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Rising Star Summer Camp
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"The WDC Birthday Bash Blog Relay" September 2021
Guest judge: March, April, May, July, August, and September 2021
June blogging questions for Welcome to My Reality "June blogging questions "
September’s "September 2021 questions my reality forum"
October’s "October welcome to my reality questions "
June2022: "Reality June 2022"
7/15/2021 "Life influences"
7/14/2021 "My Hope is found in Christ Alone. (7/14/21)"
7/13/2021 "July 13th " "Being loved."
7/12/2021 "July 12th " "Inappropriately dressed "
7/11/2021 "Dreaming Up Great News Headlines "
7/10/2021"Is Church attendance optional?"
7/9/2021 "Are You Blinded By Sin?"
7/8/2021 "Everyone should Spend Time With God Daily."
7/7/2021 "Finding Inspiration "
7/6/2021 "I can feel God's presence everywhere."
7/5/2021 "God Reveals That He Is Real!"
7/4/2021 "Happy Independence Day!🗽🇺🇸 🎆"
7/3/2021 "Everyone Has A Purpose With God"
7/2/2021 "When We Get To Heaven, We Will Know!"
7/1/2021 "I Feel God's Presence In Difficult Times"
6/30/2021 "God Chose Me!"
6/29/2021 "My Hope is Found in Jesus Christ "
6/28/2021 "I feel So Alive With Christ."
6/26/2021 "I Experience God"
6/25/2021 "Casting Our Burdens On The Lord"
6/24/2021 "Jesus Blood Was For My Guilt"
6/23/2021 "Don't complain against God"
6/22/2021 "Taking Care of The Holy Spirit's Temple"
6/21/2021 "Glorify God With Good Works"
6/19/2021 "Friendships With Other Believers."
6/18/2021 "Forgiveness "
6/17/2021 "Listening For God's Voice "
6/16/2021 "I Enjoy Spending Time With God."
6/15/2021 "God Is My Everything "
6/14/2021 "Sin Seperates Us From God"
6/12/2021 "Angels Exist"
6/11/2021 "God's Laws Lead to Success!"
6/10/2021 "Perfect Love Results in Boldness in Christ "
6/9/2021 "I Run On God's Strength (God can outlast the Energizer!)"
6/8/2021 "I Praise God With or without Healing."
6/7/2021 "By His Stripes We Are Healed"
6/5/2021 "May Our Souls Prosper"
6/4/2021 "God Loves Our Soul"
6/3/2021 "Put On Praise Like A Garment "
6/2/2021 "God Is The God That Heals"
6/1/2021 "Regular Bible study is important."
5/31/2021 "Have a Safe Memorial Day!"
5/30/2021 "Learning from a challenge "
5/29/2021 "God pursues peace."
5/28/2021 "Give it if you have it"
5/27/2021 "Keeping God's commandments in my heart"
5/26/2021 "God protects the righteous."
5/25/2021 "Wisdom Helps Us Sleep "
5/24/2021 "Wisdom and Understanding Are Very Valuable "
5/22/2021 "God Disciplines Like A Father"
5/21/2021 "Put God First In All You Gain"
5/20/2021 "Always Ask God First"
5/19/2021 "Keep Mercy and Truth Around Your Neck"
5/18/2021 "Keeping God's commandments in my heart"
5/17/2021 "Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness"
5/16/2021 "Making The World A Better Place "
5/15/2021 "Bound By Our Own Sin"
5/14/2021 "Pigs Gone Crazy"
5/13/2021 "Wisdom Knows How To Give A Soft Answer"
5/12/2021 "Happiness Glows"
5/11/2021 "Don't fall asleep in church."
5/10/2021 "Jesus did not disrespect his mother."
5/9/2021 "May 9th - Language/ Happy Mother's Day!"
5/8/2021 "Hell, You Don't Want To Go There!"
5/7/2021 "God Is My Everything "
5/6/2021 "Speak the Truth Humbly"
5/5/2021 "Heaven Is A Beautiful Place"
5/4/2021 "What Would Jesus do?"
5/3/2021 "May 3rd, 2021 - Favorite Bible Character"
5/2/2021 "Jesus Destroys the Devil’s Work"
5/1/2021 "God Wants Us To Love Ourselves "
4/30/2021 "Self-righteousness Is Sin"
4/29/2021 "Ask God First"
4/28/2021 "Jesus Writes Mercy and Truth On My Heart ❤️ "
4/27/2021 "My life Reflects Christ."
4/26/2021 "I Love Praising God."
4/24/2021 "In Christ Alone My Hope Is Found."
