Unglued Devotional

Unglued Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst
This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret.
Gosh, I love devotionals, I guess I always have. The one reason why I love this devotional is that I can completely relate to her. Lysa reminds us that life isn’t perfect, and we all deal with emotions, we all come emotional unglued when things get hectic. I would love to get my hands on the book “Unglued” now, maybe I will just add that to my wish list.

With the devotional, they are short, but packed with a lot of information. Information that we all face with everyday life. You will definitely be glued and want to learn more, and strengthen your relationship with God. I love how she is honest, and really knows how to connect with you.

There is 5 Main Areas
1) Having confidence on how to resolve conflict
2) Peace
3) What type of Reactor you are
4) No Regrets
5) Deep Sense of Calm

She reminds us that by trusting in Him we can have the peace that our body and soul long for.

 

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Spirit of Winter

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This is part of Free Write Friday Prompt
In the spirit of Winter… Use one or more of the words to inspire your pen…
Winter berries, candles, ice crystals, snow flakes, seasonal, winter, holidays, Christmas, family, eating, religion, Santa Claus, reindeer, blizzard, snowstorm, peppermint, hot chocolate, gloves, scarf, boots, fireplace.

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Winter holidays are approaching, the family is preparing for the best Christmas meal. Their gloves, scarf’s, boots, and wet clothes are in front of the fireplace decorated for the seasonal holidays. The candles are flickering, winter berries scattered around, the windows are forming ice crystals, and snow flakes falling as the blizzard sets in. The family starts eating as the little ones sits out the Hot Chocolate, peppermint, and tea they begin to tell stories of the real reason for Christmas, regardless of religion or other beliefs. Christmas is about Jesus, not Santa Claus or reindeer. They talk about the blizzard and the last snowstorm that roared in.

The Hobbit’s Tree

This is part of Free Write Friday Prompt

Her eyes looking at the opening of the tree, the rounded edges, the dark circle as the opening, the trunk not straight up and down, but swirling of sorts as it went high the sky, the branches long and thick, leaves as big as a sheet of paper. She walks slowly toward the tree, her eyes darting around, pulling in all the light, colors and her ears trapping the sounds. Her feet soft, and cold against the rocks below her, the smell of rain, not close enough to feel the mist, but the humidity was on the rise.
She stopped quickly about the second rock from the entrance, her eyes locking with his, “are you sure about this, how do I know you’re real? Do you live here?”, she asks him, her fingers outlining the bark on the tree. He grabs her hand as he holds her still, with one swift movement he steps one rock closer to the tree, the darkness of the entrance casting a shadow over his shoulder, he says, “For I am the one that lives here, why would I ever lie to you. You are a lot bigger than myself.”
She smirks as she looks down at him: his ears are pointed, his eyes bigger than any normal person, his hands are small, but aged, clothes smelt of mold and slightly hung off his shoulder, his hair danced in front of his face, the shade of an orange sunset. She sighs, “I can trust you?” He pulls her into the darkness of the entrance before he answered.
She tightens the grip of his hand, holding herself still, her eyes adjusting quickly to the light. The room is huge, candles darting up the walls, flames dancing shadows, mirrors scattered throughout, she steps to the side. She notices a piece of furniture with a picture frame sitting on top, picking up the picture she noticed the frame was probably handmade, branches as the trim, some kind of string at the ends, holding it together, wax melted at the corners, her eyes go back to the furniture, it wasn’t quite level, one leg longer than the others, her thumb brushes over the picture as her eyes go back toward the frame. “who is this”, she holds the picture out, but down a bit so he could see. He clears his throat, “Oh, well, that is my brother, he was a normal kid”

He talked about his brother for hours it seemed, his eyes lighting up as he remembered the memories of him. We never talked again after that day, the tree is no longer where I remember it, not even the rocks that led up to the entrance.

 

 

Someone’s Home

This piece was written in response to a Free Write Friday prompt in which American author and poet Kellie Elmore asked us to write about a moment spent at someone else’s house and then to end with a line hat is seemingly unrelated to the rest.

The rooms are empty
The warmth of the air
Humid captures your breath as you stand there
Your eyes darting around
Dust covered all the shelves, even the walls
Walking farther into the house
Beds are made
Curtains are drawn
Sunlight peers in
but no laughter at all
Children toys thrown about
But no one was home, not even the mouse
Pictures of happiness hanging alone
Lights are out
A cow moos at dawn

Time To Stand Up

I know I have been MIA for awhile, and during the time I have been away some of you have reached out by email. I would like to say thank you for that. I am doing well, just getting by day by day, trying to hold myself together so to speak.

