Monday, April 4, 2022

 Twisted Yarn

Each day I begin once again to start crocheting my story (my life). Thoughts are the yarns. Different colors and textures to continue defining who I am and what is my story. It is my prayer and hope that my story glorifies my Savior.  Kind of like  telling the story of my life in an artful and symbolic way- that is one of beauty and brings joy and hope to those who stand and view it. 


Feelings are a direct product of our “thoughts”.  Yes, I believe that is true. 
Example, tell a child who is unmotivated and sad to get in the car we’re going to Disneyland and suddenly they are full of happiness, joy and energy. Silly example but makes the point. We are moved and motivated by our thoughts.  Just thinking about what brings us hope, joy and love. 

Twisted yarn is just a visual to understand “a thought” that is not healthy or life giving. It shuts us down and can even paralyze us.  

The question is: Are we tuned in to pay attention to our thoughts?  When feeling down, or  unmotivated, or a queasy feeling in our stomach that things are just not right do we stop and analyze what’s happening? Or do we just plug along ignoring and not understanding why we are  not able to live fully in the moment as God intended?   

This is where I am right now…. A desire of becoming acutely aware of  “how am I feeling right now”?  I choose to walk in peace, love and positive energy.  All the elements that reflect who I serve. Which of course is that I serve the Lord, not myself.  Awareness!! Tuned in!!! 

To live in the light of Christ is to walk in light, joy, love, peace and fulfillment. 

Ok, so back to where I started.  Each new day I continue to crocheting the story of my life. I often get stuck with a negative or toxic thought. Yes, this is a twisted piece of yard (a unhealthy - toxic thought). 

First becoming AWARE  of a “twisted yarn” is so valuable
Next to identify what is twisting the yarn.  Yes, you heard right.  The yarn is twisted by a force. Negative forces are trying to destroy us. Ok, like the lies of the devil which are:  hurt, anger, disappointment…and yes fear is the root of most of these emotions. We are destroyed by fear. Fear of not being accepted or loved, the fear of  failure, the fear of loss, etc. 

Jumping ahead. How to untwist the yarn so it’s not just stuffed away to mess up and screw up the pattern of my beautiful life story? 

Well…. Actually, God’s word, His truth is what gives us the ability to untwist the yarn. And quite honestly it sometimes needs the healing of God.  

All of my jumbled thoughts today are to  say this:  I choose today to become more aware of what I am feeling and then to exam “what am I thinking about”.  Are my thoughts based in fear? Disappointment? Anger? Sadness? Ok, UnTwist them by meditating on His Word and Promises.  Claim in the Name of Jesus that what is twisting my yarn is Spiritual. 

 Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual .

Take charge of my story.  Become aware of my thoughts.  Choose to unravel the twisted yarn.  


Romans 8:31  “in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” 


Ciao

Thursday, March 31, 2022

 Thoughts.

Who we are is comprised of our thoughts.  Recently I have been listening to a favorite author of mine. Dr Caroline Leaf, a NeuroScientist. https://drleaf.com/.  Her research is on our thoughts and the how they impact our life. Based in Science yet validated by the Word:  Philippians 4: 8-9.




This morning as an event unfolded I “felt” discouraged and sad. Attempting to regain my focus I thought about how “words” that trigger feelings and thoughts can just shut you down.   So, I choose to sit outside on this beautiful sunny day and in the heavy mist of sadness start praising God for his Goodness.  Within minutes the bird feeder I recently placed in to the yard had a little feathered friends come to visit.  I was beginning to become discouraged since putting up the bird feeder that the birds didn’t know it was there ! There they were, the bird feeder was coming to life.  

Like  a gift from heaven, with perfect timing in the breeze of praising God dispute my sadness a burst of peace flooded my being. My thoughts were directed to the birds and it changed my emotions.   

This prompted this analogy:

Some times our “thoughts” are negative - toxic. Thoughts are like yarn we are crocheting or knitting in the fabric of our life. Yes,  somewhat like when I am crocheting and the yarn becomes tangled. 

Yes, tangled yarn…. A unhealthy thought or reaction to words that trigger unconscious negative … feelings. But the Gift God has given us is “CHOICE”.  To take that tangled yarn and begin to unwind it… sometimes it needs patience and time to detangle, there are times we just need God to intervene and heal. But when it is untwisted and detangled it then can be “crocheted” into something beautiful and useful. 