4/23/2021 "Reading the Bible Gives Me Peace"
4/22/2021 "I’ll Live For Him Who Died For Me."
4/21/2021 "Be ready to share the Gospel "
4/20/2021 "The Lord Delights in Me"
4/19/2021 "Jesus Christ Heals"
4/17/2021 "Share The Gospel With Others"
4/16/2021 "God Is Most Humble"
4/15/2021 "God Sets My Path Straight "
4/14/2021 "God Gives Me My Desires"
4/13/2021 "God Orders My Steps"
4/12/2021 "God Rescues His Children"
4/11/2021 "Remembering Christ's Benefits "
4/10/2021 "God's blessings are True Blessings."
4/9/2021 "The Just Are Very Blessed."
4/8/2021 "I Am Very Blessed When God is First"
4/7/2021 "Fear the Lord above all others."
4/6/2021 "God Is My Refuge. I Trust In Him."
4/5/2021 "Keeping Righteousness and Judgement "
4/3/2021 "God's Correction Is God's Love"
4/2/2021 "Faithful and Wise Servant "
4/1/2021 "Luke, Like the Beatitudes"
3/31/2021 "The Joyful Sound"
3/30/2021 "Dwelling in God's House"
3/29/2021 "Has God Chosen You?"
3/27/2021 "Blessed To Help The Poor"
3/26/2021 "Pride Comes Before The Fall"
3/25/2021 "Keeping God’s Word "
3/24/2021 "Taste And See That The Lord Is Good "
3/23/2021 "One Nation Under God"
3/22/2021 "Having no Guile"
3/20/2021 "Salvation Is A Blessing "
3/19/2021 "Blessed For Trusting In The Lord"
3/18/2021 "Offended In Christ?"
3/17/2021 "Law Of Liberty "
3/16/2021 "Believing Without Seeing"
3/15/2021 "1st Resurrection/2nd Death"
3/14/2021 "Scripture writing - Galations 5:13-15"
3/13/2021 "Watching And Waiting For Christ To Return "
3/12/2021 "Seeking God With Our Whole Heart"
3/11/2021 "Long-suffering God "
3/10/2021 "Isaiah 56:1-2"
3/9/2021 "Blessed Are They Who Do His Commandments!"
3/8/2021 "Psalm 1:1-3"
3/7/2021 "Scripture writing - Ephesians 4:22-28"
3/6/2021 "Enduring Temptation "
3/5/2021 "The Salt of the Earth "
3/4/2021 "Blessed Are The Persecuted "
3/3/2021 "Beatitudes 5, 6, and 7"
3/2/2021 "Beatitudes 3 and 4"
3/1/2021 "Beatitudes 1 and 2"
2/27/2021 "Love Others As Yourself "
2/26/2021 "Best place for a Christian at All Times"
2/25/2021 "Say “No” To Fear"
2/24/2021 "Benefits of God’s Child"
2/23/2021 "Walking In His Will"
2/22/2021 "The Lord Is My Shepherd "
2/19/2021 "Adults Being Child-like?"
2/18/2021 "How To Resist Sin"
2/17/2021 "Failure Is Not an Option "
2/16/2021 "Why does God Allow Suffering?"
2/15/2021 "Jeremiah 2:31 Explained"
2/14/2021 "Thoughts On Prayer "
2/13/2021 "Proverbs 14:14 thoughts "
2/11/2021 "Touching the Garment "
2/10/2021 "Should I Study the Bible?"
2/9/2021 "God Holds My Hand"
Jesus is my permanent anchor!
Since November is the month of Thanksgiving, we are writing about gratitude today. There are so many things we can choose to say about gratitude.
Today, gratitude is helping me make it through the day. As we are entering the holiday season, I am struggling a bit emotionally. I am feeling the loss of so many of the people that I have loved in my life, family and friends. It's just not the same without them. Each year, I try to make the most of it. I try to focus on what I have and not what I have lost. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. Just having lost the lady I was taking care of brings all those emotions back to the forefront of my heart.
I have had to say many prayers of gratitude today. I thank God for the time I was able to have with them. I thank Him for what I do have. I try to stay positive.
Gratitude puts things in perspective. It keeps us from taking things for granted. Everything and anything, people and things, that we have today are not guaranteed to be here tomorrow. Life and circumstances can change in a moment.
The Bible tells us we should give thanks in all things. (1 Thes. 5:18) Of course, when I remember that all things work together for my good (Romans 8:28) and that God has only good plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11), then it makes it a lot easier to be thankful when things don't go the way I want them too. Knowing that God has only my best interest at heart makes it easier to be thankful even when things go wrong.
