Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.
Remember these? My mom used to buy them and hide them in between the couch cushions. She was diabetic and they weren’t exactly in the diet. She’s in heaven now, eating all the peanuts she wants!
From a famous writer or celebrity, to a WordPress.com blogger or someone close to you — who would you like to be your biographer?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us WORDS.
I would have my kids write my story. And my husband. They have been there for the whole story, the good, the bad, and the ugly. They know me at my best and my worst. And I love them all!
This painting is from my oldest Daughter. She made it when she was in High School and it was inspired by the Tracy Bonham song, “Whether You Fall”. I needed this song and painting many times in my life. And the video still makes me cry! Thanks Jen!
WHETHER YOU FALL
By Tracky Bonham
Whether it’s the sunshine
Whether it’s the rain
Doesn’t make a difference
Till you complain
Whether it’s the water comin’ in from the roof
Does it piss you off
That you’re not waterproof?
Whether you fall
Means nothing at all
It’s whether you get up
It’s whether you get up
And you hate the silence
As it fills up the room
And there’s not much to say
To your blushing groom
Maybe all eyes are on you
As you finish the race
And the world sees you struggling
For last place
Whether you fall
Means nothing at all
It’s whether you get up
It’s whether you get up
Whether you fall
Means nothing at all
Whether you get up
Whether you get up
But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 MSG)
Tell us about the last time you had a real, deep, crying-from-laughing belly laugh.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us JOYFUL.
I have to admit, I am rolling on the floor almost every night – with Pinterest Humor. I usually wait until around 9 or 10 pm, then I’m ready! Here are a few of my laughs. Seriously, no really, I have to laugh – everyday. I have kids – it’s either find the humor or check me back into the rubber room!
What makes a blog great? What makes you follow a blog or “Like” a post?
I never really thought about this before. So I had to think about what I was thinking about when I click that ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button. Does that make sense? I follow a lot of blogs, and I like a lot of posts. And then there are some that I don’t even finish reading. So, here’s my list, take it or leave it, I love you all just the same…
Don’t hide from me, tell me what you are feeling. I am probably or have probably felt that way too. I don’t like ‘tell me’ blogs, I like ‘show me’ blogs. No one likes to be told what to do. You know, the ones you read that say, do this or else… Self righteous people are a turn off. I want to just say to them, “It’s not all about you.” And we all have heartbreaks, heartaches…will you share yours? What helped you heal? What do you do with the yucky part?
Quest for truth
What is real? What is not? What are you looking for? Why? I am a seeker too, maybe we can go on this journey together. What have you learned on your journey so far?
You can tell when someone is prideful or arrogant, it shows in their words. Humbleness is attractive, and inviting. Will you just be yourself? Or are you pretending to be someone else?
I struggle with things, we all do. None of us can do everything right. But are you brave enough to share your struggles with us? Will you share where you have failed? or where you are seeking to improve? To me, that is courage.
Will you let us see the real you? Will you allow your heart to be exposed? Will you admit that sometimes you don’t have all the answers? Will you share your pain as well as your pleasure?
What is going well with you? What are some positive things that you have had victory over? Is it always a ‘poor me’ attitude? When you share a story of victory it gives me hope that I will have victory in my life too. I admit, sometimes when I am down I need to read about someone who has had a victory. I want a hero, something to hold onto when I am fumbling around in the dark.
What spirit are you feeding? I admit, sometimes I read these blogs to help me heal. Will you point me to hope or to hopelessness? This is not a one time post, we all have down days. But what direction are you going with your blog? What do you see as its purpose?
Are you respectful to your readers? Or do you insult them? Are you looking for an argument? If we disagree on a subject, how do you respond? Disrespectful people are just not fun to be around. We all have value, whether we agree with each other or not.
Love, not infatuation or sex, but love. Will you keep telling your story? Why do you tell your story? Will you allow us to sit beside you on the journey? Are you patient, kind, long-suffering with us? Do you respond to our comments? Do we matter to you? Who are you serving?
Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure – not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.
God has promised to restore – what has been lost. I have to admit, there are some things I thought would never be restored. I thought that was just the price I had to pay. You know, you screwed up so bad, you thought God would never give you back that part of your life. I was wrong. Let me tell you a story.
About 18 years ago, I got divorced. It was not a good time in my life, and the relationship that I was in was not healthy – at all. Abusive. Demeaning. You know – just plain icky. Well, I left, for my own safety. It was that or die in that old house. My ex got the house in the divorce – and the kids. It’s hard to prove you are a good mom, when he has cut you off from all your friends and family. And even turned your best friend against you.