Since yesterday, however, I have felt stuck between a rock and a hard place, not knowing if I should reach out, or continue burying my head in the sand and pretend nothing bothers me, but reality hit me. Well, yesterday I got the news of my Grandpa is in ICU (this is the dad of my ex-step-dad), so in the mist of yesterday and talking to my grandmother, my mom, my Aunts.. I am bound and determined to do what is right for me.

Ever since the letter to my Step-dad. I have felt relief. I have felt that it did help. However, finding out that my Grandpa is in ICU yesterday I broke down. Why is it I am letting my ex-Step dad hold the value of who my family is? If he doesn’t want to see me he can walk away. I have pushed myself away from a whole family all because I was hurt, broken, and confused. Not knowing who I could trust, or who I could turn to, but you know..  Life happens. I was a child then, and it has been 6 years, it is time for me to heal, time for me to reach back out to my family. I was there since I was 2 (and I am 26 years old now), I think I deserve for my heart to be somewhat complete again. No more trying to make someone else happy. It is time for me to open my arms and fly.

I am going Saturday to visit my Grandfather. I haven’t seen him in a very long time. I am sure it is going to awkward, and tense, but it will be worth it. I just have to move the rock out of my way and do what I think is right.

I Do have a Brain!

I was reading through some of my posts. I rather far behind on commenting, I still have over 300 to read before being caught up (Holy Moly). Anyway, I was reading Things I Love Thursday: Using My Whole Brain by Ememby! and I thought, wow, What is my brain doing, so I took the test and this is my results, or some of.

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Thank you for taking the Creativity Test. The results show your brain dominance as being:

Left Brain Right Brain
46% 54%

 

You are more right-brained than left-brained. The right side of your brain controls the left side of your body. In addition to being known as right-brained, you are also known as a creative thinker who uses feeling and intuition to gather information. You retain this information through the use of images and patterns. You are able to visualize the “whole” picture first, and then work backwards to put the pieces together to create the “whole” picture. Your thought process can appear quite illogical and meandering. The problem-solving techniques that you use involve free association, which is often very innovative and creative. The routes taken to arrive at your conclusions are completely opposite to what a left-brained person would be accustomed. You probably find it easy to express yourself using art, dance, or music. Some occupations usually held by a right-brained person are forest ranger, athlete, beautician, actor/actress, craftsman, and artist.

Random Processing

Random processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence. In order to overcome this, a right-brained person may want to attempt to learn sequence by using colors since the right hemisphere is sensitive to color. For example, you may want to associate the first step with green, the second step with blue, and the last step with red. Consistently using the same sequence will allow you to see that this strategy can be applied to many tasks involving sequence.

Your Random Analysis

You have some ability to process data randomly. You are at times able to make “leaps of logic” and discover unique things by thinking “outside of the box.” However, you may tend to ignore your random processing thoughts unless you are desperate for a solution. It is important you recognize this skill as not grasping at straws, but a viable way to discover new ways of approaching a problem. (NO WONDER I AM A RANDOM PERSON) 🙂

People Watching

We pulled into the gas station. Hubby parked so he can pump gas on the left side, and that way he can just walk straight in the door and pay. I usually people watch while at a gas station. Well, this time there was actually something to watch, haha.
While Hubby went inside I noticed this guy walking in circles in the parking lot, maybe more like figure 8s combined with circles. He was puffing on a cigarette and keeping his head low. He wore a gray and white stripped shirt with gray cargo shorts with flip-flops. His hair was all shagged out, looked as though he hadn’t washed in a few days, and never brushed it, but who knows.
He continued to walk around, the same pattern, then the lady beside me stopped pumping her gas, she climbed in her SUV and flashed her lights at the guy. The guy then stopped walking his pattern and walked straight to the side of the building (the side of the store with no door). The lady pulls into the parking spot, which took her about 5 minutes to pull into. She pulled her SUV inch by inch to get into that parking place, finally when she was satisfied she parks it.
The lady gets out of her vehicle about 2-3 times before she finally just decides to turn her car off and get out for good. The guy approached her when she walked to the side of the building. He was still keeping his head low and pacing.
After they talked the lady leans against the corner of the building and lights her cigarette. The lady had a scarf around her neck, dark big sunglasses, and her pulled up into a pony tail. Now, it is almost 10 o’clock at night. Strange much? Even with the big sunglasses you can tell she is keeping an eye on the guy, who is now back doing his patterns in the parking lot. You can tell she is watching him because her head moves everywhere he goes, haha.
The guy finally stops behind a car and puts out his cigarette. The car beside him is pulling out, he is in between the car pulling out and the car that is parked. The guy backing out probably didn’t even see the guy standing there. The guy finally moved an inch away from the tires before they got run over.
After the car left the guy went into the store and out of the store about 3 times before we starting leaving.
Hubby gets into the car and says, “Don’t you find him suspicious?”
I simply said, “yeah, well, duh.”
Hubby, “kinda weird for the lady to be wearing black sunglasses in the pitch dark.”
Me, “Well, yeah, but who knows.”
Meanwhile, Hubby continues watching them as we leave.

