Center Yourself

Psalm 31 : 3 – 7

For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for they names sake lead me, and guide me.

Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me; for thou art my strength.

Into thy hand I commit my spirit : thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.

I have hated them that regard lying vanities : but I trust in the Lord.

I will be glad and rejoice in my mercy : for thou hast considered my trouble ; thou hast known my soul in adversities ;

Center yourself with God. Put God first and foremost and center your life around God. God knows when you need him and he will always answer your call for help and guidance in your life. He will guide you in a direction that will help you and others become what his plans for you are here on Earth.

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Be humble and kind and caring in all works that you put forth. Be compassionate and always try to think if I had the same problem that person has how would I want them to act around me. By centering yourself with God you will be able to answer questions like these in the proper way each and every time.

Be yourself and do not try to impress people that are not worth impressing. Your true friends know what you are all about and do not need you to impress them. We show are true intentions through our actions not our words.

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God should always come first and then family and friends. God will get you through the darkest of moments in your life. Our lives can and do take many turns in our lifetime. Always reflect is this the turn that God wants me to make in my life at this particular moment in time. Think before you act. Do not send a complaint letter until you have let it sit for three days as you may not find it necessary to send it anymore after you have cooled down. Never react to quickly without thinking things over.

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Your State Of Mind

If you think you are beaten, most chances are that you will be. Even if the odds are not in your favor keep trying and never give up. There is an inner spirit in all of us that is much stronger then we ever thought possible and we can persevere through most anything.

If you think you dare not try out new things you probably won’t. We learn through are experiences and disappointments. If you never take any risk in life you do not grow in life. Life is a risk everyday but we keep up on our schedules and appointments. Life has a learning curve in it everyday that we are hear on Earth.

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If you think you are not going to get a good grade on a test you probably won’t. You already have a mind set that has doomed you to failure. If you study hard and apply yourself you will surly excel in something that will take you far in life.

If you think you will lose a baseball game most chances are that your team will indeed lose that game. You are not boosting up your teams spirits you are bringing them down by the way you are acting and the vibes you are putting out there.

Success begins with your state of mind. A positive attitude will always take you very far in life. People like to be around people that have a positive and uplifting attitude as it makes them feel better. I remember a man that was in the hospital and he had received bad news from his Doctor and he was determined he was going to die even though the Doctor had treatments in mind for him. The Doctor said I will not be able to save that one because he is absolutely determined he is going to die no matter what I do for him.

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Always keep a positive mind set and remember things could always be worse then they actually are. Be determined to defy the odds even though it might be hard at the time. Remember not to let anything stand in you way of success, you have many powers that you can look for in your life to reach your highest peak. Your friends and God will support you to infinity and beyond.

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Freedom

A high price has been paid for freedom over the years. Many battles have been fought and many lives have been lost for us to be free. Never take your freedom for granted. We live in a country were freedom abounds and surrounds us day after day. We have a right to work for wages and we our free to purchase goods for our needs and wants. We can dress in whatever attire we see fit to be dressed in.

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Freedom is a great privilege. We can purchase and own a house or land and reap the rewards of our labor. We are free to form labor unions and other social groups without interruption. Being free means I can travel to others countries and learn more about my family heritage and  the mannerisms of people in different countries. No matter where we live in the world we all want the same things in life. All of us want our children’s lives to be better then ours and we want good health for all of us and our friends.

Use your freedom to help others that are not free in life. Pray for the oppressed, poor, downtrodden and reach out to your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Give people a helping hand gleefully and ardently and strive to make their day brighter and much more enjoyable.

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We are free to congregate and share our opinions in public places. A lot of young people have spoke up against oppression over the years and sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom for all of us. Sometimes all it takes is one person to save a village as the old saying goes.

I do not take my freedom for granted. My freedom has come at a very high cost which came with the loss of many lives on the battlefield. God bless the USA. Let freedom ring today and into eternity.

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Pottery, Clay and Vessel

Isaiah   64 : 8

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we are all the work of thy hand.