So, for the last 18 years I have been renting. My kids and I have lived in DV shelters, and then subsidized housing for a while. Apartment, to Duplex, to renting a house this past 2 1/2 years. God has been faithful and always provided for me and the kids. He is true to His Word. We thought all was lost about a month ago. Our landlords had some things go on in their lives and long story short, the house we were living in got put on the market. For Sale – and nothing we could do about it. My husband and I called a bank to see if they would give us a mortgage. The answer was NO. There was too many old bills from our previous marriages that would have to be paid in order for them to give us a loan. So we accepted that fact, and started looking for somewhere else to rent. We thought it would take about 2 years to get everything cleaned up, and we would apply again. Told the kids – they went crazy.They did NOT want to move. This was their home, and they loved it. The assessor came, the Realtor came, and so did the first showing. It was awful. Nothing like leaving your house while someone else comes in to see if they want it. It was a very stressful month.
With man it may be impossible, but with God – all things are possible!
What can I say. After a month or so, God stepped in. He showed how awesome He is. The Bank President called us. We don’t even have an account at this bank. He asked if we would be interested in buying the property. We said YES, but that we had been turned down recently due to past debt issues. He said, “well, why don’t we just look at things, give me some information.” So we gave him our personal info over the phone.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.
He called back the next day. He asked us to fill out a loan application. We did and I brought it to the bank that same day. I walked into this new bank, and the lady at the desk asked me,”Can I help you?” I said “Yes,I’m here to see John (name changed).” “Who?” she said. “John” I said. She looked at me like I was from another planet or something. I said, “John, the President.” “John, the President?” she said. “Yes.” I said. I got the raised eyebrow. You know, like who are you chickie? Then she said, “well, he’s not in right now.” So I left the papers at the desk, for John, the President of the bank. lol! I was laughing all the way back to the car.
And you will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a witness to bear testimony before them and to the Gentiles (the nations). But when they deliver you up, do not be anxious about how or what you are to speak; for what you are to say will be given you in that very hour and moment, For it is not you who are speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
He called the next day – they were going to give us a loan! Praise God! For no money down, at a price $15,000 less than the asking price. Oh yeah, and our principal and interest payment would be LESS than the rent we had paid for the last 2 1/2 years! We closed on our house yesterday. My husband and I exchanged keys…God is good, and can and will restore everything!
Excerpts from Jeremiah 33:3
2 Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name:
3 Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).
6 Behold, [in the future restored Jerusalem] I will lay upon it health and healing, and I will cure them and will reveal to them the abundance of peace (prosperity, security, stability) and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to be reversed and will rebuild them as they were at first.
8 And I will cleanse them from all the guilt and iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will forgive all their guilt and iniquities by which they have sinned and rebelled against Me.
9 And [Jerusalem] shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth that hear of all the good I do for it, and they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace, prosperity, security, and stability I provide for it.
11 [There shall be heard again] the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the house of the Lord, Give praise and thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good; for His mercy and kindness and steadfast love endure forever! For I will cause the captivity of the land to be reversed and return to be as it was at first, says the Lord.
12 Thus says the Lord of hosts: In this place which is desolate, without man and without beast, and in all its cities, there shall again be dwellings and pastures of shepherds resting their flocks.
13 In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South (the Negeb), in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah shall flocks pass again under the hands of him who counts them, says the Lord.
14 Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the good promise I have made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
15 In those days and at that time will I cause a righteous Branch [the Messiah] to grow up to David; and He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days Judah shall be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell safely. And this is the name by which it will be called, The Lord is Our Righteousness (our Rightness, our Justice).
Often, our blogs have taglines. But what if humans did, too? What would your tagline be?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us ADVERTISING.
My Tagline would be and is:
BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF
As a man thinks in his heart , so he becomes…
When I kept telling myself I was depressed – I stayed depressed
When I kept telling myself I was broke – I stayed broke
When I kept telling myself I give up – I quit
Ms. D had to have a ‘thought operation’ and discard all my old ways of thinking. God told me I was blessed. So I say these verses out loud over and over to myself, until I get it. I use my faith like a muscle and believe them BEFORE I see them. Then, because God is true to His word, it comes to pass. really – I mean it.
I had to make a conscious choice NOT to say the first thing that came to my head. That usually wasn’t God, it was me – talking down to myself. And it was not true.
Do you want to see miracles in your life and in your family’s life? Start confessing the Word of God out loud over yourself and your family. God is faithful. He will renew your mind as he is constantly renewing mine. I don’t have it all together yet, but I am way better than I used to be. And the amazing thing is that God will use us along the way!
Try it, what have you got to lose?
Change your thinking and change your life!
