Captivating

Is it Friday yet?  I’ve had one of those weeks that NOTHING has gone right.  Everything I do does not turn out right and everything I touch, seems to fall apart.  Hmmm… you think someone is trying to tell me something?

I get sooo busy I forget about taking some quiet time and actually sitting STILL.  For me, sitting still means  NO COMPUTER, NOT thinking of my next project, NOT thinking about how I can rearrange the living room furniture, NOT making a grocery list or a to-do list… and it goes on… I have alot of stuff that goes through my mind people… it never stops!

I need to start practicing the art of sitting still and keeping my mind “still”.

Does anyone out there have problems with this?

Do you?

I want to HEAR FROM YOU!!!

I want to know that I’m not alone!

Here is my reminder:

Sitting still time = my quiet time with God.

It means I have to sit still

…and listen for his voice

…WITHOUT working on my grocery list or thinking about Pinterest.

I just started a bible study called “Captivating”.  A book written by John & Stasi Eldredge.

The message of captivating is this: Your heart matters more than anything else in all creation.  The desires you had as a little girl and the longings you still feel as a woman – they are telling you of the life God created you to live.  He offers to come now as the Hero of your story, to rescue your heart and release you to live as a fully alive and feminine woman.  A woman who is truly captivating.

As a little girl, I loved the stories of the white night rescuing the beautiful princess and sweeping her off to a land far, far away from evil where they would live happily ever after.

Bottom Line: 

I need to go to God for this…

He’s waiting for me to want Him.

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Kind Hearted Blogger’s Pledge

Have you taken the Kind Hearted Blogger Pledge?

 I came upon a blog this morning called Em, Jay and Me.  It’s a wonderful blog written by Jo-Annie from Honolulu, Hawaii.

Back in July of 2010 she had an incident with blogging that actually made her want to quit.  In other words, someone stole the joy from something she found the joy in.  Has this ever happened to you? What did you do? Ignore it? Retaliate? Quit? Get even?

I’m thinking we all need to take the Kind Hearted Blogger Pledge.

Don’t you agree?

 AS A KIND-HEARTED BLOGGER I PLEDGE TO:
  • create, inspire, and admire rather than compete with fellow bloggers
  • be understanding of each other– in the blogging community, as well as in the world
  • stay away from internet/blogging bullying
  • speak my opinion freely, while still being mindful of other’s feelings– be tactful.
  • make an effort–no matter how big or small the gesture, to spread kindness or joy to others
  • acknowledge that I will make mistakes, (I am only human) but remember to learn from them
  • know that at times I will post about the negative stuff in life, and maybe even some complaining (I am only human) but I will always follow up with something happy/positive too.
  • believe that this world is a good place, filled with good people.

So what do you think? Can you make the pledge?

If you decide to make the pledge,

I’d love it if you left a comment!

When you’re finished, paste this button on your blog for all to see.

<a href=”http://emjayandme.blogspot.com/2010/07/kind-hearted-blogger-campaign.html” target=”_blank”><img src=”
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v489/jo_annie/DOILYPLEDGEsditcopy.jpg” /></a>

Let’s see if we can get Jo-Annie’s Campaign  fired up again!

Please take a minute and visit her blog and leave her a comment too.

emjayWhat a great way to start the New Year!

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Sunday Cutie

Happy Sunday All,

I hope that all of you are having a restful, relaxing Sunday.  I’m trying to get my act together to get back to some projects around here. I have so many I’m right in the middle of.  Nothing finished, PLUS my house is a disaster.  Maybe I’ll just hang out on the computer a little longer…nothing like procrastination AND I bet it will all still be here waiting for me tomorrow!! 🙂

I ran across a blog the other day called Savannah Granny (I’m now a devoted follower…oh my, you should see the bed skirt she made and might I add she has a whole tutorial on it!).  She had a blog post that I keep thinking about.  I emailed her last night and asked if she would mind if I posted this particular blog post and she was sweet enough to give me permission.  Thank you Ginger from Savannah Granny!

Without further ado…a few pics first:

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine?

Look at this sweet little thing rolled up in a ball.  Can I just KISS it???

FABLE OF THE PORCUPINE

It was the coldest winter ever.  Many animals died because of the cold.

The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…

Oh it’s killin’ me how cute it is.

 

ACCEPT AND LOVE ALL THE PRICKS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!!!!

(sorry about that nasty “P” word, but it is the MORAL to the story!!) 🙂

I love this story.  I’m one of those easy going people who really and truly does try to look at the good in every person I come into contact with (but don’t push me too far) and sometimes I’m just one of those “pricky” people.  You never know what their story is or what kind of a day they are having or what kind of a life they have had.  We all have these days… now, this doesn’t mean that it’s okay for these people to blame you or anyone else for their problems (I’m big on taking responsibility for my own feelings).  This also doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have BOUNDARIES when these kind of people try to get in your space (if you know what I mean) …and if you haven’t read Boundaries by Cloud/Townsend it’s a MUST).

