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Friday, March 20, 2015

Day Twenty: I'm Sorry

The idea of being wrong isn't one that appeals to us. No one likes to be wrong. It's hard to admit when we are wrong. It's even harder to apologize for being wrong. As a matter of fact, I'm sure many people have grown up in lifestyles where hardly anyone apologized. I believe life would go a bit smoother for us if we were able to apologize and save time with us getting into meaningless arguments. In a way, isn't apologizing giving up the control of the situation? It's as if you're taking a step down in order to apologize.

As an example, my husband and I tend to be big headed most of the time. We hate to admit when we are wrong. I hate to admit it. That's a flaw I'm working on within me. I believe we could have avoided many of the pointless arguments we had in the past with a simple apology. 

For today's challenge, I am asking that you make a point to apologize first. Whenever you come across a situation where "I'm Sorry" will defuse it quickly, I'm asking you to take that first step. 

Day Twenty-One: Self Love

I found that it's really easy for me to show love to those around me. One thing that's come as a struggle is loving myself. I have found that one the good days when I feel great about myself, my entire day is amazing. I smile constantly. I joke around and laugh. I'm in an overall great mood.

On days that I don't feel so loved by me, I feel down and depressed.

It's stated that a person who has very little self-love often becomes depressed. They don't excel and push to their potential. Their more likely to submit to abusive relationships or situations.

I know that it's hard. But listen to me....

You are loved. You are special. Come on think about it. There isn't another person in this world like you. You are the only one who thinks and acts like you. You deserve to be loved by not only those around you but by yourself. Practicing self-love can be hard for many of us but honestly it's for our health.

Today I want you to practice a little bit of self-love. Start the day with telling yourself something really positive. Dress yourself in something that makes you feel great. If you normally don't, fix your hair and makeup ladies. Don't believe everything that crosses your mind about you. It's not true. During the day, celebrate the accomplishments you achieved. But most of all, I want you to take time out of this day for you. What will you do with your "me" time?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Day Nineteen: Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are a great way for one to organize their time, thoughts, and whatever else they can squeeze onto a small square piece of paper with a sticky strip on the back. 

I will admit it....

I have an addiction to sticky notes and index cards. I use them for just about everything. I use them for shopping lists, recipes, flash cards for my daughter, and daily reminders.

The Bible is full of reminders that we could use daily. It's full of hope, joy, and love. It's packed full of inspirational messages that we're supposed to apply to our everyday lives. Hope, joy, and love are feelings that tend to come and go in waves. At the times where they seem as if they are gone, isn't nice to be able to have that quick reminder to run back to? 


This is what I'm going to ask you to do. (Even if you don't have any sticky notes or index cards. You can grab some paper and cut them down into small index size strips.)

I would like for you to use note cards to write each one of the inspirational messages. One message on each card while using only one side. 

Then grab your tape. 

Tape these messages throughout your home so you can see them EVERYDAY!! Be sure to place them in spots where not only you but everyone who comes into your home will see them too. You can even add in your own or you could use Bible verses too. 


"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." - Romans 12:12

"To pray is to let go and let God take over." Philippians 4: 6-7

Pay more attention to your Creator than your critics.

Hope is the only thing stronger than fear.

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Remember to start the day smiling and thank the Lord for the day.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day Eighteen: Pastor's Wife

Yesterday I talked to you about your Pastor. Today, I want to talk about your Pastor's wife. The Pastor's wife is usually in the shadow of the man who leads the church. Most of the time, she's very pleased with her husband and his Godly duties. I am sure there are days where she wishes she could have the "normal" life with her husband where their lives weren't constantly under the microscope. The Pastor's biggest supporter (besides God) is his wife.

Most of the time, we tend to focus on our Pastor. We must remember that the Pastor's wife is human too. They face challenges every day like we do. They are tempted to grow weary in the ministry. I am sure she struggles to find a balance within her life as the Pastor's wife sometimes too. 

