A friend; loves at all times… is always loyal… born to help in time of need… It is for adversity such a brother is born. – Proverbs 17:17 – Various
Life Lesson: “Let Your Dreams Be Bigger than Your Fears, Your Actions Louder than your Words, and Your Faith Stronger than Your Feelings!“
We’re Back … Glad to be back too. … What a vacation … We have not had one that lasted for two weeks in a long, long time. HR department said use it or lose it. You know the rest. It was a lot of fun, a lot of work around the house, a couple of trips, and more. Michelle and I are happy to be back and will bring you up-to-date over the next several days.
- “Genius is ninety percent perspiration and ten percent inspiration.” – Thomas Edison
- “He that cannot obey, cannot command.” – Ben Franklin
- “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.” – Chinese Proverb
Music Triggers Good Feelings: Whether it’s the Chris Tomlin or Darlene Zschech, you like music for the same reason that you like eating: It makes the brain release a chemical that gives pleasure. A new study says the tie to the chemical in your brains, dopamine, helps explain why music is so widely popular across cultures. That let the experimenters study how the brain handles both anticipation and arrival of a musical rush.The volunteers chose a wide range of music. (AP)
Which brings me to a question. how are you doing on the 30 day challenge? Not only does the music bring you up, but I submit the Spiritual aspect of Christian music will take your emotions and spirit even to a higher plane. So, how is the challenge going? (kswp.org or kavx.org)
It’s a Journey: Every year, probably since I was a teenager, I have determined to do better in the New Year. You know – to do something or not do something, or to do something more or to do something less. It’s the same good New Year’s routine we can all fall into, because we desire to change for the better!
Yet, I have grown older and hopefully wiser in the Lord and I look at this differently. Sure I take an inventory, however, I now try to do what God tells me to do … Example – Ecclesiastes 5:18, relax and enjoy the life He has given you! Remembering this life is but a vapor and things staying cleaned are less than that.
Instead of just trying to read through the Bible … I read until the Lord quickens my spirit to a scripture or a set of scriptures. Example, Galatians 5:18-23 … when you are directed by the Holy Spirit … You will not follow the desires of your sinful nature … and the Holy Spirit will produce in you this kind of fruit in your life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control … Then I stay there … meditating, pondering, and rethinking my life. I then journal and with God’s help apply what God is saying to me. It’s a journey! (BTW, I was on this passage for several months … Then God moved me to Colossians 3 … Go look at it … You might chuckle.)
Overwhelming Hobbies: Does your hobby wear you out? Do you love to do something but you never seem to have thee time or energy to enjoy it? I do… not that I go to do any of my favorite hobby over my vacation but I am happy to report that I am on the journey to begin again and so the following story.
One of my favorite hobbies is scrap-booking and in order to scrapbook you need open space… and organizational tools. This was the object of one of my my vacation projects.. create a space where I can create. I almost got there. Just before returning to work my magazine arrived! The new subscription to Scrapbook etc. came in the mail! I ran in the house squealing with delight… took a pic with trusty cell phone and posted it on Facebook. I should had read it first. After flipping through the pages I got so overwhelmed I had to take a nap. While I’m not quite done with my space yet I’m already looking for ways to simply. Maybe you share the same difficulties and we can help each other out. I used on of my favorite tools to help… “Google” and found a helpful article on how to put the fun back into scrap-booking.
It can happen to the best of scrap-bookers. It can happen to the best-intentioned want-to-be-scrappers, too. It can strike while staring at a blank scrapbook page, paralyzed about what to do next. It can set in when you’re standing in the aisles of your local scrapbook store, surrounded by choices, options, and embellishments galore. It can hit when you pick up your 100th pack of un-scrap-booked photos from the developer. Suddenly, where once you had an enjoyable hobby you love, now you have dread. Here are simple strategies to help you overcome overwhelm and put the fun back into scrap-booking!
- Re-Clarify Your Goals: Get back to the basics by clearly defining your reasons for scrap-booking and why it’s an important aspect of your life.
- Pare Down: Let go of excess ideas. Pare down to only your favorite and most important products. Complete your half-finished pages, even if it means giving yourself permission to do it less than perfectly.
- Let Go of Limiting Expectations: Scrap-booking can be whatever you want it to be. Want to slide your photos into a photo album, add an embellishment or two and record the date? Great! That’s a scrapbook! Want to create a notebook to jot down quotes your kids’ say and maybe add a photo here and there? Fantastic! Call it a scrapbook and be happy!
- Tackle Photo Backlog in Bursts: Carve out small bursts of time to do sorting. Decide on a schedule you can commit to—and then keep at it!
- Play Favorites: Consider scrap-booking only your very favorite photos! There’s no rule that says if you start scrap-booking you must scrapbook all of your photos.
- Think Small: Sometimes the mere size of a 12 x 12 scrapbook page can be overwhelming. Give some of the other sizes a try and make a mini-album on a single topic or theme.
- Consider Using Kits: Scrapbook kits take the design dilemmas out of the scrapbook process. If design and product selection are a source of overwhelm for you, a kit could be just your ticket to a life free of scrapbook overwhelm.
- When You Find What Works … Keep On Doing It!