I challenge you to take the time to smile, wish them a good day, pray for them….and walk away.  It’s amazing how praying for someone softens my heart (even when it’s super, duper hard).  Everyone has the right to their thoughts, feelings, ideas…God made us all individuals.  It would be pretty boring if we were all exactly the same.  Don’t you agree?

I can now hear Dr. Laura (who I have a love/hate relationship with) saying,

“NOW GO TAKE ON THE DAY!”

I better get to my projects or this is going to be a pretty darn boring blog this week!

Have a wonderful day my friends!♥

P.S.  I had the cutest little pink frame around this little critter and my husband says, “That’s a boy! You can’t have a pink frame around him.”  Oh, I guess I didn’t notice.  You think it’s a boy? I’m not sure what a girl or boy baby porcupine looks like down there.  Do you?

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A Blessing in Disguise

This is a bit of a random post, but wanted to share my day with you.  God works in mysterious ways.

I was up  and at em’ early with coffee and watering the flowers (it’s so hot here…supposed to get over 100 this week…yuk), unloading the dishwasher, etc.  I was in a big fat rush.  Had to make physical therapy on time, then a 10am haircut and color (I’m sooo gray) then meeting my husband downtown at one of the apartments to help choose a color.

After that, I thrift store shopped, found some good deals.  Even got hit on by a little hispanic man.  “You married?” he asks me.  Too funny.  Anyway, all day I just found myself thinking, oh I wish I had that and I wish that wasn’t so expensive, and I wish that I had a little shop to refinish my furniture and I went to Lowes and spent too much money on things I just HAD to have.

On my way home I called the gardener to have him come and give us a bid on new grass in our front yard (my hubby put weed killer on it and yup, the whole lawn is dead) and plant flowers.  I can’t seem to keep up with the front yard, the back yard and the house PLUS do the things I enjoy and try to exercise AND grocery shop and do the laundry.  Ugh.  It never ends does it?  Then I decided I was going to hire a housekeeper to come in every other week to do the deep cleaning.

I know that God was shaking his head at me.  My behavior wasn’t pretty.  I was angry with my husband because everything always gets done at the apartments downtown, but never around here!  So, I decided today that I was going to hire people.  I’m tired of waiting for my hubby to do it. There goes God shaking his head at me again.

Got home around 5:00 and my hubby got in pretty quick after me (he had gone to donate blood….always the good samaritan).  He received a phone call from a guy who does handyman work at one of our apartment buildings.  He explained that he wasn’t able to do some job for my hubby in the morning because he was going to the thrift store when it opened to get clothes for the 3 kids who live next door to one of our apartments.  They weren’t able to go to school today because someone had stolen all of their clothes.  So Steve gets off the phone and says, “We need to buy the kids clothes.”  I said, “Ok, what sizes?”.  Steve calls back and the guy doesn’t know the sizes and Steve says, “Tell them we are coming to get them and take them shopping.”  Yikes!  So we rush downtown, pick up little Phillip who is  5, David 9, and Jasmine 12.  Such sweet kids.  Shoes didn’t fit any of them.  Growing right out of them! Mom and Dad didn’t even come out to meet us.  Kids just got in the car (can you imagine?)

Once we arrived at Target, hubby took the boys to the boys dept. and Jasmine and I headed to the girl’s.  We had a great time.  She is such a nice girl and so excited about starting to school tomorrow.  She will be in 7th grade.  Big day for her.  She was so excited to pick out clothes.  Didn’t want a lot – very timid, but you could see her pleasure started at the tip of her head and went all the way down to the end of her big toe!

We had pizza and frosties after.  David, was so excited about a tire pump for his bike and a bike lock, Phillip’s big deal was a Pokemon t-shirt.  Jasmine got to pick out a little sundress to wear to church.  She said she didn’t own any dresses.  They all got new shoes and backpacks, along with school supplies.

I was sad to drop them off.  I hugged each one and  told them to be good and try hard in school.  They seem to be great kids, just unlucky to have crappy parents.

God blessed me today.  He put things  into perspective for me.

Please pray for Phillip, David and Jasmine.  Pray that God keeps them safe and provides a wonderful future for them.

Tomorrow’s a new, fresh day for me.  It won’t be filled with “I wish I had’s.”  It will be filled with, “Thank you ♥ God ♥ for what I do have.”

I have a cool little table and chairs that I’m working on for my daughter’s apartment.  She’ll be heading back to college in a few weeks.

Here’s a before picture:

It will be done very soon!  Can’t wait to share the finished product with you!

Anyone make the Moist, Moist Chocolate Cake??? YUMMMMMM.

 

 

 

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