Behind the Scenes

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“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” - Job 13:15

Many times we have reasons to be frustrated and bewildered at the sudden loss of everything or nearly everything we have. Disasters have came my way twice in my lifetime, that have affected me in different way: one by way of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the other in the form of the EF3 Tornado that hit Eastern New Orleans area in February 2017.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, I was surrounded by my beautiful mother and my amazing daughter. But when i learned of the devastation of the tornado that hit my neighborhood, I was all alone. Mother had went home to be with the Lord a few years before and my daughter was many miles away on a business trip.

So you see, trusting God was all I had to hold on to to keep myself together when the unexpected happened. Putting your faith and trust in God will carry you through any situation or circumstance. There are times when disasters come and people see nothing but material loss. Material possessions can be replaced, but the loss of life cannot.

Through all I experienced, my faith remained intact and unwavered. I stood back and looked from behind the disasters and realized God kept me and my family safe from hurt, harm and danger.

We can’t always see the marvelous hand of God working out His purpose, even through trials and tribulations that come our way. By trusting in God we can more readily accept the difficulties of life and have full and complete confidence that He is in control and allows things that happen in our life to work together for our GOOD and for His GLORY.

You don’t have to always show your hand; show your HEART. And if you’re “Behind the Scene” with God on your side, “YOU WIN!

So, let 2018 be a year of “PRESSING ON” and “LEAPING FORWARD” into what God is calling you to be and do both in your personal and professional life.

 

“LET’S TALK ABOUT IT”

- Amanda

 

It's Our Anniversary!

"Do you know what today is? It's our anniversary!" Thank you to all of our clients who have supported us and utilized our services over the past year! We're venturing into new territory to stay connected with you. Follow our new IG page (@geauxsmalltalkcounseling) for the latest info on new services and what we're up to on our personal blog! #SmallTalkCounseling #therapyworks #geauxbewell

"Do you know what today is? It's our anniversary!"

Thank you to all of our clients who have supported us and utilized our services over the past year! We're venturing into new territory to stay connected with you. Follow our new IG page (@geauxsmalltalkcounseling) for the latest info on new services and what we're up to on our personal blog! #SmallTalkCounseling #therapyworks #geauxbewell

Making Choices

Live your life by choice, not by chance;

Make changes in your life, not excuses;

Get motivated by life, not manipulated in life

Be useful to others, don’t be used by others;

Never back down from the choice of life and its ups and downs.

 

Listen to your inner voice telling you things like: “Keep Going!” “You Can Do It!” “You’ve Got This!” Never stop striving for excellence and never let the negative opinions of others get you off track.

Choices: we all must make them; there’s no way to get around them, but you don’t have to do it alone.

Remember it’s your CHOICE! Small Talk counts…


Amanda

SAYING YES

 

Growing up, I recall both my mother and grandmother always reminding me of my strength, intelligence, and power...not just as a woman but as a human being. These affirmations are notions that I carried and reminded myself of throughout my entire life. They were particularly useful during some of my most difficult transitions and life challenges: starting college three states away from home, completing both of my graduate programs, and deciding to become an entrepreneur. In all of those moments, I remembered their words and their urging of me to always put myself in a position to be able to say “Yes” to whatever life had placed in front of me. This confidence in myself made me brave, zealous, and passionate about finding what my purpose was in life and determining the impact that I wanted to make. I consistently feel unstoppable.

 

In life, there will be challenges, heartbreaks, and letdowns. However, what matters most is how you respond to them. Consider your ability to say “Yes” in your daily life, even when it feels difficult or you feel afraid. Being open to “Yes” frees your thoughts and emotions to experience the joys of life in an unimaginable way. The next time you’re faced with a tough decision, uncertainty about your career path, or hesitancy about trying something new, consider your strength and significance to the world around you and just  say “Yes!”

 

Until Next Time,

LP

“It's Worth Talking About”

One of my favorite sayings of all time is “That which does not kill you makes you stronger.”

When I think about this saying, it reminds me to stand strong when tested and that every bad situation is an opportunity for you to turn the situation around if God allows you to live to see another day. However, let me let you in on a little secret: Life comes with challenges, and thinking that you can click your heels together like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz and wish yourself back home isn’t the way it happens.

I have learned that you have to pray hard, work harder and seek help from qualified and helpful individuals when you can’t sort things out for yourself. It’s ok to talk things over with professionals where there’s NO JUDGEMENT. Asking for help when you need it takes a lot of courage and shows that you want to improve your life circumstances for the better. COURAGE is that inner voice that says to you, “I will try again TOMORROW” when in actuality you really just want to throw in the towel. Even after fall and failing, you can get back up again, and that’s what it takes to achieve your wildest dreams and live your best life. If at first you don’t succeed you try and try again until you see light at the end of the tunnel.

Difficult roads sometime lead to beautiful destinations. Stay the course. God has a purpose for your pain, a reason for your struggle, and a gift for your FAITHFULNESS.

NEVER GIVE UP! STAY FOCUSED, STAY POSITIVE, AND STAY STRONGremember “IT’S WORTH TALKING ABOUT.”

 

Amanda