Month: July 2016

candlesticks

the week in review and “I don’t know how to vote”

What a couple of weeks in the political arena, huh?

But more about that later:

This past week I continued on with my theme of change as well as some other subjects.

Monday I posted a recipe for a Galette. I was so proud. Not only was it great tasting but it was “purdy“, as well.

squash Galette

While I don’t usually post twice a day, I did post later that day about how to store flammable rags and products. Because of the summer projects so many of us engage in, it’s an important read.

Tuesday I posted about change and how to recognize our resistance to it. Because even those of us who are open to change often get stalemated because of some subtle rebellion to change.

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Wednesday I posted twice, first about the glass ceiling that  been shattered. How I wish it had been by someone else but I still get choked up thinking about it. No matter who it was, it was time for this to happen.

In my regularly scheduled post, I shared my newly coined (and original) phrase “guilt-free zone”. I really, really like this whole concept. If you haven’t read it, I hope you do.

too much guilt

 

Thursday, I continued the theme about the guilt-free zone and how everyone needs to craft a zone for themselves.

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Friday I shared some of my favorite candlesticks projects from Pinterest to inspire you. After all, Christmas is only six months away. (Don’t shoot the messenger.)

rock candlesticks DIy

I hope you don’t have a political “hangover” from the last two weeks. I’m going to divert my attention away from politics as much as I can for now. However, I am going to read and think more about what God says in his word about all of the issues being discussed. God does address abortion, government allegiance, taxes, crime, law and order, national safety, marriage, helping the poor, etc.

What isn’t in detail in Scripture IS there in principle.

That’s how I’m approaching this election. I believe the Bible is the word of God revealed. For me, the Bible is my final authority. That makes me out of sync with a lot of people but I’m OK with that.

Anyway, have a great weekend and God bless each of you.

 

rock candlesticks DIy

Here’s some great candlestick projects

I love candlesticks. I hate to think how many I have stashed away. In fact, I need to go check that out when I’m done here.

There’s so much that can be created with them.

Here’s some of my favorite projects. Just click on the pic (Hey, that rhymes, doesn’t it? I’m such a poet.) if you want more information. Most of them are self-explanatory.

I think this is really cute. A great way to store cupcake liners and make a decorative statement as well.

candlesticks DIy

How great would a cake be on these?

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I love these bowls on the candlesticks.

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But these are my absolute favorite.

rock candlesticks DIy

 

guilt free zone

Why you need a “guilt-free” zone

In yesterday”s post I shared my recently coined phrase, “guilt-free zone”. I shared two questions I ask myself when I’m overwhelmed because I’m feeling too much responsibility. So the final questions is:

If I don’t bear any responsibility, but I still feel some anyway, what do I do? Continue reading “Why you need a “guilt-free” zone”

too much guilt

Why we all need a “guilt-free” zone.

Last Saturday, during my week in review, I mentioned I came up with an original phrase that I am now claiming as my own. I’ve never read it anywhere but I was having a conversation with someone and there it was escaping my lips and I thought, “Wow. I really like this.”

The more I thought about it, the more I thought, I have got to write a post about it. If you want to use this phrase just ask me first.

K?

Here’s the phrase I’m so excited about: “Guilt-free zone.”

Now let me give you some background and explain why I think God prompted this phrase to pop into my head.

I find guilt to be my constant companion, not because I actually do much of anything to feel guilty about but just because that’s who I am. I can feel guilty for no reason whatsoever. I can feel guilty for things other people do. I can feel guilty if someone else acts like a jerk.

I’ve alway been like this. As a child, I always felt guilty for the things that were happening around me.

 

And there was a lot happening.

too much guilt

I carried that guilt into adulthood very successfully. I’ve pretty much got it conquered except in a couple of circumstances.

So last week, when we were at the cabin, I thought, “You know what? I need to enjoy my time here with my husband. Actually, it’s God’s plan as well that I enjoy my time with my husband. He comes first.

too much guilt

I need to close off my mind when I’m here. I need a guilt-free zone.

So how does one develop a “guilt-free zone”?

I think there is only one way. And that is to have a clear conscience. That is where we begin. Now the question becomes, “How do we get a clear conscience”?

Here’s how I’m doing it.

I look at each situation carefully and ask some questions.

The first two are fairly easy. We all know what we’re responsible for, don’t we? I mean, really? (Actually, as I write this, I can think of people  who seem to take little responsibility for their actions. Sadly, there are plenty of irresponsible people in this world. So I guess these questions are not for those people.) 

Moving on,  the first question I ask myself is:

Do I bear any responsibility in this situation? 

Wouldn’t you agree we are all responsible for our own words, attitudes, and actions? Whether we admit it or not, this is unequivocally true. So anything I say, anything I feel, and anything I do, are on me. I don’t generally have any problems here. I grew up “responsible”. Too much so, remember?

But I am not responsible for other’s words, attitudes, and actions. Whether they care to admit it or not, this is also unequivocally true. So anything they say, they feel, and they do are on them.

So if we can know we have no responsibility in an area, we can let that go. If it’s a problem someone else has that is impeding on us, we can decide to not let it impact us negatively.

If I do bear responsibility, have I carried out that responsibility?

But sometimes we do bear some responsibility to another person. Parents have an inherent responsibility for their young children. Adult children often have responsibilities to older parents. Young children might have a responsibility for caring for their pets. Sometimes we have a responsibility to a friend going through a difficult time. Spouses have responsibilities at times to their mate due to illness or other issues.

When I wrote the previous paragraph I originally used the word “for” instead of “to”. But when I thought about it some more, I changed it in a couple of circumstances because adults are seldom responsible “for” another adult.

To summarize this would be to say that there are times in our lives when our responsibility for others goes beyond responsibility and is actually more of a case of mercy. Christians are required to be merciful when the occasion calls for it. Would you agree with the following statement?

Mercy may often be an extension of responsibility.

I will share the last question with you tomorrow.

God bless and have a good day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, a shattered political ceiling

I am a conservative. (You notice I didn’t say I’m a Trump fan.) I don’t like big government. Period.

I don’t like big government.

Period.

But as a woman I couldn’t be happier that a woman has finally been nominated for the presidency of the greatest nation on earth, even if I’m not nuts about this particular woman. (Can you tell, I’m like most Americans in my despair over the choices this year? Also, I wish it had been the Republican party that had done this.)

This is a great time in our history.

There was a woman interviewed by one of the networks who was one hundred and two years of age. In her lifetime,  she has seen women given the right to vote (it’s the 19th Amendment in case you didn’t know), and now she is seeing a woman nominated for the highest office in our land. She is witnessing what can happen when everyone is given  equal opportunity to succeed. She has seen history in the making. I think that’s so cool.

Here’s a little excerpt about the 19th Amendment:

Ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote—a right known as woman suffrage. At the time the U.S. was founded, its female citizens did not share all of the same rights as men, including the right to vote. It was not until 1848 that the movement for women’s rights launched on a national level with a convention in Seneca Falls, New York, organized by abolitionists Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) and Lucretia Mott (1793-1880). Following the convention, the demand for the vote became a centerpiece of the women’s rights movement. Stanton and Mott, along with Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and other activists, formed organizations that raised public awareness and lobbied the government to grant voting rights to women. After a 70-year battle, these groups finally emerged victorious with the passage of the 19th Amendment.

God bless America.

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