Thursday, December 31, 2009

Day 214 Word Focus for 2010


There's a wonderful site with a wonderful newsletter where you can get help choosing a word focus: I had pretty much chosen this word in November but I waited to be sure. After using her wonderful tool yesterday, I found it to be the right word for me. Actually it involves a second word UNLEASH. You can't release without unleashing as well. I usually choose my word by thinking about what I need to work on and how I can do it and almost magically a word starts to appear everywhere and stand out as if highlighted or italicised and I know then it is the right word. I will share more and more about my word and progress as usual but will be brief here.

As you have been reading here for sometime, the past seven months have been difficult. My aging parents are dealing with many health issues; I am aging and dealing with my own issues but I have always dealt with family traits that have increasingly caused me problems with stomach, nerves, thoughts and actions. Release is a way to approach these issues. In a nutshell, I am hoping to release some of the underlying causes to my hysteria and psychoses. In one short explanation: I hope to release "all" (is that possible?) negative energy and unleash even more positive energy.) Note: this could also continue to support last year's focus, balance. That's right! You never forget former focus words. You continue to build and work toward your goals of being as strong as you can be.

I hope you decide to choose a focus word. For many it works better than resolutions. It's more flexible and a guide for every day. Not something you decide and by January 7 have forgotten or given up on. It stays with you and you continue to grow and learn how to be a better person each day of the year. One last hint, be sure to place the word in strategic places so you never stop focusing on it!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Day 212 Good thoughts and remedies

Spent a late Christmas celebration with family yesterday. It was a time to realize just how fortunate I am. I have so much to be thankful for. I often forget, whine, and complain about too much I don't have or wish I had or would like to have. Truth is I HAVE IT ALL! Health, family, friends, enough to survive many lifetimes. So here is the way to have it all yourself. Focus on the good in each day. Give thanks each day (each moment) of your life. Tell those you love how much they mean to you, for it could change in the next minute. Share your good thoughts and blessings with others. Don't ever feel you can go it alone. You need people. (Barbara Streistand new what she was singing.) Blessings to each of my readers out there. I am thankful for you as well and ask God that you too may HAVE IT ALL in 2010.
Image is part collage and part drawing.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Day 211 Collage your way to sanity!

If you are an artist or not. Tear up some old magazines and make a funny collage. Put yourself in it for even more fun. Write about it or not but take some time for child play. It will do wonders for your attitude and psyche. I call this "New Hit Single".

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Day 210 days, moments and breaths

Day by day

breath by breath

we walk through life.

Moment by moment

detail by detail

we get through each day.

Thought by thought

idea by idea

we make it through each breath.

Teardrop by teardrop

tissue by tissue

we survive bad days.

Smile by smile

laugh by laugh

we enjoy the good days.

Prayer by prayer

word by word

we walk through life.

Picture was taken of Beaver Dam Road near Boiling Springs, NC>.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Day 209 The Day after CHRISTMAS

What? It's over? Not as long as there are Pre Christmas Sales, during Christmas Sales, After Christmas sales, Christmas returns, and don't forget


Christmas is
a daily attitude of the heart.
A peaceful state of mind.
A year's quest.
A journey of your soul.
A rememberance of the good that exists.
A special birthday.
an expression of
A fun c0llage of Christmas ads.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Day 208 Merry Christmas!

Many thanks to all my readers, friends and fellow artists! I will continue sharing much of my art and words with you here but will be offering a new site too after the New Year! Stay tuned.


I wish you










This lovely nativity is in a nearby town (Dallas, NC).

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Day 207 Christmas Eve



a gift.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day 206 Christmas Directives

Let me listen

with God's ears

of hope.

Let me see

with God's eyes

of faith.

Let me feel

with God's heart

of compassion.

Let me speak

with God's words

of promise.
Here is the progression of little angels.
Couldn't find the photo of my angel statue that
started the series.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day 205

with God's ears
of hope.

with God's eyes
of faith.

with God's heart
of compassion.

with God's words
of promise.
This little angel has become an obsession. I often find one image I really like and push it to the limits of my current creative level. I will show the progression soon.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Like Mary hold the purpose of Christ

in your soul and ponder its meaning for your life.

Like Joseph be faithful to the Son of God

and do what is right.

Like the innkeeper

find a place for Christ in your life.

Allow Him to reign.

Like the shepherds

follow a start till you find him and

worship him in reverence.

Like the Wise Men

go the distance to know Christ

and give Him your best.

Like the Angels

proclaim Christ to the world.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day 203 God can warm your wintry soul!

Pry open your heart

empty its contents into

a hurting world.

Replace the void

with a great love;
God's Son and Spirit.

They will outdo anything

life can hand you.

God has equipped us

with coping skills to aid

in our struggles and

give strength to our existence.

His word (the scriptures)

are there waiting for us

to discover their power.

He is always available

to listen to our smallest need.

His spirit is willing t

to live within our soul

and guide our every step.

Pry open you heart.

Allow God to fill it entirely

with His peace, joy and love.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Day 202 Winter

a beautiful blanket of snow fell
covering the land
everything looked
clean and pure
the world stood still
life halted
worries ceased
struggles were forgotten
the bird of paradise
sang a peaceful tune

the snow turned to ice but the beauty of winter is there

Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 201 Travel Plans

Life is

a journey of unplanned

twists and turns;

a path of unrealized

hopes and dreams;

a trail of unfinished

tears and laughter;

a road of unsure

directions and destinations.

Life is always full

of surprises and adventures.

Be blessed on your journey.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day 200 Christmas Questions and Answers

Where is Christmas?

