May 10, 2020

May More Goodness, Gratitude and Joy Fill Your Month!


GREAT ARTICLE I FOUND ONLINE - How to Show Your Family You Love Them Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

JOY AND GRATITUDE: 
Last summer, I got sick with community pneumonia, a highly contagious bacterial infection and ended up in the hospital emergency room when I couldn't breathe. Since I have several hidden disabilities like asthma and a compromised immune system, I try to stay away from sick folks, cause everything I catch goes straight south to the lungs and it takes me a long time to get well.  I'm thankful that I have the ability to sew and create a mask that I can wear out to help prevent me from picking up any other bugs like the coronavirus. We've been taught since childhood to share, but in this instance, it's good not to share, so out of love, kindness and goodwill for your fellow man and woman, please wear a mask and let's not share coronavirus. It's the enemy, not the government.

Since coronavirus lockdown began here (3-23-2020), I'm thankful for Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and the internet (ie. texting, email, blogs and websites like mine,  Zoom, Facetime, and Videos). I may be social distancing inside my home, but I can still be social via those tools.

I'm thankful that my husband has kept a promise as he has painted and fixed my favorite glider out on the front porch. 

















I'm thankful for my friends who care for me by texting, emailing, and telephoning me on a regular basis. 

EVENTS: 
My husband participated in our Good Friday church service via video as a scripture reader.

We participated in an Easter telephone chain greeting; Pastor began and finished it. He called and greeted the next person in line after himself -- "He is Risen" -- and the person responded -- "He is Risen Indeed!" Then that person called the next person in line after themselves in the chain and said "He is Risen!" and so on down the line. There were some snafu's along the way such as the person who tried to contact my husband and apparently his mobile phone wasn't ringing through, so she called me and he got his greeting via my phone instead. smile! I enjoyed this novel Easter greeting! 

Our pastor created an online service for our congregation at our church website and has preached via his new YouTube channel.  And I've been continuing to offer a free coloring sheet to our congregation via a link on the church website.  Just because difficulties come in my way to sharing my gifts and talents with other people, doesn't mean I get to quit trying. smile! Just have to find a different avenue to do so. smile! 

I finished Part 3 of my video series: Doodling Through the Bible in Black and White. YouTube. 

QUOTES:
OHIO - Only Handle It Once

Don't use storage to delay decisions. 

"Just in Case" thinking is poverty thinking.

Can this stuff that I'm not using bless someone else?

To delay is to disobey.


"I say don't be ruled by expectation; draw what's in your heart, right now. Because that's really what the life of Jesus was all about. About being restored to a relationship with God so we no longer walk through these trials of life without hope and God walking through it with us." (~ Elizabeth Frantz).

"Research has shown that writing gratitude's in the evening using pen and paper for seven days can reduce depressive symptoms for up to six months. There's no research yet to say whether making a daily list for longer than seven days will have the same impact, though I can say that people who do this feel happier." (~ Frederika Roberts). 

Say what You Mean and Mean What You Say

The church is not the building. It is the people.

Jon Troast's musical video turtle -- Slow and Steady Wins the Race! YouTube.

Today, I wish you a day of ordinary miracles! 


MUSEUMS: I have a small list of museums we have visited in the past in my positivity journal, however, at the link you will find a much larger list than I was able to fit in my journal. 


SCRIPTURES:

Documented Faith #13

Proverbs 4:23 = Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life. 


Jeremiah 15:19-21 = Therefore this is what the Lord says: "If you repent I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you but you must not turn to them. I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you," declares the Lord. "I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel." 

Matthew 5:37 = Simply let your "Yes" be yes; and your "No;" No; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. 

James 5:13 = Is anyone of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 

GOOD NEWS! 

MSN For Good Videos 

PETS THAT HAVE BROUGHT ME JOY!

A canary named Pretty Boy
One Siamese cat named Song
A black and white cat named Baby Cakes
Hunter, our Pomeranian dog
Ami, our Bishon dog
and Lily, our chihuahua

















MORE GOODNESS from a Sister of My Heart: 

You've Got a Friend in Me. By Randy Newman YouTube.


GUEST WRITER



Christal Keith
Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted on Facebook 14 April 2020

WARNING: Long post ahead.

I’m going to try something, and I invite you to join me because I know I am not alone. Sharing this here (on Facebook) is about making a declaration and commitment to myself. To serve as a reminder of the step of the path I am on today. I also thought that someone else might benefit from reading this and be able to apply it to themselves and their own lives and situations. I have wasted far too much time with this and given up too much of my joy.

