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brookelindsey__ Let me be the first to say, I'm not your typical "pet lover." I personally don't care much for animals at all. There. I said it. Let the tar-and-feathering begin. For some reason, it’s actually okay to admit that you don't particularly want or even like children and God knows it’s almost a national sport to say you hate cats and that's okay. But to dislike dogs? WHAT! I know you pet lovers out there are probably shaking your head and saying "Omg, Brooke. You're so mean!" I'm not mean, it's just a personal preference and not to mention, I'm allergic! Firmly and politely, I'm declaring that I don't care much for dogs. I grew up with pets, but it takes a special kind of dog to TRULY capture my heart.
Is it odd to say a dog's personality matches your own? Probably, but our family pet, Caleb, had a personality similar to my mine. Our personalities were unmatched. When we desired isolation, we stayed away from the crowd. When we wanted affection or attention, we displayed it. We both don't like conflict and if anyone tries to harm or mistreat our family we stand up for them. Caleb usually barks and gently nips, I just run my mouth. Caleb was a peacemaker, I'd like to think of myself as one too. He wasn't overly affectionate, but you knew he loved you. Hey, sounds like me also. Today, I lost a friend. He wasn't just some dog I disliked. He was a dependable family member who I could count on to protect and reconcile any conflict within his reach. Caleb was a beautiful animal with a beautiful spirit. I will truly miss him. I knew he was sick, so in his last days I showed him an abnormal amount of affection and I even gave him my Chipotle bowl. Now, that's what I call love. A little humor to subside the sadness. I'll miss you, man. #Caleb #rip #iwillmissyou #chipotleisyourlife? #getyourprioritiesstraight
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brookelindsey__ "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." (II Timothy 1:7, NLT) I have to remind myself daily that fear is not from God. God has given us power and his power is greater than any of our fears. If you're facing fear (there's a list of top 100 most common phobias online 😑) whatever it may be, you have to make a conscience decision to deal aggressively with your fear. You can't be passive and expect to live in victory. This is something I have recognized and I am still trying to implement in my life on a daily basis. The only way to conquer fear is to confront it head on. As long as we run from our fears, ignore them, or sweep them under the rug, we won't live in victory. Refusing to deal with fear doesn't make it go away. Instead, lets decide to be finished with fear. God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power—and He wants us to use it! "This is my command-be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." He's calling us to be bold—fearless in approaching Him, in stepping out in faith, and in trusting Him to lead us. We have to declare Gods word that we can be bold and strong. We must trust in His plan. Some of us become discouraged because we have this picture of what our life is supposed to look like and then we become disappointed because we are consumed with OUR plan when we should be trusting HIS plan. I know first hand how difficult it can be, BUT we can do all things through Christ which strengthens us. 2d

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brookelindsey__ Big boy 2d

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brookelindsey__ In case you're wondering, here's my truth: I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. It was so bad that I left Texas to begin my recovery in Florida. I have things to fix and they're not fixed yet. It's a burdened. It's an overwhelming weight of worry. There's been days when worry and fear have stolen the joy from my days. I don't remember how I got here - how it crossed the line from normal cares and concerns into the demon of anxiety I live with. It's been awful.

No one truly understands - even if they might want to - what it's like to be choked by worry, the burden of imaginary traumas. How it ruins "perfect" days. How it disrupts your sleep. How it keeps on pestering you, even when you reason and argue with it. It can be a lonely road. Anxiety is every evil piled into one, a crushing burden of imagined losses and feared-for traumas. It makes every actual struggle worse, because not only do you carry today's load, you carry tomorrow's, with a thousand extra nightmares.

And it's physical, too, isn't it? Not only is your mind racing, but you feel sick. No appetite. Nothing tastes right. You're constantly tired. I know what it feels like. There's always something. Your children one week, your health, your family, your relationships, and your work the next.

It sometimes can feel hopeless, but I know it's not.

And you may feel like a failure, but know you're not.

I've spent many nights crumpled on the bed, soggy toilet paper for tissues, wondering what had become of my life, begging God to intervene.

But there is hope. And I know it will come soon.