In the heart of True Believers.

Where is Christmas cheer?

In greetings of peace and joy?
Where is the meaning of Christmas?

In Luke 2 of the Holy Bible.

Where is the purpose of Christmas?

In the selfless giving of God's people.

Where is the Christmas of childhood?

Still in our child's heart.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day 199 A Christmas Prayer


shine your light

into my eyes

this Christmas season.

Allow your love to radiate

from my heart.

Fill my spirit

with Your holy hope.

Grace my life

with Your continued blessings.

In Christ's name, Amen.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day 198 Seasonal Lessons

Waiting teaches patience.

Patience teaches self control

Self contrl teaches temperance.

Temperance teaches hope.

Hope teaches faith.

Faith teaches joy.

Joy is the ultimate Christmas gift!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Day 196 Christmas Season

It's the Christmas season
for which we know the reason.
Honor Christ's birth.
Live the mirth.

It's not a time of getting
but rather one of letting
Christ rule your heart
and His mercy never depart.

The time of hymn singing
and joyful bells ringing
should be a daily event
since God's only Son was sent.

Finding the perfect me
rather that the perfect tree,
we follow Christ's lead
planting the salvation seed.

His love grows.
His grace shows
a plan for hurting souls
to repay the tolls.

So on this one day
Christmas if we may
give our hearts to the Lord
for a price we can afford.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 195 Finding Strength

Holidays are often stressful, filled with obligations and responsibilities but they are also filled with much joy, hope and fun. We had fun at our family gathering Saturday despite not having Mom and Dad there. (Just too tired to go.) I have been running on empty myself for the last several months but hoping to find that Christmas spirit just around the corner and get into the holiday fun soon. After all we are less than 2 weeks away!

Through scripture and prayer
I am strong.
With God, His Son and Spirit
I belong.

Through hymns and meditations
I am calm.
With the Holy Three
I receive a healing balm.

Through worship and teachings
I am battle ready.
With the Father, Son and Holy Ghost
I am steady.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 192 Time and Life

Days to months to years

where does it all go?

Workload to finish.

We live from project to project.

Responsibility to responsibilty.

We burn the time we are given.

Often we focus on the wrong things

and suddenly this life we have

is used up! What have we to show for it?

Dreading opportunities to make us grow.

Wishing away challenges to make us a better people.

Hoping for easy lives that are never realized.

Believing life to be simply one of details;

details we must learn to cherish.

Treasure the days.

Feel lucky for the months.

Be blessed by the years.

Share every breath of your life.

The good and bad.

The tears and laughter.

The lean and fat.

The fears and joys.

Life is meant to be lived.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

No Scrooge here!

She finds her joy in Christmas tree lights
red ribbon, green holly and
holiday harmonies.
The world sends messages of getting and getting more.
She looks for the message of a holy birth,
loving Savior, and hope for a hurting world.
Life brings tears and tragedies

but she counters with the look of wonder in a child's eye,
and the glimmer of peace in candlelight.
The Scrooges of the world rob the season
with greed and loneliness.
She looks life's Scrooges' square in the eye
and boldly wishes them
"Merry Christmas!"

Day 191 Gifts of the Season





Savior's birth








the list goes on.....make your own, share if you like.

If you can't read the words on the image, "Everyone gets the blues but never lose the light."

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Day 190

The Father of Life
lifts my spirit
out of worldly pain;
strengthens my soul
for the battles.
He is my fortress
though the storms.
He creates in me
hope and joy.
He delivers me
from fear and struggle.
He comforts me
in stressful times.
He is my safe-habor.
He grants me wisdom
for my journeys.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Day 188 Trinity

God is my




and south.

He is my




and purpose.

Christ is my




and belief.

He is my




and destination.

The Holy Spirit is my




and retreat.

He is my






Saturday, December 05, 2009

I find .......

In the still of the night

I sometimes find fear

but I sometimes find peace.

In the light of the day

I see things that frustrate me

but I also see the good in life.

On a rainy day

I find a restlessness with details

but I also find a comfort in its rhythms.

On a sunshiny day

I find a fear of clouds stealing my joy

but I also find a warmth for my soul.

In the cold of winter

I shiver at the very hint of trouble

but I also find a serenity in the bare starkness

of the trees against a gray sky.

In the warm embrace of summer

I find fear of returning troubles

but I also feel the warm assurance in the embrace.

On a golden autumn day

I fear a season of grief

but I also welcome a season of a slower pace.

On a clear spring day

I doubt its lasting beauty

but I also realize it sending new beginnings in my life.

Day 187 Truth of the matter

Day begins.
Fatigue slows me down.

Miles to go before I sleep.

God's strength, not mine,

will see me through.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Day 186 Despite it all....God reigns!

My world is blessed

despite the fears.

My life is easy

despite the tough days.

My way is light

despite the dark passages.

My future is bright

despite the uncertainties.

As long as God reigns and

I allow him rule over me.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Day 185 Spirit of Christmas

How to find it, refind it, save it, nourish it:

  • count your blessings daily

  • know that God is ultimately in control

  • create memories and remember Christmases past

  • spend time with the Bibile

  • pray

  • eat less/walk more

  • enjoy the season through your senses

  • listen to the beautiful sounds of Christmas music

  • watch White Christmas (or your favorite Christmas movies)

  • smell the cinnamon

  • taste the cider or hot chocolate

  • touch live evergreens

This will work! Everytime!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Day 183 New

a new month
a new start
a new week
a new chance
a new day
a new challenge
a new life
a new focus