I have made a lot of different pottery pieces in the past. I start out with a formless ball of clay and I start forming it into a shape on the potters wheel. One sign of an experienced potter is a thin vase or cup, etc. A potter without a lot of experience will have thick pottery pieces until he masters the clay and manages to pull it up into a thin shape successfully. It takes awhile to master the skill of pulling the clay into shape without it toppling over and you starting over again.

God has a lot of patience with us as he shapes us. We start out as a ball of clay and God leads us along to form the perfect shape for our lives . On the potters wheel the potter makes useful vessels that he can use to drink out of, eat off of, display flowers in and much more. Pottery is very useful and always serves a purpose. God forms us to serve a special purpose on earth.

We have many purposes on earth : mother, father, caregiver, comforter, teacher, lawyer, farmer, librarian, minister, builder, doctor and so many more necessary professions that enrich and add to other peoples enjoyment on earth. Let God make you the vessel that you are supposed to be on earth. You want to be a vessel that will enrich other peoples lives. Always be a good steward so people can see Gods light shining through you and all that you do. Do what you excel in doing and always learn from you mistakes. No one is perfect but strive for the best that you can be and spread Gods good works and you will be a perfect vessel on earth.

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In Honor Of My Loving Parents

One of the Ten Commandments : Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

My parents were remarkable and outstanding parents. I have been very blessed to have the most wonderful and perfect parents in my life. They helped shaped me into the person I am today and so much more. My parents are an inspiration to me everyday in my life to succeed and move forward in life to achieve everything humanly possible while I am on earth. My parents were compassionate and understanding and considerate to my needs. Everyday that I am alive I strive to make my parents proud of me.

When I was about eight years old my Father made a seat for his tractor for me to sit on while he planted corn,etc. My Father always wanted to keep me safe and out of harms way.  My Father thought me how to deal with contractors and business men. My Father told me to get several bids on a project so I could get a good deal on a project without being taken advantage of. I followed my Father around as much as I could and I learned how to make a lot of different repairs on all different kinds of items by watching him over the years. My father was kind and compassionate and always willing to help someone in need. I am posting a picture of my Father showing me my very first cat Flossie. Flossie walked out to the field where my Father was to die. She wanted to be next to him when she passed on.

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My Mother would read a book to me at night until I feel to sleep. My Mother was kind, gentle, compassionate and very caring. My Mother would pick me up from school when I was sick and take me home and I would get better quickly with her loving care. When I was very sick as a young child my parents slept on the floor next to me in my hospital room until they knew I would finally get better.

My Mother was a librarian for over thirty years. She checked out a lot books from the library for me to read. My Mother read a lot and now I love to read a lot. Knowledge is learned through books and from your parents, God and friends.

I  was very blessed to have the most perfect parents possible in my life. My parents had good Christian values. Some of their values were treat people like you would want to be treated, help people in need, if you cannot say anything good then do not say anything at all and the spoken word is like a sped arrow lost in the night.  My Mother wrote down the following to me in a autograph book that I had people right down sayings in. My mother wrote : As down the river of life you glide I wish you a long and beautiful ride.

My Father and I took care of my Mother at home until the last three days of her life. My Mother died in our local hospital. I went to visit my Father everyday in the Rest Home for three years and three months. My Father died in the Rest Home. God Bless my parents for enriching my life in so many wonderful and awesome ways.

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Illness & Direction

Hebrews 2 : 10  11 : 8

For it became him whom are all things, and by whom all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

When we have an illness or have to deal with pain and suffering  in our life day after day sometimes it is necessary to find a new direction in our lives. It can be scary to redefine yourself but you will feel a stronger connection to God in the process.

A woman on TV the other day said that her daughter turned an ugly illness into a beautiful thing. Her daughter started visiting young people in the hospital that had illnesses and  she was comforting them and supporting them in their greatest hour of need. Just one positive word can give a person the will to battle through most anything in life.