Fear is a self-imposed prison that will keep you from becoming what God intends for you to be. You must move against fear with the weapons of faith and love. The Bible says, "Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life - fear of death, fear of judgement - is one not yet fully formed in love." Try not to argue, try not to whine, try not to make excuses, and beg the Lord for the strength to implement His wisdom in your life. And if you've done all that and it still feels hopeless, hang on, because God has perfect timing.
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  •   brookelindsey__ Thank you for your advice @1oveblue. I have always found much peace in music. 2d
  •   brookelindsey__ I'm sorry to hear that your struggles are so intense and current. I know first hand how very difficult it can be. Keep your faith and stay hopeful. Stay strong!! @all6_ 2d
  •   tania_denise I love you. I'm here for you through it all 2d
  •   brookelindsey__ I love you! @tania_denise 2d
  •   tabithalcarroll Brooke I'm so proud of you stay strong God will intervene soon enough... Bless your heart we love you in Bmore!! 2d
  •   brookelindsey__ I'm very sorry to hear that. Continue to be supportive. Encourage him and try to push him outside of his comfort zone. Isolation breeds discouragement. Being around people who love you breeds encouragement. Shakespeare said "There is neither good nor bad, only thinking which makes it so", with that in mind, encourage him to not dwell on the bad. Try to help him change his perspective. Remind him that it's merely in his mind and that he is stronger than his anxiety. I will keep him in my prayers @kimbersann08 19h
  •   brookelindsey__ Thank you, Mrs. Tab @tabithalcarroll love you too! 19h
  •   kimbersann08 Thanks so much Brooke, that's very encouraging!!! And prayers are the most help anyone can offer ♡ 19h

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brookelindsey__ Our life on earth is a temporary assignment. Life is "a mist, a fast runner, a breath, and a wisp of smoke." The Bible says, "For we were born but yesterday... Our days on earth are as transient as a shadow." Repeatedly, the Bible compares life on earth as temporarily living in a foreign country. Earth is not your final destination. The Bible uses terms like alien, pilgrim, foreigner, stranger, and a visitor. "I am but a foreigner here on earth." God says to his children to think differently about life from the way unbelievers do. Your homeland is in heaven. When you grasp this truth, you will stop worrying about "having it all" on earth. God is very blunt about the dangers of living for the "here and now" and adopting the values, priorities, and lifestyles of the world around us. Life is a test, a trust, and a temporary assignment. Only when we realize that, will the appeal of earthly things lose their grip on our lives. It is a fatal mistake to assume that God's goal for your life is a material property or popular success, as the world defines it. Never focus on temporary crowns. Start your battle against conformity today. "The things we see now are here today, and gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever." 🏼 4d
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  •   missdcheeks1 I love how inspirational u have been thank u 4d
  •   the1nonly220 Amen. It's a spiritual blindfold I once created for myself with the hardening of my heart. You see, your inner material desires do fade.. But, we do have a God that wants to far exceed a life we could even imagine! By unearned, undeserved, & unmerited favor- better known as Grace. Jesus himself, (the God of grace..) Transforms your heart to help others with what your able. 4d
  •   tabithalcarroll Amen 4d
  •   love.claire Come 🏾 thru 🏾 4d
  •   bleu.19 Amen 4d
  •   hook_and_irons Well said. 10h

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brookelindsey__ Handsome boy 6d

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brookelindsey__ It's not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. We were placed on this earth by his purpose, for his purpose. You are not an accident. Focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. His purpose for your life predates your conception. Without God life makes no sense. "Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him." Colossians 1:16 1w

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brookelindsey__ Dork alert 1w

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brookelindsey__ Little fish 1w

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brookelindsey__ I got something right #hesamazing #myhelper #Iloveyou 1w

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brookelindsey__ I'm growing out my mane a few more inches before I chop it all off and donate it to #locksoflove. Don't try to convince me otherwise. My mind is made up. Hasta la vista, baby. 🏻🏻 #terminatoriscool 2w

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brookelindsey__ Found this in my car today. Not sure how long I've had it. I found it while I was working as a server at Hyatt Regency and I saved it. I wasn't expecting to find this, not today. But His timing is always perfect. 2w

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brookelindsey__ If we don’t take Jesus’ words to heart and put them into practice, we are on shaky ground. But if we build our spiritual lives on what he says, we can withstand anything that shakes us. #amen 🏽 2w

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brookelindsey__ He couldn't resist me #myfavoriteboy 2w

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brookelindsey__ Cuteness alert 2w

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