Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Encouragement

I was debating if I should do a blog post or simply update my Facebook page or Twitter feed. However, I decided to come here, because some of you haven't joined me on my other sites yet. Tonight, I wanted to make sure I reached the widest possible audience. I have been encouraged by God's work in my life and the lives of my family members and friends. He's proven Himself time and again that He's a healer and a deliverer. He answers prayers.

And, I wanted to share with you in hopes that you'll be encouraged. If you're reading this and wondering why-Lord-when-Lord-what Lord, I want to tell you from personal experience, God is right there with you. Even when your reality doesn't match your dreams. When your faith feels like it's about to expire. When you reach the end of your strength. No matter what is happening, God is still God and His Word doesn't change or lose it's meaning because of what you're going through or how you're feeling.

So to you, my friend, reading right now, I dedicate Marvin Sapp's song to you--He Has His Hands on You... hold on!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Beauty of Nature

 "The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy midst the simple beauty of nature." 
 ~Anne Frank~

Candlelit Rambagh Palace in Jaipur
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Rhodope Mountains, Bulgaria -Evgeni Dinev Photography 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

How Do You Know



As I've shared before :-), my book which was published earlier this year is a collection of poetry. It tells the story of my spiritual awakening.  I share the journey to discovering my truth in a single life-changing moment. 

Most areas of our lives require us to plan in order to reach a certain goal. We have to carefully and skillfully map out the path we need to take to reach a certain destination. However, that is not the case with an awakening. It’s unexpected. It’s unplanned. You don’t realize that you’ve been on a journey until you experience (say it with me) the spiritual awakening.  Although, I don't feel every one every second of every day, I can say the "symptoms" above are correct.

In that moment of truth, everything made sense. Every joy, pain, hurt, obstacle, success, failure, love, loss, betrayal, friendship, enemy etc. etc. all of a sudden had its perfect place in helping me develop into who I am. It’s true for you also. If you've had your moment of clarity, I would be honored if you could share a little.  Just share what feels comfortable to you. For those who haven't yet, just wait! :-) You'll be telling your wonderful story one day. 

When my friend posted the list on Facebook, I immediately thought if someone asked me how do I know I was awakened, these twelve statements would be a huge part of the answer.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Let's Write Together

Let’s start a fun little game called the Five Word Story.

How it works:

I’ll lead off with five words. Then, each of you will comment with five words to go with the previous person's five words. The goal is to build a story. This month let's build a story around Thanksgiving.

Here we go…

It was a cold November...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Looking Out A Window...


What is it about looking out a window that just takes your mind away? If there’s also beautiful scenery to go with that view, you could get lost for a while.  

I’m now witnessing a grove of trees bowing and waving  adorned with gold, orange, red, green and yellow. Leaves of the same color are tumbling over each other across the dark green of the lawn. A quick check of my Weather Channel app lets me know that the wind speed is 30mph. It’s a picture only God could create, framed by a crystal clear glass bay window.

As I’m released from the trance induced by the sway of the weeping willow, I notice other colors splashed against the canvas of the gray and dreary clouds—the red…the white…and the blue.  And I smile with a grateful heart.




Saturday, November 10, 2012

Breathe...

BREATHING LESSONS

Pulsating through my chest and out my nose–
that’s the way my life flows.
In and out is each breath I take serving
as a sign of life when I’m sleep and when I’m awake.

Pull it in deep and then blow real hard. 
Keep that pace going and fill it in your heart. 
Keep your mind clear and your soul at ease
when you follow the breathing lessons that I’m trying to teach.

Do it in the car and when you’re at work. 
Do it when you’re feeling good and when it really hurts. 
Take it in now as much as you can. 
Touch your chest and feel it expand.

Our skin starts to tingle as life flows through
as breath makes it way over me and you. 
Close your eyes and focus on the sensation. 
Take a minute to meditate and send your mind on vacation.

Lessons in breathing take you beyond–
signaling fear and increasing during fun.
I didn’t always know how to breathe. 
I would take a deep gasp and hold it inside of me.

I would restrict its power and my chest would get tight. 
This is what happens when your breathing is not right. 
This is what happens when you stop life’s flow
instead of relaxing and letting it go.

Now breathe because you have no choice.  
It’s your way of speaking when you have no voice.   
Show some indication that you are alive.  
Take a deep breath and see how you thrive.

My grandmother breathed easy without much care.   
She moved through life like she was floating on air.  
I didn’t know she was giving me a breathing lesson--
lips barely parted with her hands folded and rested. 
Exemplifying the ease at which it takes 
to quiet doubts and mend the breaks.