What I am learning, by reading and listening to Dr Leaf, is that just “stuffing” our twisted up yard and not dealing with it can be toxic for our body and overall being.    (Dr Leaf talks explains our thoughts are Trees and her research validates how thoughts can change brain cells)

Our thoughts can be hijacked … yes,  Scripturally, we “wrestle against spiritual forces”.  Yes, it is something we must reckon with.  It is truth. Yes, we are body and mind… but how ignorant we are when we forget we are spiritual beings.  

Our “thoughts” are who we are, it is our spiritual being. 

So powerful are our thoughts.   The other day I wished I could have God just send me a transcript of my thoughts from the time I awoke until I payed my head on the pillow. Incredibly powerful if we had such an opportunity to review our thought life for the day.  How many thoughts were twisted yarn? Did I even recognize the twisted yarn being stuffed away in my brain?

Well,  you’ve now heard the rambling of someone who starts each day with one prayer. God help me to bring Glory to your name by my deeds, actions, words and ….thoughts!

Just Me Talking

Ciao

Thursday, March 17, 2022

 Lessons to be learned.  “There is value to every situation we face, good or bad if… IF we choose to learn and grow from what we experience”.  For instance,  What I have  experience through a myriad of emotions these past few weeks is empowering. Well, that is my choice to use the word “empowering”.  The antonym is debilitating.  That’s not happening to me.  My Choice. I can’t control what happens around me. I can’t control that despite all efforts my body is aging and susceptible to disease and illness. BUT I can control my thoughts.  I can take the negative and embrace it, not fight it, not stuff it away, not ignore it but…. Re-Frame it. Hold it up to Scripture (very powerful). Exercise my Faith and Trust in God’s promises.  Yes, become empowered and at peace.  

Now believe me when I say it’s work.  It is about self awareness.  It is about keeping focus and not being caught off guard.  But when you hear something that feels like ….. well, I recall playing dodge ball and having the ball strike me in the stomach so hard that I lost my breath.  Something like that.  Like being hit in the stomach and losing my breath. And even as I struggled to catch my breath the reverberation seemed to cause me to be paralyzed to where the thought of even calling upon God - feeling so let down- was not there. Shocking experience.  TIME.   That’s all I can say is it does take time to recover. Not much different than loosing a spouse. The disbelief is extraordinary.  But in time, healing takes place and your able to move again. 

Well, I got a little off track. The point is take those sad, negative and sometimes frightening experiences and when the thought occur, as they will, Embrace the thought and then re-weave it into the tapestry of your life. What did you learn about yourself from the negative experience? What did you learn about life?

Don’t let the devil hijack your thoughts.  When the dark ugly fearful thoughts enter your mind, and they will, capture them!  See them for what they are…. A tool of taking you down. Counter those thoughts with: Scriptures.  For instance, when a fearful thought enters Speak “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the World”  “For we are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord”. 

Toxic thoughts seek to destroy us.  

Think on these things, whatsoever is true, lovely and of good report….. Yes, another scripture.

Lesson learned. Empower yourself by taking control of your thoughts.


Salute,

Me


Friday, February 25, 2022

 Day 22 - three weeks +1 day

I write to remember. I choose to be reminded. I desire to learn from my experiences. I hope and pray to grow in my walk with the Lord.

Reading the book of Judges.  Oh my, so much to digest and in disbelief what took place in the Old Testament. The history of events. Again, “remember, be reminded, learn, grow” or life is futile.

The Lord freed the Jews from slavery and then history says how many times they “forgot” what God did for them and they sought other Gods. The word of God clearly speaks of God being Angry.  Testing his people. A constant theme of the God of the universe wanting to have a relationship with us and  Oh what a struggle. Well, read the Old Testament and you’ll see what I’m talking about.  I chuckle for a nano second how true it is. History repeats itself. Today, God through his mercy, grace and love has given us so much and yet how many Christians are walking in the world. Trying to fit in. Worshiping idol (ok, worshipping is a strong word… how about giving 99% of their attention to pursuing the things of the world. Success, finances, fame… ya know),  Yes, we get so caught up in “our life”, not making God a priority - Praying, worshiping, reading His word. Yes, forgetting to keep Him in the center of our thoughts, words and actions. Let me say that again, “Keeping Him in the center of our thoughts, words and actions”. That is true Love.

I read the Old Testament  to remember. I choose to be reminded. I desire to learn from the experiences of those in the Old Testament . I hope and pray because of what I choose (reading Gods word) I  grow in my walk with the Lord.