My illness has made a very strong connection to God in my life. I became a Lay Minister to help strengthen my visits with people in rest homes and to spread Gods good works. The blogging group I belong to has encouraged me to be more vocal and outgoing in life.  Our blogging group are wonderful cheerleaders for each other through thick and thin.

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Do not let an illness encompass you. You live life on your terms and do not let an illness define you in life. Use your illness to help others find new directions and positive things in their life. Everyday is a gift from God so use all of your days wisely and do Gods will in all ways that are possible for you to complete. Life has many ups and downs. Do not let the downs keep you down rise up above them with God by your side.

Make time in each day to let others know that you cherish and love them. Spread Gods good works whenever and however you can. God be with you today and always through your many journeys in life.

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A Rats Tail In My Hair A Dream With A Strange Analogy

I dreamed about a rats tail in my hair one evening. I could always see its tail hanging down and it was freaking me out. I asked my friends if they could see the rats tail in my hair and all of my friends said no. I figured they said that because they were afraid to remove the rat from my hair.

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I kept dreaming about that rats tail hanging down out of my hair most of the night. Once I came to terms with accepting having a rat in my hair the rat left never to be seen again.

Once we come to terms accepting a situation that we cannot change we have no fear of the situation anymore. Some people are like a rat in your hair such as bullies. If we let the bully bother us day after day he has all the power and we have none. Do not let someone intimidate you day after day seize the moment on your terms and your conditions and do not bow down to a bully.

Anyone that antagonizes you or upsets you  holds all the cards not you. Be your own cheerleader and take control in your life. A rat will get out of your hair when he cannot pull your chain any longer.

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Do not let fear take moments of your life away because that dirty old rat will never get out of your hair. When you are in control of your life you can accomplish many great things that you didn’t even think were possible to achieve. Keep on target to set and achieve new goals each and every day of your life. Life is a gift from God and not a given so use your life to help spread Gods good works and make the World a better place and never let the rats get the best of you.

 

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Memorial Day And What It Means To Me

Memorial Day is a day for us to remember our loved ones that have passed on. We are here today because of our ancestors and their great accomplishments through the years. They have braved great tragedies and have triumphed over many adversities to come to a new country full of unknowns to make a great life for their family and future generations to come.

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We have our Founding Fathers, Surveyors, Lawyers, Tradesmen, Farmers, Veterans, and many more people to be remembered for what they have done to make America a land of great opportunity and freedom for all.

What our ancestors have done throughout the years has helped us get to our position in life. We have learned a great deal from them throughout history. Some of our ancestors have discovered cures for serious diseases that we would have died from years ago. Our ancestors carried their old traditions to the new country and we have built on these traditions over the years. We still love ethnic foods from the old country and have kept many of their ideals and values in place.

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I have traveled to the countries that my ancestors came from. I have walked down the same streets that they walked down in the 1600’s. I saw the farm that my Great Grandfather farmed and learned the history behind why he came to America. When we learn more about our ancestors we also learn much more about ourselves and why we have certain likes and dislikes. We are very similar to our ancestors and we strive for a lot of the same things without even knowing it at the time. People always told my Father he looked like his Grandfather. We have a lot of the same mannerisms as our ancestors had.

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Memorial Day reminds me of all of my wonderful ancestors that have went on before me and helped shaped me into the person I am today. I am glad for all of their sacrifices and triumphs as without them I would not be here today. Thank you God for all of the wonderful people that have enriched the World with your good works. We greatly miss our relatives that have gone on before us and one of our ways of honoring them and remembering them is with Memorial Day.

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Amazing Grace and What Grace Means

Acts 14:22

Thus he builds our character, strengthens our faith, and prepares us to help others.

Timothy 6 : 11 – 21

Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness, – fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life I give thee charge in the sight of God keep the commandments – be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate. Grace be with thee.

