Talking of 2, Skills that is

With these drawing skills, or lack thereof, good thing I stick with writing!

With these drawing skills, or lack thereof, good thing I stick with writing!

Floating softly in my head this thought has been doing for a while, & now is the time I’ve chosen it needs to reach dry land:

Capturing the likeness of a person through a painted portrait bears quite a striking similarity to the art of penning a story about an individual for three apparent reasons:

1. Genuine skill is required to achieve the two crafts specified in teal in the underlined sentence.

2. One will undoubtedly be denied a continued future in their trade of choice if in fact one or more of their subjects if dissatisfied with their depicted image

3. Both the drawer & author attempt to portray the person in the most flattering light.

If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again

This little guy displays impressive persistence to put my hat back on my head after yanking it off. Although in the video my nephew doesn’t succeed in his first try to replace my hat atop my head, he tries and tries without giving up:

This same idea, of utilizing persistence when presented with a challenge, translates well to walking. Losing my strength to take any steps was lost on multiple occasions after lying severely ill in my hospital bed for weeks at a time. Diligence is the answer. Every single effort at moving one foot in front of the other aids to rebuild your body’s strength and energy. (I wore white coverings over my legs that worked to increase circulation when I was too sick to get out of bed, but real movement is always the best choice if you’re able to do so.)

Walking down the hospital hallway accompanied by a relative (Thanks Mom!), friend or nurse for assistance every single day is important to get your body moving. Every step counts. Walking, even just a little bit, down a few doors in the hospital hall, is essential to start getting stronger. The action of walking up and down the hall is an excellent exercise and helps in your healing process. Keep trying to walk a little each day; if you can’t one day, you will soon enough!

Why not? Scripture for Saturday

I feel so foolish when I let myself drift away from God and as a result troubles happen in my life, troubles that I could’ve prevented from ever rising up in the first place if Jesus remained always in the very front of my mind to lead my actions. These verses I read Wednesday are encouraging & it does one good to think of them often. 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails . . . 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13

I Said It, Don’t Spread It

Clue Numero Uno: Your head feels stuffed to the brim with aching lousiness.

#2 Hint: Any trace of energy is nowhere to be found in your worn out body.

3rd & final: Plans for the day have been diminished from going out to maybe, but probably not, doing just one load of laundry.

Application? DON’T VENTURE INTO THE WORLD when you’re sick, or other people will not be pleased in the least to catch whatever you’re fighting in a long domino effect of illness.

Playing doctor in this picture - Why do I always have to be the sick one? - but this blog post is FOR REAL

Playing doctor in this picture – Why do I always have to be the sick one? – but this blog post is FOR REAL

Words I Wrote

I wrote these 3 couplets after purchasing well-made Amish bedroom furniture a while back from a store with an incredibly cool & kind man. The guy, Mike, bet me a dollar I couldn’t figure out how to correctly twist a trick object & achieve a perfect end result. After trying out the ingenious device & only getting half of the end result completed, I asked Mike, “Can I have 50 cents?”

At The Saw Mill, I found a furniture set that I like

And was greatly assisted by a friendly employee named Mike.

Thoughtful Mike said the stained furniture can sit at the shop for a week

Because as a cancer survivor, those harsh chemicals really reek.

I appreciate a salesman who is helpful, knowledgeable and kind,

So I thought I’d write this note to give a piece of my grateful mind!

Both Terrific & Terrible

 I’m talking about the mighty tongue: it drives me straight into trouble sometimes, it steers me safely away from problems at other times. 

My searching yesterday through the abundance of Bible verses I’ve recorded over time on 3X5 cards, led me to find the ones I was seeking. Proverbs, with its many clear-cut lines of wisdom and clever thoughts, is my favorite book of the Bible. Four of the seven shared verses are plucked from Proverbs. All of these words from our Heavenly Father are important to live by, although I, for one, fall flat on my face far too many times than I’d care to share.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. James 1:19

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up. Ephesians 4:29a

Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down. Proverbs 26:20

Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult. Proverbs 12:16

Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  2 Timothy 2:23

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.                    Proverbs 17:14