Your Pastor's wife could use friendship, support, and prayer. Your prayer is essential to her overall well being. It's important to her spiritual and emotional health. 

As you accept today's challenge to pray for your pastor’s wife, let her know you are praying for her. Ask her if she has specific prayer requests. The following prayer guide with accompanying Scriptures offers some practical ways to pray for her.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Day Seventeen: Pastor

I believe that there is no greater gift that you can give your Pastor and other spiritual leaders within your church than prayer. They can not win the battles alone. They need to be lifted up in prayer as they face the same challenges as you. They are human too. They face the many of the same challenges you do and even more than you at times.

They grow tired. They are faced with temptation. They may find it hard to balance their roles and responsibilities within life. One of the biggest things you could give them is support and encouragement.

Prayer for your Pastor is important for the well-being of the church, their families, and for them as an individual.

I would like to challenge you today to pray for your Pastor. Then, give them words of encouragement. Let them know just how much they actually do for you. Let them know how much you care for them, not only as a Pastor, but as a person.


In my part to this challenge, I posted a HUGE thank you to my Pastor on his Facebook page. I'll also post it here for others to see as well.

Pastor Delas Stuzen, 

It brings me great joy and happiness to know that God has blessed me with such a loving, caring and compassionate Pastor. You are a person whom God has filled with an infinite amount of wisdom and has entrusted him with the gifts of His Spirit. You truly are a person of God!! Your strength and your leadership are the most remarkable I have ever encountered in my life and you have great integrity. I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to come to know you and learn from your vast amount of experience and knowledge. I know that it may seem like you are not even making a dent with such huge problems in the world, but I assure you, all that you do matters to our Heavenly Father. You strive to teach the word of God while praising Him at the same time. On behalf of those who stand in the unity of the faith with you, I would like to say that in some way you have impacted each and every one of our lives. We are so very grateful for you and love having you as our Pastor. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Day Sixteen: Labels

Everything in this life has one kind of label. If you're talking about food, it's a label identifying all the ingredients. If one is talking about a person.Unfortunately, we are labeled by a variety of things, such as the way we look, dress, and act. Humans are constantly putting labels on each other. We tend to wear labels just as food in the store does. 

What is your label?

I've had a lot of labels throughout my life. Many were hurtful. I've been UGLY, POOR, UNWORTHY, and a DISAPPOINTMENT.

These labels were given to me when I was young and in my school days. Of course, I didn't know this then, but they do NOT define me. God defines me. He defines you.

The Lord has shown me that I am none of the above. 

Song of Solomon 4:7 says:
"You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you."

I am not POOR. I am RICH.

Matthew 5:3 says:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


John 3:16 says:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8 says:
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.


Words hurt when used against another. This is why we must always be careful of what we say. It's important that we recognize how we use our words towards others. Not only do our words affect those who we are directing them at, but they also have an effect on us in Christ. 

What are the labels I would believe now?


I am a Woman of God
Redeemed by Jesus Christ
Love, Pursued, and Chosen
Equipped with Words of Life
Clothed in Strength and Dignity
Commissioned Here and Now
Gifted by the Spirit
Forgiven and Unbound.

~Blessed is she who Believed.~


Today, I ask you what labels have you had given to you? What labels would you give yourself? You are not anything other than what Christ has labeled you as. He is the ONLY one who matters. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Day Fifteen: Encouragement

Life is full of it's up and downs. Stress seems to fill your life with every turn you make. At times it seems as if everything in life is against you. The bills are stacking up and turn off notices are flooding your mailbox. Food seems to be running low. The kids are in need of stuff. The house is running out of the household items such as paper towels, toilet paper, and dish liquid. You're at your wits ends and feel like giving up.

Does this sound familiar?

I know it does to me. I've been there. As of a matter of fact, I'm there right now! As the troubles and pressures are stacking up, I feel as if I am drowning in life and have no idea what direction to go in. However, I know one thing. God is with me. He will NEVER leave me to handle all of this on my own. As much as I know this, I understand it can be hard.