Ephesians 2 : 1 – 10

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ [ by grace we are saved; ] For by grace are ye saved through faith : and not of ourselves : it is the gift of God,  For we are his workmanship created in Jesus Christ unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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John Newton wrote the song Amazing Grace and he became a converted slave trader and set all of his slaves free. Some highlights from the song Amazing Grace – how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear and Grace my fears relieved the hour I first believed. I was blind but now I see.  Grace has bought me safe – Grace will lead me home.

 

Gods Grace is universal and available to all persons. Living in accordance with Grace orients life around God’s gift of salvation. Grace is one as the tribune God is one.

Grace in the Methodist tradition is is manifested in three actions:

Prevenient Grace – means divine love that surrounds all humanity and Gods presence and power reside throughout all creation.

Justifying Grace –  is another word for pardon. It is the forgiveness of all of our sins and our acceptance with God.

Glorifying Grace – The gospel of Christ knows of no religion, but social, no holiness, but social holiness Gods Glorifying Grace will bring to completion God’s final reign of righteousness which is Gods power over evil and death.

Grace leads us to do amazing and awesome things in our life with God helping us along. Grace means helping people in need and doing good works and having patience, faith and being genuine and kind to others. Show your love to others and let them know how much you appreciate them being a part of your life. Be slow to anger and quick to forgive. May the Grace of God be with you today and everyday of your life.

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Little Red Riding Hood Sculpture In Honor Of My Mother Mrs. Elmer Weers

I went to Artist Reception & Exhibit Opening at the MacNider Art Museum in Mason City, Iowa for the river city sculptures on parade. For more info on the Art Museum go to: macniderart.org.20170508_170330  I interviewed an artist from Bad River Artworks located in South Dakota. I interviewed Mr. Lee Leuning. He made the baseball player and the girl on the scooter reading a book with her cat looking up at her. I asked him what his inspiration was for his sculptures and his reply was Americana, Nostalgia, and Norman Rockwell. Mr. Leuning said he paid attention to detail and depicted his sculptures as they would  look like if they were alive. I am very impressed with his great attention to detail in all of his sculptures.To learn more about them go to : badriverart.com.

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I noticed another sculpture that I liked of a wise old owl sitting on a pile of books by the library. The owls details and appearance were perfect in every way.

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I saw the sculpture that I purchased to honor my Mother on the River City Sculptures on Parade route which is a 1.7 mile walk designed to lead participants on a looping route to the Cultural Crescent and back to the central core of Mason City, Iowa. For more Info. go to: sculpturesonparade.com. New sculptures decorate downtown mason City area. The Mason City Chamber of Commerce helped me with buying the sculpture to honor my Mother.

There are new sculptures that have been placed in Mason City, Iowa that are available to be purchased.The Mason City Iowa Chamber of Commerce at masoncityia.com will help you through the purchase of your sculpture. Sculptures are a good way to honor or remember a loved one or to support a cause. The sculptures beautify Mason City, Iowa.

Del and Martha Pettigrew made the Little Red Riding Hood sculpture that I purchased to honor my Mother. They live in central Nebraska. Part of what drives their careers are the desire to capture the beauty of the twitch of a lean wolf alert for prey. From their small studio come works of great size, strength,dignity, and serenity. I loved the great attention they took in the making of the sculpture Little Red Riding Hood that I purchased. To learn more about them go to : westernartandarchitecture.com.

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My Mother was a Young Adult Librarian at the Mason City Public Library located in Mason City, Iowa for many years. I purchased a sculpture called Little Red Riding Hood to honor my Mother. My Mother loved to read books and valued education. The sculpture is placed on the library grounds to honor my Mother. My Mother worked at a college library and then she was an English teacher for one year until she met my Father and they got married. She worked at the Mason City Public Library after she was married. She loved helping people at the library. A sculpture is a great way to honor a loved one that has passed away. The sculpture will be a memorial to them for many many years to come. The Mason City Public Library will have a dedication of the Little Red Riding Hood sculpture in July. For more info on the Mason City Public Library go to: mcpl.org. The Little Red Riding Hood Sculpture will keep my Mother’s vision of learning and knowledge through books alive for many years to come.

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