Learning To Blog

Lovely to see new people join the Blogging world. Cheryl is just starting out. ^_^

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I’m still learning all about WordPress and blogging. I’ve gotten lots of inspiration from Sara Duggan, Momwithahook, of CrochetBusiness.com. Her 31-day challenge gave me lots of thoughtful and helpful information.

Additionally, I’m the happy owner of her e-books: Create Crochet Patterns and Hooking for Cash. Sara has packed so much information into these books that reading them is like drinking from a fire hose!

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Being a Friend Means…

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Being a Friend

Being a friend means accepting others as you would want to be accepted, not at your best, but at your worst.

Being a friend is easy when you are enjoying one another’s company. Being a friend when one is in a very very bad mood is tough.

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Being a friend when you’ve lost your job and can’t find work for months and even years is lonely as judgment and doubt start to surface.

Being a friend when others are teasing and bullying and pointing fingers at you is painful, but this marks true friendship.

Being a friend when the other pushes you away and refuses to tell you why is confusing, but the moment the other smiles and gives you a hug, all is forgotten.

A Friend

A friend loves, cries, yells, laughs, hugs, pushes, teases, hopes, fears, bullies, helps, is courageous, is strong, and above all else present.

My Friendship

I have a friend who is also my husband.

Our friendship has lasted a long time through many difficult times.

The year was 1993. It’s been almost 24 years!

In the beginning of a friendship, you smile never believing you could ever dislike or (gasp) hate this person.

Fighting? No way.

Separating? Impossible.

Yet, fighting and separating did happen more than once.

It’s interesting marrying your friend. It has its good parts and bad just like any friendship.

I remember when we first moved in with each other. I was super embarrassed about using the toilet in front of him.

Gas? Oh, my!

Yet now, it’s no big deal. Of course, this isn’t a pleasant part of friendship or love but it is what it is – humanity.

Humanity is beautiful!

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How Friendship is Formed

A friendship starts slowly sometimes unaware.

Sometimes, though, you immediately connect starting a forever friendship.

It starts with…

  • Hi.
  • How are you?
  • What’s Your Favorite Food?
  • Do you have a favorite color?
  • Have you traveled to another country?
  • Why do you blog?
  • Do you have children? How many?
  • What is your favorite type of music?
  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • Which do you prefer? Reading or Writing. Why?
  • Do you have a favorite Television show?

Your Friend Replies…

  • Hi!
  • I’m doing fine, and you?
  • Currently, my favorite food is Kimchi, a Korean fermented cabbage.
  • I enjoy all colors but if I had to choose just one it would be purple.
  • I’ve never traveled to another country but I do enjoy virtual travel through my Pinterest and Instagram accounts.
  • I blog for a number of reasons but at the core, it is to release all the noise inside my head. I am an overthinker and writing tends to help silence all the ‘what if’s’ in my head.
  • Yes, I do have children. I have 2 boys and a few angels in heaven.
  • My all time favorite music is whatever my husband and sons create. 😉
  • Hobbies come and go for me. I was once into pen palling and then crocheting. Right now, I’m into knitting and coloring.
  • I prefer reading because I can be transported out of reality.
  • I don’t currently have a favorite television show, but I do watch Netflix and DramaFever on the weekends.

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Your Turn:

How about you? What does being a friend mean to you?

Linking up with Christian Blogger Linkup this week.

 

 

Praise the Lord O’ My Soul

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Today’s “Simply Thankful” verse from RefocusedBibleStudy.com is:

Make a JOYFUL noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Psalm 100:1

Thanksgiving:

I’m thankful for being able to praise God. For listening to praises and joining in fellowship with others. (Julie True’s worship songs)

Simple Slow Activity:

Soaking in God’s Spirit as I wash away yesterday’s worries and embrace new mercies today

Give Back:

I’m sharing this with you dear readers and passersby. There is nothing like enjoying THIS MOMENT and the next and the next and the next. Treasure it and experience it fully.

This is based on the Simply Thankful Bible Writing worksheet by RefocusedBibleStudy.com (found her in a FB group)

Here am I; Send Me.

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Dear You,
Today I listened to “Hiding Place” by John Michael Talbot. It’s been awhile since I sat and let the music wash over me.

Back when I was in college, this song brought comfort to me. I was living alone in a different state and struggling to come to terms with my feelings for someone. My relationship with God strengthened me and I seriously contemplated a life of missionary service.