Take a moment and listen to this uplifting message I have for you. It's only two minutes long. Stop for a minute and press the play button:

My message for you today is to KEEP GOING!!!!! Hold on tight and while you do the Lord is seeing you through. Your story does NOT end here. There's light at the end of the tunnel. I promise.

Today I'd like for you to share this post with everyone you feel could use this message. Then, in the comment section below, share with me how this video makes you feel and if this post has inspired something within you. I'd love to hear from you. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Day Fourteen: Siblings

I have three sisters. That's how I introduce myself when asked about my family. Their aren't any "step" family members. Yes, I have two sets of parents. My mother remarried and so did my dad. For as far as I could remember, this is how my life has been. I've never known what it was like to only have one set of parents and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Growing up was fun. We had two of everything. Two Easter celebrations. Two Thanksgivings. Two Christmas celebrations. Hey... even at times we got to celebrate our birthday's TWICE! What's not to love about that?

My siblings and I had the typical relationships between each other. I am the middle child, so I didn't quite fit in ANYWHERE within the family. My two older sisters were a bit too old for me to hang out with because they didn't want their "baby" sister hanging around. My youngest sister was the actual baby and I didn't want to be with the baby ALL the time. (Sorry Audra.)

Even though we typically didn't get along growing up, which is the story of all siblings, we are best of friends today. Our children are close as well. I LOVE it. I love how we all chose to be friends and the sister aspect just make it even more fun. It was like we crossed this imaginary line at the age of eighteen where we made the choice to be friends. I know many people who haven't had this luxury. (I pray for them daily.)

Growing up I do have more amazing memories with my baby sister and today we laugh at our silliness. (Trackers are junk!) There are so many inside stories that we share when we get together about when we were younger. I am truly blessed to have not only my sisters but my best friends.

Today I challenge you, start a group text message with your siblings. Remember to use emojis to add in on the fun. Create another great memory to share later down the road. You can walk down memory lane, catch up, rekindle your relationship, or just act goofy by sending only emojis. Have fun. 

In the comments section below, tell me about your siblings or a memory of them that has stuck with you throughout your life. I'd love to hear about them. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Day Thirteen: Manners

Behavior is one thing I believe we all need to work on. The way we represent ourselves is a representation of who we are in Christ. Our behavior helps others perceive us for who we are. One part within our behavior that some tend to bypass is our manners.

A big place where we use our manners (or where we could use them) is one of the most popular places to be in today's

We see behavior everywhere on the Internet. Blogs. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Emails. Chat rooms. But do you ever take into consideration how you're behaving online?

I tend to sit back and watch a lot of the time how people treat each other and most of the time it's sickening. We tell our youth today not to follow into the steps of being a bully, yet a great deal of the time adults are bullying each other, especially women. I'm sure you see it just as much as I see it. If you're unsure of what I'm talking about, head on over to Facebook and look up your local news stations page. Then, pick an article and read the comments. I bet there are people in these comments treating each other poorly.

As humans our race is sad. We are mean and hateful to our own kind. I think we need to start with ourselves before the world can see any type of changes. I believe that if we start speaking nicely and with love, regardless of how others speak to you, the world would change. I'm not saying that you can't disagree, but when you do, it can be done with love.

Today's challenge (as well as your life challenge) is to speak love to others through kind, uplifting, and encouraging words. For the day, everyone you cross paths with, give them a kind message or uplifting word. Let's add a smile to someone's face.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Day Twelve: Child of God


It's a confusing time for most.

It's the part of life where an individual tends to start learning who they are as a person and who they are in Christ. 

Sometimes we find the youth in this day confused and looking for guidance. Sometimes the outer look doesn't seem as if they're looking but their actions tell us this. All it takes is someone to open up and invite them in. 

