I’ve Got The Joy…

When I was a little girl, I remember singing that song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.”  It was such a cheerful tune and lighted up my soul as I sang along with all my friends and we clapped our hands in the happiness of the moment.  Can you recall a time like that in your life, when your face hurt because you were smiling  so hard, but you just couldn’t stop?  Or has time erased some of what was once so easy to bring to mind?  It isn’t hard these days to lose sight of our inner child, the one who craves the simple sound of a song.  So here, I hope you’ll find a pocket full of joy to fill your day with just enough of that tune to see you through whatever is your need.  Stop for a moment.  Breathe deeply.  And soon, you may be singing of joy as well.

Wellness Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I spent over 3 years bedridden and have had 4 strokes and broken my back 4 times. There was a time I almost died because of severe malnutrition.

But for the past five years (on the 19th) hubby and I have been whole food plant based after having watched the documentary Forks Over Knives.

I am now about as healthy as I have ever been in my life. I am not perfect in that I do eat junky food on occasion, but the only two times I have accidentally eaten something like regular mayonnaise, I got very sick. I say accidentally because I wasn’t aware it was in the food I was eating. I am very careful to check ingredients because my allergy to animal products (diagnosed by my doctor) could kill me.

So here I like to share what I do for my physical as well as mental health.

This black bean and corn concoction was what I fixed for dinner. There are lentils that mimic ground meat and some salsa to flavor it, along with garlic and onion powder and nutritional yeast. Over rice or potatoes, it’s quite delicious.

This is my weekly status from my fitbit. When I first started I could barely get more than 1000 steps a day. Now I’m getting almost 8000! (I take Sundays off so they aren’t counted.) And I am currently on week 10 or 11 (lost count) of daily walking. I think I’ve only missed one day in that time. And I’m feeling good.

What are you doing to improve your health?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day

Thoughtful Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This past week has been difficult for me. I’m sad for my country. I’m sad that people find a divide where there is none, leaving the real division unchecked.

Rule #1. You can’t have everything your way. There are no two individuals who agree on everything.

Rule #2. You can’t force your opinion on others. It only causes resentment.

Rule #3. Tearing down monuments does not tear down the racism in the hearts of the people. Education regarding them is a start.

Rule #4. Changing history dooms us to repeat it. The only hope is to remember the whys so we don’t have to do it over again to learn the lessons.

I am a Christian woman who prays morning and night (and often in between) for people to understand that unity doesn’t mean thinking the same way. Only that we have common goals and are willing to do the work to accomplish them. Not throw the baby out with the bath water.

Any thoughts?

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Scripture Sunday, July 5, 2020

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for her sins.

Isaiah 40:1-2

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Off to a good start with July.

This is a “cheesy” broccoli and potato soup, although it turned out quite thick. I don’t mind, however. It’s delicious!

I just mixed up some potatoes with broccoli for lunch one day last week and served it with salsa. Yum!

And for a scrumtious breakfast I had “cheesy” grits and greens…in this case it was bok choy. The only thing missing is the hot sauce! I didn’t think about it until posting this.

I love my plant based lifestyle. Between increasing my steps weekly to eating wholseome foods, I’m getting stronger every day. I’m much more healthy than I was five years ago. Still a way to go, but it beats dead!

How are you spending your wellness Wednesday? I’m open to any plant based suggestions.

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Thoughtful Tuesday, June 30, 2020

I went to the eye doctor this morning. I hope to get new glasses, as my eyesight is a bit blurry and the earpiece of my current pair broke off. My husband had to shrinkwrap it in order for me to wear them.

This got me thinking about the current situation in the US. I began to wonder, am I seeing things clearly? Am I trying to shrinkwrap a broken ideology or am I looking for new ways to look at it all?

I know how broken things are, and I know I have to give ear to the broken people. I don’t think tearing down society and starting from the ground up is a sound idea. We have good bones. We have a great ideal in the US Constitution. Have we lived up to that ideal? Absolutely not. But we can.

We can by first learning what it really stood and stands for…liberty and justice for all. That hasn’t happened yet, but it still can. There are still a lot of very good people in this country, in this world.

We can continue to reach out, to listen. One of the greatest healing moments in my life was when someone was willing to listen to me in my grief.

I don’t have the answers, but I think it begins with common ground. And how can we find common ground? Learn about the experiences of those who don’t share your culture, your religion, your color.

I will say this. I will not kneel to anyone but God, but I will kneel with you in order to plead for His healing hand on our land. I believe that is our hope.

What are your thoughts today?

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Scripture Sunday, June 28, 2020

And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Chronicles 20:20

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Today I’m taking care of my soul. It’s the 25th anniversary of the death of my son James, and I’m missing him.

Life has continued, and through my faith in God, I’ve even found joy once again. But in the quiet hours of the night, I still wonder what life would have been had he lived. Would he be bald? He was already losing his hair. How would he be employed? He was expert in advertisement, but fell in love with restaurant work. Whatever he chose, he would have succeeded, because that’s who he was. Always optimisic, always faithful.

So today I’m eating simply, walking a bit, reading Anne of Green Gables (it was his favorite book) and writing.

Another year, but when we have that great reunion, I’ll look back and see it was as the blink of an eye, for eternity will surround us, and every tear will be dried.

I love you forever, James.

How are you caring for your soul?

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Thoughtful Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Today is my best friend’s birthday. She’s sixty years old and we’ve been friends for forty two of those years. She has been with me through the deaths of both my boys.

I wouldn’t mention it except that tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the death of my older son, James.

Friendship is a key component to healing a heart. She once called me up to ask me to tell her something, anything about him. It’s wonderful that she knew him, that I didn’t have to describe him to get my point across. Even more wonderful is that she asked about him at a time when most people in my life think I should be over it by now, that I should have moved on with my life long before now.

She understands how my life stopped when my boys died. She was a first hand witness of the devastation. She heard the cries, she saw the light go out in my eyes. And she knows how crucial it is to remember. Many people knew of his death, but she knew him in life. She saw him grow up. And memories are like photographs. How we love sharing them.

I’m grateful for such a friend who allows me to still cry, to still laugh, to share my boy.

Grief doesn’t get better, it just gets less often. If you have a grieving friend, don’t be afraid of mentioning their loved one. You won’t be “bringing up old memories” or “reminding” them. I can guarantee they remember…and it hurts to think nobody else does.

Do you have someone you can reach out to today with love and memories?

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Scripture Sunday, June 21, 2020

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:11-12

What scriptures are you pondering today?

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Wellness Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Flowers make me happy. And weeding gives me strength. Nothing like fresh air and flowers to lift my mind, body, and spirit. So, of course, I have to bring some inside.

I love my succulents. And I always buy flowers from the store. But my orchids are my favorite. They fill the room with such a beautiful perfume. From appearances, I might be getting at least three more sets of blooms. Exciting!

Perhaps flowers could be prescribed as an antidepressant, particularly cultivating them.

How are you cultivating your spirit this wellness Wednesday?

A Pocketful of Joy to Fill Your Day