I just received a new book to share with our darling Sunday School class tomorrow. We have read the Bible story of the Good Samaritan – and acted it out. Now it’s time to give it a new, colorful twist!
Who Is My Neighbor? is a creative story that’s sure to prompt rich conversations, encouraging new ways of seeing our neighbors and ourselves. It’s ideal for our 3-to7-year-olds.
Blues and Yellows don’t mix, and that’s how it’s always been. No one remembers why. But then comes the day Midnight Blue takes a tumble along the road. His friends Navy Blue and Powder Blue don’t even stop to help. It’s only when Yellow comes along that everything changes – forever.
We will share the book with our kiddoes tomorrow and do a little art project mixing blue and yellow to see the result of our “Green Growth.”
The Foreword of the book reads,
“Love your neighbor as yourself,
and love the stranger,
because you know what it was like
to be a stranger.”
Available from http://www.TheThoughtfulChristian.com – or call 800-554-4694
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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.
- 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
- That’s what I’m doing today. It spices up your blog!
- 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
- Create fantastic subheads. So, I created that subheading and your eye was drawn to it, right?
- Tell a seductive story.
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.
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!!
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.
Are you in sanctuary or synagogue or temple or church today?
God Bless You!
In my quiet time this morning, Carol Mackey reflected on 1 Cor. 1:10 in which Paul wrote to the people of Corinth, “Now I plead with you… that you speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind…”
Carol wrote in Guideposts’ Mornings with Jesus, “Sunday morning at eleven o’clock is the most segregated hour of the week.”
I was prompted in thinking about that statement to create this Haiku x4:
most in Sunday morning pews.
Where’s our unity?
Race and culture,
Ideology and thoughts
Pull worship apart.
It must sadden God;
It must grieve Jesus’ heart
To see divisions.
Instead of focus
On our obvious fractures,
Focus on One God!
Many people are unaware that the first five books of the Bible are the Jewish Torah.
Everything on earth is created by our One God.
On that we who worship the One God can agree, right?
As we worship God,
how can we use that worship time
as a time of
Come and sit a spell
Enjoy the quiet with me
Trees and I … silence
Chair in the shadows
Waiting for you to come sit
Open a good book
Walk the wooded path
Listen to the leaves rustle
Silence is broken
Silence in the woods
Interrupted only by
The rippling water
Come and sit a spell
Enjoy the quiet with me
Trees and I …
I have just begun to read The Artist’s Rule by Christine Valters Paintner. It was a gift from a friend who graced me with a note inside the book that professed, “I feel I have a SOUL MATE in you.” What a compliment that is! This friend is so very special to me! He is a marvelous, talented, and generous artist as well as being a delightful, charismatic and whimsy-filled friend.
A quote from the book’s Foreword by Macrina Wiederkehr says, “Your inner artist invites you to participate in the great work of healing the world by lifting out of your senses creative images, words, and actions that inspire others to live lives of wonder and surprise.”
Isn’t that a worthy goal for us all? Consider this 12 week journey with me as we enter 2019.
“Tap the eternal in your soul,” Macrina continues.
I am ready to do that. Are you?
We need an army of “soulmates” ready to “heal the world!”
Have at it!!
This little 3″ x 5″ book titled,
Yet Another Day
was copyrighted in 1905.
My mother-in-law bought it at a flea market for $1.00
in about 1959. I inherited it from her.
This note is in the inside front cover:
The title page tells you the book, written by Rev. J.H. Jowett, M.A.,
is intended to be used as a prayer for every day of the year.
The copyright page gives valuable tips,
as valid today as they were 113 years ago!
Today is December 22nd.
The prayer for today is one I want to share with you.
(I pray I am not breaking copyright laws by sharing this!)
Pray with me, will you?
(And enjoy the beautiful, lyrical language of 113 years ago.)
“Lord of all life, wilt Thou quicken me in the ministry of Thy life-giving Spirit? May no part of my being remain in deadly insensitivity. May I be alive unto God! May all my powers aspire after Thee, as flowers after the sun.” AMEN!