Focus On What You Can Control

Have you ever wished you could change someone or a situation? I’m sure you have. I know I have, and I know how much it has stressed me out trying to. It took me a long time to realize that it will never work that way. I learned to accept the situation for what it was and realized that the only way I could be at peace with it was to change my reaction. That was the only thing I actually had control over.

Letting go is not an easy thing to do, especially when it involves someone you love so much. Eventually you finally realize that your predicament is not going to change, the only thing you can do is accept it for what is and move on. That may mean learning to live happily without the change you desired, or be willing to change your entire direction as you move forward. Either way, it is not easy. It takes willpower, strength, determination, acceptance, patience, understanding, and an openmind to new possibilities. Most importantly, it takes faith, belief, and trust in God, and an unwaivering love of yourself knowing that God loves you enough and has your back. He knows what you need, and He has a plan to get you there. Trust in His timing, not your own.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” ~ Matthew 7:3-5

Angel Iris in the Clouds

The other day traveling back home from Maryland, I saw my cousin’s baby she had lost at just over 2 months old in the clouds. It was clear as day to me. I saw her perfect head, her little ear and nose profile, and then her folded hands in prayer over her chest, much like in this picture captured before she was taken from us way too early.

About 10 minutes later, I saw the remains of a bad accident and knew why I saw her in the clouds. She was watching over us. It gave me chills! I only wish I had stopped to take a picture, but I was in awe and started praying with her. By the time I thought to take a picture, it was too late. I’ll cherish the memory though, and the peaceful feeling that came over me!

I am Enough

“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you…”

~ Exodus 3:11-12a

When God is with us, we are always enough. We are as strong as we need to be; braver than we think; and loved more than we could ever imagine. God never promised us that life would be perfect, or that we wouldn’t face trials and tribulations. He did promise us that He would always be with us. In fact, accepting Jesus as our Savior allows the Holy Spirit to live within us. The Holy Spirit continues to lead me day after day strengthening my beliefs and my relationship with God. I am able to recognize His Signs and hear his soft voice reinforcing my beliefs that I am enough. I am strong enough, and I am brave enough to face whatever life throws my way because I know God is always with me!

“Do you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Do You Need a Sign from God?

This could be just the sign you need. This book itself was a Sign from God. We all receive signs from God differently. He speaks to us differently as well. Some may receive hearts, crosses, feathers, pennies, dimes, and some even hear his soft voice in their head. This book includes many true testimonies and signs from God and loved ones and might just be the sign you need today to know you are not alone.

About the book:

Listening to God’s soft quiet voice has led this mother and daughter team on an ultimate journey of documenting ‘Signs from God’ and sharing the true testimony of a miraculous healing Arlene experienced after suffering five long years with a nervous breakdown. It is a story of faith that speaks so profoundly you will clearly recognize that God is in control. He led Sharon on the journey of documenting the signs from God she and her mother have personally received. While documenting these signs, that inner voice was relentless. Sharon felt the nudge from God to reach out to their community as well in hopes of receiving signs from others that may have had similar experiences. Without hesitation she composed her Facebook post. Once the message was out there for all to see, stories immediately started flowing that were willingly shared on the day God spoke to her. It was then that she and her mother sat back, took a deep breath, and said, “The rest is up to you, God.”

Excerpt from Signs from God:

“God’s presence has always been a part of my life. Sometimes it’s stronger than others, sometimes I have periods of doubt. When I was an adolescent, my mother battled with a nervous breakdown for nearly five years. She was in and out of hospitals and experienced so much pain and torment that I could not help but wonder why. Why would God put her through such a traumatic experience? She was a good person, a great mother, a loyal friend that would do anything for anyone . . . I could go on and on, so why her? She firmly believed in God, yet five long years passed before her miraculous healing took place.”