Learning from other peoples mistakes is a brilliant thing to do,


Ciao

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

 Day 20

Dear You,

This letter is being sent as if it is a package of seeds.  Seeds that I pray will be planted in your heart and with the Holy Spirit  blossom and bring forth good fruits.

What you just went through was painful, frightening to say the least. But you faced it with all the courage you could find in yourself. Yes, you called upon the Lord and beg, pleaded and bargained. But, you still knew it was up to you to not give in and not give up. It was up to you to have faith and hope in something bigger and more powerful then yourself. 

Did it change you? Did it humble you? Did it reset your priorities?  Did you learn anything?

When we walk through a storm, when we climb a mountain, when we pull ourselves up from a dark pit it can be life changing. But only if we learn from the experience. Only if we find ourselves. Only IF we discover that when we keep God in the center of our deepest, darkest most painful experience it then has great value. 

Yes, without God in the center of our thoughts and our conversations when we share our experiences with others….  Our life is really  empty, nothing but a shell.Because we make it all about “me”.  Life can be pitiful and unfulfilling when we serve ourselves and seek to glorify ourselves. And that is a futile and pathetic life. 

Did you know that God’s heart was broken the day that “Man fell”. Yes,  Man (Adam and Eve) choose to believe a lie that they too could be a God unto themselves.   Don’t we still do that today when we take God out of our thoughts, conversations and plans? We make it all about us.  

There is no challenge we face, no battle or storm that is wasted when we keep God at the center. When we come out victorious and God receives all the Glory.

For the scriptures say “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” “If I gain the world but lose my soul…:

I ask the question.  If what you went through doesn’t bring glory to God than it was for nothing”. If you make it all about you, your strength, your courage, your determination then what???  You should want to direct friends and family to the living God who has the ability to give hope, strength courage and faith to all who seek Him. 

Be HIS light by keeping God at the center of your thoughts and conversations.  That’s all I’m trying to say.

May He help you to grow… in Him.

Love.

Me


Thursday, February 17, 2022

 Day 14 

On February 1st I began blogging (journalizing) setting out to sea and seeing a storm blowing in on the horizon.  It was something I just had to accept. It was coming. I knew that I knew that although God has been preparing me for the “storms of life” for some time now… it still was a pain I can’t describe adequately. It felt like when in labor the contractions some on slowing then crescendo and then there is some time of peace and rest.  Incredibly with the prayers of many I surprised myself as I watch myself, like in a movie not just hold on to the mast of the ship as I wrote the storm, but showed up with strength and a woman of faith.  Ok, but on two occasions the emotional storm came to a head and I had to fall to my knees and just weep.  Crying out to the Lord.  Was that an act of weakness? No, but a natural response to express the pain that was pouring out.  Unable to contain it any longer.  The scriptures came to me that the Lord recognizes “there is a time to weep” Ecclesiastes 3:4.  Not a weakness of our faith but a humble reality of our nature. 

I witnessed a miracle during the storm. In the center of the storm HE was with me. In the center of the storm HE gave me comfort and peace. In the center of the storm HE held me in his arms. In the center of the storm HE was enough.  That was a miracle. But the miracles kept coming.  An answer to my prayer was witness before my eyes.  The miracle was talking.  The miracle was moving.  The miracle was smiling at me. Nope it didn’t stop there.  the miracle came home with me the next day. 

It is incredible that the intensity of our emotions in tragedy dosn’t seem to match the intensity of our emotions when we witness a miracle.  Not sure why.  Although we shout praise to God and place our hand over our heart as we hear and see a miracle, it is more “I know in my heart and my mind that I’ve just seen a miracle”.  


Well, the miracle continues to bring me to my knees in gratitude.  I just plead with my self to never be like the children of Israel who after being freed from slavery and walked across the Red Sea on dry land found themselves murmuring in the desert, forgetting the miracles they experienced.  I pray it’s always fresh in my mind and heart what the lord has done. 


In the storm I experienced a miracle.  I don’t welcome the storms but I am not afraid to face them.  

HE WAS THERE WITH ME.  His word says “He will never leave me nor forsake me”.

That is enough for me.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Strength

 Beginning of day.

The Bible states the Joy of the Lord is my strength 

And our Faith is what pleases God so it is logical to have His strength is to first have faith in God. And faith is a fact but faith is an act.  Abraham was the example in the Old Testament of Faith. Laying his own son in the alter - trusting God. What a great ending! His sons life was spared because of Abrahams Faith. 

