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tile removal

Nothing takes the place of perisistence

(I wrote this post about four years ago.)

I want to share with you a quote from Calvin Coolidge, 3oth president of the United States.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more commonplace than unsuccessful men with talent.Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and Determination alone are omnipotent.”

Flashback to yesterday. I tried to install a “Follow Me” Twitter Button on this blog.  Oh, my gosh!  It seemed so easy at first but I kept having all the html code show up in addition to the button.  I know absolutely nothing about programming. But I started playing around and after many hours I finally got it working.

My brain was fried.

Then I thought about the quote by Calvin Coolidge.

How cool is that? Here I was using that very persistence to accomplish what I needed. It wasn’t talent. It wasn’t genius. It wasn’t education. It was plain ole’ persistence and determination. I am going to make this blog good if it kills me. And after today, it just might!

Then I thought about the work we’re doing in our living room. No amount of talent, genius, or education could have pried up that tile. It took persistence for me to continue ripping up all this tile in our living room. I was determined to get ‘er done. No amount of talent, genius, or education enabled me to rip up the tile. Some things are accomplished by sheer effort only.

tearing up tile

I hope if you’re frustrated by something today you’ll find this post helpful. Persistence applies to all parts of our life, persistence in prayer, persistence in doing the right thing and thinking the right thoughts, using the right words, etc.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

Oh, no.  I just checked my home page and the “twitter icon” isn’t there.  I’ll figure it out, right? 

“He will cover you with his wings”

bird painting

bird painting

I like to “collage” which means using paper, paint, and lots of others things  to create a painting. It tickles my fancy ’cause I get to play with paper, (my fav), paint, (another fav), and glue. Plus, I can hide a lot of mistakes.

Anyway, I will show close-ups for you to get a better idea of what I did. I’m showing the picture framed in black because this is how I framed it in the beginning. As you will see, I re-framed it in white. The black seemed too stark and then the black words in the pictures seemed to “jump out” at the viewer. You’ll have to let me know what you think. Black or white?

collage, artwork

collage, artwork

This picture shows the tissue paper layer.

collage/artwork

collage/artwork

More collage on the bird and some paint. As you can see, I used some print paper. I think it was a newspaper. I painted the stripes on the wing. I have no idea how this painting even started. I just kept adding till I liked it. I’m always re-working my artwork. Take it right off the wall and play around with it but I think I’m actually done with it.

collage/artwork

collage/artwork

 

More tissue paper for the ground. I wrinkled it and then dry brushed on top. Here’s a close-up of the tail.

collage/artwork

collage/artwork

 

I was able to get that “O” to stay glued down.

collage/artwork

collage/artwork

 

Here’s a close-up of the frame. I dry brushed it in white and then rubbed off paint where I wanted more gold to show through.

collage/artwork

collage/artwork

 

The final result. This “bird: has been just about everywhere in the living room and dining room. It reminds me that God does, indeed, “cover me with his wings.” I need to be reminded often.

collage/artwork

collage/artwork

 

Why don’t you try a collage today? It’s almost impossible to screw up and they’re lots of fun.

God bless and have a good day.

Why taking down Christmas decorations made me sad

SADNESS

Yesterday I started taking down the Christmas decorations this week. Usually I enjoy this because I get a chance to re-organize everything and earmark some for Goodwill. It’s a time I look back over the holidays and recall all the good times.

But this year was not that way at all. After I had worked a couple of hours, something dawned on me and my mood dropped.

My mom was not even in my home this Christmas season. This is a first. Yes, I tried, more than once. I tried again on New Year’s day but no, she didn’t want to come. I’ve tried to get her out of the house for weeks now with no luck.

Pretty soon, I’m going to just put her coat on her and force her out the door. Not really of course, but I’m certainly feeling that way.

Then, of course, come the doubts, have I done enough, am I doing enough?

It’s so hard to see her like this. I just want her back. The doctor and I are trying to fine tune her medications a little more. I’m so hoping this works. This is the last thing I know to do. And I hate that. I hate that I’m getting close to accepting the situation.

ENCOURAGEMENT

Later I read a post from a blogging “friend” that helped me realize others have been where I am and it helped. Her response to my comments was very helpful.

You know how much I deplore the phrase, “It is what it is”. I consider it a cop-out out and total resignation. Even should I have to accept my mother’s decline, I will not say, “It is what it is”.  Besides, this phrase goes completely against Scripture. In fact, I can’t think of a single verse that suggests this philosophy.

But there are many verses like this one from Ephesisans 3:20:

“……and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20Now to Him who is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power thatis at work within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.…

Oh, that I would remember this every moment. I pray with this verse in mind often. Something like this,

“Lord, I’m praying about WYZ, but I know that my mind can only go so far. How can I pray bigger when you clearly state I can’t even begin to understand or imagine what you can do. But you can. So I give this request to you asking for you to embellish it with ALL you know.”