I asked on one of my social media sites what others think of today's youth. The best response I recieved was

Eager to make a difference. Looking for something real. As a result of the technology teens have 1000 acquaintances but very few real meaningful relationships. They crave deeper, more real relationships. But it's difficult at times for them to balance developing deep relationships and finding their independence at the same time.

I completely agree with this.

So, for today's challenge, I am asking for you to remind someone in our youth that they are not alone and encourage them. Help give them a real that they can value. Perhaps even introduced them to Christ. Let your creativity go and run wild. If you come up with your own idea's, post them below. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Day Eleven: Authors

Authors are all around us. They add to the entertainment that many of us enjoy: books.

What is it like to be an author?

Well, I can answer this for what it's like for me.

Most of my books are based on my faith and are Christian reads. I tend to pray A LOT for each book that I am writing. I ask for God to guide my mind in the direction he'd like this book to go. At times, I feel that my prayer isn't answered right away because I'm meant to spend the time dedicated to something else.

However, the life of an author tends to be a physically lonely one, which is why I call upon the Lord quite a bit. One aspect that I haven't got to enjoy just yet is spending time with authors from all walks of life and who tend to write in different genre's than me.

I've had the opportunity to make a few authors close friends of mine, which I feel blessed. These authors have touched my life in ways they will never understand, especially when they came together to help me through the loss of my daughter, Dakota. So, I'd like to dedicate this post to them. I'm going to bring a few of their works to this blog and hopefully you will find a new author to enjoy. I'll
link their name to their Facebook pages and the title of their books to Amazon.

**The books shared are not necessarily Christian reads.**

The first author I'm going to talk about is Jaime Gibson.
    Jaime and I met through loss. Unfortunately, she is traveling this road in life as an angel Mom. She wrote her daughter's story, "My Angel." Her story was one of the first books I read after my loss. I've connected with this book because it made me realize that I wasn't alone. It reminded me that others are out there and totally understand how I feel.

I want to thank Jamie for all that she's done for me. Thank you for the hours of talking and helping me through my loss.

The second author I'm going to mention is Lee Ryder.
    Lee is another angel Mom who has been on this road for a while. She and I met because of her love to write and from our path. She's another amazing woman with an amazing family. Every member her family has done something to impact mine. **In a good way, of course.** Even though we live in different places, I feel that she's a best friend and will always be. So, thank you Lee for your unconditional love for me and my family.

Her writing will take you on a future journey. She wrote the book called, Broken Earth. This book is one of my favorites because it takes place after the destruction of the life we know.

The third author is a friend through Christ. Her name is Ann Voskamp.
   I don't know her personally, nor have I actually talked to her. However, I feel as if I need to mention her here on my blog, so I can let you know just how awesome she is. Her outlook on life has set mine in a different direction. I absolutely loved her book, One thousand Gifts.

The things she says in this book has helped me to see my life in a better light. She's inspired me to work on my own 1000 gifts journal. As each day goes past, I'm remembering eucharisteó every day within my life now. Before Ann, I unfortunately didn't give God enough thanks.

Now, as an author there is one thing I know each one of us loves to hear. I personally think that readers don't do it enough and I believe that we should do it more. Every author deserves to hear about how their books have impacted their readers. My entire day is transformed in the matter of a few sentences when one of my readers have emailed me, tweeted to me, or posted on my Facebook page by their words of thanks. So, I would like you to contact an author (or two) and let them know how one of their books impacted your life. Take the time to speak love to an author. They need love too.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Day Ten ~ Letters

Letters seem as if they are a thing of the past unless you're getting one for a bill. Right?

I don't know about you, but I love getting letters from those who I care about. I believe the last handwritten letter I got from someone was my husband. I believe that was about three years ago.

So, I'm going to challenge you all this:

I'd like you to hand write TWO love letters for day ten. The first love letter that I'd like you to write is a letter to God. This letter can be filled with whatever you feel you need to talk to our Lord about. The second is for your spouse. Handwrite a letter to him/her telling them about how much you really appreciate them for all that they do, for what makes them a great person, and of course what about them makes you love them so much. 