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“I have greatly enjoyed reading ‘Signs From God’ by Sharon Shabinaw and Arlene Garrett. It has definitely blessed me with peace and reassurance that God is definitely real just as I have always believed and known. I too have had my personal experiences with God and can relate to many of the real life experiences that so many individuals share in this book. I recommend this book for all those that are tempted to think that God does not hear their prayers and doesn’t listen to prayers anymore. God always listens to prayers and he always answers the prayers of those that love him truly and have a sincere heart. Sometimes he may not answer when we want or give us exactly what we want and he has his perfect reasons. Everything is for our own good. God bless you Sharon and Arlene for writing such an inspiring book and praising God as well as blessing others with the experiences shared in this book!”

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Look At Me Now

6 years ago, life was pretty darn stressful. I was married and struggling with so many emotions; dealing with health issues in the family; and so much stress from my job. That stress built, exploded, and then changed my life in so many ways.

Ever since then I’ve been an open book and not afraid to be vulnerable. In fact, I’ve written two books about the many experiences I’ve had (Signs from God; Break Down Your Walls) that are available on Amazon. Search them, and my name, and they will show up. My dream in life is to help as many people as I can deal with their stress.

After my heart attack in 2016, that’s where my life started to change big time. I learned how to deal with my stress. It was during my recovery period when I was introduced to Young Living essential oils and started diffusing Stress Away and rolling on Peace and Calming. I literally could feel the stress melting off my shoulders. But, I must say, with everything I had been through, that wasn’t enough. I needed to talk things out with a therapist, and I found someone who truly got me. She helped me grow stronger by coming to terms with who I am and what I needed in my life. I share alot of that in my second book, Break Down Your Walls.

As those sessions progressed, I gravitated to all of the emotional oils that Young Living had to offer and O.M.G. were they helping me to release the negative feelings, stay grounded to my God, feel gratitude for what I did have, to be hopeful for my future, and have the courage and confidence to move forward knowing that I am enough.

As the years progressed, I built so many strong life-lasting friendships that have been there for me through all of the changes that took place. Those friendships helped me cope with the struggles I faced during all the moves, separation, divorce, and all the tears. As I began standing on my own and planning for single life, I found my future had unlimited possibilities. I was amazed at finding new love and starting a whole other life. Then moving to Georgia and leaving my family behind, especially after Brian’s terrible accident. Change and separation is hard, and again I had my essential oils and everything I had learned to help get me through.

Today, I am living my best life ever! I’m living in Georgia, right around the corner from my mother – literally a five minute walk! Our new home is everything I had ever wanted in a home, and I get to work remote. My office is across the hall from the man of my dreams and his own office, where he gets to work remote. God had a plan and it’s all coming together. The stress in my life is at a minimum now. My children are all doing well and I’m looking forward to a trip back home the end of the month! I’m now building a new community of Oily Believers here in Georgia and building even more friendships that I know will continue to blossom and grow over the years to come.

When I look back at everything I have learned about toxic living and how much I have grown and improved my health and well-being, it amazes me. Young Living has taken me to Conventions, to their Lavender Farm in Utah, to weekend retreats, workshops, happy hours, make-n-takes, and many team building events and personal growth opportunities. I’ve learned to recognize my triggers, calm my stress, and support every system in my body with these precious bottles of oils that God gave us! Plus, I’ve been able to build a business, my own business! I’ve been able to build a bank account that allows me to pay for all of my oils and products through the business and so much more. I can’t say I’ve quickly grown my business, because life does get in the way sometimes and I’ve had some challenging years.

The past year has been rough for many people and businesses as a result of the distance forced upon us. Change can be hard, and as we begin to move forward again, I am so excited over the changes that Young Living is making. Their new website and leadership are proving to be just what we all needed and I feel like it is all coming together at just the perfect time and I’m so excited to see where this next year takes us.

