Thursday, April 7th, 2022
Hello friends, followers and new comers too —
Today is not my typical Thursday, I would normally be at work at this time of day. I woke not feeling my normal “get-up-and-go” kind of energy. I considered just pushing through “whatever” it was that was afflicting me; but decided some self-care was the answer. It is important, no it is vital that we care for ourselves as much as we care for others.
So, I was finally able to get out of bed and made it to my living room and as I sat and took in my surrounds…the idea for this post hit me. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, reminding me of caring for ourselves is so important. The picture below is my current view, it is where I sit to do most of my blog posts.
Sorry about the feet in the photo, but I wanted to share with you the things I surround myself with to remind myself of the joys in my life.
- Left middle: A throw pillow given to me by a dear friend (Lisa). “Friendship is God’s special way of bringing sunshine to your day.” “A friend loves at all times” —Proverbs 17:17
- Left bottom: A throw pillow I gave myself. “Be still & know God.”
- Bottom middle: A throw pillow from a dear friend and mentor (Jan). “She believed she could do she did.”
- Bottom middle: A blanket given to me by my Aunt (Helen) and her daughter/my cousin (Teresa). It is made from old shirts of my moms, I had no idea any still existed, as my mom passed in 2012. I received this beautiful gift Christmas 2021.
- Bottom right: A photo of my mom when she was very young, I just love her beautiful smile.
- Bottom right: A box of regular tissues I bought for myself at the Dollar Tree (currently but not renamed “The Dollar & Twenty-five cents Tree”) Haha! “ Faith Family Friends.”
- Bottom right: A nativity set I gave myself. I keep it up all year long as a celebration of Jesus, His willingness to be born human and a reminder that Jesus loves me.
- Bottom right: A beautiful glass lamp with butterflies. It had been a gift from long ago and it reminds me of what was and what is. Memories are part of life and I cherish these. (Brandi).
- Bottom right: A hanging Christmas Ornament, gifted to me by my friend (Lisa), reminds me of her friendship and the reason for Christmas celebration. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26
- Bottom right: A small wooden table I bought at a yard sale many years ago, solid wood, my dad sanded and put a beautiful finish on it. ($3 and a whole bunch of love).
- Bottom right: The wooden rocking chair another labor of love by my dad, this chair has been in our family for three generations.
- Middle right: A small plaque at the bottom of my TV, “Pray More Worry Less.” A gift from a friend and his wife (Tony & Leslie).
Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. My heart is full, full of beautiful things and beautiful people. God is indeed GOOD ALL THE TIME. ~Peace yo you my friends, family, followers and visitors. 🙏🏻💚🌻
~Charlotte, Seeker of unexpected Comfort, Happiness, Joy and Patience.
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.” ~Proverbs 17:17
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~Psalm 46:10
“For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” So Mordecai went away and carried out all of Esther’s instructions.” ~Esther 4:14
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” ~ Exodus 20:12
“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.” ~Ephesians 6:2-3
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” ~Colossians 3:23-15
Colossians 3:13-15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Colossians%203:13-15&version=NIV
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.” ~Galatians 4:4-5
“No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” ~Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Ecclesiastes%204:9-10&version=NIV
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-26
“Do everything in love.” ~1 Corinthians 16:14
1 Corinthians 16:14 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=1%20Corinthians%2016:14&version=NIV
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”~Matthew 6:34