been awhile but, I'm back! I am so excited to get back to this whole "blogging thing" and I can't wait to fill y'all in on the last couple of months. :) These are posts about past events that I am finally getting around to typing out and posting. :)

November...30 Days Of Thankfulness, Day 30!

Sleep.

Sleep is something I think we tend to take for granted. Its one of those things we need so badly but typically don't realize how important it is. My mom has told me MANY times how IMPORTANT sleep is for our health!

I never gave sleep much thought until just a couple of years ago. I have epilepsy (a medical term for, a seizure disorder) and one of the triggers is fatigue/sleep deprivation, so in other words I need a lot of sleep!

Quick story: Awhile back my medicine quite working right, so, I went to the doctor and they started to up my dose. Everything was getting better except for my sleep, one second I was fine, jumping-off-the-walls, being productive, totally happy and the next I felt like crying... and some days I did. During that time I realized how IMPORTANT sleep is and I was reminded how GREAT God is!

Jesus got me through that hard time in my life, He reminded me that He ALWAYS has a plan. He reminded me that He will ALWAYS be with me and He will ALWAYS keep me safe. Through that whole time I did not have a seizure!

Also, I would like to tell y'all another short story about an amazing lady with the sweetest heart. My mom walked in the living room one day, I was laying on the couch and she handed me an index card with two verses on it. At the time I thought the verses were from her, it wasn't until just a couple of months ago that I found out that those two verses that had helped me SO much were from someone I have NEVER met before. When my mom told me that, it made my heart SO happy! Knowing that someone cared enough to send these verses to my mom to give to me was just so amazing! I am so Thankful and grateful for her and those two little verse she sent me, that helped me so much.

Psalm 4:8~ I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 3:24~ When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Thank You, Jesus for the gift of sleep!

Today Is A Beautiful Day...

It's the day my dad was born! Happy Birthday to the man that wipes my tears, holds my hand, supports, encourages, lifts me up, helps me, laughs with me, holds me when I cry, to the man that is always willing to listen, give advice, trust me and most importantly to the man that leads me closer to Christ.

God has blessed me abundantly with an amazing dad!

He gave me someone who I could trust with anything, someone I could turn to for help, someone who would ALWAYS be there for me no matter what.

My dad has helped me get through all of the trials, all of the messed up stuff, all of the tears and all of the anger that I've had. He always tries to understand! He probably has no idea how much that means to me. My dad and I fit together perfectly! God knew that we would work great together. He knew that we would need each other to get through life, that we would go through hard things and that we would need each other to get through those times in our lives. God knew that we would drive each other nuts, that we would sometimes butt heads, that our relationship would have rough times, but we are both fighters and we will fight through anything that tries to come between us and our relationship.

My dad is someone who is sweet, kind, loving, hard-working, funny, totally weird, AMAZING, he is someone who has got me through a lot, he has taught me so much about life and about Jesus. The most important thing for any father to be is a believer in Jesus Christ! And I am so blessed to have a daddy that loves Jesus and strives to lead us closer to Christ!

My dad and I are best friends! He and I talk like best friends, about stuff that doesn't really matter and about really important stuff, we act like crazy people and we have fun!

I'm not going to lie and say my dad is perfect. He's not, he makes mistakes, he does things that he shouldn't, but he doesn't try to hide those mistakes, he doesn't try to pretend that he didn't do something.

He's the best and I get the privilege of calling him my dad.

Happy Birthday Daddy! I hope all of your wishes come true!!

(Disclaimer: His birthday was in December.)

xoxo,
Bayley

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A Letter To My Mom On Mommie's Day

Dear Mom,

Thank you.

Thank you for the sacrifices you make on a daily basis. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for choosing to be our Mom. Thank you for being there, through thick and thin. Thank you for being brave and standing strong. Thank you for caring for us and encouraging us and NEVER giving up on us. Thank you for listening. Thank you for showing me how to love. Thank you for teaching me. Most of all, thank you for leading me to Jesus.

Mom, I love you more then anything! You are truly one of my BEST friends. You teach me something new everyday, you show me things I never would have seen without you. You let me in, you let me be the person that I am and there are no words to describe what that means to me.

You are human and you don't try to hide your mistakes. You show me that though we do make mistakes, we have to repent, learn from them and move on. You show me that there is a way to be imperfect and yet, beautiful.

You have given grace upon grace!

You take every opportunity to show the love of Jesus. You lead me closer to Him. You help me learn more about God, you teach me more about Him. Every time I need advice. Every time I need help seeing the good in the situation. Every time I need to see Jesus in the situation and I turn to you, you are there to show me, to lead me, to encourage me and remind me of the things that are important, the things that are "God things".

I'm not going to lie and say that your perfect, I know you're not. I know you're human, just like the rest of us. I know you make mistakes, I know you mess up, I know you are not everything you want to be but you're you and that's what makes you beautiful. You are beautifully imperfect.

Mom, you have helped me understand when I'm confused. You've put trust in me when I haven't trusted myself, you have given me the courage to trust myself and others. You have calmed me, you have given hugs, you have prayed with me and for me behind closed doors. You helped me through the worst time in my life, you helped me pick up the pieces, you helped me become whole again. You helped put a broken girl back together.

You have been instrumental in shaping me into the person that I am today, for that {and so many other things} I am Grateful and Thankful!

YOU are my hero! I love YOU! And I'm so Thankful God gave me you!

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