Going Through

For each passage in life there is a “going through.”  This is moving from one point to another, or from one season to another.  In these seasons, these “going through” points move you along.

But, what if something knocks you out of kilter like storms, forest fires, earthquakes and massive flooding?  How do you take your typical problems which turn to major catastrophes and deal with them?

At this posting, Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast a couple of weeks ago, and Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane recorded in history in the Atlantic, just made landfall yesterday on the coast of Florida.  It has pushed its way completely up the peninsula of Florida, and  is now downgraded to a tropical storm and continuing to push its havoc out into other states with winds and rains.  There are forest fires in the west U.S., an 8.2 earthquake hit Mexico this past week, and there is flooding in India, Nepal and Bangladesh.  Plus in the U.S. today, it is our day or Remembrance for 9/11.

As we wait to hear of news from loved ones and friends…

I have a list of 7 things to help us through these trials.

Let’s:

Pray it through:  1 Thes 5:17 –  pray without ceasing

Walk it through: Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Believe it through: Heb 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

See it through: James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

Laugh it through: Prov 17:22 – A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.

Sing it through: Psalm 126:2 – Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

and last, but not least…

Love it through: Mark 12:30-31 – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I pray for your loved ones, as well as my own, and hope the 7 scriptures help you get through what you’re going through.

Sincerely, BG

 

The Creative Arts- Healing Therapy

Guest Post by Monna Ellithorpe ©2017

It doesn’t matter what branch of the Creative Arts you’re interested in; what matters is that you use your chosen art form to improve your health, especially if you are suffering from grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks or even illnesses such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or other forms of illness that affect your body and your quality of life.

There are many times in life that each of us have to deal with events and situations and while I realize not everyone reacts to life events or illnesses in the same way or can be distracted in the same way; but there does come a time that you can take the controls and try on your own to create a “Happy Place” and a new mindset for yourself. (Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor and I don’t have any kind of degrees, I only share what works for me).

My chosen saving action for myself is writing. No matter what I’ve done or have tried to do, I’ve always come back to writing. This may also happen for you if painting, drawing, singing, dancing, photography, cooking, music, reading, puzzles, coloring or walking interests you. There are many other of the arts that I haven’t named but the suggestions I give you will be based on writing which is what I use to go to “My Happy Place.”

Use any of your interests to help heal what you are experiencing in life. Now, I’m not telling anyone to stop medications or anything else that a doctor has recommended to you. I’m merely suggesting other forms of distraction.

We are living in such stressful times right now and on the upside of this, we have never had the opportunities that we have now to be and do almost anything you want.

You want to learn to paint? Go to YouTube, Udemy or search Google for painting lessons or classes. You will find both free and courses to pay for but most are priced at reasonable amounts that almost anyone can afford.

Take this approach and search for any form of Creative Arts that you want to learn and work with. Don’t limit yourself to the small list that I gave you above. There are so many things you can learn.

You are welcome to join us in our Facebook Group Create Yourself Through Writing https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreateYourselfThroughWriting

We are working to create more activity in the group, little by little. I know so many people are so very busy but think of our group as your “Happy Place” and share your dreams with us.

Monna Ellithorpe ©2017

 

 

 

 

 

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Written On Life…


A written on life means writing on the tablet of your heart.  Each experience we have in life leaves something behind.  We can choose to take that experience and use it to learn from, and then put it behind us, or to write it on our hearts to use it as a lamp to light our paths.  My life is written on by His Word, and the verses I’ve learned since childhood.

My written on life also holds words of inspiration and encouragement from family and friends, as well as, poetry, articles, books, and pieces of art and beauty which fill me up with awe.  These are the things I cling to when I feel a crash coming, or when surprised by a sudden storm.  By embracing the beautiful, you can make the ugly, or not so attractive, smaller.

Everyone has storms, forest fires, and gale force winds which blow through at times.  Despite what appears, the sun does not shine everyday, everywhere. That is the illusion presented.  Ignoring problems can make the storms last longer, and fixing the problems will give you more time to focus on your shining star.

We all need rain to grow, but we don’t all like rainy days.  It’s on those rainy days when our insecurities or weaknesses show up that a chance for change occurs. When this happens, take an introspective look at the changes needed.  Make a plan, pray, and work on it, until optimism and peace arrive, and/or when you can see some advancement. Plans are a process to change.  If you can’t fix them by yourself, get help from a trusted friend, or a counselor.

A written on life is a genuine life, where you can show who you are and be honest about your triumphs and defeats.  You get to write your course, or right your course, which ever you choose.  You take where God is leading, or what piques your interest, and turn it into full-blown inspiration, and then make that a bigger focus.