From here on out, I am going to do my best not to spend time hurt and upset by people who are intent on misunderstanding my heart and my intentions. I do not want to waste anymore of my time or surrender anymore of my joy to people and situations where it becomes evident that someone else’s life perspective is causing them to see me through a negative scope and alters my intent and maligns my heart.


I am willing to talk, discuss, evaluate and consider my actions where appropriate and am open to learning about the thoughts, opinions and emotions of others. I am a human and am, therefore, imperfect so I understand I have room to grow. I am also aware that many situations aren’t about “right and wrong” but rather about preferences. I know that, regardless of my intent, my actions and words will not always be received in the manner in which I intend them and I should never be so prideful as to assume that I am always in the right.

However, the season of my life where I lay in bed and cry because I am unable to convince someone that I am not the person they have perceived me to be must come to an end. I do not control and am not responsible for the thoughts and opinions of others. I am only responsible for my own thoughts and actions.

And I get it. I, too, have jumped to conclusions, misunderstood and misevaluated people and their intentions. I have been wounded and deeply hurt by actions and words of many people with or without their intention. It is especially hard when someone or something hits against an insecurity, fear or place of pain. This is a natural and normal part of life that must be dealt with through the course of any relationship. It is not my intent to demonize anyone who misunderstands me.

But, I have given away a lot of my joy and heart to people who, for whatever reason, assign motives and deeper thoughts to my actions well beyond what they actually are. They cast judgement based on surface information and ascribe negative character traits because of a faulty formula they have solved in their own minds.


Many times I am fighting invisible enemies and silence simply because I have no idea how a conclusion was arrived at. Other times, we circle the same mountain endlessly and I really just want off the ride.


So this isn’t about anyone else. This is a commitment I need to make to myself.

If someone is unable to address a problem with me through healthy adult interaction, either due to displaying aggressive confrontation or through passive avoidance than I will do my best to set down the weight of guilt and shame and simply move through the grief of a broken relationship.

I will also no longer continue to defend myself against a thought or action that has been addressed on numerous occasions. If a problem has been confronted on multiple occasions and I have done my best to explain and evaluate what I am doing and I find myself back in the same loop then I am going to choose to honor myself and step out of the cycle as I am not the mitigating factor. If I have said many times that something was not my objective, then you are either choosing not to believe me or refusing to address your own perspective. Either way, I am respectfully out.

Why am I sharing this? I love people. I deeply want people to feel loved and accepted. I have rarely felt truly loved and accepted. I struggle with my own place in this world and have walked through a lot of rejection. I want to extend grace to every heartbeat of my life because I have needed much grace. I’ve learned that my heart isn’t everyone’s heart. I’ve wasted a lot of my life feeling like I was the problem. Trying desperately to figure out how to navigate life and relationships or hiding away in anxiety and depression when it became too much.

And a word of wisdom slapped me in the face last night.
Hard.
It was a much needed slap and I don’t want to waste it.

I have allowed my mental landscape to be wrecked at times by people who have already shown me their flaws and I am ignoring them and getting upset because I don’t want to lose the connections I do have. My grace needs to grow. My love needs to extend to freeing people to have the absolute wrong opinion of me without it stealing my joy or bringing me to guilt and shame. To not be frustrated at the universe because I couldn’t get my heart across. I’m in good company with a hall of people the world misunderstood.

It isn’t easy. Especially when it is someone you deeply love and want them to love and understand you. The desire for genuine love and acceptance is a core need we share as humans. Highly valuing someone who then turns and rejects you is wounding.

But from here forward, I need to try. I need to guard my heart and my mind and not take the brokenness of others as evidence of a flaw in me. 


GOOD WORDS!

balm; dogged; good; joy; love; mask; miracle; welcome; whole

WASHI TAPE: I was planning to create something else for this page, however, not all the necessary parts came together for it, so instead, I came up with a FUN substitute - I made a collection page of about half of my washi tape. 💖😎 Amazing how a little roll of pretty tissue tape brings such pleasure! smile! 

MISCELLANEOUS:

My Savior's Arms. by John Troust. YouTube.

MY FAVORITE COLORING SHEET: 

Here is a link to my favorite coloring sheet for this month. You have my permission to print it off and color it -- click here

April 03, 2020

My Joy and Heart's Delight! - Jeremiah 15:16



MARCH GRATITUDES: My husband graduated from Diabetic Education class that we had been attending for several weeks. New-to-us cousins! Thank you, Lord, for Lori Frisch. Glad my friends and family are okay after the earthquakes in Idaho! 