Negative thoughts that are not harnessed are so harmful in so many ways. But by the word of God they can be harnessed and actually dispelled.


…….

End of day.

Do you sometimes at the end of the feel like overcooked pasta.  Almost to the point of mush.,  Well,

By the grace, mercy and love of God I end the day exhausted. Physically and emotionally.  Today was a day that I found myself fulfilling the word.  “A Time for Morning” “A time for tears”. But Then as I called upon the Lord, “A time for peace”.  It’s hard to wrap my head around what the past 14 hrs did to my faith and mind.  

The Storm is calmed. Although I am still at sea, in a boat.  Hoping to reach land soon.


Ciao


Saturday, February 12, 2022

 Day 9

It seems a contradiction to our Christian walk to say “It is all about you”. But in situations of trials (Life’s Storms) this is a true statement.  But it needs a bit of explanation. 

When faced with a tragic life event … it is all about you.  It is about YOU bringing Glory to God. It is about your response after the initial reaction (human response to painful stimuli). 

The famous psychologist Carl Rogers built on the famous psychologist Abraham Maslow concept of the hierarchy of needs for humans by adding Self-awareness.   The world trying to grasp what God laid out for us in His Word.  Self - awareness. What am I thinking? What is my response?   However, without God’s Word  as the foundation for these concepts, these worldly ideas of  self-actualization  are a train ride away from God and centered on the track of selfishness. 

I only brought that up because the foundation of our existence must be grounded in God’s Word. Taking responsibility for our response to heartaches and circumstances that may be beyond our control.  

What we can control is “ourselves”. Bringing it back to the sentence “It is all about me” and my response.

To respond in Faith not in fear.  To respond by claiming God’s Promises.  To respond saying “no matter what happens out of my control, His Grace is suffice to for me.  His Love is all I need. The strength and the courage is centered in His Power. 

So, today I’ll become aware  (self awareness ) and ask myself.  Since it is all about  me , AM I bringing Glory to God with my words and actions today.   Yes, I can bring Glory to God with my thoughts, actions and being by recognizing that “His Grace is sufficient for me….”  I CAN DO THIS AGAIN TODAY. Am I responding as a conqueror or victim? The world would have us believe we are victims of our circumstances.  But, Thank God that   In Christ I am a conqueror of any situation. 

A little rambling this morning….๐Ÿ˜

                                                It is about me bringing Glory to God. 

His Promises….

 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. Corinthians 12:9


A beautiful Poem by Annie Johnson Flint: 

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
 But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
  Unfailing sympathy, undying love.



Friday, February 11, 2022

 Day 8

IF my life’s story was made into a book I wonder what would be the title? What would be the chapter number and title that I am currently in.  What I do know is what I want the last sentence of my life story here on earth  to be. “ As she came into the presence of her Savior she heard Him say, ‘Well done my good and faithful servant’ ”.

Yes, that that is what encourages me and strengthens me today.  As I said in an earlier blog, it’s not the journey but the destination that propels me each day to remain vigilant, focused and actually joyful in the presence of life events.

I am an influencer. Those I encounter each day I hope and pray will see the light of God in my life. I pray they are drawn to His Light. Yes, for me to Live is Christ and to die is gain.  My life story. To bring Glory to God. 

Some chapters in my life have been full of peaceful days. Exciting times of “feeling great” and doing the things I love. Being with family. Being a Mom and now a Grandmother. Being an Aunt “Zia Dina” .  Having a rewarding career as a Nurse that I absolutely loved. Then there have been some chapters of intense pain and sorrow. Even a few chapters that are riddled with scary events and frightening, curl up in a ball and lay in the corner, times.  But, isn’t that life here on earth? Those dark and scary times are valuable when we learn from them and we become stronger in our walk with the Lord. The chapters in my life when my choices were (in hindsight) not good choices. Again, all valuable if I learned from them and grew stronger and wiser. No regrets, just lessons learned. And thank God He forgave me for those chapters in my life that, well, lets just say regretful. 

Today, this morning as I am still writing my life story and not certain what this chapter title would be.  I do know I’m hanging on to the mast of a ship being tossed about by an angry storm.  A storm that is trying to take me down and defeat me.  But, I have the Savior, my Savior on board.  I will remain faithful (which pleases God). I will hold so tight to the promises of God that my knuckles turn white and my hands go numb. And although the wind is screaming in my face and I’m being pelleted by the sting of the salty sea sprays, I will not fear in my heart. For my Savior is with me. In His time He will Speak the word and the Storm will immediately respond to His word and Stop. He has done it before and He will do it again. Then, my next chapter will one of dancing, singing and praising God for a time of peaceful seas. Clear blue skies and smooth sailing. 

