Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blessings From Yesterday

Another day to serve the Lord.  I am grateful for getting safely to my destinations yesterday.  I went to the pain clinic in Napa.  While there, the PA offered me a patch for cortisone to help the arthritis in my foot.  So I'm grateful that I did to have to have a shot in my ankle.  It hurts. I accomplished everything I wanted to including a Mystery Shop along the way.  I love it when things fall into place.  So, in one trip, I did that shop, went to Staples and got $26.00 worth of "stuff" for free and then kept my doctor's appointment.  I was early to the appointment and it took only 15 minutes, so I was out of there quickly.  I am grateful for all of that.  The day before that, I went to San Francisco with a friend.  She just wanted the company.  We did some important business and then went to Santa Rosa and looked at some discount places.  I got some bargains there, but can't think of what right now.  I remember.  Specialty Coffee and a tin for Michael, both of which were on the clearance shelf.  It is fun looking through the clearances and imagine what you can do with the things on the shelf.  My creative mind kicks in. "One man's trash is another man's treasure."  I am looking for wooden objects I can re-purpose and paint.  I'm just about out of my inventory.  Tonight is a meeting for the Art Gallery members.  The first I will attend and I am looking forward to meeting the other artists.  I'm grateful that I have a place to display my craft.  I need to get on with my day.

Prov. 16:3---Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed.

Monday, April 23, 2012

SoCal Trip and Gallery Opening

I had a good time with my family in Southern California.  The weather was nice, in fact, it was hot.  Everything went smoothly until the trip home.  I stopped at a truck stop to get a soda.  When I tried to start the car, it would not do anything.  I opened the hood and banged on the battery for a few seconds.  I did this twice.  Still the car would not start.  So, reluctantly, I called for roadside service.  Oh, did I mention, I was at a truck stop that is in the "middle of nowhere."  The guy arrived and hooked up the battery and the car still wouldn't start.  Then the repair guy asked me to get in the car and try.  It would not start.  Then he asked me, do you have the break on?  I thought to myself, "why would I put the brake on."  I did so anyway and it did not start.  Did I mention I could not get the key out of the ignition?  I thought maybe I could turn the key upside down and the car might start that way.  Anyway, after applying the brake,  I realized there was another brake on the console.  I looked down and the car was in "reverse."  Oh no, that poor guy drove all this way just because I forgot to set the brake on the console.  I am sure he had me sit in the car so I could see for myself what I had done.  But I have insurance and he got paid, and I got the car started.  I lost about one hour, but who knows why things happen?  The Lord is in control.  The best thing is that I did not "yell" at God and start asking questions.  I did cry, but that ended soon.  I took out my Kindle and read something in the bible.

While in SoCal, my sisters showed me pictures of their famillies, grandkids and kids.  The pictures were on their cameras and cell phones.  Guess what I have on my camera?  Dogs and pictures of my art.  Mom mentioned she did not have any recent pictures of my family.  I just don't take pictures any more.  Mainly because I don't know how to operate my camera very well and when I try to take a picture with my phone, I end up taking a picture of my face and not what I had intended.  It seems so simple just to turn the camera, I mean phone, around.  From one time to the next, I still forget which way is right.  It makes me laugh though and I really do have a knack of entertaining myself.

Now, to the gallery opening.  My friend and my son both flaked on me.  She forgot, and my son thought he did not need to be there because she would be there.  Two of the most dependable people in my life and look what happened.  I did however sell a bowl and a set of goblets.  So at next month's open house I might do well again and I will be able to be there.  This last open house was the grand opening. It is what it is.  I have to say that they weren't suppose to be there for some reason.  Maybe the Lord wanted to boost my confidence.  Who knows?  I am content with what the Lord has done.

Prov. 19:21-Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I believe the Lord told me to post to this blog regularly, but I have not done so.  I don't know what to say.  It seems all I do is complain, or want to anyway.  I've put some of my artwork in a gallery in Clearlake.  It looks so insignificant compared to the other forms of art.  Some of the art in the shop has sold.  The simple things, like jewelry.  I don't mean the process is simple.  I mean little items, not big items like my furniture.  With my furniture, it is for sure one of a kind.  it makes me stop and look if I am charging too much for my things.  As you can probably tell, I have not yet sold anything.  I need to get my portfolio together.  I'm just writing what I am thinking.  And my thoughts are jumbled, but that is how my mind works I guess.  Disjointed and spontaneous.  I have been questioning some things that go on in my church.  I love it so and until the Lord says to leave, I'll stay there and minister there.  I do believe I am where the Lord wants me.  I wish I could talk to the pastor, but it isn't as easy as it used to be.  And I don't know how to approach these subjects.  I agree and I disagree.  Does that make sense?  Probably not, but it makes sense to me.  Without going into the real situations, I can't talk much about it here.  But the Lord is calling my attention to it for some reason.  Back to the gallery.  There is an open house this Friday.  My youngest son and one of my friends who is great at marketing are standing in for me.  I will be in Southern California visiting my mom.  My sisters will be there also and its so much fun when we all get together.  My dad passed away almost one year ago and this will be the first time I have seen my mom since then. I'm looking forward to a good time and a time of reflecting. I think I will write my introduction letter to my portfolio.  Even though it does not seem to be taking off now, I believe it will.  i love what I create and hopefully someone out there will feel the same.  Must get on with my day.  I also must obey the Lord.  It's good to post here even though I think no one reads it.  It is good for me to revisit some things in my life that may need work.  I can't do it alone.  It's all about God.

Isa. 6:4b:  Yet, O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter;  we are all the work of your hand.  (NIV)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Bucket List

The movie, Bucket List, is about two men who make a list of what they want to do before they "kick the bucket."  I can't say I have one of those. It takes all my energy just to get through today.

I have someone to help me attain that goal.  Look up!  He will make your paths straight.  He will order your steps.  He will hear the prayers of a righteous man. He is faithful and righteous to forgive.  Ask and you will receive.

Do these words sound like words that may help you?  Do you look up and pray?  Do you feel His presence?  How do people who do not know Christ get through the day?

Luke 18:13-"But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'have mercy on me a sinner.'"
Luke 21:28-When theses things begin taking place, stand up and lift your heads, because your redemption draws near.
Prov. 3:6-In all your ways, acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.
                                                                              
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