THOTS
* Conviction from Jesus has grace built into it, but condemnation from the devil does not!
* During the lockdown invest in your faith future. 

DOODLES: 33 completed!    

QUOTES:

"Become the fun you are seeking. So many of us are waiting for the fun to happen. You are the fun." (Loretta LaRoche). 

"Definity of purpose is the starting point of all achievement." (W. Clement Stone).


"For far too long I've lived with pretty consistent thoughts of doubt, insecurity, fear, and what-if's. I found myself overwhelmed with wondering what other people were thinking of and about me and what other people were doing instead of aligning myself with God and what He thought. Since changing my thoughts and letting the spirit change my thought, everything has shifted. Now, please don't think that those negative thought patterns haven't resurfaced. Not a chance. It's a constant game of "whack-a-mole." (Stephanie Ackerman). 

"In every community you are a part of, there needs to be a balance of eating and fun activity." (Catherine Parkhurst, RN, MSN, CDE). 

Keep sharing - while someone may already know what you are sharing, the next person might not and will welcome it like a thirsty person. 

Slow and steady wins the Race

SCRIPTURES: Documented Faith (DF 11- 12)

Exodus 14:14 = The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. 

Psalm 27:10 = Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 


Psalm 91:1,4, 15 = Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty . . . He will cover you with his feathers and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. . . He will call on me and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

Jeremiah 15:16 = When your words came, I ate them, they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty. 

John 3:16-17 (KJV) = For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


GOOD NEWS! One of my girlfriend's grandson's was baptized this month! Another friend's first grandbaby was born a few days ago! New orthotic, built up shoes with NO brace and new eyeglasses. And there have been some coronavirus survivors! 




EVENTS & I DID IT! I decided to combine the two into one category this month.  One of the highlights was attending our ladies luncheon at church. Since it was National Women's month, in honor of that, we were to tell about a (or more) woman who has greatly influenced our lives. I told about my group of friends I call my sisters of my heart. I passed around my last year's positivity journal, turned to September 2019. Many of us were older than 21 years of age, but we did have two young ladies and they enjoyed looking at the paper dolls on the flaps and opening the flaps to see what was inside. 

NEW Video in the Words of Gratitude YouTube playlist (see side-menu). 

Our Sunday church services have shifted to online communication. Our church website and our pastor's videos. Worship song: "Goodness of God.

Positivity Journal Playlist - a New Video has been added to it too! 

ENVELOPE POCKET FLAP INSERT: Received two cards this month from my friend across the pond (Atlantic Ocean), card designer, Joan Petty. And, although I have no idea where she obtained it, she sent me a Mary Engelbreit post-it-notepad. The envelope contains a Mary Engelbreit card that a cousin had sent me for my birthday that I had saved and some notes on index cards. 

METFORMIN & ARMCHAIR BIKE TRACKERS: I did well taking my meds, but I didn't do too good with the armchair bike. 

PREACHERS: Some are ancestors and some are cousins. My husband and I have begun to list the men of the cloth that we know about in our family trees here. 

SOME OF MY FAVORITE MUSIC:

"Be Thou My Vision." St. Dallan Forgaill.  YouTube.

"Ceili (pronounced KAY-lee) Rain." by Bob Halligan, Jr. YouTube

"Cinderella" By Steven Curtis Chapman. YouTube

"Count Your Blessings." By Johnson Oatmeal, Jr. 1897.  YouTube

"Dancing in the Sky." By Dani & Lizzy. YouTube. 

"Down to the River to Pray." Unknown. YouTube. 

Easter Version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. YouTube

"El Shaddai." by Michael Card & John Thomson. 1981. YouTube

Fairest Lord Jesus. Written by an Unknown Writer.  YouTube

I've Got My Foot on the Rock. Sung by my cousin, Terrill White. 

Lady. By Lionel Richie. Sung by Kenny Rogers (1939-2020). (our wedding song). YouTube. 

"Mary, Did You Know?" By Mary Lowry and Buddy Greene. YouTube

"Morning Has Broken." By Eleanor Fargeon. 1931. YouTube. 

"Music Box Dancer" by Frank Mills. 1974. YouTube.

My Tribute (To God Be the Glory). 1972. YouTube

Patti Page. My YouTube playlist. 

Serenity (The Serenity Prayer Song). By Jack Bielan. YouTube.