I sit and ponder on what I just wrote and I am at peace.


Ciao 



Matthew 4: 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Thursday, February 10, 2022

 Day 7

Waking up an looking at the weather app on my phone to see what to expect today. A Funny thought came to me…. if only we could prepare for the day with a “life app”.  What events, circumstances are on the horizon. Imagine that!  Waking up and seeing  the forecast of  the days events.  Like it’s going to be a bright ๐Ÿ˜Šhappy day. No delays, no problems, just a joyful day OR ๐Ÿ˜ž11am today there will be an event that brings sadness and tears.  Yikes!  Will it be smooth and stress free or am I in for a rollercoaster ride?   But the thought about  preparing for the emotional events of the day is valid. That is called “morning devotions” 

Preparing for the day. A huge advantage.  No, life can still knock us off our feet but if at our core we are centered in His Word and His Promises we’ll land in His arms. The scriptures say “be anxious for nothing”Philippians 4:6-8 . So, I’ll trust God with the day.  Expecting Good Things. That’s it. That’s all.

Starting the day Expecting GOOD, Looking for GOOD. Still, it is so important to  to prepare by putting on the armor of God !  But as I said yesterday, knowing the war is won and we are more than conquerors gives me courage and strength. He is with me! I’m not facing it alone. 

I’ve already got a smile on my face by writing this blog.  It’s such a terrific tool to write down my morning thoughts.  It actually has replaced what I been doing for years, writing in my jornal each morning. Yes, a  very  healthy activity. 

Ready for the Day, bring on what it may, I’m living for Jesus, because there is no other way… to Live!

Ciao

 


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

 Day 6

6:18 am

“in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Is one of the scriptures this morning from my devotional. https://apps.apple.com/us/app/turning-point-ministries/id411468853

A little chuckle as I think once again, as I awoke this morning my thoughts were floating with  the possibility of facing some of life’s challenges and  possibly the  life changing events that seem to loom over my head. 

As I walked to the pantry to get a ginger snap cookie to have with my morning coffee…. The thought popped into my mind like a little sparkler in the dark ETERNITY!  That’s what its about.  Suddenly the path my mind was going towards was redirected to a sense of hope. No, it didn’t mean that I still had a sense of the “oh lord, what lies ahead thinking”.  But God is so faithful to His word. As I opened up my devotional and read the words “in ALL these things we are more than conquerors….”  How? “Through HIM who LOVE US”.  Ahhh the soothing comfort of His presence as I read these words. 

Hey, it’s really not about me. Ok, I live in this body, in the world, in these circumstances. But, the battle isn’t my battle.  It is the Lords and I just happen to be in it, Because I’m here on earth. But It’s been won.  I just have to choose what side I am on.  I am on the Lords side!  We (not just I) are more than conquerors.

Let me explain why eternity and thinking of it gives me such peace.  Because I’ll be with my Savior, the one who came to earth to die. Yes, Jesus didn’t come to rule the earth, He came that we might have life and live it more abundantly. That doesn’t mean that this life … well, let me say it this way. To “Live” is Christ and to die is gain” Philippians 1:21.  It is about this life but it’s about living this life to be with Christ in eternity. You know…. No more sorrow, no more tears.  Eternity filled with being in the presence of pure love, peace and joy. 

So, keeping that in mind. Knowing the battle of life has been already won and we are to live and breathe as “conquerors”, yes Winners!  I can face another day. In fact I’m ready to lace up my roller skates.๐Ÿ™‚

How lovely, the sky is showing signs of dawning with beautiful hues of pink streaking in the east. 

How marvelous to know, that I know, that I know. This life is but a vapor in eternity and  I am His child. He is my heavenly Father who has promised to never leave me nor forsake me.  I CAN DO THIS. Keeping my focus on Trusting Him. And knowing He’s with me as I glide down the sidewalk today. He’ll be there if I fall and His Word will put me back up on my feet to keep on going. Because We are More Than Conquerors in life’s events.

Ciao 

View West  ( photo’s, for me never seem to capture the vibrant colors) 



Tuesday, February 8, 2022

 Day 5

It’s always a little surprise, yet I don’t know why, that the puzzle pieces come to me and fit perfectly.