I didn’t put up many Christmas decorations this year, fewer than ever before. I even found it strange myself because I’m so into Christmas. But I got to wondering. Did God somehow “restrict” my desire this year because he saw how painful taking them down would be? Did he give me a little heads-up? As it was, I only had to be really sad for a couple of hours. It could’ve been a couple of days. (Yes, ordinarily, it does take me a couple of days.)

ENJOYMENT

But the day was not a total “wash”. I figured out how to download audio books from my library to my phone and then listen to them on my new UE Boom. I never read Nicholas Spark’s books but my choices were very limited and I must say I love this book.

It’s called “The Best Of Me” and I’m loving it. (Remember, I posted the other day how I need to read, what I call “fluff” books, (It’s not a criticism. It’s just the best word I can find. Kind of like Hallmark Christmas movies which I watch for precisely the fact that they’re predictable and “light”.)

BEMUSEMENT

Then last night as I was perusing the internet, I came across this. Now if you’re a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow, you’re not going to like what I’m going to say. And she does mean well, I’m sure. But honestly?  We all have such a lifestyle we have the time and money to do what she suggests? Come on, Gwyneth, get with the real world most of us live in.

Anyway, it gave me a laugh. However, I am fully on board with step number three which didn’t originate with Gwyneth;  I’ve read about this health habit for a few years now. It’s getting a lot of attention these days. BTW, did you know that breakfast is NOT the most important meal of the day. If you don’t like breakfast, don’t feel compelled to eat at that time. This has been debunked by most health professionals. It really depends on the person. It’s only a good suggestion if you happen to overeat later in the day, then you might want to consider breakfast.

Wow, this post has gone from sad, to encouraging, to enjoyment, to bemusement. Sound a lot like life.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

the New Year 2017

Yea! The New Year Begins

I have nothing important to say today. Busy taking down Christmas decorations and getting ready for a visit to the dentist. Nothing important but I hate going. Not because of pain or whatever but because my dentist is kind of a “character”. He’s a really good dentist but let’s just say he “fills the room’ with his personality.

So I always avoid striking up a conversation with him because he goes on forever. He’s very funny though and a really nice guy. But it just takes us too much time to listen to his stories.

Now my husband, however, likes listening to his stories but they’re all about hunting and fishing.

Me, I just want to get done and get on with my day.

But maybe that’s something I need to work on, huh? Maybe he needs to connect with his patients so maybe I should be a little more accommodating.

I have a lot of posts I’m working on but want to really “nail” this new series on how we grow and change so I’m doing a lot of research as well.

Plus I’m looking at new Word Press themes, but I keep coming back to this one. Here’s one thing I wish I knew how to do and that’s switch over from a Word Press hosted theme, the .com version, to a self-hosted type which is a .org format. But that means learning a lot of computer language and HTML Hey, do any of you know anything about this? Would love to get some encouragement because it seems overwhelming to me.

Also, I found a new web site “Quora”. You might want to check it out right here. It’s very interesting. People submit questions and then other people ask them. And who knows how honest the answers are but for the most part everyone seems sincere.

Well, off to my funny dentist.

God bless and have a really goo day.

 

 

depression

How to manage your moods better

When I started this blog, I always knew that my focus would be faith, and mental health issues, particularly depression/anxiety and how to manage our ever-changing moods better. But let’s face it, it’s hard to write about depression and all the accompanying feelings when it’s a memory, not a current experience.

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But there are enough days when IT (that’s what I always called depression) tries to get a foothold that I acutely remember. Plus, I have all my posts. Then, of course, there are the people I know who struggle with this illness and finally, there is all of you.

Earlier this week I wrote two posts that were very popular It humbled me and reminded me not to forget my true calling.

Before I started blogging I was writing a book about depression. I mean I really worked hard at it. In fact, it’s probably done. But I knew getting it published would probably take years so I felt it was God’s plan that I start a blog and reach out that way.

I often go back and read what I wrote and have yet to disagree with myself. I guess that means I’m either narcissistic or totally delusional. 🙂 But I think it means that I did my homework and faced my depression head-on. That means I didn’t try to call it anything other than what it was and I didn’t lay the blame  on anyone else’s doorstop. In fact, it was when I quit blaming others for my low mood that I started to get better.

I often write about how the responsibility for our overall well-being, physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, right on our own shoulders. I hate even writing that because it applies to me and takes away my “cushion” of excuse.

Our moods can fluctuate from day to day and sometimes during the day. This can play havoc on us. Somedays we manage our moods. Somedays, especially if we’re tired and stressed, not so much.

Social scientists have discovered through social experiments that whether or not we like a movie depends on our mood going into the theater. Our moods very often affect our decision-making. When we’re in a low mood we make very different decisions than when we feeling upbeat.

You may or may not feel the Bible is God’s word or has anything to say to you but could you agree the Bible does contain good psychology? And this whole business of how we screw up our own lives is clearly discussed in Romans 7: 14-25: (New living translation.)

14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[c] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

21 So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. 22 For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; 23 but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.

In case you haven’t read it, go to my About page to read my history with depression.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

 

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