My thoughts on if a Christian should celebrate Halloween:
If you can do it to glorify God, I believe it is ok. However, everything about Halloween in my opinion screams evil and fear. God doesn't give us the spirit of fear. So, where does fear come from? That's something to consider. Although, I believe to everything there is a time and purpose, therefore, follow the Holy Spirit's leading and you will never go wrong.
|The elderly lady I had been caring for passed away September 7th. I ended up cleaning a lot of her belongings out of her apartment. My living room looks like a storage unit. I will be working on that hopefully over the next couple of weeks. Shortly after I had got stuff moved out of her apartment, I became ill. I went through a round of COVID, got over it and a couple days later got sick again. I ran a fever for 4 or 5 days, it broke, then came back a few days later. I am still waiting for it to go away again. I have never had a fever this many days in a row in my life. Needless to say I have a doctor's appointment scheduled.
|I gave the elderly neighbor notice that on August first I would stop providing care. It was hard at first, because I had to say, "No" when asked to do things after August 1st. Finally, a little over a week later, Hospice finally placed her in a facility. It was about 6 days after that before we knew if it was a permanent placement or not. In the meantime, I took care of her little Yorkie. It has been determined that since the dog had already bonded with me that I would take possession of her. The neighbor's daughter also gave me the title to her car. It needs some work and has high milage, but it runs. God continues to provide my needs.
Another thing that has been up in the air is if we are moving or not. Our lease is up for renewal and rent is going up another $65 per month. So, this has been a tough decision to make as my roommate and I like living where we are. I think we are going to stay put, but their are still a couple of factors that could change that. So, continued prayers are appreciated.
I have been spending a lot of time this month just trying to recover and rest. This whole ordeal really took a toll on me mentally, emotionally, and physically. Thank God ts is finally coming to an end.
|As you know, I have been caring for my elderly neighbor. She is on hospice but has been relying heavily on me for care. It is just getting to be too much for me. I will be giving her a notice that I will no longer be her caregiver as of August first. Prayers for me as I deal with this situation, and prayers that she will accept it and get the proper care she needs and be placed in a long-term care facility are much needed. I have tried to avoid having to give up on her care until I knew someone else would care for her, but she has to make that decision for herself and by me giving her notice she will have time to get other arrangements set up. If she fails to do so, it's on her. It breaks my heart to have to do it this way.
It's been a while since I have been able to be as active as desired. Life got kind of crazy. I have been trying to run my own multi-level marketing businesses, take care of my roommate, take care of my elderly neighbor (who I might add is requiring more and more care), keep both households clean, run all the errands and make the doctor visits for everyone. Needless to say, after several months of this, I am worn out. Plus, also consider that I have my own health issues.
I am in the process of making personal adjustments to get my life back on track and more manageable. I have learned that I am not Super Woman, or I need a new cape because the one I currently have is no longer working. (ha-ha)
Anyway, the elderly lady is on at-home hospice care which is pretty similar to home health care only it's hospice. Tomorrow, she is supposed to go to a facility for respite care. I am hoping they are able to evaluate her and realize that she does not need to be living by herself anymore. I just can no longer provide her with proper care that she needs. I am praying they keep her. I honestly don't think she will last much longer either way. She continues to grow weaker by the day. I hope I don't sound cold, but I honestly need someone to step up and take this responsibility off my shoulders. It's about knowing my limits.
I plan to make a diet plan and schedule to hopefully help manage the rest of it. It may take me a little time to fully recover. I hope and pray after that I can spend more time on WDC again. Life just got to be overwhelming. I would appreciate the prayers.
November 3rd prompt
write about your favorite character in the Bible.
I think my favorite character in the Bible has always been David. For some reason, I have always felt I could relate to him in some way, especially in the Psalms.
November 4th prompt
Choose 2 scripture verses that you like really well to write about.
My favorite is Psalms 37:23-24
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.
What an awesome promise!
The first scripture I ever learned when I was in kindergarten was Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
November 5th prompt
Is it right to say, "No!" when someone ask for help? Why or why not?
I struggle with this one personally. I desire to help everyone. It is hard for me to say no. I want to love everyone with the love of Jesus, but I cause myself to feel completely poored out because I need to learn to say no more often.
November 7th prompt
Do you fear God? Why or why not?
The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom. Yes, I fear God in a reverential way. He gave me life and he can take it away. Like a child loves and adores their parent and wants to be just like them, is how I love God. I fear him enough to obey him. I don't want to offend him or hurt him because I love him. When you are in a relationship with anyone, you don't want to hurt or offend them. That can hurt your relationship with them. It is the same with God. I don't ever want him to be so angry at me that he turns his back on me, and that is Biblical.
