Embrace Grace

I have been reading a book by Liz Curtis Higgs. Embrace Grace. I just have to say that over the past years I have kinda thought that I had a lot of work to do in order to realize the freedom that God has for me. Its like its always been just out of reach. I even admit that sometimes I have dreaded the next step that I would have to take to really be able to embrace freedom.  In her book, Liz talks about building a door instead of a ladder. This has changed my perspective of freedom. My healing, my freedom, my future are more dependent upon my Saviour and the gift that I have already received, than on my effort. Grace is such a wondrous gift. I’m so glad that my freedom does not depend upon my performance, or my strength, or my gifts. It is because of what Christ did thousands of years ago that I can be truly free.

So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36 

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18 Things to do to overcome boredom that don’t cost a thing

  1. Memorize a Bible Verse or a Piece of Poetry that you love.
  2. Read a good book – I love spending time at the local library. Find a book or just browse books of interest.
  3. Go for a walk- I have many wonderful walking paths where I live. I try to find something beautiful to take a picture of, or just a place where I love to be.
  4. Window Shop – My favourite is a craft store. Just to take a stroll and dream about something. Lots of new products to explore.
  5. Learn a new hobby – For me a new knitting pattern, might be just what I need, but how about learning something like origami, or painting
  6. Watch a movie – I have Netflix now, but before that I used the Library to borrow movies and documentaries
  7. Phone a friend or family member – I love phoning my kids, and my mom and dad love to hear from me.
  8. Write in your journal – I love writing, I have public journals and private journals.
  9. Unsubscribe to all the emails that you are receiving that you don’t want – something I keep putting off. If I ever get really bored. This would be a great way to spend a few minutes.
  10. Paint your nails – I have special time about once a week. I give myself a facial with warm, warm water, I do my nails, I have a special pampering box with creams and nail polish for this time.
  11. Watch music videos- I watch worship music videos and colour at the same time.
  12. Make a vision board- I normally write a list of things I would like to try and another list of things that I would like to change. I have made a scrapbook before with just things that were important to me. You could just use poster paper and old magazines to make a vision board. I also have used apps to make a vision board before.
  13. Look into ways that you can volunteer – I have met many new people by doing volunteer work. I am currently working on a project that will take about 100 hours to complete. I have always wanted to give back to certain people that have enriched my life.
  14. Pinterest – I spend hours exploring Pinterest.
  15. Do a puzzle or a crossword – I do like puzzling. I have computer puzzles, I also play bingo from time to time. Puzzles come in many forms. I personally like wordsearch puzzles better than crosswords. Again apps are available.
  16. Create a emergency plan for yourself – I have learned this the hard way. Make a plan of what you will do in case of an emergency. What, Who, When, How, and Why.  I am alone at this time in my life. It means I am a little family of one. I need to know what to do if my situation changes. This has got nothing to do with my relationship with God. It just sets my mind at ease to have this list in the back of a notebook somewhere. Also create a will, and make sure your kids know what you would want if something happens.
  17. Write on-line reviews or take part in an online discussion – This is something I am just starting to do. I think it takes a while, and you have to be a constant voice. I especially am trying to involve myself in discussions in LinkedIn, and WordPress. I also enjoy participating in the word prompts on Word Press.
  18. Drink a full glass of water – I don’t drink enough water. pexels-photo-876401

 

 

 

 

A Wrinkle in Time

Wrinkle – a slight line or fold in something especially in fabric or the skin of the face.

I worried much more about wrinkles in my earlier life. Today, they are just part of my story.  I proudly wear wrinkles at times, other times clothing is all about comfort.  I am thinking about the commercial about looking very comfortable. Wrinkles are comfortable and beautiful. They tell a story about where I have been, maybe they tell too much about whats important to me. This year has been a year of being the real me. The real me just wants things to be easy and comfortable. I want to spend my time and money on making my life better for me, not making an impression on people that really don’t care about my wrinkles in the first place.  Life has its wrinkles, it adds interest.  I wear those I do have with pride. crumpled papervia Daily Prompt: Wrinkle

Suddenly

Lately I hear about suddenly’s. Suddenly life changes, Suddenly’s come to everyone. It might be good news, it might be bad news. Suddenly life takes a turn in different direction. I have suddenly’s that I savour. Suddenly my child says he loves me. Suddenly I get a long awaited phone call with good news. Other suddenly’s I remember in sadness. Remember suddenly losing an infant to sids. Suddenly a job I had accepted, no longer fit. Suddenly a phone call about a loved one being sick,  or bad news. I am thankful for a God that has my back while I face today’s suddenly. Help me to face today with courage and wisdom. Help me to remember that other people also suddenly will have to cope with change. Help us be gracious to each other. flowers-marguerites-destroyed-deadvia Daily Prompt: Suddenly

18 of my Favourite Quotes

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  1. “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today” – Will Rogers
  2. “You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are” -Joyce Meyer
  3. “Believe you can and your halfway there” Theodore Roosevelt
  4. “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or to be the mirror that reflects it” Edith Wharton
  5. “The secret to your success is determined by your daily agenda” John Maxwell
  6. “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened” – Billy Graham
  7. “I may not be where I need to be but I thank God I am not where I use to be” – Joyce Meyer
  8. “Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty during good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses. – Ann Landers
  9. “Every man must do two things alone; He must do his own believing and his own dying” – Martin Luther
  10.  “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman
  11. “I am a yarnaholic. That means that I have more yarn stashed away than anyone person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There is something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel like I could never have enough. – Debbie Macomber
  12. ” Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend” – Martin Luther
  13. “You are designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness”- Zig Ziglar
  14. “Peace begins with a smile” – Mother Teresa
  15. “When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that those instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen instead to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” – Henri Nouwen
  16. “Its easier to prevent bad habits than break them” – Benjamin Franklin
  17. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd”- Max Lucado
  18. “Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy” – Brian Tracy

The Fabric of Life

Today, I sit contemplating the importance of deciding on values that are important to me and how the canvas that represents my 53 years has been knit and shaded in a variety of different stitches and so many amazing colours by the events and the experiences that have made me, me. As I think back to lost loves and hurtful experiences, I find that my values have been reassessed and my pattern has been modified because of these experiences. My experiences, born out of a naivety have created the canvas that I am so proud of today. I have come to learn that my mental and physical health are much more important to me than they were before I went through the pain and inexperience of youth.  I still want to add value to lives, and hope to use my experiences to help improve the fabric of the lives that touch mine on a daily basis. Unless I value myself and embrace the tapestry of my life, I am not of much use to you. Daily Prompt: Fabriccropped-pict00011.jpg

18 Things I do that make me smile

  1. Spending time hanging out with my kids makes me smile
  2. Watching a good movie makes me smile
  3. Learning something new makes me smile
  4. Hearing a good joke makes me smile
  5. I smile when I feel like I am making a difference to the people around me
  6. I smile when I read a good book
  7. Knitting can make me smile
  8. Enjoying a beautiful sunny day makes me smile
  9. Finishing a complicated project makes me smile
  10. I smile when I am in the wool aisle of any store
  11. I smile when I feel grateful for the place I am at right now
  12. I smile at all the colours that fill my world
  13. I smile when I play with my son’s dog
  14. I smile when I cuddle the cat
  15. I smile when I can sleep in
  16. Walking in the woods or by the water makes me smile
  17. I smile at a kind word even if sometimes I encourage myself
  18. I smile when I write