My other grandmother told me that’s how I came to be.   
God took my body and in it He breathed.   
So when you inhale and exhale notice your breath 
and realize God is dwelling in your chest.

Lessons in breathing tell us that in the end 
we take one last breath and  our souls fly away on the wind. 

--copyright 2012 

[Taken from my book, After the Sixth Day: Notes from a Spiritual Journey]

Friday, November 9, 2012

Natalie says "Choose Happy!"

 "Happiness is a muscle in our brain that must be worked." 
~ Natalie Osness Perez ~

Today I want to introduce you to my friend and blogger, Natalie! On her blog, she shares her journey to find and maintain balance in life. We all can relate to that challenge. Right? One thing I love about her blog is that she also has some great information on fitness, nutrition and toxic-free living.

In this post, I chose to showcase Natalie's thoughts about happiness--of course. :-) It's a refreshing addition to the conversation we're having here at my little blogspot. Well let me be quiet so you can click over, read her post, and explore her blog!

Will you join her and "Choose Happy?"

POSITIVE BALANCE FITNESS, NUTRITION, & TOXIC-FREE LIVING: Choose Happy:
Date Night! With less than 30 days left till we move, I am surprisingly keeping my cool. I have 'possibly' made that paradigm shift in m...

Happiness & Regrets


When I started writing today, it was Day #8 of NaBloPoMo… If you haven’t already, you should go check the hundreds of entries on BlogHer. Just click on the NaBloPoMo badge on the right.

Today as I was clicking around on Facebook, I was watching some Hallmark movie about love. A love that was abandoned and later revisited. You know how it all goes. :-)  That’s when the thought hit me. How many of us had a deep crush (or two) on a classmate?  A person’s name you secretly doodled in your notebook, paired your first name with his last name and probably even planned your dream wedding. lol Have you ever walked away from a relationship and later wondered what if you’d stayed?

With the advent of Facebook and all the other social media networks, you could actually peek into that person’s life now. What would you find? Would it bring up regrets? Would you realize you dodged a bullet? :-) If you’re both available, do you want to take a chance to see if love will blossom?

“Regrets are the things we do that we wish we hadn't done and the things we fail to do that we wish we had done…”  [Dr. Mark MuchnickRegrets can occur in any area of our lives not just love. For happiness sake, I try to examine all my decisions carefully and attempt to keep fear at bay in order to face life boldly! My motivation? To not wake up one day with a list of regrets. 

Interestingly enough, I found this article on regrets and happiness. You should check it out. The Regret Factor: How It Impacts Our Happiness Also, if you’ve been doing some “recon” on an old love or a school crush, how would you answer the questions above? This should be fun! :-)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Let's All Pause


Now that one of THE most stressful campaigns in presidential history is now over, we all need to relax, regroup, and move forward. Starting now...


This post would have been longer, but I’m still in the relaxing stage....








I'll tackle regroup and moving forward tomorrow….  :-)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

God Bless America

It's Election Day America! Let your voice be heard! 

Get out and vote! 


Since yesterday's post, I've been in sort of a musical mood. :-)  And I thought I'd continue that theme for today.  For your listening pleasure, I've put together a "soundtrack" to celebrate our United States of America! Kind of a montage to inspire you, move you, and remind you of who we are--TOGETHER! wooo hooo! Enjoy my fellow Americans!


Our National Anthem




Living in America




America the Beautiful



Proud to Be An American (God Bless The USA)



God Bless America



REMEMBER THESE WORDS:

...ONE Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for ALL!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Keep On Waiting...

Tomorrow is election day. This has been a rough campaign in many ways.  It’s been kind of sad, and I’ve wondered if we’ll ever stand strong again--together. Unfortunately, we’ve shown the world that we are now divisible.

So my thoughts as we face tomorrow is that we need to pray for healing, unity, and prosperity. I pray that we vote based on what’s best for everyone in America.  Meanwhile, I'll keep on waiting for our country to change...



Sunday, November 4, 2012

What Love Looks Like


It's the 4th day of NaBloPoMo, and I was searching for a prompt for inspiration on BlogHer.com. I read one from earlier this year regarding "uncertainty."  Friends, uncertainty and I have become well acquainted over these last 2-3 years. My life recently has been a series of changes--some voluntary and some involuntary. So, I took all day to think about this topic and maybe it's just me, but I discovered something.  In the middle of uncertainty, one thing was more profound than anything else--certainty!