This mornings bible scripture. 

https://www.bible.com/app.


The verse implies a type of “surgical”  message as I read this scripture. “The word of God …a … double-edge sword… penetrating and dividing … joints and marrow”.  

I am so grateful for God giving us HIS written word.  It is my strength and my peace all wrapped together as a gift each morning.  

As I woke this morning and felt the cheese grater of anxiety inside me… I began to sing “He touched me..” https://youtu.be/fw41Fw773Ew

Music is the wrapping and bow on God’s Written Word.  Singing actually is a great way to respond to sadness and worry.  Physically as you sing your breathing is controlled. The pace and rhythm of the melody is taken up by every cell in your body. Endorphins are released.   It’s an extremely healthy “response”.  Even just having music playing in the house (love my Sono Speakers)  or in the car (Pandora)  re-centers me (of course, I only listen to music that is uplifting, encouraging praise and worship music).

Ok, I’m lacing up my roller skates, trusting my Heavenly Father to provide and orchestrate the day. 

Off I go…

Ciao

Monday, February 7, 2022

Day 4 at 6am

One Day at a time is really about living in the moment.  How often we waste being present in the moment  because of worry about tomorrow. Being preoccupied with events of the past. I believe it does take self awareness and self discipline to … be our best. That wasn’t an easy sentence to write.  I’ve never ever liked the word discipline. It “feels” so negative.  But, I can swim around in the word self awareness all day long.  Self awareness is about being present in the moment. 

Keeping our thoughts in check.  Isn’t that self awareness? ROLLER SKATE ! I wonder if as a child when roller skating what were the thoughts going through my head. Certainly it wasn’t thoughts of self doubt, or fear or ….wait!  Maybe a little fear of  of being cautions about the cracks in the sidewalk or keeping an eye on the surroundings.  I was panicked around dogs as a child. Listening for cars.. Oh, right and I hated the sound of a motorcycle coming down the street.  That always scared me. Gheeze, I had some childhood fears. Yet, despite the fears and concerns, I’d put on my roller skates and take off excited to feel the wind blowing past my face and tossing my hair.  Oh, I loved the sense of freedom.  Kind of like the wish that I could fly. 

Well, I guess life is still about the same.  I face the day wanting to roller skate through the day. And actually “in my mind” I can.  It only takes keeping my self in check. Where are my thoughts? As I face a task like, ok for instance …. Cleaning the kitchen. I don’t know that’s such a big deal, besides the fact it is a never ending task.  However, to roller skate through it I put on my “Polly Anna” attitude.  And I then am wheeling down the sidewalk with blue skies and the feeling of flying.  It’s easy… I just center my thoughts on grateful praise to God.  Here is what it sounds like.  Thank you God I have a kitchen to clean (there are those who have no home), Thank you God I feel healthy and strong to clean the kitchen (recalling days I’ve been ill ) Thank you God I have dish soap (recalling the day’s I barely had money to buy cleaning products) Thank you God I have food to put away (so many in the world without food for their family) Thank you God I have hot water (Yes, I recall the hot water tank being broken) Thank you God I have dishes … Well you get the point.  There is so much to be grateful for when we center (fix)  our thoughts on “whatsoever things that are good, pure, lovely…”  Philippians 4:8

Oh, the mind is a powerful powerful tool.  And the scriptures remind us that the battle we face each day is fought in our minds. So, putting on the helmet of Salvation is critical to facing the day.  Yes, one day at a time…. ONE THOUGHT AT A TIME. Being aware of “what are we thinking about” what direction our thoughts take us when faced with fear or worry.  

Here I go again…. There is a Sunday school song I loved as a child that I’ll end with.

https://youtu.be/GTGq3lnR14o

๐ŸŽถ“My Mommy told me something, a little girl should know, and it’s all about the devil and I learned to hate him so. She said he causes trouble when you let him in the room and he’ll never ever leave you if your heart is filled with gloom.  So let the Sunshine in, face it with a grin.  Smilers never lose and frowners never win… So let the Sunshine in face it with a grin, open up your heart and let the “ Son “ shine in”.

๐Ÿ˜ƒThere is a physiological and psychological reaction in your body when you SMILE * (action of a grateful heart). A chemical message is sent to your brain and endorphins are released. Look it up!

So, I will face today with a Smile and a Grateful heart by facing every task, every fear, every worry that flys at me with words of thanksgiving, praise and gratitude.

Lace Up… I’m facing the day.


