I used to keep notes taped to my computer monitor, so much so that I could not even see the screen. Now I keep my notes, using “sticky notes,” on my computer desktop where I can view them when I want and hide them when not in use. Take a look at my inspirational post-it notes.
This is my second year posting to this blog. After a rough start (I really didn’t know what I was doing), I think I have finally figured out most of the components. It is by no means a finished product. I am always looking to improve the experience for my readers, as well as for myself, and to the glory of our Almighty God and Father. So, please be patient with me as I try to make this a polished and enjoyable site.
These items are made from recycled, repurposed and clearance acrylic plastic, purchased from a local plastics store. I like acrylic because it is stays clear, is scratch resistant, and it is easy to cut and sand the edges. I create designs and paint each one using glass paint. They can be hung in a window, placed under a lamp, in front of a mirror, or anyplace light can pass through is best. Also, I put
inspirational messages on most so that the words can always be prominently displayed.
So, I’ve got the writing itch. Even after I typed up the entire manuscript (360+ pages), it is the editing that is getting to be a real challenge! My new project is a book entitled “God Speaks” which is a merging of all my written journals (bible studies since before 2001). I am self-publishing with Lulu.com, which is great, but I advise anyone interested to really study the templates, and other write-up requirements closely, before starting your project, including the limitations of your software (i.e., word-processing and PDF creating software).
What I especially like about lulu.com is that they offer options for children to publish their own books. Anything that involves encouraging and exposing children to look at the many options in life for good works, I’m down with it. I may make that a future project for my nieces and nephews.
Oh, well (sigh), pressing on…
THE FLOWER by Beverly Anita
THE SEED IS CAST ONTO THE GROUND. IT MAKES NO NOISE, IT MAKES NO SOUND IT SETTLES ITSELF INTO THE SOFT, MOIST EARTH MOVING DEEPER AND DEEPER INTO THE DIRT IT NUTURES ITSELF UPON THE SOIL IT DOES NOT WORK, IT DOES NOT TOIL BUT FEEDS UPON RAIN THAT OFTEN COMES AND WARMS ITSELF WITH ABUNDANT SUN AND WHEN IT HAS GROWN BEYOND ITS GRAIN AND THE FRUIT THE SEED CAN NO LONGER CONTAIN IT SEEKS TO BURST ITS HUMBLE SHELL AND STARTS TO GROW AND STARTS TO SWELL TO REACH BEYOND THAT TO WHICH IT WAS BOUND UP, UP TO LIGHT UP, UP TO FREEDOM INCH BY INCH DAY BY DAY THE FRUIT OF THE SEED MAKES ITS WAY ABOVE THE GRAVE INTO THE LIGHT AND BREAKS FREE THE EARTH TO REACH NEW HEIGHTS FIRST THE BUD THEN THE FLOWER JOY AND GLADNESS STRENGTH AND POWER BEAUTY AND MAJESTY MAKES ITS CLAIM WONDEROUSLY, WONDERFUL GLORIOUS FAME BUT SOMEONE ADMIRES ITS DECADENT SHOW AND PLUCKS UP THE FLOWER AS IT BASKS IN ITS GLOW AND WHEN IT HAS FADED AND THE FLOWERS DO FALL IT IS CAST TO THE GROUND, IT IS DONE, THAT IS ALL BUT WAIT ONE MOMENT TAKE NOTICE, PAY HEED THE FLOWER HAS WITHERED EXPOSING THE SEED WHICH ONCE AGAIN MAKES ITS WAY TO THE EARTH REJOICE, REBOUND, RENEW, REBIRTH!
Aside from writing and producing music, art by faith, the LOV fellowship, and the myriad of other projects, I am writing a book. This book is something I started back in 2008 through 2011 and I am just now getting back to writing again. Right now the title is “Bearing the Cross.” I wanted to write down the results of my studies and views of being a follower of Jesus Christ, and expose truths I haven’t heard discussed elsewhere. I’ll write updates on my progress here.
I have also produced an E-Book of the Kingdom of God.
I have finished my first project in “Home Decor by Faith,” and I must take a minute to give thanks to God my Father and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing me in the area of art. It was in high school that I was first exposed to art, music, sewing and cooking. I have carried the love of these arts with me all my life and I thank God for that. I did not go on to further education in any of these areas, but that drop was enough to spurn my desire to teach myself (with the help of the Holy Spirit, who I would consult with often), what I did not know.
In my poverty, I found opportunities everywhere to express myself. If I had a hole in my wall, I covered it with a handmade painting of whatever I could find, even left over wall paint. If my sofa showed signs of extreme wear, I found a way to make a cover for it. If I needed a door, I concocted one out of some discarded material. As a matter of fact, as I look around my home, I could honestly say it is almost all “homemade.”
I believe everyone is blessed with some ability. I pray everyone finds theirs. It is sooooo rewarding.
I was watching a PBS-NOVA program on “Petra: Lost City of Stone.” This Petra was located in the midst of a desert, where early engineers carved huge tombs out of rock cliffs and funneled water into the city. I was fascinated at the ingenuity of men to accomplish great creative feats and it came to me that all knowledge comes from our God. He is the greatest creator and imparts this creative wisdom to men.
It is written in Isaiah 28:24-29 KJV, … For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him. And, Jeremiah 32:33 … I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
In all our work, we should not forget to give glory to God.