Life has its' way of teaching you, nurturing you and growing you. And oh boy, all three were hitting me hard and some days I still feel the pressure. (That's how my book After the Sixth Day was birthed.) Yet, while life was purging me what I like to call it, a couple of things remained the same--God and love.

I don't have children of my own, but the picture above shows some of my nieces and nephews. Jasmon, Zedra and Diedra are busy young ladies and if you're reading this I'm SURE they're going to respond to Auntie's email soon. Riiight?  :-) These beautiful faces are my source of unconditional love. They are brilliant, funny, creative, talented, caring etc etc.  And just seeing them and the faces of my family remind me of the "certainty" I'm always blessed with during the "uncertainty."

As I read back over my post, these verses came to mind:

The words once more show clearly that God will change what he has made. These are the things that can be shaken. Then only the things that cannot be shaken will remain. Therefore, we must be thankful that we have a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Because we are thankful, we must serve God with fear and awe in a way that pleases him.  
Hebrews 12: 27-28

Be Blessed & Remember to hold on to what's certain!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Now! Entering the ring, we have...

Blog Readers vs. Blog Comments!!


Lately, I’ve been diving into everything blog-related.  Friends, I’m trying to craft my skills. I’m embracing my passion to write.  I’m… Well, anyway, back to what’s on my mind. I ran across an article about blog readers versus blog comments. It discussed which is more important.  Maybe I’m just enjoying the process so much, I never really thought about ranking one over the other.  However, I wondered if there was a larger conversation happening out there on the World Wide Web (there’s a throwback term for ya smile). 

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There is actually!


Here's a brief summary of what I found:

  • The importance of readers versus comments depends on the blogger’s motivation--your reason for writing.
  • Some argue that it’s not an argument to even examine, because there will be people who just don’t comment but enjoy reading.
  • Finally, there are those who believe that you should utilize tools and resources to increase comments.

Where do I stand? Whether you choose just to read, or read and comment, I’m grateful that you stopped by and took the time to visit my little blogspot! It means a lot that I'm finally doing what I love and that I'm supported by readers like you. So, read and explore until your heart’s content. Check out the tabs above, and if you’re moved to do so, leave a comment. 

Any bloggers who want to chime in, please be my guest.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Ode To A Dream


If I could live anywhere, where would it be?
It would be warmed by the sun and filled with the fragrance of the sea.
If I could live anywhere, there would have to be white sand, 
and the sounds of nature would be my own private band.

I would share it with the fishes and the seagulls flying high. 

I’d be able to run out to the balcony and watch boats sailing by.
If I could live anywhere, it would be a place where my spirit felt free, and 
it would even be close enough for my family to visit me.

Every part of my being would finally feel that I had arrived, 
as I lay back on my blanket gazing at the night sky.

If I could live anywhere, happiness would be within my reach, because I would finally—after all these years—have a home on the beach.




I'm #1320!


Welcome to the NaBloPoMo party on Yeah, I Think I’m Happy! Woo hoo! 

Now you’re thinking what is NaBloPoMo.  It’s National Blog Posting Month--a fun challenge for bloggers to post daily! It’s also a great way to indulge in my passion and give my blog some much needed attention.  :-) Confession is good for the soul. haha

November's theme is blogging for blogging’s sake. There are prompts provided each day for inspiration--love that! Hey, if you want to participate, you can still sign up. Registration closes Nov 5th.  Several hundred bloggers already have, and you can check them out on the sign up link above.  I'm #1320.

Well here goes! Most already know that I love quotes--inspiring, funny, thought-provoking, etc.  Yesterday's topic was:

My Favorite Quote 

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~ e. e. cummings

When I read these words for the first time, it was like a glorious revelation! It was an aha moment, light bulb popping on, wake up and smell the toast all wrapped up together kind of feeling. You see until I read this quote I was totally naïve to the world that was working day and night to make me someone else

I grew up in a small country community. In that world, everyone was invested in my education, my proper manners, and my church attendance. :-D I'm sure their goal was to put the fear of God in me to succeed but honestly, I feared the wrath of the elders in our community more! I mean I never saw God talking to me with a switch in hand or sometimes a pocketbook! (That's another story) *wink* But, I digress...

Besides, this quote clashed with all the other quotes I was fed: 

The world is your oyster.
Your world is what you make of it.
All the world’s a stage.

However, neither went on to say that while pursuing your dreams and defining yourself, this world may not accept it and will challenge you. Discovering this quote provided motivation and served as a reminder to never give up on what I want and never minimize who I am. 

What's your favorite quote and why?

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