Ciao

*https://www.sclhealth.org/blog/2019/06/the-real-health-benefits-of-smiling-and-laughing/

Friday, February 4, 2022

Day 1
All to often,  I experiencing circumstance and events like being in a storm at sea, kind of  like the disciples experience while Jesus slept, and feeling sick to my stomach and fearful. Mark 4:35-41.      I know that Jesus is with me but I’m still experiencing being tossed around emotionally.  

It is the response that should supersede reaction.  That’s what experience and maturity in Christ should bring.  Responding, not reacting. 

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Day 2
Ok, seriously I “CAN DO THIS” !  I’m totally living in the moment. There is a squall coming. (I think that is a nautical  term for storm? So dumb that I need to use a term I’m totally unfamiliar with)    I see the signs.  I must keep focused on the destination. No, it’s not about the journey!  It is about the destination.  Without keeping our eyes on the destination we veer off course.  My destination is clear in my mind.  It’s eternity !  My life is but a vapor in eternity (Jame 4:14) so whatever God has planned for me and what ever he “allows” I “CAN DO THIS”!  After all it is my story.  A story where each chapter is another adventure.  Sometimes a chapter may seem  a little mondane and boring, but that’s ok. I need those respite times. This current chapter has the makings of a nail bitting cliff hanging…. WAIT a MINUTE! Nope, there will be no cliff hanging or nail bitting, because I serve a great and powerful God, who by the way is my Heavenly Father.  And scripturally if I ask for bread he will not give me a stone. (Matthew 7:9).  With HIM, all things are possible.( Matthew 19:26)  He will never leave me nor forsake me. (Deuteronomy 31:6) Yes, when the wind kicks up (and I see signs it will) and the waves start to roll, I WILL BE READY!  I’ll put on my armor (Ephesians 6:11-18)  and I’ll cling and SPEAK God’s promises and Hold on fearlessly, In FAITH!  Because He is with me on the boat.
When He is ready, He will calm the sea’s.  He is my Dramamine (RX) He is my everything.  He is all I need.

Ok, I’ve spoken and heard myself

Ciao
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Day 3
Key word or Phrase.  My experience tells me that there is tremendous power in a word or phrase. When repeated it brings strength and peace. How? Two reasons. One because it re-focuses your mind. Two, the word or phrase conjures up a belief or memory that you believe in and therefore it elicits comfort, peace and even strength. 

Recently my word has been “rollerskate”.  The word pulls out the memory of childhood freedom and an exhilarating pleasure as I glided down the sidewalks by my childhood home.  There is more to it than this imagery.  The scriptures say, Matthew 18:3 “Very I say unto you, unless ye become as a little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven”.  Yes, Our Faith!  Trusting God just as a little child trust their parent to take care of all their needs, and even some wants too.  

So, when the symptoms of anxiety or fear begin to well up within me (and trust me, sometimes we don’t even recognize the trigger that releases these emotions) I just say “ROLLERSKATE” like as if it’s a weapon to shoot down the negative feelings. Or, ok… like a magic wand to wave it away.  It works!

Prior to my coming up with my Key word “Rollerskate” The scripture came to me found while  in a desperate state of fear and anxiety, it was “ALL GOOD”.  Yes, the scripture Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”.  
Oh my it was some moments of tears and rocking back and forth saying out loud… “ALL GOOD, ALL GOOD” and redirecting my mind to this scripture as fear wanted to overtake me as to what laid ahead. The thought behind the words was what ever happens I choose to believe it will be ALL GOOD for the Glory of God. A testimony to God’s healing, goodness, mercy and grace in our lives. 

Last night again, (and for the past few days)…. I  woke in the middle of the night.  Not sure if my dreaming prompted a portal for fear to enter into my mind but I woke with the sick feeling in my stomach and thoughts of events going sideways.  I fought it by saying “JOY”.  Yes, Joy which in Sunday school as a little girl was taught to stand for : Jesus, Others, You.   “JOY”, synonymous for Jesus, but in a beautiful prism of colorful lights.  You see, we fight a spiritual battle for our mind.  The devil wants to defeat us and our mind is where he attacks.  Yes, to rob us of our JOY. To pull us down to the pit of hopeless, helpless, thoughts. Ok, now “refocus” (a conscious thoughtful choice) and think, as I did,  about the fact that we serve a powerful God. The God of the Universe. A God who is a God of Love.  So much so that in order for us to have a relationship with him as like a child,  he sacrificed his own Son to pay the penalty for our sins.  All we have to do is accepted him as our Savior and we’ll live for eternity in His Presence of Love.  Oh my that is pure joy.  So with eternity in our hearts and mind, we should live and breath pure JOY.  Yes, a joyful rollerskating life. But Ahhhh we’re still living and breathing a fleshly life on earth, in  an unfair sinful world.  The sin of the world brought sickness, injury, sorrow and death that separates us from our loved ones.  But again… pull out the scripture: Romans 8:31 telling us we have the victory over death, sickness, trials, troubles.  We are more than conquerors because of Christ. 