As the momentum is picking back up and Fall is upon us. It’s like the perfect storm, and now more than ever, we need to gear up and get ready to arm ourselves and our wellness. So, if you are interested in hearing more about this journey I’ve been on; or the oils I’ve been using to help manage my stress and wellness over the years; or shoot, want some guidance in building your own wellness business, I’m here for you! I’m not going anywhere. I love this business and the opportunity it has provided me with and I can’t wait to see just how far it takes me into early retirement with residual income I can count on for the rest of my life and my children’s lives! After all, that’s what us parents want – to always provide a future for our children!

Thought you might like to take a stroll down memory lane with me….and, sorry, but because I spoke about the business I have to share the income disclosure…. But, it’s definitely worth taking a look at it! I’m sure glad I did. Sharing is easy when you love the product!

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Letting Go

Letting go can be one of the hardest things you ever do. When life knocks you on your feet and you are in the midst of trials and tribulations, it is so easy to start doubting and worrying. You often find yourself in such a dark deep pit of fear because you have no power or control over what you are dealing with. It’s then that you truly need to turn to God and release those fears knowing that He alone is in control. He alone can alter an outcome. It may not be what we want and we may never understand His Will, but we have to trust and believe the outcome is what’s best for all concerned. One day we will see the big picture and realize that His plan was best. Some days, if we are lucky, we look back and see some of the puzzle pieces of our lives come together and are so thankful that God was in control. When we can recognize those memories, it gives us peace knowing that He truly is in control.

The next time you feel yourself climbing that mountain of doubt and fear, remember to just let go and let God take control. When you do this, and truly let go, you will feel His peace instantly enter your soul. That deep breathe in after you give it to God is so comforting. You are giving Him the power to work on your behalf. All you have to do is believe, sit back and let God work His Miracles.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

~ Proverbs 3: 5-6

Coming Out The Other Side

Life isn’t always easy. God’s Will is not clear to us all the time, and it’s hard to see through those dark clouds that drift in and out of our lives. Yet, when we believe with our hearts that the sun will shine again and that God has a plan, it’s easier to see through the rain and fog. Like a blizzard, our problems can mount up when the wind blows, but when the sun comes out all of our problems melt away. You just have to believe that the sun will come out again; and when it does, things will be brighter than you ever imagined – just like the sun shining on a fresh snow fall.

All we have to do is listen in the silence to God’s soft voice. Keep our minds and hearts open to how He speaks to us. He speaks to each of us how we need to hear Him, and for each of us it can be different. Follow His lead as His Plan is the best for us. Should you make the wrong turn, He will find another way to get you back on the right path so that you do follow His Will for you.

Some people are strong-willed, and while they know in their heart that what they want is not God’s Will, they follow their own path and find themselves stuck or delayed in receiving all the blessings that God has stored up just waiting for them! Don’t be that person. Be the person God created you to be!

“Anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand” ~ Matthew 7:26

Being Bold

The day of my heart attack is the day I cried out to God that I was not ready to die! I had no voice or strength at that moment, so all I could do was yell in my mind over and over again that I was not ready to die! I will never forget the feeling of sensation that I felt come over my body and then watching the numbers and lines on the EKG monitor start to fade away. I screamed so loud in my head until I wasn’t able to any longer. I was ready to put up a fight but didn’t have the strength, so being Bold was my only option.

Ever since that day, God has challenged me in so many ways and I continue to challenge God as well. My recovery took six months, but my transformation lasted two to three years. The self-development I went through during my recovery period and after literally made me the person I am today.

A couple years after my recovery and as a result of my self-development and personal transformation , I found myself going through a divorce. Something I never thought would happen. God had different plans for me and my life I guess, because I realized how I was being held back. I realized that I am enough and my life matters. More importantly, I learned that I can’t change anyone except myself; and that’s where the transformation began.

