Posted in In Other Words (Quotes), just thoughts, Two Shoes Tuesday

Fear, courage and me…

Today I am linking to
In Other Words and Two Shoes Tuesday
The prompts are
In Other Words
“Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
Dorothy Bernard
Two Shoes Tuesday
You or I

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I don’t know about you, but I have dealt with a lot of fear in my life.
Some real fears and some imagined.
Often imagined fear, the what if’s, is worse than real fear.

Anxiety is the “what if” imagined kind of fear.
I used to deal with it all the time.
Not a day went by that I wasn’t afraid of what might or could happen.
There were times I couldn’t leave my apartment.
There were panic attacks.

I knew about the power of prayer from my gramma, but I wasn’t convinced.
I thought maybe it was a coincidence when prayers were answered.
Then I gave it a shot. At that point, I figured I had nothing to lose.
At first my prayers were tentative. I was afraid to pray. “What if” it didn’t work?
Then I bargained.  I will do this or that if my fear will be taken away.
Finally, my prayers became less about how to not be afraid to how to have courage.

 I learned prayers are answered.
Maybe not instantaneously or the way I want them answered but
they are answered in the way that brings the greatest blessing.

Have I conquered fear?
No, but it doesn’t overwhelm and imprison me like it once did.
Fear and anxiety are not everyday occurrences anymore.
There are times it threatens and times it takes over but I have learned to pray
for the courage I need to face those real and imagined fears.
Now I know prayers are answered and it is not coincidence.

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Posted in 52 Weeks of Gratitude, just thoughts, thankfulness

My sewing basket…

52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge
Week #5
Something Someone Gave You

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This sewing basket was given to me many years ago.
I can’t remember if it was for Christmas or my birthday.
It is one of my favorite gifts.  I love practical gifts that are useful.
Before I received this I used an old cookie tin to hold my sewing notions
The tin was fine except it was a bit small, hard to open, and ugly.

So, now I have a sewing basket that is a good size, easy to open, and pretty,
I am thankful for the gift and very thankful for the friendship
of the person who gave it to me.
Every time I see the basket or take it out to use it I think of her
and her thoughtfulness and how much she means to me.

Posted in Celebrate the Small Things, Friday Four Fill-in Fun, just thoughts

Groceries and other stuff…

Hilary at Feeling Beachie and her co-host Jennifer Farwell
have come up with four statements with blanks to fill in.

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After thinking about it…

  1. March is my personal New Year month.
  2. Watching puppies and kittens play reminds me of being a child.
  3. Would you grocery shop if you didn’t have to?
  4. One word to describe life is complex.

Image: Google

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So here it is Friday and time to think about Celebrating the Small Things.

I don’t like grocery shopping, but as I was shopping today I realized I have never been really hungry. Oh, I have been hungry but there has never been a time that I did not have food available to me. There have been times that it was a stretch to pay for groceries, but there has always been enough money. And when the week lasted longer than the food someone would invite me to supper or bring me leftovers from their family meals.  Thinking about this made the shopping if not fun at least less of a chore.

And there you have it.

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Posted in haiku, just thoughts, Two Shoes Tuesday

The next thing…

 

Today’s words for Two Shoes Tuesday are
Nostalgia/Next
I chose Next

Sometimes we spend too much time looking for the next thing,
something new and different and exciting.
Sometimes what we have now is what we really need.

RAIN Drops MGD©

Image: morgueFile

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Posted in just thoughts, musings, Two Shoes Tuesday

The world wrapped in mist…

  Two Shoes Tuesday’s prompt this week is

MIST

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I love to see the world wrapped in mist.
Everything fuzzy with all the hard edges blurred.
Sound in the city muted to a soft rumble.
Air infused with the scent of sweet ambrosia.
Gentle touches of wispy dew.
Earth being bathed; renewed and refreshed.
Baptized in readiness for new wonders.

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