Do you ever people watch while you are out?

Five Question Friday

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1. Did You Make Any Fun Purchases This Week?
Actually I did. I bought a umbrella for my table outside for $10.00! It is big too and even has a crank. I am so excited. On my To- Do list is to make a stand for it and also get some cement to put our table on in the yard. I have so many things going on and this purchase was amazing.

2. If You Could Go To Any Musical Concert, What Would It Be?
I would love to see Daughtry in concert. Anything great thing I would love to do is go to a Hillsong Concert.. more like a praise & worship things. It think it would be wonderful.

3. What Is Your Least Fav/ Most Fav House Chore?
Least favorite – DUSTING! My allergies hate it when I dust haha
Most favorite – Folding Clothes, or Washing Windows

4. Would You Prefer New Appliances Or Clothes?
Both? Right now getting either would be amazing. Getting new clothes is like Christmas and New Appliances is about the same. I pretty much enjoy and appreciate anything that is giving/bought for me. So, either one 🙂

5. Miracle Whip/Mayo?
Mayo please!

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Sad Day

Yesterday was such a busy day. I woke up feeling great, just somehow started running a little late to get to church, however, I did make it.

Church was great. It is always nice to go and feel uplifted,everyone is smiling, and renew yourself for the ongoing week. Well, church ended and I had to run home to get hubby.

I get home and hubby comes outside to meet me and Jade and I noticed Tonto’s (one of our dogs) water dish was knocked over. Jade went to get his water dish, and he was pouncing toward her (like he usually does when he is playing and plus she was carrying his water pail). He seems really happy and just wagging his tail. Savoy filled up his water dish and carried it back to him. They played a little more and we had to hurry up and go. So, we loaded in the car to go to a birthday party.

After the birthday party, we came home to clean up the house, and feed the dogs. As we parked the car I noticed Tonto in his dog house. He is usually never in his dog house, as this dog would lay out in the rain, or snow, now if it is lightning that is another story.
As I got out of the car I noticed he didn’t look right. He wasn’t moving, he wasn’t jumping up and down to say hi to us. Needless to say Tonto passed away. He was 7 years old, and such a good dog. He was always happy, and he would lay in your lap if you let him.

We had a memorial for him (nothing too big, but enough for us) and decided not to show Jade, but just tell her that Tonto went bye bye. Jade said, “Bye bye Tonto” and she seems okay at this point.

After the memorial I grabbed up Chubby and carried him in the house. I noticed he wasn’t acting right. He was heavy breathing like he just ran a mile in a race, but yet he was eating, drinking, and everything he usually does, he was just panting, really hard. His panting turned into heavy breathing, like puffs of air every second in a minute. I called one of my friends and his girlfriend told me to give him some allergy medicine it sounded like he was allergic to something. I proceed and I stayed up with him till 3 am this morning.

He finally dozed off before I went to bed, and his breathing got better. His ribs/abdomen still look “bigger” than normal, and he feels so warm to me. I am thinking he got too hot yesterday while we was gone and the heat got to him, I don’t know, maybe that is what happened to Tonto?

This morning he is looking better and I don’t hear his heavy breathing, so maybe he was just a bad day yesterday. I have had Chubby since ’03. He was just a little thing when I brought him home. He is just like my baby, and I think that is how most animals should be, close to your heart, and not far from your side.

This year hasn’t been the best years for animals…
R.I.P
Kitty
2 kittens – 1 week old
1 kitten – 1 month old
Dixie – Hubby’s snake
6 Chickens
… all in the past year.

Changing You

It is amazing how our past can dictate how we act/think today. Things good and bad can totally change who you are. The past can change who or how you act by the walls you throw up to protect yourself, or by the way you always wander what others think or say about you.
Do you let the past control who you are?
Do you wear your emotions on your sleeve/bottled up inside?
Do you throw a wall up because you don’t want to get hurt, yet again?

Just know your past is the past. Everyone has a past, but figure out how to learn from it. Learn how to not let the past have control of you. Teach yourself to be at peace with it. No one may know your dark secrets, but I am sure someone knows exactly what you are going through and possibly going through worse than you did. You may think you are the only one going through hard times/you may think no one has been where you are, but just remember there is someone who has been there and may even going through what you have been through plus some.

The only person who can change your thinking into positive thinking is you. You have to teach yourself how to be at peace with your battles to overcome them.

Just remember you are NOT alone.

Brethen, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those thing which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13, 14

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