NO, I am not preaching a Prosperity Gospel, I believe in Christ Crucified. But Christ did not die for me to stay bound in lack, poverty, or depression. Jesus came to give me life and give it to me more abundantly. And I have to tell you, not everyone will like it when you begin to prosper. That old mean jealousy streak will come out in those you least expect. God is greater than our hearts, and I trust Him, in Jesus Name.
The following are from Joseph Prince’s Resources at
And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. – Deuteronomy 8:18
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9
The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. – Deuteronomy 28:8
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine. – Proverbs 3:9–10
Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. – Deuteronomy 28:3–6
You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock. – Deuteronomy 7:14
The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it. – Proverbs 10:22
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:19
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. – Luke 6:38
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. – 2 Corinthians 9:10-11
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. – Psalm 1:3
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? – Romans 8:32
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. – 2 Corinthians 1:20
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. – 2 Corinthians 9:8
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6–7
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. – 1 John 5:14–15
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 John 1:2
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! – Matthew 7:11
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. – Matthew 6:31–32
…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. – Psalm 34:10
Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause; and let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” – Psalm 35:27
The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, but He casts away the desire of the wicked. – Proverbs 10:3
For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9
The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath… – Deuteronomy 28:12–13
The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd.
By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. (Hebrews 1:11:1-3 AMP)
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
For by [faith—trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.
By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:103 AMP)
By Faith We Understand
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 NKJV)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
Help us with this faith thing. You know we tend to believe what we see with our eyes. You call us to trust in what You have said in your Word – things we can’t always see. You spoke and it just was. Help us to put more faith in You and your Word, and less in ourselves and in what we see right now. Heal our wounds and brokenness, and let us help each other out on this journey called life, in Jesus Name.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP)
Oh! Teach us to live well!
Teach us to live wisely and well!
Come back, God—how long do we have to wait?—
and treat your servants with kindness for a change.
Surprise us with love at daybreak;
then we’ll skip and dance all the day long.
Make up for the bad times with some good times;
we’ve seen enough evil to last a lifetime.
Let your servants see what you’re best at—
the ways you rule and bless your children.
And let the loveliness of our Lord, our God, rest on us,
confirming the work that we do.
Oh, yes. Affirm the work that we do! (Psalm 90:12-17 MSG)
Every so often my husband takes the pictures off my phone, and puts them on his computer. I said to him tonight, “Hey, do you have that picture of the smileys for sale?” Of course, he asked where was it taken? I don’t know (idk). When was taken? idk. Where was it taken? idk. But, being the good detective he is, he found it and sent it to me with the following description,
“The photo of that place with a smiley face but I don’t know when or where!”
yep, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus….lol ;D
When faced with confrontation, do you head for the hills or walk straight in? Was there ever a time you wished you’d had the opposite reaction?
Honestly, there are times I stay and fight, and times I turn away. I really don’t like confrontation. I like peace. Have you ever had someone screaming in your face? I hate that. That is just plain wrong in my book. If you have lived through abuse you know what I mean. Words getting shoved down your throat, whether you agree or disagree doesn’t matter. I remember standing there and ‘checking out’ mentally. It was like I was there, but not there. Have you ever done this? Tuned out? Someone told me to picture a mirror in front of myself, and that all the words that He was throwing at me would bounce back to him. I did this, and then started laughing. Not recommended – he really got mad then! That was a ‘flight’ situation, I got away!
For me, I had to learn to stop and ask God, do I stay or do I run? He gave me wisdom in every situation. All I had to do was stop and ask.
GOD’S PROMISE TO YOU:
“I am Lady Wisdom, and I live next to Sanity; Knowledge and Discretion live just down the street. The Fear-of-God means hating Evil, whose ways I hate with a passion— pride and arrogance and crooked talk.
Good counsel and common sense are my characteristics; I am both Insight and the Virtue to live it out. With my help, leaders rule, and lawmakers legislate fairly; With my help, governors govern, along with all in legitimate authority.
I love those who love me; those who look for me find me. Wealth and Glory accompany me— also substantial Honor and a Good Name.
My benefits are worth more than a big salary, even avery big salary; the returns on me exceed any imaginable bonus.
You can find me on Righteous Road—that’s where I walk— at the intersection of Justice Avenue, Handing out life to those who love me, filling their arms with life—armloads of life!
(Proverbs 8:12-21 MSG)
MY PRAYER FOR YOU:
I pray that you give us wisdom in our normal, everyday life. Show us when to fight and when to flee. You know all things, you are our protection and our Savior, keep us safe and protected from harm. Deliver us from the hand of any enemies. You alone are God, and we praise You, in Jesus Name!