Once you complete this challenge, let me know that you've joined in with today's challenge in the comment section below. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Day Nine ~ Prayer

You walk into Sunday morning service, sit in your normal pew, and service starts. The Pastor asks for everyone to pray with him as he opens the morning service. 

What is prayer? How does it work? Does it really work?

I'm here to tell you the answers to these questions. Let's start with prayer....

I can tell you that it is NOT a mysterious practice that only those who have walked the path of Faith can use. Simply put, prayer is communicating with God. It's one way to build a personal relationship with the Lord. Those who believe can pray by using their own words, from their heart, freely, and as often as they would like. There's no certain way that prayer has to be done. You can pray from wherever you're comfortable and there's no special words you have to say. You don't have to use any fancy language. God's always up to hear from you, regardless of the words you use. 

Prayers don't need to be impressive or wordy. A one-line sentence said in prayer can be enough. We have been instructed by the Lord to pray. The Holy Spirit is there to listen and can hear what you can't put into words. The Lord will answer your prayers in His timing. 

I most certainly can say that prayer does work. One thing I'll say is that if your prayer isn't answered right away, keep praying. God will answer it in his time, as I have said before.


For today's challenge, I would like you to watch this video and then post your thoughts on it below. Once you do this, share this post with those you think could use this message on prayer. 

Today's Scripture:
Phil 4:13: I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Day Eight ~ Parents

I have an amazing family. We're always there for each other, regardless of the ups and downs. Yes, we fight and make up A LOT! 

I must give credit where it's due. I only have my parents to thank for the friendships I have with my sisters. I believe that my parents and God had shaped each one of us into the women we are today. As well as the friends we are today.

As a mother myself, I love it when my daughter comes to me out of the blue to express her love for me. Most of the time, it's in the most unconventional way, too.  

Today's challenge, call your parents to tell them why you love them. 

If your parents aren't here for you to express your love to, then why not call up someone that's like a parent to you and express your emotions to them. You could also call a few people that are parents and express to them how you feel about their parenting. Give them an inspiring message to let them know that they are doing a great job! 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day Seven ~ Song

As I have said in previous posts within this challenge, WORDS AFFECT EVERYTHING. Everything you say matters to someone out there. They have the power to lift someone up or break someone down.

I want to share with you a few songs that mean a lot to me. Please take a listen and let me know in the comments below how they made you feel.


This video is from my Vlog Channel on YouTube. You can check out more of my video's here:

I share these video's because of my daughter, Dakota. She had been taken from us too soon. Love doesn't stop because someone is called home to live with the Lord. If anything, in situations like this angel parents, are so full of love for their angel babies, yet they can't really do much to share it. A lot of people look down on an angel parent for showing love to their dead baby after so long. So many times they hear..."Just let go." "Your baby is always with you." Yes, the second is true, however, there's no way we can just let go. 

For today's challenge, I would like for you to post an inspiring message to all the angel parents on your social media. (Believe me, you more than likely have one or more) Let them know that it's okay to love their angels openly without judgment. Give them an uplifting message to let them see that it's okay for them to miss and grieve their baby no matter how long it's been since they grew their wings. Let's flood social media with love for angel parents!!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Day Six ~ Bible Verse

Our days tend to become extremely busy and we tend to forget about God. In all honesty, how many times within one day do you take the time to thank God and let him know how much you love him?

God loves us so much and hopes that we center our lives around Him and his word. I believe that God takes our prayers and our words seriously. Throughout the Bible, you see many times where God has listened to those prayers and answered them. 

Each day I'll be sharing a Bible verse at the end of each post. I want you to take a piece of paper, write this scripture down, and post it somewhere that you'll be able to see it during the day. Refer back to this message as often as needed during the day. Then take a picture and share it with me. How can you do this? 

