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Happy 7th Anniversary


I received this notice today:

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Seven is my magic number!

It’s God’s number for “completeness.” On the 7th day he rested.

Seven is our house number.

Seven is the number of grandchildren I have.

Seven is my birthday month.

Our phone number ends in a 77.

So does our PO Box number.

Our current house is the 7th dwelling
my husband and I have shared in our 57 years of marriage!

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But, my friends, 7 is not my number for completeness. It’s the number that causes me to look  in amazement  at all this synchronicity – and realize, “This is good!”

But, I am nowhere near complete – and neither is this JanBeek blog!  This is good – and it’s fun, but it’s not great yet!

I’m a work in progress, ending my 7th decade on earth … and ready to enter new challenges, new learning, new sharing. Growing in knowledge and grace. Striving to blog with intention and purpose – to make a positive difference for my faithfilled blogging friends.

I look forward to making new friends and keeping in touch with those who’ve hung in there with me. Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. Please try to check in with me daily and see what’s new – and leave me some encouragement, too!

I will continue to share what I am passionate about as I enter this 8th year of blogging.

As I approach my 8th decade on this earth, I share the love, joy and peace that are mine through faith. I express my gratitude. I seek help with expressions of patience, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I share ways life is a blessing and ways I have learned to manage the challenges life tosses at us. I write about things I care about (like today’s fire at Notre Dame). Sometimes I write just to entertain. Every now and then I just wanna make you laugh (like Jesus is Walkin’ on Water Again).

I hope my sharing helps and inspires and encourages my followers.

I’m hangin’ in there, and I hope you do, too!

Send seven of your friends this way., will you?
Let’s grow together!

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Bring Love to Tasks


Mountains to climb
Carrying mountains sounds like quite a task!

What are tasks?
Are they unwanted work?
Ask yourself, are all tasks unwanted?

Do we sometimes make tasks out of what could be a pleasant job?

Are some “tasks” welcomed activities?
What makes the difference?
What are tasks?

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Ponder

As I ponder the questions above, I realize my bias! Yes, I think “tasks” are unwanted work. Jobs like cleaning toilets, balancing my checkbook, and weeding are not pleasant activities for me.

For some folks those activities might be joyful, or at least more pleasant than other chores. My mother-in-law used to love being out in her garden on her hands and knees weeding. She had a faulty heart valve replaced with a pig valve. She said that’s why she loved to “root” in her garden. She didn’t need to put it on her To-Do List. She did it as a hobby!

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Procrastination Festers

I think I DO make a task out of somethings that could be pleasant. Seldom do I put on my “To-Do List” jobs like “Clean my office” or “Take the garbage to the dump.” Unattended tasks fester and mildew and become the Mountains we Carry instead of just climbing them!

I make the task of doing the dinner dishes more difficult when I  procrastinate and put it off after dinner. I think, “I’m too tired right now. I’ll do them in the morning.” If I had gone to the sink to do them right away, my husband might have joined me and as he washed and I dried, we might have had a very pleasant conversation and they would have been done in half the time it took me to do them the next morning after the food had crusted on the pots and pans! How can I make doing the dishes a hobby? Cooking is!

What makes the difference
between a task (work/job) and a pleasant activity?

  • timing
  • attitude
  • company
  • aptitude
  • necessity
  • love

As the title of this post suggests, a key difference between a task being work or that same task being a pleasant activity is the insertion of LOVE!

In Music of Silence, Benedictine monk, David Steindl-Rast and Shannon Lebell wrote,
“As long as we do work out of love for those whom we love, we do it for a good reason. Love is the best reason for our labors. Love makes what we do … rise like music…”

What are some of your tasks?
Can you make them rise like music?

 

Is writing a task for you?

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Is your writing
done with love
or is it an activity
you feel compelled to do
on some sort of routine for
some unknown reason?

When Writing is a Chore

Most bloggers love to write, or we would not have a blog! Right? So it’s usually not a chore… not a task… not something we dread. If it were, then we’d know it is time to take a break! Let it go for awhile. Build up our inner enthusiasm!