“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.” ~ Psalm 138:3

I grew closer to God it seemed every day through my daily devotional time. I began journalling to God daily as well; and I challenged Him to send me signs. Hearts and crosses were something I always looked for or gravitated to. So one day when I was walking in the woods to get away from all the noise in my head, I was looking for some signs from God that I was on the right path when I stumbled upon a heart-shaped rock, or so I thought. I wasn’t sure though if that was a true sign from God because the rock wasn’t clearly in the shape of a heart. So I again challenged God and literally asked Him out loud if that was the best He could do. Immediately, I thought to myself, ‘How dare I ask that of God’. Then, within thirty seconds later, He sent me a Sign that was obviously His amazing work, because only God could have pulled that off! From that day forward, He continually sends me His Best and I’m not afraid to ask for what I want.

I challenge you now to Be Bold! Be confident in expecting God’s abundance and be grateful for everything He has given you. As He continues to bless you, He gives you strength as you draw closer still to Him knowing that He is always with you, for you, and is leading you on His path for His Will to be done through you. Again, I say, Be Bold! Let His Light shine through you and bless others!

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Is This The Best You Can Do God?

I’ve never challenged God like this before, but this particular day I was so distraught and in a pretty bad place. I had left my husband after 18 years of marriage, was living on my own, and had started to get back into the dating scene once my divorce was in progress. Got mixed up with someone that I knew wouldn’t amount to anything serious, which is what I wanted. Dating was not my thing, and while we had fun and enjoyed each other’s company, it just wasn’t going to work. I am someone who has a lot of love to give and I don’t like to be alone. I also wasn’t going to settle for just anyone, and at this point and time, I was very confused. I started talking with my husband again actually considering going back to my marriage, but I knew that wasn’t the best thing for me and my health. Not that he mistreated me, it was just too stressful dealing with his addictions in life. Granted I still loved and do love this man and he will always have a very special place in my heart. That is what was so painful and confusing for me.

I used to think I was a very strong woman and some days, I still feel that I am. This day, I was not. I decided to take my puppy on a walk through the woods to a quiet spot I had recently found to be with God and my thoughts. It was while on this walk and in my quiet time with God where I am always looking for Signs from God to know that I am where I am supposed to be and that I’m following His path and Will for me.

God started communicating with me in my twenties with crosses and I would see them in the strangest of places. Then in later years, He added heart-shaped rocks in sharing His Signs with me. This 22nd day of June, 2019 was my birthday and the presents I received from God changed my life!

I was walking through the woods and found some trees that had fallen and formed a perfect cross. I had to stop for a minute and just take it in and naturally take a picture to capture the moment.

Then later I was combing the waters edge looking for heart shaped rocks; and, like on most ocassions, one appears. This rock though wasn’t perfect and it left me doubting that it was truly His Sign or if I was just hoping it was His Sign. I wanted something more; something much better. As I looked at the rock in question, I asked out loud, “is this all you can do God, can’t you do better?”

It was then not even 30 seconds this second bigger rock came into view and I was blown away!!! Not only does it have a perfectly shaped heart engraved within the rock but there are markings that looks like the river ran through it almost in the form of a cross! Do you see it??? God is always with us and He hears us. We just have to have Faith!

Ever since this day in the woods, I have received so many more heart-shaped rocks to add to my collection and I know without a doubt that God is continuing to give me His absolute best! I know He is always with me, and when I am not strong, He is carrying me and will get me through. This way of thinking has gotten me through these past couple of years and I am so grateful for finally trusting God and giving Him all of my Faith for His Will to be done in my life.

As a result, my life has turned around in such an amazing way. I found my soul mate and we have so much in common. We are so good for each other that we make each other a better person. God is first in our lives and He has brought us together during this pandemic in a way that we thought was impossible. He has also pulled my son through a horrific accident where he experienced a brain bleed resulting in traumatic brain injury and severe concussion. We refused to be negative and only spoke of what we wanted for him and his recovery and within two weeks he was back home where he belonged and on the road to a full recovery. In just three short days, we will be moving to Grovetown, Georgia to be closer to my mother and brother. This is a new start for us in a new State and I know that God is leading us every step of the way!