So again, how do we face life’s unfair events?  With Christ.  With his promises, With Scripture, With Faith, With JOY.  There is a marvelous song “Center of my Joy” https://youtu.be/Mq6hprGOxpY

So as I face an upcoming event that leaves me at times breathless, when in my flesh I have thoughts of an outcome that can be “unfair”, I quickly “respond” by saying:  “ROLLERSKATE”  yes, my Heavenly Father has heard my cry and I trust He has a plan for GOOD.,  Yes,  “ALL GOOD”.  All things work together for our GOOD.  So  …be full of  “JOY” .  Yes, will not be robbed today of walking and singing a Joyful and  grateful song unto the Lord.  I am to be a witness (Influencer) to those around me.  I choose for those around me to see the strength, peace and JOY of the Lord that I choose to have rule my mind, heart and soul.  

Ok, time to go rollerskate!

Ciao

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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

 So, I keep thinking about writing a book.  Haha… just an idea! However, I just realized I have a blog, so what I have to say can be written here.  Why not?  Maybe you ask me what is the book about? Thank you for asking…. The word “Influencer” keeps coming to my mind.  Recently I was told that many of the YouTube bloggers are called “influencers”.  Well, that makes sense.  I can see how someone can create a vlog that creates a sense of “I want that or I want to do that or I want to go there, I want to eat that, I want I want I want.  Isn’t that the culture today?  It is the “I want it and I want it now”. 


Ok, I have to show this…

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It makes sense that there is an appetite for watching “others”  to see what they have and what they are doing.  The “others” become influencers.

This brings me back to a counseling session I had long ago (yes, I’m able to share that I have seen counselors).  Disclosure: I had stated that I almost never stop in the lady’s restroom to look at myself in the mirror. I mean to see check my make up make sure there isn’t spinach in my teeth, ya know.  The counselor had a curious look on her face.  I explained it seems so conceited to do so.  The counselor was eager to share that taking care of oneself and our appearance is important. Because we are influencers.  Yes, she said that.  We represent to others “who we are”. Who am I?  I am a child of the living God.  I am to be Christlike and be a witness of the one who created me.  So, again… how someone see’s me and my life is NOT about ME but what I represent.  

Back to why in the past year I’ve given a lot of thought since hearing about  Vloggers being influencers. Yes, to my family and friends I am actually an influencer.  In fact you are too, even if ya don’t know it.

Ok, I think I may start blogging  a book.  

Salute! 

 It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. Just thinking about…

Have you ever asked the question “Who am I”? Or maybe “what is life all about”?

Maybe you’ve ask “why me?”.  To all those question I would ask “where do have you look for the answer”? 

It’s really not so complicated. Yet I see and hear people belabor their search for “self awareness”.

Ok, so you want to explore your type of personality: Perfectionist, people pleasing, driven, withdrawn.. etc. 

Ok, let me get the the point in my head (frightening)

1. Know who you are

2. Know what your purpose is

3. Know what your passionate about

4. Know your gifts/talents

5. Know where you are going


Remember what I said early, it’s not the questions you ask it’s were do you look for the answers.


Since this is my Blog I’ll tell you what I believe.  The answer to ALL questions must be found in truth.

The only truth that has stood the test of time is the Bible.  There I said it.  It has stood the test of time.  ALL answers are found in God’s word. 

Who you are:  A child of the living God who created the heavens and the earth

Your purpose: To please and bring Glory to the God of the Universe

Your Passion: Passionate about Loving God, being obedient to his Word, being joyful and Loving to all

Your Gifts and Talents:  That you can explore  (I know my talent is not signing…)

Your Path: All roads you take should have the destination of eternity with God

Seriously, why make things so complicated and so “all about you”.  When you know where to find the answers, you’ll have life abundantly and free. No matter what your circumstances are and what life has thrown in your path.  

Just Thinking