Writing is easy for me most days. It flows like that river of melting snow that flooded our basement this week. During those few times when I feel blocked, I just set it aside, go for a walk, or I read other bloggers. Sometimes I go up to my Angel Room, pray and read a few devotionals, or I go to the kitchen and cook up something inspiring. I imagine myself having a conversation with the part of me that’s blocked.

“Tell me – what do you need?”

I listen for a response – and discover the places in me that need to be released. I find ways to insert the love that’s needed in order to express myself more clearly. I try to adopt a child-like level of enthusiasm for the ability to express my thoughts on paper or at the computer.

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Bring in the Love and Delight

How might you bring
more love and delight
to all the tasks you are called to do?

How might your perspective change
if you realized the world
NEEDS what you have to offer?

It does, you know!

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So set aside those mountains you’re carrying.
Climb them instead!
Bring LOVE to your tasks
and make them “welcomed activities.”

See you tomorrow.

 

 

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Wake Up to Nature And To Ourselves


Sue Dreamwalker is an amazing poet, and a lovely, thoughtful person.

If you have not yet met her, please do!

Go to:  via Wake Up to Nature And To Ourselves

Hear the song, feel the Earth’s heartbeat beneath your feet, and listen to the message…..

Stop listening to greed!

Keepers of the Aquarium


Are you a Fisher of Men
or
A Keeper of the Aquarium?

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“Too many churches have stopped being fishers of men, and have become keepers of the aquarium,” said Pastor Ray at Bayside Church in Sacramento, CA in his Refuel devotional today.  http://baysideonline/devotionals/refuel-2018

(Go to today’s refuel: 3/28/19)

Check it out.

Pastor Ray suggested that as “Keepers of the Aquarium” we miss the chance to reach out beyond our own to help others. He suggested ways we might be effective “Fishers of Men.”

Our Aquariums

The imagery of us church-goers just swimmin’ in our own little tanks and feeding off of one another and keeping to ourselves tickled and troubled me. Tickled, when I realized we, like these jellyfish, all look about the same – very little diversity – and we’re swimming around in our own little circles, taking care of each other. Troubled, when I see that even in our own little space, our feelers are not quite touching most of the time!

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Be Inspired

The devotional (I hope you clicked on the link and heard the message) inspired me to look again at my servant/service role.

Oh sure, Bob & I are teaching a Sunday School – – – three darling little 3 to 6 year olds – – –  they feed our souls! But, how are we being Fishers of People? How are we reaching outside our aquarium to spread the Good News to others in the world?

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One way is by the messages we post on our blogs. JanBeek is all about “Loving One Another.” Not just those in our aquarium, but in the lakes and rivers and big blue sea, too. I love my growing list of followers. I love that you represent countries outside the USA and states outside Montana! I hope you find inspiration here. I aspire to inspire and increase your belief in the grace of God, your faith in our fellow human beings, and the desire to reach out in love.

How Do We Show Our Love?

Yesterday I heard on FaceBook a fantastic message by the founder of https://www.charitywater.org/  I joined (with a small monthly pledge) the “Spring” to help provide clean water to more people in the world. Hopefully, the message of the Deliverer of Living Water will accompany the new wells provided by the teams who go to care for and share with these needy folks. Look at their website and see the teams of young people who are traveling to impoverished areas and bringing new hope. It’ll warm your heart!

So far, the statistics for CharityWater reports these successes:

35,281

Water projects
funded

 

9,562,163

People will get
clean water

 

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Local partners

 

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Countries

All donations (100%) go to the clean water projects. Salaries and administrative expenses are paid by companies, partners, philanthropists who contribute for that purpose. My little amount each month goes directly to the intended purpose: to fund clean water projects and delivery to those in need. Yay! That’s one way to swim outside your aquarium!

 

Find a Need Beyond Your Aquarium

Maybe you’ll look at ways you can improve your service to others, too. Reach out to your neighbors, your local Food Bank, Medical Center, Senior Living facility, Library, etc. There countless “fish” out there in your local sea of troubled waters who need what you have to give.