My heart was in the right place as I meditated on this verse:

Also, I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isaiah 6:8 AMP

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Back then life was simple though at the time I would have disagreed. Yes or No were my choices and my decisions were quickly determined and immediately put into action. Oh, how I long for that to be the case now.

I guess that is what life does. The longer you live the more life you have to review when making decisions.

I sit here, typing, unsure whether I should publish. I pray asking for direction and confirmation.

I have a purpose, just like you, in this world. I’ve been fearful of stepping into that purpose so hide behind my screen and the cold words of instructional tutorials.

I’m sick.

There, I said it. I’ve been sick for awhile now. I never really thought much of it as death is something I’ve sought for much of my life.

My husband and my boys are my gravity so self-inflicted death was put on the backburner yet the desire to pass out of this world is still strong. That is, until about 3-months ago.

The pain of my illness can be quite intense and the desire to “end it all” is so seductive. Yet, when my husband or boys comfort me I am brought down to earth and the realization that life is too precious.

This verse that was so much a part of my life when I was a young lady has reappeared in my consciousness. The words, “Here am I; Send ME” echo in my spirit.

I’m afraid,” I say.

There is no need, I am here. There is no fear in LOVE. I am LOVE. Rest in me.” I hear in return.

I want to believe, I really do, but life, it replays on the screen in my mind.

Where I’m heading I do not know. All I know is this moment, this 24-hour period that I’ve been blessed to breathe and move in is all I have. The words, “Here am I; Send Me.” calling out beckoning me to follow, even if only one crawl at a time.

Go in Love,
YOU

P.S. I don’t know you. I don’t know why you’ve landed on this page today, but I do know that the words you just read are for you. I feel it in my Spirit. Take them, meditate on them, and rest knowing that you are here and you are needed. #YouAreLoved

Controversy…Just so you know.

Something to think about: Why people think honoring Ramadan as a non-Muslim, Christian or other religious or non-religious observer is controversial?

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Book, Old, Clouds, Tree, Birds, Bank, Rush, LandscapeYesterday, I published a post on Ramadan Kareem and to my surprise, I received a couple of comments asking me why I should be celebrating Islam?

In the past 1450 years since Muhammad, over 180,000 people have been killed in the name of Islam per year. Thats 250 million people killed to advance Islam. How can you celebrate Islam?

Sometimes, I am totally befuddled by the whole religious brouhaha. I can’t lay claims to being the best Christian out there and as a matter of fact, I don’t believe in practising religion for those who wish to know.

This is my response to this comment below:

I’m doubtful if there’s any teaching of Christ that requires me as a Christian to segregate myself from others due to their religious beliefs. I’m no better than any other misguided person out there and I think the biggest problem that the…

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Backyard BBQ Recipes For the Weekend

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Memorial Day Weekend is here in the states so what better time to have a BBQ? It’s the official kickoff to the Summer Barbecuing season so let’s put on our ‘yummy’ pants so we can enjoy these BBQ treats. Oh, they’re kid friendly too so the littles and the Teens don’t have to starve or settle for P, B, and J or McD’s.

Bewitching Beverages

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Best Strawberry Lemonade EVER by Susan of Organized31.com

This recipe starts with Strawberry puree. What she does next saves you lots of time on BBQ Day.

Dr. Pepper Slushies and Popsicles by Susan of Organized31.com

The popsicles are super easy to make. Simply pour into molds (leaving room for when it freezes) and within a few hours, you have some yummy cool treats.

Simply Salads

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Bacon Broccoli Salad by Krystle of BakingBeauty.net

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Art Tag Questions

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My inaugural post for my new blog is this writing prompt from the Blog Tag group on Facebook. You see, I enjoy writing. It is one of the things that releases stress and bottled up emotions aka anger. It’s also something that gives me hope and a way for me to spread a bit of love into the world.

The thing is, since about 2007 when I started writing as a way to earn extra income my love for it started to wane. I took a big break from writing for money and even now I blog not for cash (I no longer sell my writing) I blog as a way to communicate with my clients.

For this writing prompt, I’ll be sharing a bit about myself by answering a number of questions as related to Art.

  1. Are you an art lover, if so which form? – I like many forms of art and for a large part of my life, my favorite was crochet.
  2. Share my art. Here’s my masterpiece. I can’t take full credit for this beauty, his dad did have a part in it too.

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