Thankful for………………..

Summer 20120045

Day two of expressing thanks for blessings in my life.

 

I am thankful for my husband, and his wonderful works around our home.

I am thankful for my family; without them I could be very lonely.

I am thankful for wonderful, caring friends who continually encourage and delight me.

Additionally, I am LOVING this weather.  Yes, I know it’s hot – but, hey, it’s summer, and as I am a Canadian winter HATER, I revel in this sunshine and the high temperatures.

Bring it on!

Patricia

Girl Bullies Boy

Social media often exposes bullying, and reminds each of us to be aware of this abusive tactic; asking the abused party and the abusers to seek professional help.

Girls can be more aggressive, when they are directing their cowardly actions toward boys – especially, if the boy in question is not inclined to ‘hit back.’  The attacks can be brutal and unrelenting.  The boy, feeling unable to protect himself NEEDS SOMEONE TO SPEAK UP on his behalf.  The situation has to be dealt with quickly otherwise, dire consequences can result.

This blog is excellent and I share it willingly.

Thanks, Lisa, for an excellent article.

STOP YOUR BULLYING – WHOEVER YOU ARE!

http://deepandwonderfulthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/stopping-girls-who-bully-boys-part-2/

Hung Out to Dry

Long ago, discipline on British sailing ships was harsh. Punishment could involve the lash, cat-o-nine-tails, even keel hauling. A victim was tied to a rope and pulled – invariably drawing him under the vessel. If he survived he was suspended from the yardarm, left hanging, or hung-out-to-dry for a predetermined length of time. Not a welcome fate. (https://superbeefy.com website)

Is this how you feel? Abandoned?  Dejected?  Worthless?

Watching the comings and goings of birds in my garden, I noticed two grackles battling with what appeared to be a twig.  They were having a tug of war with the object in their beaks.  Only when they relaxed for a moment and dropped the ‘twig’ did I realize it was alive:  It was a worm, that they were warring over.

As it fell from their beaks, it landed on a branch below them, wriggling but unable to propel itself back to safer ground.  It was literally hanging there, an upside down U, and in great danger.

As it hung there the grackles both moved in to regain their quarry.  The worm fell again.  This time it was out of my sight, but its fight for survival continued.  I fear it must have lost the battle.  It was either gobbled down the throat, or throats of the birds, or perhaps they gave up and left it hanging there; where it would slowly die, unable to return to the comfort of its home.

We can feel that way occasionally.  When day-to-day events leave us unable to cope.  We long for our comfort zone; long for relief.  Often there is none forthcoming.  We become helpless in the struggle to survive, whether it be relational, financial or work-related.  Just like the worm we can feel powerless.  We are hung-out-to-dry, with no energy or escape available to us.

If only we could have stayed in our familiar territory, we’d be much safer.  It is often too late when we realize our choices have compromised our moral, ethical, and personal standards.

That hapless worm had no hope of survival, but we do have another option. God.

There are many promises in the Bible to aid us in our daily lives.  Here are some reassurances to that might give you comfort, and strength to carry on.

Matthew 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (NKJV)

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me.  (NKJV)

If, at this point, God is not your thing, reach out to a trusted organization for help.  There are many resources available to you – but you have to ask.  That can be hard, because to a certain extent, you are admitting failure and we all like to think we know what is best for us.  Social services or a good church can be great places to seek (safe) help.

Don’t know a good church?  Visit different ones; attend Sunday services until you find one that you feel comfortable in.  Then you can reach out to the pastor and share your concerns, and benefit from their counsel.

Sharing your challenges with someone can be cathartic; can be a life-changer: A life saver.

Just Never Give Up!  You are more valuable than you think.

Patricia

Death Defied, Life Defined – Review

Death Defied, Life Defined, A Miracle Man’s Memoir by Paul E. Perkins, is a compelling story of Paul’s constant battle against heart failure.

While waiting for a transplant, he shares the trials and tribulations of the accompanying health, and emotional issues involved.

What becomes paramount, when the waiting becomes too much, is the sheer determination to not give up.

Through surgery after surgery, relapse after relapse, he outlines the struggles he valiantly chose to not succumb to. His weary body came close to giving up the fight until the moments when he died.  These out-of-body experiences are described in detail, to the point of making the reader envious of the ‘journeys’ he travelled.  They give credence to other reports of heavenly visits, and of messages of hope that the recipients are charged with sharing on their return to the earthly realm.