Reach Beyond Your Borders

Look for world-wide worthwhile projects that touch your heart. I am a follower and advocate of Bob Goff’s Love Does project. Another of my small monthly pledges helps this international project that touches my heart.

Bob Goff says, “We have been fighting for human rights and providing education to children in conflict zones for over 15 years.”

You’ll see him on his website – smiling his goofy smile and inviting you to get involved.

 

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Bob is a New York Times best selling author (Get his book titled, Love Does, if you have not already read it). He was a recognized lawyer for over 25 years. In 2001 he saw a need in India and founded what is now known as Love Does.

 

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Bob promises, “We understand it can be daunting to know where to give your time and financial resources. We promise that 100% of every dollar you give will go directly to fund our international programs.”

 

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I promote LoveDoes.org because I have confidence in the work it is doing to improve the lives of countless people in need. Especially his work providing educational opportunities for children is near and dear to my heart. I receive regular updates.

Bob Goff says, ” At Love Does we strive to be transparent.  We have years of a proven track record and we want to invite you in to be curious. Ask questions! We want you to feel comfortable with where you are investing.”

Search Your Heart

Find the places, the people, the needs that touch your heart. Act today to reach out. Don’t get stuck in your aquarium!

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Be a Fisher of People – not just the Keeper of Your Aquarium!

Wordless Wednesday’s Tanka


Wordless Wednesday

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Wednesdays are wordless

According to some bloggers

But how can poets

Contain all the bubbly words

Springing up inside of them?

 

A tanka is a form of Japanese poetry
that follows a syllable format.
Unlike Haiku with only three lines,
Tankas are composed of 5 lines.
Lines 1 and 3 have 5 syllables.
Lines 2, 4, and 5 contain 7 syllables each.

Try your hand at a Tanka!

Line 1- 5 syllables

Line 2- 7 syllables

Line 3- 5 syllables

Line 4- 7 syllables

Line 5- 7 syllables

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/article-poetic-forms


Are you able to be Wordless on Wednesday?

Just read… don’t reply?

Please don’t try!
Reply!!

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Bio Poem


Bio Poem

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A bio poem is used to reveal information to the reader about the poet.
If you have followed my blog for a bit, you already know a lot about me.
But this “Bio Poem” is designed to reveal things you may not know.
Some of them are things I may not have consciously considered before now!
It was fun to create.

Line 1: First name

Line 2: Who is… (descriptive words that describe you)

Line 3: Who is the brother/sister or son/daughter of…

Line 4: Who loves…(three ideas)

Line 5: Who feels…(three ideas)

Line 6: Who needs…(three ideas)

Line 7: Who gives…(three ideas)

Line 8: Who fears…(three ideas)

Line 9: Who would like to see…(three ideas)

Line 10: Who shares…(three ideas)

Line 11: Who is…(three ideas)

Line 12: Who is a resident of…(your town)

Line 13: Last name

 

Janet

Who is only 5′ tall, carries a lot of joy, energy, and love in her 80 year old frame

Who is the daughter of Sal & Betty and the younger sister of Sally DeAngeles Butters

Who loves the Lord, my husband/friends/family, and cooking/writing (I couldn’t limit it to 3 things – – I love a lot!)

Who feels blessed, affirmed, and healthy

Who needs grace, forgiveness, and humility

Who gives unconditional love, hospitality, and sincere hugs

Who fears no one (for God is with me), nothing (not even death, for I know where I am going) and losing my memory (because my sis is, and my mom & maternal grandmother did)

Who would like to see an end to all hate, all wars, and all bigotry

Who shares my belief in God freely, my home graciously, and my ideas (more often than I should probably!)

Who is a Child of God, a Friend to all, and a grateful wife, mom, Grammy, GG, aunt, cousin, and teacher (oh, and so much more!)

Who is a resident of God’s Kingdom on Earth – right here in Ennis, Montana

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Time to try your own Bio Poem!
Here’s where you can see another example and learn more poetry forms:

My Brilliant Headline – following Cristian Mihai


  • OKAY, Cristian Mihai, I have a positive mindset! I am going to follow the advice you gave in your recent blog: “10 Easy-to-Follow Steps to Writing an Amazing Blog.”
  • And you can see my brilliant headline… up there.