I love writing to shower others with love, kindness, and to uplift and honor my family and friends.  Though we all want lovely days, there will be times when things won’t go well.  This is not a “Polly Wolly Doodle All the Day” path.  It still requires us to deal with life’s struggles.  You will be in store for some tedious days, but they will be useful for learning lessons about forgiveness and/or approaching things differently, and for seeing chinks in your armor.

My son, daughter, husband, and my dear friend, Cathy have all counseled me over the last several days to help me get my thoughts in order and flip my perspective on some things that had come up against me.  Sometimes it takes my army.  Thankfully, I have these loved ones to turn to when storms come, as well as my brother and sister.

And, I know they all will tell me what they think, whether I like it or not… not to be contentious, but to help me.  They are looking out for my good.  Find some trusted friends who look out for your good.  Then be a trusted friend who looks out for the good of others.

Using your written on life, His way, with writing, and prayer, can help you work on habits you want/need to change, as well as focusing on all of things you love. Even the most optimistic folks around go through days when they don’t know which way to go, but they choose to look at the gifts given them, and express their gratitude often.

For me, I get to take God’s word and write it on my heart…and have Him help me define my life, and not have it defined by others.

Start your journey and write it out.

May you have a happy and healthy written on life.

Sincerely, BG

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*(This article is opinion only.  I am not a certified counselor or therapist.  Though growing closer to the age of Methuselah should qualify me for said opinion.)

“Gratitude Is The Foundation Of Confidence” -Review

Author, and publisher, Monna Ellithorpe’s latest e-book, “Gratitude Is The Foundation Of Confidence,” is a method of using your gratitude for others, plus those things, gifts and qualities you already have, as a stepping stone for building your confidence.  By focusing on the qualities you possess, and using the strategies Monna lists in this e-book, you will think of others, count your blessings, and learn to appreciate yourself more through the efforts of giving and being thankful.

The author comes from a background of writing in journals,  and implements this into her confidence building strategy. When writing your thoughts and/or appreciation for yourself and others, you start to see patterns arise which will either add another level of appreciation, or become a method for change needed in your life.   This is an effective path to knowing yourself, your strengths, and the weaknesses you hold.

Monna Ellithorpe encourages you to push yourself, try new things, learn to stop complaining, and set achievable goals for yourself.   Taking measures to improve  your life, and by having a better attitude about yourself and others, will help you become more confident in knowing yourself, and becoming a more optimistic person.  I highly recommend this book.  It is thoughtful and gives you step by step strategies toward having a better outlook on life.  We can all use a little more gratitude and confidence in our lives.

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Sincerely, BG

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Writing Therapy: Methods to Knowing Who We Are and How to Live Well In Our Own Skin

Using words  in writing to entertain, tell narratives, uplift, educate, and delight are just one side of the silver coin; there is however another aspect of writing… “therapy.”  Writing to analyze thoughts, coordinate plans, and for thinking through deep concerns helps us to better know who we are and how to live well in our own skin.

This form of writing can help us process thoughts and find out “the who, what, when, where and how” of our concerns.

  1.  Who am I, and/or who do I aim to be?
  2.  What is the concern I’m dealing with?
  3.  When does/did this concern happen?
  4.  Where did I first notice it?
  5.  Why did it happen?
  6.  How am I going to work on the problem?

Asking ourselves these questions and then using writing therapy to work through our answers will help us to see any patterns that pop up.  At this point we can take measures to tweak or change those things needed for us to grow, and know ourselves better.  Read this article for more steps and practices: Psychology Today.

Most of us have a blind side.   And to our surprise when someone points it out to us, the options of changing this “something” through the writing therapy process are greater.  Using this practice gives us the ability to choose what to change, learn to accept who we are, and how to live well in our own skin.  Others may not like the changes they see, but it’s not about them.  This is our journey.  That’s not to say that we shouldn’t take wise council…but ultimately it is up to us.

Observing ourselves through practices in writing is good.

Introspection is good.  As William Godwin quotes:

“The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”

-William Godwin

Developing a sense of self-confidence in ourselves, and what we are about, will benefit us, as well as others.  We have a better sense of who we are, and the direction we want to take in life, and in our writing careers.  It also shines a spotlight on the paths we have to choose from.  Writing therapy may seem simple, but this method can help us.

As children we learned kindness and compassion for others.  We also need kindness and compassion for ourselves.  When we are our best selves, then we can give the best of ourselves to others, in writing and in life.  Writing therapy helps you carry this out.  Here’s to us all finding the skin we love and living well in it.

 

Sincerely, BG

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