He gives dramatic detail of medical teams, family and friends support, all so vital in providing him with the will to continue the painful, harrowing months of waiting for much-needed organ transplants that become his only option to death.

There is much in-depth detail in this story.  Paul gives greater power to his death experiences with the infinitely elaborate accounts of events leading up to each occurrence.  His obvious respect for the medical teams on whose care his very life depended is obvious. 

A book that cannot be ignored.  A story to make you think beyond your own limitations.  A tale of hope, and love, and the deep will to live.

I found it fascinating, captivating, exhausting, as I took on the weariness of his fight to survive.  His overwhelming determination to overcome provided me with much food for thought, and the out-of-body episodes enthralling – I could understand his yearning to just go.

His tremendous fighting spirit left me battle-weary, but hopeful of better things to come, proven as being credible, once again.

Well worth reading.

Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Second Listening Book – Review

Contemplative.  Thought-provoking.   Inspirational.  Funny.  All these, and more, could describe the contents of The Second Listening Book written by James Webb, Pastor, Missionary, and Story-teller.

The book contains a selection of short stories, each written to open the mind and heart to a world different to any we have known.

With titles such as; Be Careful What You Wish For; The Woman Who Couldn’t Keep a Secret; The Parable of the Boy Who Ran With Scissors and The Unexpected Guest, you cannot fail to be entranced by James Webb’s skilful writing, and his incredible imagination.

With more than two dozen tales to broaden your horizons, I am quite certain there will be at least one nugget within the pages that will make you sit up and take notice, or have you laughing unreservedly at the wit, and sometimes, absurd critters that James Webb calls into action.

This is a fun, informative and mind-opening publication, guaranteed to be a favorite with all age groups.

I found the book a very easy, comfortable read.  While entertaining the mind, on occasion it also caused me to rethink similar circumstances in my life, from a different perspective.

A very pleasant book with which to stop, sit and just enjoy.

Recommended for all.

See more @

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0993438342

Like to Read?

If you enjoy reading, you might want to take a look at Readers’ Favorites website.  They offer a  huge selection of books, of all genres, from which to choose.

You can sign up to become a reviewer and get paid for your reviews.  It’s a great way to delve into an online library.  I have been a reviewer for a number of years, and have enjoyed a wide variety of books from their wide selection.

If you write, you might want to consider their contest.  There are some awesome prizes offered.

http://www.readersfavorites.com

Why not take a look for yourself?

https://readersfavorite.com/ref/11737

Patricia

REACHING GOALS

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The little grey squirrel ran through my garden toting a large peanut shell in its mouth.  Inside lay the morsel that the creature had diligently sought.  It had hunted for a while but found what it wanted.  It had achieved its goal.  Food.  An essential, needed to guarantee life.

“Seek and you shall find” the Bible states.  (Matthew 7:7) NIV

Of course, the search that we are directed to make, in this instance, is meant to be for God.  The giver of spiritual life.  Squirrels on the other hand, have a dogged determination to never give up on their own particular goal: To find food, no matter how long it takes.

Sin in our lives can be equally determined. We encounter addictions; wants; temptations and more, ignoring the fact that these seek to destroy rather than to nourish.

Nevertheless, a common denominator is persistence.  Sin will find a weak mind or spirit and possess it.  Whereas the food sought by God’s critter nourishes.

We often cannot tell the difference until it is too late.

We need the mastery, and determination of God’s creatures.  They must achieve their goal.  They must win at all costs – or die.

We too must choose to win, because if we give up and give in to sin, we will die.  Oh, not necessarily physically, but definitely morally and spiritually.

We must remember that sin does not seek to nourish.  Its goal and purpose is to destroy.

What goals do you have today?  I do hope they are uplifting and nourishing, and not destructive.

Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Patricia

Links to my Books

For those of you wanting to view / purchase any of my books, here are the links.  Thanks for asking.  Enjoy!

A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story   (50% Off until March 11, 2017)

Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping

By request from Author

E-book Version:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U

Children’s Book:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

E-book      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Softcover Printed Version:  $15 Cdn. plus shipping

By request from Author

Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/708253

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XDV6P5F

 

 

Links to See / Purchase My Books

Author of:          A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story  BookCoverRiksEffort

Softcover:           $15 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author

E-book:              https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U

TABITHA  Children’s Book:   Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

E-book               http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Printed Version by Request from Author.  $10 + shipping.

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Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up, will be available very soon.  The predicted publication date is now the end of March 2017.  The book will sell for $10 Cdn. for a softcover print copy.  Ebook available, on Amazon, soon after..

Patricia