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  • You can tell that I’ve opened the door to this blog with confidence, right?

Open like a boss.

Now here I am… the BOSS! (No I’m just lyin’ – I don’t really boss anybody!

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  • Well, I DO kinda boss my dear husband sometimes. But he is rarely receptive to that tone! I can use persuasive words. That’s a better approach … persuasive words spoken in love!
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It’s important to click on Cristian’s tips here to learn more. His links are just a click away. I NEED to persuade you to GO to his blog often to learn important skills that will improve your blogs and bring you a greater following. That’s one of your goals, right? Of course it is! See the underlined red words? Try moving there, but be sure to come back!!

I NEED your following! Join my blog!

  • Don’t forget to write like yourself.

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  • Use all the tools at your disposal!
  • Bullets help
  • So do colors. (I don’t know how to make my words different colors the way Cristian does… I’m still learning) … but I can add colorful pictures to enhance my ideas.
  • It’s okay to cut and paste and use the ideas of others
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  • Insert killer bullet points. Of course you noticed them here… I know you did!
  • Use Old Posts of Your Own 

    Using Cristian’s ideas helps me clean up old posts and make them more appealing, more readable. This old one was a perfect example:
    http://www.janbeek.wordpress.com/you-color-my-world   – Check it out. I reblogged it from a 2013 post!

  • Subheadings Draw Eyes Forward

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  • Create fantastic subheads.  So, I created that subheading and your eye was drawn to it, right?
  • Tell a seductive story.
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    Can I seduce you into sitting a spell and sharing a story with me? One that will draw you in and keep you turning pages?

    Cristian wrote: “Start the story with a seductive sentence.”

    I have written a memoir. I have not published it yet. It is titled, “All My Marbles.” The beginning sentence is,

    “I want you to know that I am a rather strong-willed, sometimes too outspoken, retired career woman who intends to live to be ninety-plus with all my marbles in place.”

    Would you be tempted to turn the page? The rest of that first paragraph reads:

    “Right up to the last, I want to smell good and wear dangling earrings that match my outfit for the day. I hope my children will get the message that there’s no need to get twitter-pated about getting older. As long as you keep your eyes on the NOW, your sense of humor tuned, and allow your style to be uniquely YOU, it’s likely that (unlike my cantankerous mother), you will wear your shirt right-side-out and still ‘give a shit’ at 89!”

  • Pay attention to the details. The details of my memoir include chapters about each of my seven grandchildren after some introductory chapters titled:

    Chapter One –   The Courage of Our Ancestors             8

    Chapter Two –   My Parents’ Confidence                        17

    Chapter Three – The Wisdom of Bob’s Parents              26

    Chapter Four – Love in Us

    (Chapter 4 tells about how my husband (of 57 years now) and I met … and how we managed to stay together in spite of a beautiful but rocky start. The details of this chapter include this lovely wedding photo.

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    That was 57 years ago, February 11, 1962, and today we are more in love than ever.

    Would you be tempted to buy my Memoir if I published “All My Marbles”??

  • In my blog, whose subtitle is “Love One Another,”
    I share daily ideas (130 days in a row now) from my life.
    I’ve been blogging since 2012,
    but just within the last 130 days I became serious
    about making it a daily habit.The Art of Blogging helped me make this commitment.
    Thank you, Cristian and Jason.
  • My life is filled with blessings –
    and I pass along tips for how to
    fuel your life with blessings, too.

    Come to my filling station often.
    My heart is overflowing… WITH LOVE TO SPARE.

    Sometimes I have to pinch  myself to know this is real.
    But –  – – it is!!

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Have a blessed day!

That’s not a command. It’s a request! I’m not a boss who carries a big stick. I’m a co-worker who is journeying this path called life with you. If I can lift your spirits and point you to the ONE who brings me blessings, I will have succeeded with my mission for today.

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