Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I'm Still Busy...and very bored!

My first two water coloring attempts. I still have not finished the painting I shared in my last post.

More than anyone else I know I struggle with boredom. This is not because I have nothing to do. In fact, the busier and more stressed I am the more bored I find myself. I simply require frequent change in my life to keep me interested. (This seems to be a rare characteristic for an INFJ)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April Stress//My BMI Now Says I am Underweight

Day One

 I donated blood the other day and after the phlebotomists had to do everything in the books to keep me from fainting I got suspicious. When I came home I stripped off some clothes and stepped on the scales.

My discovery was this: I now weigh what  I did when I was thirteen, not completely filled out, and an inch or two shorter.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Evening I Spent With Gianna Jessen

Gianna turned to me in a brief lull between hand-shakers and asked, "Are you doing okay?" Surprised that she was checking up on me I nodded. "I'm fine."

Gianna Jessen's mother went through a saline abortion when seven months pregnant with her but contrary to everyone but God's plans Gianna survived. She was left with cerebral palsy, a powerful story, and a fiery passion. The crisis pregnancy center I volunteer at felt so blessed to have her as their speaker for their annual fundraising banquet.

There was just one small question: would Gianna make it?

Her flight was scheduled to arrive at 2:30 giving us plenty of time to get her, drive two hours to our home town, and allow her a chance to rest at the hotel and dress. My sister was to be her taxi service so when I called her at 3:30 I was a bit surprised to hear she was not at the airport.

The office manager pulled me aside and whispered in my ear, "Between you and I our speaker may not be able to make it tonight. Her flight is being pushed back farther and farther. At this point it is looking like she may get here at nine p.m. long after this event is over."

Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Keep From Feeling so Alone

Throughout my sporadic and fickle blogging years I have noticed that the posts in which I share a struggle or a difficult life event are always my most popular.

Why is this? Let me suggest it is for the same reason that we find solace in books and movies.

We want to know that we are not alone.

Friday, March 31, 2017

30 Day Gratitude Challenge: Days 28--30//The End

Yesterday was my last day of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge! Thanks for reading my lists every week!

March 28th
Prompt: What small thing happened today that you are grateful for?
My Answer: I found a book at the library that I've been looking forward to reading since it came out in November. 

March 29th
Prompt: What friend/family member are you grateful for today.
My Answer: There are so many choices but I'll go with my oldest nephew. He's such a sweet and thoughtful little guy with a good sense of humor. He brightens my days and I can't imagine life with out him.

March 30th
Prompt:What talent or skill do you have that you are grateful for?
My Answer: (Isn't this the same as "abilities" which they asked me on the 13th??) Writing which has given me the potential job of tutoring two girls this summer.

Have you ever done a 30 day challenge before?
What are you grateful for this month?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rambles on Why I Don't Want to Get Married (and that's a bad thing)

Dear Blog Readers,

I have a confession to make: I have this disease called "I am single and don't want to get married." (Don't worry, it's not contagious)

And yes, I know we all have those friends who claim they are happy and content single but the day a guy finally asks them out they confess they've been dying to get married for years.

I'm not that person.

I could have been married twice already had I wanted to be. I could still get married at this moment if I chose to return one gentleman's interest.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

30 Day Gratitude Challenge--Days 21-27

This week's prompts inspired some interesting answers. I recommend an "R" rated movie, lock my keys in the car, and mention my toothbrush!

If you want to see previous posts on the gratitude challenge I am doing this month click here.

March 21st
Prompt: What song are you most grateful for?
My Answer: Different songs have encouraged me at different times. I have been listening to and enjoying the one below most recently.

March 22nd
Prompt: What story are you most grateful for?
My Answer: Apart from Bible stories, which would be the most correct and obvious answer, I would have to say at this point it would be the true story of Desmond T. Doss. I recently watched the movie Hacksaw Ridge (Doss' story) and was so encouraged. {As a side note I do recommend this movie but keep in mind it is "R" rated. There is a large dose of language and violence/disturbing images throughout.}

March 23rd
Prompt: What tradition are you grateful for?
My Answer: Writing down new goals and dreams in my journal every New Year's Eve. I like to go back and look at previous years and find it inspiring how far I have come.

March 24th
Prompt: What challenge are you grateful for?
My Answer: The challenge of learning to play the violin as an adult. I'm old enough to know that I sound bad but I am encouraged by the fact that hard work does pay off.

March 25th
Prompt: What moment this week are you most grateful for?
My Answer: The moment when I realized I had lock both my keys and phone in my truck but that I was with a group of good friends who would joyfully make sure I got home safely and recovered my vehicle. (Seriously, I have wonderful friends!)

March 26th
Prompt: What form of expression are you most grateful for?
My Answer: (I'm not exactly sure what they were wanting here) Music. Whether singing along with a song someone else recorded, humming something to myself or playing on my piano or violin. Music provides me an unbeatable way to poor my soul out to God.

March 27th
Prompt: What small thing that you use daily are you grateful for?
My Answer: My toothbrush. If I have to explain why I have some concerns for you.

What moment this week are you most grateful for?