When You Have Nothing Left, Remember You Have Him

When You Have Nothing Left, Remember You Have Him

What to do when you just can't deal anymore.
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Do you ever feel like you just have nothing left? Nothing to give, nothing to say, maybe even nothing to even live for?

I feel like this a lot. It's like life keeps throwing curve balls, and you are ready to give up completely because there is literally nothing left. Between work, trying to make time for friends and family, eating, and sleeping, I sometimes get overwhelmed and just plain exhausted. Maybe it's just me, but I think God makes us feel like we have nothing left to make us realize that we always have Him left.

"To truly give is to give all you have, even when you have nothing left to give." -Enson Inoue

When I was younger, I used to hate shopping. Every year my mom, aunt, grandmother, and all of the kids would go "back to school" shopping. Most girls my age loved going shopping, but I was so discouraged because I had to try on all of my clothes to make sure that they fit. When I was 12, I wanted to be like every other girl my age and grab a size small shirt off the rack and go on with my life. But that wasn't possible for me. So year after year, we would make the dreaded trip. And my family loves to shop. So what did we do? We went to every single store you could possibly think of, and sometimes the same store at two different locations (just incase one store carried something that the other store didn't have in stock). I remember thinking after about the fourth store of the day thinking, "I cannot go into another store. I have nothing left." I had no energy, and definitely no drive to even be there. Now I look back and realize how selfish I was being. I was seriously complaining about having to try on clothes when there are kids all around the world who have never owned a brand new piece of clothing in their life. How in the world did I think I had nothing left to give when God was showing me how many blessings I had all around me?

I am a people pleaser. I get so busy trying to make sure everyone else around me is satisfied with their life, I don't really focus on mine. Recently, I worked an event that allowed me to have some much needed talk time with God. He had to remind me that I need to worry about my happiness before I can work on other people's. I never really slow down. None of my friends ever slow down, we just want to make sure that we are living a fun life. I had to remind myself that living a good life is better than living a fun life. If I live a good life for the Lord, then it will be fun along the way.

I guess what I am trying to say is that when you have nothing left to give, give yourself rest. Only God is capable of not resting, and He still did it anyway (probably to demonstrate to us how important it is). Rest is a four letter word that is worth saying, doing, and pursuing often in order to live a reparable life. I always try to get everything done, and I think it's because I am afraid to fail. I need to remember to slow down and marvel in His greatness. I don't need to keep running on empty, but ask God to refresh me so that I can better serve Him.

When you have nothing left but God, you become aware that He is enough.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

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After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

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Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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