I encourage you to look for your Signs from God with an open mind and an open heart. He speaks to each of us differently and a heart or a cross might not be your thing. Maybe you have a thing for feathers, or clouds, or a specific bird…. whatever it is it is something that God knows means something to you or interests you. Ask Him for a sign and see what shows up. I’d love to hear about it when it does.

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What Are You Thinking About?

Have you ever been asked that question, and wonder to yourself, ‘I really don’t know.’?

I’ve been sitting here for two days staring at this page unsure of how to start and put into words what I want to say. I have alot to share as it’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything. The thing is, where do you start? 2020 was such an unusual year for all of us, and I know I’m not alone in saying that I hope 2021 is better. I must say though that up until a month ago, I had no real complaints. In fact, I felt like I’ve been living my best life ever!

When this pandemic started, my boyfriend and I decided I should come stay with him until everything was over – which we thought would be about two weeks! Well, we all know it’s only getting worse and not sure if there is any real end in sight. For Pat and I though, things have been great. This pandemic brought us closer together. In fact, we decided in June that I should just plan to move in permanently and that’s when I moved most of my things into storage as we began to look for a new home. The housing market was moving in our favor and we figured why not. The only issue was finding our dream house and being able to afford what we wanted. Retirement is our goal, and that led us to Georgia where the cost of living, especially the housing market, is so much more affordable and you get much more for your money. We looked at a dozen homes that were already built before we decided on building our own. We settled on a beautiful rancher in the same neighborhood as my mother. Right around the corner, so its very convenient!

I talked with my boss and was able to get approval so that I could work remote from Georgia. Then Pat started doing his job search and his company was able to do the same thing for him! God has been answering all of our prayers and making our dreams come true. We then contacted movers and started the planning phase. With a settlement date set for the end of 2020, we set our move date for January 15th!

Then came mid-November and my mother and step-father both came down with Covid. That sure was a worry as both are seniors and my mom has a compromised immune system already. It was scary and she found herself in the hospital hooked to an IV getting fluids to hydrate her again. So much was going through my mind and thought of losing her was devasting; especially right now when we have so much to look forward to. Granted it took a good month and it was a fight for them that luckily they both won! Again, God answered our prayers.

Then December 13th at 3:30am, I get a phone call that knocked the wind right out of me! Every parents nightmare!

“It’s about your son. We’re flying him to Shock Trauma and you need to start heading there now.”

I can’t even tell you what was going through my mind at that moment. It was a flood of emotions like I’ve never experienced before. So much uncertainty and disbelief. I didn’t know what to do first; who to call; should I scream or cry…. That’s when Pat grabbed me and started to pray before we did anything. All I knew at that time was that my son had been on a golf cart and fell off and hit the pavement hard. Blood was coming out his ear and he had been briefly unconcious and the EMTs were assessing the situation. No charges were being filed, but I needed to get to Shock Trauma.

“So this is how 2020 is going to end”, I thought. My world was coming to a screeching hault in a matter of seconds. Before we ran out the door, I grabbed my Bible and my latest book, “Break Down Your Walls: Be the Person God Created You to Be….Be a Better YOU!” I knew I needed to read my own words for inspiration. I preach all the time to be positive, don’t dwell on the negative or things you can not control, etc. I also know it is so easy to say, but when you are living in those moments of fear and tests of faith, it’s not always easy to practice what you preach and I was going to need all of the encouragement I could get.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to see him once I got to the hospital or not. Luckily, they said because he was critical one person would be allowed back and that person could not leave. Once they left, they could not return. This was all too much to take in, but I wasn’t leaving. I just wasn’t prepared for what I was about to see or what these next few days would be like. It was like driving in a dense fog and struggling to see the tail lights of the car in front of you so you could just blindly follow trusting the fog would clear.

This is a story I want to share with everyone. It’s a story of hope, faith, love, and the miracle of God. It’s about expecting the worst, praying for the best, and receiving God’s Miracle!