On Twitter, use @raebethmcgee with the hashtags  #thirtydaychallenge #morelove #raebethmcgeebuda

On Facebook, you can tag me in the picture or use the hashtags, and your photo will come up when I search the hashtags.

On Instagram, tag me in the photo. Again...use the hashtags.

Today's Scripture:

Prov 3:5: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Day Five ~ Teachers

Love Challenge Day Five: Teachers

As we go through life, we encounter many teachers. Most of the time, these teachers go unnoticed. 

I would like to take the time to bring light to a few of the most amazing teachers I have encountered in my life. Now, I'm not referring to those who are teaching our children in school, but every type of teacher out there. 

Mr. Edenfield (5th-Grade Teacher)

Mr. Sinn (English Teacher)

Mrs. Stallard (English Teacher)

Mr. Toth (Church: Sunday School)

Mrs. Rachel Yost (Greatest Teacher of them mother.)

Can you sit and create a list of those teachers who have made an impact on your life? I'm sure you can. Each one of the teachers I have listed has played an important role in shaping me into who I am today. They loved me and believed in me. Several of them realized the talent I have with words and stressed on how much I should write. Without these teachers, I wouldn't have written three full novels and I wouldn't be working on seven more. 

Today's challenge.... Make a list of the teachers in your life who have made an impact on you. What's one major role that they played?

Today's scripture to share 

Jer 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Day Four ~ Lyrics

Words. They are everywhere. People take words and use them to show the way they feel or to communicate. Words are also used in a certain order and added to a tune. Therefore, making lyrics to a song.

I'm an author. I believe that lyrics go deeper into the soul and hits you just right. Even more so than a book.

For today's challenge, I'd like for you to share your favorite song(s) lyrics below in the comments.

I'm going to share several different sets of lyrics to several different songs because I can't pick just one song.

1.  "Dancing in the Sky" by Lizzy
(This is Dakota's song.)

What does it look like in heaven?
Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say?
Does the sun shine bright forever?
Have your fears and your pain gone away?

'Cause here on earth it feels like everything good is missing since you left
And here on earth everything's different
There's an emptiness

Oh-oh, I,
I hope you're dancing in the sky
And I hope you're singing in the angels' choir
I hope the angels know what they have
I bet it's so nice up in heaven since you've arrived.

2. "No Matter What" by Papa Roach
(My Wedding Song)

No matter what, I got your back
I'll take a bullet for you if it comes to that
I swear to God that in the bitter end
We're gonna be the last ones standing
We'll never fall, we'll never fade
I'll promise you forever and my soul today
No matter what until the bitter end
We're gonna be the last ones standing

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Day Three ~ Children

More often than not, children are always looking for ways to impress us and show that they care. 

Remember that project that your child brought home from school and gave to you? 

My daughter is always bringing me lovely gifts to show she cares. The two most cherished gifts she has given me in the past eight years, still make me emotional when I look at them.

Her first Mother's Day in Kindergarten, she took the time at school and planted a seed. This seed she nourished and grew into a beautiful spider plant. That day after school, she bounced off the bus with a huge smile. In her hand was a small orange potted plant. I couldn't tell right away what it was, but she immediately yelled, "Mommy, I grewed this for you. Isn't she pretty?" I didn't care what was in the pot. However, I cared about the fact that my daughter took the time to think of me while planting her precious plant that I came to love. 

The second gift she brought me is a glass rose from the Santa shop last Christmas, along with a #1 Mom pen. I love them. She knows how much I like nature and my flowers. When she saw this, she used just about all of her Santa shop cash on me. I cried. To this day, if anyone goes near it I'm jumping up to get them away quickly. I fear it getting broken. This beautiful glass rose has pink petals with a few green leaves and the stem is crystal clear. It's beautiful. 

FOR TODAY'S LOVE CHALLENGE, I challenge you to take time out of your busy day to cherish that blessing known as your child. Do something special with him/her/them. You could have a movie night, cook dinner together, or have a dance party in your living room. Feel free to have ideas of your own to do with your kids. Either way, set aside some time just for them. 

