Friday, September 15, 2017

Five Minute Friday: SUPPORT

Thank you for your support

Words that feel thinly veiled

I don't need anyone's help. I can do it on my own.

Support needed … job too difficult … we await your response.

I don't have money to support the wonderful things I enjoy for free: The Classical Music Station; the Public Broadcasting System complete with safe programs for my children and interesting, challenging shows that teach me gardening, history, science, travel and cooking; clean air and productive land; The Sun; birds that eat the bugs off my tomatoes, moles that are annoying, but aerate the ground; clean air …

If I am honest with myself, I have only survived with support. My parents supported me even when I made bad decisions. My brother supported me when I made unique choices. My husband has supported me while I create chaos in the house with each new project I embark upon.

And God supports me in times of need, trial, sacrifice, confusion, temptation, hardship of any kind.

Support eradicates pride.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Five Minute Friday: WORK

Work hard

Work for a living

Work at it ... it will come

Writing takes work

Go to work. Be on time. Smile. Do your best. Give more than you get.

She works hard for the money.

I have to go to work. I wish I didn't. But there it is. I have to make a living.

School is hard work. I wish I didn't have to study so hard.

I love school. It's not work at all ... well, except for history. I just don't get what the professor is saying. At. All.

What kind of work do you do?

Well, I've had lots of jobs. Here we go ... ready?

I worked in day care - two days.

I worked at Yates, the Store for All Outdoors, Phoenix. One summer. I couldn't go back because my brother got that job first ... he was out May 15, and I didn't get home until May 23.

I almost didn't go back to college because Ramada Hometels, Phoenix, were willing to hire me. I chose school and finishing my degree.

The cafeteria at college, Minnesota, where I broke a whole container of unbreakable dishes. The noise was deafening.

Taught band at Luther High in Onalaska, Wisconsin. I was the shortest one.

Taught 3rd and 4th grade at St. Paul's Lutheran, Columbus, Ohio.

Cashier and bow maker at Frank's Nursery and Crafts, Columbus.

Went back and taught band at St. Paul's after I got married and had kids.

Gave private lessons, piano, flute, saxophone, guitar, clarinet, at home, Morrow County.

Taught at Sylvan Learning Center, Mansfield.

Reporter for the Galion Inquirer.

Copy editor for the Crestline Advocate.

Barista for the Off Center Cafe'.

Reporter for the Galion Inquirer.

Reporter for the Morrow County Sentinel.

Photographer for Portrait Innovations, Ontario.

Reporter for the Morrow County Sentinel.

Editor of the Galion Inquirer.

Freelance for Richland Source, Mansfield.

Swore off reporting and decided to write the Great American Novel.

This has been your Five Minute Friday. Have a great weekend people! Blessings!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Five Minute Friday: INSPIRE

I am inspired by everything:

a sunrise
the kittens playing in the yard
the birds at the feeder
a new wild flower
a strange seed pod

the pastor's message
a new song
an old favorite symphony

an expertly written sentence
a poem with life flowing inside
a good book with a gripping plot and crazy characters

the aroma of bread
an idea that just popped into my head
the bridge I cross when I drive to town
a field of hay rolls
a clear-black sky full of stars

a conversation at the coffee shop
a fight in the parking lot
a discussion over the potatoes and onions
a mom yelling at her child
a wife berating her husband

a tree

a gift
a card
a letter
junk mail
the newspaper
a pretty magazine

I am inspired by things I do like dishes, walking, singing, playing piano 

I am inspired by things I learn like better blogging, book reviewing, Bible study and karate

I'm inspired by:

a story on the news
a program on television
a walk on my property
a hike in the woods
climbing my driveway in the winter to get the mail

a well-known Bible passage read as if for the first time

As long as I am inspired, the wonder in my heart stays alive. As long as I am inspired I can inspire others.


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Five minute Friday – STEADY

I want a man that is steady. One I can depend on. One that takes care of me, helps me, teaches me, inspires me, encourages me when I feel stuck or when I fail, cheers me on, compliments the way I look, tells me he loves me, tells me he needs me, talks to me …

and listens

really listens

that steady listening that means he really cares, he really wants to get to know me better

even though we've known each other for years and years

but, I can't have what I want. Doesn't that always seem to be the case? In everything?

Must I always struggle with an over-stretched budget, ailing vehicles, breaking-down house, limping appliances, broken porch and broken dreams?

Yes, I must.

Because, in this way, I found the Man who is The Steady One, the One I can depend on. The One that takes care of me, provides for me, cares for me, helps me when I'm in trouble, teaches me through His Word …

My Inspiring Spirit

My Encouraging Counselor

My Cheerleader

He tells me I'm perfect, I'm whole, I'm beautiful, I'm who I am supposed to be, right now, in all this mess

He tells me He needs me, He loves me

And everything He allows into my life is for my good, teaching me a new life lesson, making me stronger, wiser

Making me more me to be used for His crazy purposes

to be the me He has planned all along

The Steady Creator who planned for me before the beginning of time

… and He listens … really listens

and understands


I'm a little late for Five Minute Friday, but I wanted to share anyway ... enjoy!

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