The Deer's Cry, or St. Patrick's Breastplate; I Arise Today. YouTube.

"The Gift of a Friend." by Demi Lovato. YouTube. 

"The Prayer." by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa & Tony Renis.  1998.  YouTube

True Colors. Sung by Mat & Savanna Shaw YouTube.

"What Child Is This?" (Tune: Greensleeves) by William C. Dix. 1865. YouTube

"You Do Not Walk Alone" by Elaine Hagenburg. YouTube

A FREE COLORING SHEET from Mary Engelbreit: I have a smart printer that I received for Christmas and I printed two sizes of the coloring sheet. One for my positivity journal and one card sized.  Enjoyed coloring both. 

MY FAVORITE MOVIES:

Anne of Green Gables.  With Megan Follows. YouTube.
 

Ever After: A Cinderella Story Trailer. YouTube.

Heidi. With Shirley Temple. YouTube movie. 

Little Lord Fauntleroy. With Dolores Costello. YouTube.

Little Princess. With Shirley Temple. YouTube movie.  

Little Women. YouTube

Pygmalion. With Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.  You Tube. 
I like "My Fair Lady." With Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn version the best.

Pollyanna. With Hayley Mills. A scene from the movie on YouTube

Sarah, Plain and Tall. With Glenn Close. YouTube. 

Secret Garden. YouTube. 

Sound of Music. With Julie Andrews. A clip called "I Have Confidence." YouTube. 
Here's another version called "The Trapp Family." YouTube

The King and I. With Yul Brynner & Deborah Kerr. YouTube Trailer.

The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe. YouTube.

The Robe. YouTube trailer

Little House on the Prairie television series. YouTube topic channel.


Walton's Christmas movie. YouTube.


AND MY FAVORITE DOODLED COLORING SHEET OF THE MONTH!

March 04, 2020

Bloom Where You Are Planted



INDEX - See below: Bless you for watching my videos and then coming back here to read what I've written down in my positivity journal during the month. Every time you visit my blog, my dashboard records your visit, so I know I have a few faithful readers. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.  💖


FEBRUARY 
* I'm thankful that the Whistler's moved to Kansas City and began attending the church I grew up in. I got acquainted with their daughter in youth group. She is presently my oldest BFF and spiritual sister of my heart. 
* I'm thankful when our utility bills get paid. It's really nice to have lights and hot water. 
* I'm thankful for that flatbread press that my hubby ordered for me! Now to collect recipes for it - corn & flour tortillas, personal pan pizza dough, pie dough, pumpkin, squash and sweet potato flatbreads, etc. 
* I'm thankful for new glasses and shoes! 

METFORMIN TRACKER - I learned long time ago that in order to remember whether I've taken my meds that day or not, is to write it down if it's one dose, but if you have multiple tabs to take, a daily tab dispenser is also helpful. Then you can see at a glance if you have taken your meds at the right times of the day. 

EVENTS - I attended church this month and gave away my coloring sheets.  My therapist suggested I share a bit of myself with someone else, so I have. I attended coloring club at Ink, Paper, Rubber this month and passed around extras of my coloring sheets. My husband and I have been attending Diabetic Education Classes that my husband is required to attend by his new doctors (our insurance network changed).  My husband, son, my sister - in-love and her daughter went on a sponsored scavenger hunt downtown. They walked about a 3 mile radius looking for things on their list, taking a photo of it to prove they found it and came in 26th place. They said it was a lot of fun, but poor hubby's calves sure got a work-out and he could barely hobble around the next couple days. 😁 I would have went with them, but I don't have a scooter. I would have never made it with just a rollator walker.  My husband's employer has quarterly community service days -- they take volunteers who want to work for PTO credits and this month, hubby worked at ReStore one Saturday. I attend some of the service days and social activities with hubby when able.  And then my girlfriends and I got together to craft encouragement cards for a friend's daughter who is experiencing some serious illness. We were joined by another girlfriend via video chat who also worked on a craft project of her own with us. 

SCRIPTURES - Documented Faith Scriptures 6-10. Members of Marsha Baker's Facebook group and email list have been studying the names of God. 


Psalm 107:27b-31 = . . . they were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He still the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men. 

QUOTES

An attitude of gratitude

Be a fruit loop in a world full of cheerios!

Be good and kind to yourself.

Be grateful, not hateful. 

Collect beautiful moments. 

"Different is better than better." (~ Sally Hogshead) [Quote reminded me of what an art teacher told me after I complained that I wanted my style to be like the popular style that all my girlfriends liked. She said different was good, so embrace it.]