Day Two ~ Best Friends

DAY TWO: Best Friends

What do you think a best friend is?

Is it a person who you tell your deepest secrets to? Is it someone who makes you laugh when you are down? 

I haven't had just one best friend throughout the years of my life. I've had several. I'm not going to name them because I'd like to not place labels on just a few people, in particular. 

I've come to realize that God brings people into our lives at the most opportune moment. They tend to help us get through whatever it is we are to experience while they are with us. I'm so very grateful to these best friends of mine who have made such an impact on my life throughout the years. 

Can you think of one or maybe a few people within your life whom you'd refer to as your "bestie?"

I love the people whom God has placed within my life, especially at the times I needed them the most. Some have come and some have gone. Several are still with me. Others I wish we hadn't grown apart. 

Even though I may not talk to those whom I call my best friends on a daily basis, I do love them. Personally, I don't think I tell them enough. 

I've done thank you's within the acknowledgment sections of my books. I've done blog posts about loving those who are closest to me. 

So, today I plan on calling these besties of mine to tell them how much they really mean to me and that I love them. I'm not talking about a tweet or facebook message. I'm talking the old fashioned phone call. Where you actually pick up the phone, dial their number, and talk with your voice. 

Today I am going to challenge you to do the same. Call your bestie to, not only say I love you, but to let them know how grateful you really are that God brought them into your life. Let today be the day that you make sure they know just how special they really are to you.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day One ~ Love

The real meaning of love as the Bible explains it has been destroyed by the earthly ways. A good bit of the time, love is confused with lust or infatuation. This type of love really doesn't last more than a year. 

The Bible states that love comes from God. In fact, it's stated in the Bible that God is love. God loves the world so much that he gave his only son to die for our sins. 

Jesus said that our biggest responsibility is to love God. However, we are to love one another as Christ loves us. 

John 13:34-35 says  “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

For today's challenge, I am asking you to share your views of love in the comment section below. Then, share your favorite scripture from the Bible pertaining to love.
**Don't forget to share it among other social sites too with the hashtags.

Love Challenge for You

As a person who is always trying to inspire and bring some sort of goodness to someone's life, I am always looking out for ways to do this. Right now, I'm doing a book study with the woman's ministry of my church and we're reading, "Let's all be Brave" by Annie F. Downs. I just finished reading a chapter which inspired me to do a challenge of my own. In this chapter, she mentions how she did a 31 Day Love Challenge. Well, I'd love to do this to...with you.

I must credit Annie for this challenge, however, I'll be adding my own daily posts for this challenge to give my own twist. 

Love is something our world lacks. We are constantly seeing death and violence in our news. The world NEEDS more love. So here's my 31 Day Challenge to you for the month of March. Yes, I have decided to start the challenge on the 2nd day of the month, so we will be ending on April 2 with this challenge. 

I am challenging everyone. Bloggers and readers alike to join me in this challenge. You don't have to own your own blog. You could share this on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. Really if you're part of a social network use it because you never know when your words may change the course of someones day for the better. There is someone out there who can use the words you're about to share during the course of this challenge. 

I will be sharing my thoughts of encouragement here, as well as on every social site I'm part of. So, if you decide to join, please use these hashtags. 

#thirtydaychallenge #morelove #raebethmcgeebuda 

If you could, please share this graphic with your posts too so others can join in if they would like. This challenge can be done whenever. There aren't any certain dates to follow along, so jump in and start changing lives one day at a time with Love.

If you plan on joining in, please let me know in the comments. I'd love to see how many decide to join in.

This is how the challenge will work. Every day I will challenge you to do something to every day this month, I’m going to challenge you to do ONE THING to speak love. If the task doesn't apply to you because you don't have an account on a particular site, I'd like for you to share an uplifting message with someone on Facebook and then tag me in it. Remember, use the hashtags for this challenge.