This view greeted me when I opened the sliding glass door drapes a few moments ago. I am not ready for this.
Coming tomorrow the start of a colorful series over on OgleOhio.com. I meant to publish this on OgleOhio but put it here instead. Guess that is what I get for trying to blog after being out of bed for 20 minutes and not had any coffee yet. 😀
Hope everyone is well and enjoying autumn. The summer heat went on vacation (along with the Cleveland Indians) and the autumn cold arrived. It’s been in the upper 30’s at night and 50’s during the day.
I remodeled the Resources section of the menu.
If you hover over Resources, you will find individual pages for books, music, podcasts, websites and YouTube channels.
Each page will be updated periodically throughout the year as I find more resources for you. While I am not blogging regularly, I still want this site to be useful for people who visit.
I’ve given Holiday Helps its own place in the menu for those who struggle with the upcoming holiday season. Even if you are not grieving but find yourself burnt out from the chaos and dizzying pace of the season, you will find relief there.
I hope you will find the remodeled Resources section helpful throughout the years ahead.
Remodeling My Life
All is well and if it hopefully continues to be well, I will begin remodeling my life this Sunday. Hallelujah and Thank you, God
Enjoy the rest of your fall and have a safe and happy Halloween.
Shortly after I first started blogging, I found Ferree Hardy’s website – Widows Christian Place. GriefShare was listed as a resource so I knew this was a good site. Ferree and I became friends and have corresponded with each other throughout the years.
Most recently she was writing about and sharing other widow’s butterfly stories, so I submitted my butterfly story and she published it today.
Here are the links to the other butterfly articles:
I was not going to do another post until Thanksgiving or Christmas but knew I needed to do something about my summer and a possible future project.
Hopefully, everyone had a wonderful summer and got to take a vacation. I spent time with my step-brother and his wife, who came in from Arizona. Along with my Mom, we went to Amish country and visited my cousin’s cheese house. That was the extent of my vacation time.
Other than that, I am still at my virtual logistics call center job and as of this writing, I am still working Friday – Tuesday. This has been my shift for over a year. It stinks in good weather because I can not go to church or spend time with family and friends without having to take paid or unpaid time off.
It will not be so bad in a few weeks once the weather becomes cold as during winter months I am very much a homebody. At least my start time is a little later in the day and not 8 -5 during the cold and dreary Ohio weather. While I am not normally a morning person, last fall and winter was a major struggle – worse than normal.
Every October numerous bloggers participate in Write 31 Days where they write about a topic for 31 days. It is tough to do unless you already write every day. Last year was the first year I did not participate and I will not be participating again this year. Instead, I will be doing – 31 Days of Autumn in Ohio on my photo blog OgleOhio.
Don’t get too excited, the last time I did this all the trees were still green around town. The color was along the freeways and I will not pull over on the freeway just to take a picture.
So you may see a lot of green on OgleOhio in October.
There are 3 1/2 months left in this year and I am trying to figure out what to do to make 2018 a productive year to remember. I feel like I am at a crossroads but do not know what to do or which direction to go.
One thing I am toying with doing is starting a Facebook group for JoyReturns where you would find daily inspirational quotes and then on Tuesday and/or Wednesday nights, I would do a chat where we could discuss what is going on in our lives and how we can pray for one another. Also, we could do a book club discussion.
Would anyone be interested in this?
If you are interested, what would you like to see from this group?
Or do you have other ideas of what I could do to make 2018 go out with a bang!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments or on the form below.
(Disclaimer#1: Any mention of “church” in this post refers to the Big “C” church from Maine to Southern California, to Florida to Alaska…and Hawaii too. It includes all denominations and not just the Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed.)
Are you tired and weary when it comes to your faith? Feeling like something is missing but you do not know what? You just know that 3 or 4 contemporary songs and the occasional hymn leave you empty. Do you leave church on Sundays and Wednesday nights wondering“Is That All There Is?”
Now I know a lot of people will say that you can not work out your salvation by doing practices. That is true and Aaron makes it clear practices such as The Examine, Breath Prayer, and Centering Prayer are not how we get salvation, however, they are practices we can do to strengthen our faith and deepen our relationship with Jesus by doing what
Aaron shares his spiritual journey and the journey of implementing a weekly service called The Practice. His writing challenges the church to take a look at the way they are doing things and equips and empowers individuals with practices to implement that will enrich their faith and lives.
I’ve implemented the practice of the Examen into my daily routine. At the end of the day, before bed, I reflect on God’s activity in my life that day.
The Examen involves the following steps:
Invite the Holy Spirit’s Guidance
Review the Day in Thanksgiving
Notice the Feelings That Surface
Pray from These Feelings
Look Forward to Tomorrow in Hope
Doing the Examen is slowly opening my eyes to the good God does in my day. It is the perfect practice for anyone but especially those of us working in customer service call centers.
The one-sentence description on Amazon sums up this book best:
A call for Christians to move past the shallows of idealized beliefs and into a deeper, more vibrant, beatitude-like faith rooted in sacred practices and intimate experiences with God.
So if you are seeking more then I invite you to open this book and participate in practices that will help you swim in The Eternal Current.
Thank you, Aaron for sharing your journey and providing practices to help the world swim in The Eternal Current.
Besides Peggy Lee’s Is That All There Is? The following songs ran through my head as I was reading the book.
Every one of us is a unique individual fighting our own battles. So my battle plan will not look like yours.
In Easy Reach
This book along with a few cherished others will be beside my Bible – I just need to figure out where I want to put this collection of books. Do they belong in my office, beside my bed, or beside the chair in the living room? That I am not sure.
The one thing I am sure of is Battle Ready is on my desk every day for easy reference.
And it belongs on your desk, next to your Bible as well so you are well equipped with the armor of God.
Thank you, Kelly, for creating a wonderful, arsenal of weapons.
The following is a list of weapons for your training, so you will live victoriously.
working every day at a job that does not pay the bills but instead, keeps me in poverty. Yes, it is challenging and I learn something new every day and I am blessed to be working but I want to pay my bills every month and have money left over for things such as a new sweeper, car repairs and other things that come up.
lack of desire, of motivation because I’ve been fighting the rebuilding a career battle for so long.
Fighting the societal battle of widows being crap, of being worthless, and of having cooties. The book of James gives the mandate to help widows and society says No!
Speaking of crap – here is my latest battle:
Short-lived torrential downpours are too much for the city’s sewer system, so it backs up into my basement. The last thing I needed to be doing was buying towels yesterday at Big Lots to put down on the basement floor. They were $4.00 a piece but that is $20.00 that would be better spent elsewhere.
Here is the Bounce-Back Ability verse Kelly suggests for this Warrior Mindset:
I’ve been repeating this verse while cleaning up today and will continue with all my other battles as well.
And so I will keep persevering through my trials to one day receive the crown of life the Lord has for me as it is much better than the crown of thorns this life gives me.
Battle Ready will help me persevere and it will you as well.
We are all going through a battle, so, therefore, buy this book and a Bible too if you do not already have one. Use them both. Look up the verses Kelly uses throughout the book and read the entire chapter.
Well back to the basement, as another torrential downpour has started. I am adding dam building with towels as a skill on my resume.