A Word From My Sponsor

Philippians 4:11

From OurPrayer.org

Bait and Switch and the Supposta Tribe

Remember the concept of “Bait and Switch”? You know, when a store advertises something and then switches it for something entirely different and more expensive?

It seems that I am embarking on a version of “Bait and Switch”. I am not inhabiting the same persona.


I am recoiling from a first strike capability on my TO DO list. I have assented to a non-proliferation treaty on my ability to forge ahead. I am recoiling from a first strike capability to multi-task I am in shock looking for awe. I have stockpiled my weapons of mass exclamation points and finite periods.

In short, I am in a comma, the space after an open parentheses.  I am paused. I am allowing myself to be where I am. Not be in the next place or be in the past, but just be here and now. Right now.

I am not rushing to the next action/reaction/place/phase/project/to do list item/location/task.

Just here. Just time. Just me.

And it is starting to tick some people off.
No, really. No. REALLY.
I would say that it is pissing people off but I really do not like that word.

I am feeling pressure from the “Supposta tribe.

I am Supposta to do things to stay in this tribe.  I am Supposta:
1. be here at this time
2. wear this suit
3. say these things, cover these points, and then
4. stop saying these things, at this time
5. quit being “pathetic” 
6. f ight back
7. call a lawyer
8. put my foot down
                                    I do try that. I take off my pumps, put my foots-both of them-down and Ruby bounces over and 
                                    licks  my toes. Well, I guess it does work. But it is messy and does not feel good when the pumps are

But the tribe will not be silenced. I am Supposta:
  9. take some time off
10. ‘get back to the old helen’  
11. get something called emotional distance.

                                   I have to Google that one.

12. take care of myself.
Um, would you please let me take care of you instead?  That I can do. This other thing you want me to do—the take care of me idea—is pretty difficult and squishy with uncertainty.
But sure, I will think about it. Ooops, got another call.

Then it arrives: another option, another approach.

And then the impression warms me. I feel it before I am conscious of it:

  1. Be still and know that I am God*
  2. I will fight for you, you need only to be still**
  3. tread lightly, hear your breathing, reach out to just one person today, 
    watch Big Bang Theory reruns***

These seem better for me. For awhile. For today.

Verse References:
*Psalm 46:10
**Exodus 14:14
***Jeremiah 29:5 (admittedly updated and paraphrased)



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Happiness Will Sleep


created by helen



Happiness will sleep
in the still places:
in cups of tea, picture frames
and the smell of hope
that wraps around walls.
~Miranda Claudius

Little Wonders by Rob Thomas

“Let Your Clarity Define You
Twists and turns of fate…Time falls away

It’s the heart that really matters in the end”

I Have Been Waiting

heart collage

Heart Collage of Favorites

I Have Been Waiting

I have recreated my world toward waiting

…………..books to read while I waited
…………..movies to watch while I waited
…………..hobbies and projects to pursue while I waited

But if I could whisper it to you so as not to awaken my ego…
there is little need to wait any longer now,

I am Here
I have Arrived
And I am worth the wait


in case you are in need of an apology

originally seen on Beth’s Own Blog

Happiness Magnets

Optimism is a happiness magnet.
If you stay positive,
good things and good people will be drawn to you.
waves of gratitude
~Quote by Mary Lou Retton
Picture originally seen on Janet Z’s fb wall

If you only have time to do one positive thing today do this…

If you have time to do only one positive thing for yourself today,
please read Jody’s blog post called My Testimony
You will be blessed!

Monday What If

What if we believed in the deep places, the darkest recesses, that He always provided — and not just barely, but abundantly?

Wouldn’t we always be at peace — no matter what?
matthew 6:8

From a post in A Holy Experience by Ann Voskamp

Don’t Usually Listen to Country Music

…but this song just seem to fit today…
“A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans

Hope you are a little bit stronger on this Monday too.

A Word From My Sponsor

“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God,
and I will be there to help you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9

I am not writing the story

“… There’s a reason I am not writing the story and God is. He knows how it all works out, where it all leads, what it all means. I don’t…. [I]t’s accepting there are things we simply don’t understand. But He does. And I see. At least a bit more.”

When we find ourselves groping along, famished for more, we can choose. When we are despairing, we can choose to live as Israelites gathering manna. For forty long years, God’s people daily eat manna—a substance whose name literally means “What is it?

Hungry, they choose to gather up that which is baffling. They fill on that which has no meaning.

More than 14,600 days they take their daily nourishment from that which they don’t comprehend. They find soul-filling in the inexplicable. They eat the mystery.

To read the entire post, please gently click here

7 Desserts That Fight Fat

7 Desserts That Fight Fat
7 Desserts That Fight Fat

Love Anything/Be Vulnerable

love anything

Eat These, Build Brain Cells

Research shows berries may boost brain power…
and Robert Redford was on the cover!)

Berries, YAY!

To read the entire article, gently click here

UnWrap Joy

God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.

And gratitude for the seemingly insignificant—a seed—this plants the giant miracle.

Do not disdain the small. The whole of the life—even the hard—is made up of the minute parts, and if I miss the infinitesimals, I miss the whole.

There is a way to live the big of giving thanks in all things. It is this: to give thanks in this one small thing. The moments will add up.

To read more from Ann Voskamp‘s blog, gently click here

Opportunity by Pete Murray

Find the mirror, go and look inside
you’ll see the talent you always hide
Life is short but you’re here to flower
dream yourself along another day, never miss opportunity
Soon you’ll See...

Just my ego…

Where there is lack of love, you can fill it. That’s how I made you.
Everything else is just your ego saying, I’d rather it be different.

Valentine tulip

Valentine Tulip photo by Helen


from the poem Problemlessness by Tara Sophia Mohr
to read the entire poem, please gently click here


Vulnerability is one of our most potent superpowers. It seems ironic if you interpret vulnerability as being weak, but it is quite the opposite. It takes courage to dream, courage to love, courage to yearn for something dear and deep. The more we can place ourselves squarely inside of our vulnerability and practice finding our strength there, the more the magic will unfold.  
~Andrea Scher, first read at Painted Path

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