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Letting Go When Babies Grow Up

It may not feel like spring yet, but those of us on Cape Cod, can’t allow the weather to keep us from preparing for the busy season of tourists and houseguests. In between weddings, graduations, proms, recitals and play-offs we must prepare for summer. Today I was filling out some applications for my children’s upcoming events when the reality of what’s happening in my life hit me.

CB launchesEvery time my husband and I send our kids to summer camp I consider being a counselor/leader. When my older ones ventured out from under my wing the younger ones needed me so I had to let them go without me and trust they would be safe. When it was time for my last one to go I ventured out to the woods of New Hampshire with her in an attempt to keep up with other crazy youth leaders who had a lot more strength and stamina than I just because I wasn’t ready to be without her. We had an amazing time together. In fact, after seeing how well run camp was, I had no problem releasing her the next year–but I didn’t. I went back several more years just because I wanted to.

This year Victoria is a teen. As I was filling out her papers today I realized that it’s time to leave the leader application alone and let her enjoy her time without mom around. That’s when it hit me: my newest baby, my book, needs me now.

Tomorrow Confident Beauty will be launched into the great big world as a new publication.

This summer I won’t be pulling floats stacked with kids across a rapid river racing against other counselors while my team cheers me on. Instead, I will be leading my “new girl” through the busy roads of Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Books a Million and all your favorite local bookstores and then releasing her to do what she was written to do. I want to personally thank you for joining me in cheering her on, “Go, go, change a life. Reach that girl, make a difference.”

Whether your spring is a time of letting go or holding on, may your season be full of purpose and power as you, too, do what you were designed to do.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:1, 5

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing our Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

 

 

Walking on Water

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Oh, what I would do to have the kind of faith it takes to step out of this boat I’m in, onto the crashing waves…

 

Maybe you remember the popular Christian song, “Voice of Truth” by Casting Crowns? It was always one of my favorites, especially after watching two of my children do human videos (two separate ones) to the powerful lyrics years ago. The tune has been running through my mind for days now, and I simply must share my thoughts with you.

This is for you if you have ever wished you could be better, stronger, more successful. Especially if right now you feel like life is tossing you to and fro and you can’t catch your breath, never mind handle the storm you are in.

The churning seas I face right now is joyous, but still disrupting to my usual life. Confident Beauty has just been released and I am on the move to figure out book signings etc. My daughter has been performing with an elite group of artists and her dreams are soaring with mine. All the men in our lives are being amazing supporters and are helping with all the details that we should be handling-you know, like cooking and cleaning… oh, and decorating, shopping, wrapping…. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, yes, and for us Welch girls it’s the most wonderful time of our dreams, too.

Maybe your storm isn’t so fun. Maybe the waves causing you stress are finances, relationships, employment, weight or hurts, habits or hangups. Is there something you want to get under control, but The waves are calling out [your] name and they laugh at [you], reminding [you] of all the times [you’ve] tried before and failed. The waves they keep on telling [you[, time and time again, “boy[girl], you’ll never win!”?

I want to encourage you today that you do not have to listen to the waves!

of all the voices calling out to [you]… choose to listen and believe the Voice of Truth which (Who) says, “do not be afraid” and “this is for my glory” Trust Him who is able to make all things work together for your good (Romans 8:28)

But there is more.

I’ll share that with you tomorrow.

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their confidence conflicts; it is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Losing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available in book stores this spring. All of these books are available now at www.CatrinaWelch.com

If you are interested in having Catrina come speak to your friends, colleagues or ministry you can contact her on facebook or by email at catrina@catrinawelch.com.

 

Life Is Like an Oven Fire

The fire alarm went off at the same time I heard my daughter scream, “Fire, fire!”

“I’ve got to go. “ I told my sister-in-law and quickly hung up the phone. As I approached the top of the steps, my fear was confirmed.  The nachos were more than burnt–the oven couldn’t even contain the fire that was escaping through the seams of the door.

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My first thought was to get everyone out immediately, but suddenly courage came over me and I faced my fear head-on. I knew there was a fire extinguisher under the sink–my husband put it there 12 years ago when we built our house. I quickly grabbed it, pulled its plug and fidgeted with the strange device. My son saw my confusion and grabbed it from me. I thought I would make sure it still worked before opening the door, but Billy had more confidence than me and wasted no time at all.  “Ready?” he said, I nodded and opened the door as he pulled the trigger. With a big burst of white dust, the fire was gone. Like a well oiled machine the two of us saved the day… and, no doubt, the house.

 

One minute we are enjoying life­­­–cooking up something good to enjoy, and with the blink of an eye it is out of control. Perhaps that’s why Mamma always said “don’t play with fire” when all I wanted to do was have a little fun.

Some fires are good and enjoyable; they bring warmth, comfort and nutrition. Others are not–right from the get-go they are dangerous. But even the good fires need to be treated with respect or they can take over and destroy everything they touch.

What kind of passion is burning in your life today? Are there hopes and dreams that are driving you toward great things? Then be careful not to let anything or anyone shoot it down. Are there rich and rewarding enjoyments that have gotten out of control and become obsessions or addictions? Then be sure to cry out and let someone help you get life back under control.

As the kids and I opened windows and set up fans, my husband came in and pulled the oven right out of the house. The next day I had a beautiful new stove. I am so grateful to have a man who gets things done!

It may take my daughter a little longer to shake off the nacho jokes that she may have to endure for some time, but she is confident in her knowledge that once again God has worked all things together for our good, and there is no shame in making a mistake that can be redeemed.

If you once had a passion that was burning strong, but condemning critics and difficult circumstances have shot it down, maybe it’s time to stop choking on the fumes of your extinguishing dreams. Get some fresh air, maybe even get a new oven, but whatever do, keep going.

Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you shall reap if you do not loose heart. (Galatians 6:9)

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Catrina Welch is an image- and life-coach whose message is not as much “what not to wear” as it is, “Know Who You Are,” which is the title of her book of guidelines for your personal image identity. Catrina has also written a Bible study to help women overcome their image issues. It is titled Supreme MakeOver: a Rich and Refreshing Devotional Experience. Her other books include Footprints Through the Sand: a Consolidation of Life-altering stories about Loving and Loosing a Trisomy-18 Baby and Confident Beauty: Reflecting the One Who Made You with the Images in Your Mirror and Your Soul, which will be available soon.

If you are interested in getting these books or having Catrina come speak at your event, you can contact her at www.CatrinaWelch.com or on facebook.