I believe in angels. Some people may think I am crazy when I tell them I have seen them more than once in my life. They are messengers and servants of God. There is a scripture where someone was going to worship the angel before them but they told them not to do so because they are fellow servant of God just as the man was. It is a beautiful thing if you ever get the experience to see an angel worship God. It is hard to put into words, but I have seen it. The love and true adoration the angel showed toward God completely changed the way I myself worship him. What a privalage for us to be able to enter into God's presence in praise and prayer. Yes, even while we are here on earth. He is here with us. Sometimes the experience with an angel can be so glorious and overwhelming, you can't even put it into words. However, I can say this. Know that God loves you. His love is overwhelming and overtaking. His love is glorious. His love is amazing and hard to comprehend.
Angels are not to be worshipped. Angels are spiritual beings. They are real. They are helpers. They protect us. They watch over us. They are entertained by us. They stand before God daily.
These are all the things that pop into my head at the moment.
As we move into November, Thanksgiving is the next holiday. This holiday is not as controversial to Christians as Halloween. Do you believe a Christian should celebrate Thanksgiving? If you do, how do you plan to celebrate this year?
I believe that most of our "holidays" it seems have pagan roots. Yes, even Thanksgiving has pagan roots. If you do the research, you can find that out. I think what matters most is what is on your heart. I think Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on your blessings and give God praise. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
I feel kind of bad for blogging myself for a while, but life got crazy. I am going to try to get better at least on this blog. I should also share my thoughts with you. It is sharing one another's thoughts and examining ourselves that we are able to grow together spiritually. I appreciate your patience and understanding.
|These are just some random thoughts today. I have allowed myself to become overwhelmed. I am a person who aspires to do a lot of things all at once. For a while I seem to move along just fine with everything, moving back and forth from one project to the next. Then something in life happens to upset the applecart so to speak, and I seem to fall apart and get behind. Then I get overwhelmed.
I take care of my roommate who is disabled. I also have some health issues of my own. I take care of our elderly dog. I have a Pampered Chef business and a Tupperware business. I also sell handmade craft items. I have my duties here on Writing.com which I enjoy. I like to stay busy and occupied.
Then along comes and elderly neighbor and her adorable little dog. I love to help others. I did offer my neighbor assistance when needed. However, it has become more of a burden than I wanted. Now she depends on me as if I was her daughter. She can be demanding, smothering and obsessive at times, even possessive. I realize she is lonely. I don't want to hurt her feelings, but I do not wish to be responsible for her. I am just trying to be a good friend and neighbor. I try to love others with the love of Jesus. She will sometimes pay me to do stuff for her and she is good about giving me a ride when needed. I definitely don't want to lose the transportation aspect because I don't have a car of my own. I have gotten myself in between a rock and a hard place with her.
Anyway, a couple of months ago, my neighbor broke her hip and left rehab AMA after having a surgery to repair the broken hip. I have tried to be there for her and help her. It's no surprise she is still having issues with the hip. I have had to pick her up out of the floor a couple of times since she broke her hip. She has a follow-up doctor's appointment Wednesday. I am at a point where I wonder if I am truly helping her. I think she takes advantage of my kindness.
I have tried communicating with her daughter. Her daughter and her have a strained relationship. So that has gotten a whole lot of nowhere because they have a hard time getting along. In fact, the neighbor has tried to place me between her and her daughter because she is afraid her daughter will place her in a nursing home. Here I am in a place I don't want to be and not completely sure how we got here.
Then I am hard on myself because I don't feel like I am able to keep up with it all. I am behind on my house cleaning and have neglected my business a couple of days just trying to catch up. Then I ended up having an autoimmune flare up probably due to the stress of it all. I am left feeling frustrated and exhausted.
I want to keep up with my writing, and I am briefly jumping on here every day that I can. I am trying to keep up with emails and other things. However, it appears I may have accidently overlooked some. For that, I am sorry.
This is going to probably sound bad, but I was exposed directly to someone who tested positive for Covid Friday. I am actually thankful to have a few days of quarantine. I have to quarantine with my roommate because she is very high risk. However, that means I have a few days to stay in and just focus on my own responsibilities. If I don't get sick, maybe I can play a little bit of catchup.
...Pray for me...
I share all of this not to complain, but because I know I am not the only one who struggles. Life has its ups and downs no matter how "good" you try to be. We all fail. We are all human. I thank God that I don't have to face life's problems alone because I have his Holy Spirit with me. Sometimes, things meant by Satan to harm us can be God's way of giving us exactly what we need at that time.