"Do good deeds in a funny way. The world needs to laugh or at least smile more than it does." (Rose O'Neill, Kewpie artist.)

"Happiness is a choice that you make." (~ Grandma Edna Rosolli).  

"Learning is an active process. We learn by doing. . . only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind." (~ Dale Carnegie)

O Taste! And see that the Lord is good!

"Prayer is, at root, simply paying attention to God." (Dr. Ralph Martin)

"True success and contentment are not achieved unless action accompanies ideas." (Anonymous)

"When we allow people to intimidate us, we neutralize our effectiveness for God. The power of the Holy Spirit can help us overcome our fear of what some might say or do to us. (~ Stephanie Ackerman).

"Your vibe attracts your tribe." (~ Sean Connell)

ENCOURAGEMENT COLLECTION - I added a new section to my positivity journal. At the very center, I made sticker prints (Polaroid Zink) of quotes that my girlfriends sent me via text and e-mail. 

I love you to the moon & back, to infinity and beyond, forever and ever. 


Is there anything she can't handle? She's been broken. She's been defeated. She felt pain that most couldn't handle. She looks fear in the face; year after year, day after day, but yet she never runs. She never hides. And she ALWAYS finds a way to get back up. She is unbreakable, she is a warrior. SHE IS YOU.


Wednesday Prayer - Dear Lord, as I face the world today, may I hear your voice above all others. May any critical or negative things I hear go in one ear and out the other. Help me remember that the peace you offer, the world cannot give or take away. Thank you for being my strength, my shield, my refuge, my healer, my defender, my provider and my advocate. You are everything I need. You are greater than anything I will face today. If you are for me, it doesn't matter who or what comes against me. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. Hope for The Broken Hearted.com


Why we need best friends - Because they laugh at the same stupid things we do. Because they give us honest advice. Because they will be there for us, even if they're thousands of miles away. Because they celebrate with us when we're at our best, but still love us at our worst. 

Wishing You all a Happy Friday. Forget about all bad things, your troubles and the drama others had brought into your life. Enjoy today and look forward to a weekend full of smiles. 

Godly friendships are truly blessings from above. Keep on praying for each other because spiritual family is what keeps you going through the tough times. 

GOOD NEWS! - I have PCOS which I learned in the diabetics class is a metabolic disease and that's what I'm taking metformin for. I've been presenting as a diabetic with the types of diseases I get, but my recent A1C test results prove I am not as my blood sugars fall in the normal range! Yay! Our son found a new job that is much, much closer to home. As we are down to one car at the moment, my husband was driving about 120 miles a day to get our son and himself to work Sunday through Friday. One of my girlfriends gave me a bag of fig pieces for Valentine's Day and I made some of my sugar-free cookies as a gift to thank her for sharing such a sweet gift with me. Our pastor had surgery on his back and his pocketbook and he are well! Another girl-friend got a clean bill of health from her doctor! Yay! Thank you Jesus! 

CARDS -- My sweet husband remembered to give me a Valentine's card. And a girlfriend gave me a Mary Engelbreit card and Marsha Baker sent me a heart ATC #126. 

GOOD WORDS - Confess, Forgiven, Kind, Love, Prayer, Repent, Trust 

ARMCHAIR BIKE TRACKER - This is like the Metformin tracker. I did pretty good Monday through Fridays!

I DID IT! - The highlights of this month included -- doodling all my Bible coloring sheets for church this month! And the printer worked after we purchased some ink for it! I wrote a biography on the Kewpie artist Rose O'Neill for my History Nut blog. I cleaned out the frig and dug out all the "hairy homeschool science experiments" that were hiding in the back! PU! 😆 I made three batches of healthy cookies and 1 of carob fudge for our craft party. And I doodled 31 images this month for Marsha Baker's 365 Day Doodle challenge (T-68). 

MEMORIES - TRAILS -- My husband and I compiled a list all the historical trails we have been on. How many have you traveled on? When we homeschooled, we would take a field trip to find and read historical markers as enrichment material.  My husband and I joined the KCAHTA last year to learn more about the Historic Trails in our area. 


Boone's Lick Trail
Butterfield Overland Mail Route 
California Trail
Lewis and Clark 
Military Road from Ft. Leavenworth to Ft. Scott, Kansas
Oregon Trail
Pony Express Route 
Santa Fe Trail
Trail of Death 
Trail of Tears 

BIRTHDAYS 

COLORING SHEET - My favorite one of the month.