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Joan Y. Edwards is author/illustrator of folktale Flip Flap Floodle, a happy little duck who never gives up on his song even in the Mr. Fox's belly. She is author of 4RV Publishing's Joan's Elder Care Guide. It is full of practical hints and resources to promote healing and make caregiving easier. She has published 80 Gospel-Based Crossword Puzzles for Year A, B, and C. She has a Master of Education. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Charlotte Writers Club. She enjoys watching humorous mysteries, like Columbo and Monk. Time at home, beach and mountain with family and friends energizes her..

17 Days to Repaint a Wooden French Provincial Bed

“17 Days to Repaint a Wooden French Provincial Bed” by Joan Y. Edwards

17 Days to Repaint a Wooden French Provincial Double Bed made by Dixie Furniture Company in late 1970’s – early 1980’s.

Around the year 2007, I asked a furniture restorer if he could repaint my French Provincial bed from the 1970s or 1980s. Since it was a shiny glossy paint, he said the new paint wouldn’t stick. I think he meant, he didn’t want to do it. Perhaps it wouldn’t look as good as he would want it to look. At any rate, I kept thinking I would love to get the furniture painted. It looked bad.

In 2010, I started asking around. My older daughter, Lorrie, said someone painted a similar bed that belonged to a friend of hers. She  didn’t know how it turned out. I planned to ask her how it looked. Life happened and this and that. I finally asked her. Her friend said that it had been painted glossy white and looked good.

My logic was: if her bed looked good painted glossy white, then this bed would look good painted glossy white, too.

Now the question in my mind was, could I paint it? I really wanted to paint it. Could I do a good job? Let me give you the background story on my painting career. I had only painted 3 things in my life: pictures, the back of a radiator, and a little bit of a wall in a house our church was repainting. I must have painted at least three strokes before I fell in a hole where they had taken the heat vent out, and sprained my ankle. My husband had to come and get me. Good grief.

It was my daughter, Lorrie’s bed. My younger daughter, Mollie, had used it, too. I asked Lorrie’s permission to paint the bed. She said. ”Go ahead and paint it, Mom.”

I said, “If I mess up, they can always sand it, can’t they?”

She said, “That’s right. It’s all right with me if you paint the bed.”

I was still a little worried about my ability to paint the bed. However, I brought it in and cleaned it up. I was either going to paint it or give it away. I couldn’t give it away in such a dirty condition. When I looked closely at the gold trim, it wasn’t evenly painted.

I said to myself, “Well, if the gold trim doesn’t have to be even-steven all around, I can do it. I can actually do it.”

Day 1 Get advice from internet on how to repaint a wooden bed. How to repaint metal.
a. Clean
b. Sand.
c. Put two coats of primer.
d. Put two coats of regular paint.

Day 2 Bring bed in from garage and wash. Headboard and foot board and rails were extremely dirty. The rails were dirty and also rusty.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 Buy primer, paint, sanding material, paint brushes, paint tray, roller.
A lady at Home Depot helped me get the supplies I needed to complete the project. Here’s sort of our conversation:

Me: I want to paint an old wooden bed glossy white. I want to paint the metal rails a beige color.
What do I need to buy?

Home Depot Lady: What size bed?

Me: Double.

Home Depot Lady: You’ll need a quart of primer and a quart of glossy white. You’ll have to choose the shade of beige you want for the rails. Here’s a chart on the wall to choose from. I’ll shake the primer and glossy white for you.

Me: Here’s the color I like.

Home Depot Lady: Okay.

Me (when she’s finished mixing the beige) What should I get to paint with?

Home Depot Lady: Is it mostly flat or curvy?

Me (not remembering it’s curvy in part and flat in part) Mostly flat.

Home Depot Lady: You can use a roller if it’s flat. (She went and got a black tray and a roller. Then picked up a package of two replacement rollers.) You’ll need a brush for parts where you can’t reach with the roller. (She reached for an inexpensive nylon brush.)

Me: There are parts that need to be sanded on the metal. They’re rusty. As I understand it, I need to sand over the old paint.

Home Depot Lady: Just use this (she reached for the grayish black sanding block). If it gets dirty, you can rinse it out. It’ll still sand fine.

Me: I won’t need sand paper?

Home Depot Lady: No. You probably won’t need any real sand paper. This should do fine.

Me: I put on two coats of primer. Then I put on two coats of regular paint. Is that correct?

Home Depot Lady: If it’s covered, you might have to put an extra coat of primer.

Me: I believe I’ve got all that I need. Thank you very much. I appreciate your sharing your knowledge and skills with me.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4. My friend, Linda Andersen suggested that I document and take pictures of the project and share it with you on the internet. But, OOPSY! I’d already begun. You wouldn’t be able to see how dirty it was when I brought it in from the garage. You have a good imagination. Here’s a description. Black with spider webs and dirt. Cobwebs and dirt. Dust and dirt.

I had already cleaned the deep down dirt. There was only a little left. So I said, “Why not?”

I washed the last little bit of dirt off of the wooden headboard, foot board, and metal rails. There are pictures here of what the dirty water looked like and what the rags looked like. b. I sanded all the parts where the paint was flaking off of the wooden part. I sanded the metal rails, especially the areas that were rusty.

Day 5 First coat of primer on the top side of the metal rails.

 

 

 

 

 

  

I fixed up a place between two sets of plastic chairs. You’ve heard of workhorses…these were workchairs. I put towels on the floor under them so that I wouldn’t drip paint on the carpet. I did pretty good. I only got 2 spots on the carpet. I can get it off. It dries and flakes partly. Water and soap will get the rest.

Day 6 Second coat of paint of primer paint on the inside part of the metal rails.
First coat of primer on the top of the wooden headboard and foot board.

 

 

Some of the primer paint stuck in the brushes. It didn’t seem to be too much. The brush still worked good.

 

 

 

Day 7 First coat of primer paint on the outside part of the metal rails.
First coat of primer paint on the bottom side of the headboard and foot board.

 

 

The brush wasn’t doing too well at this point. I decided to go back to Home Depot and buy a couple more brushes. I also bought more rollers and a couple more trays because it was hard to clean the paint out of the tray to use it again. I didn’t end up using the roller again. The paint dripped and made what I called lined puddles. I had to sand them down and repaint them.

Day 8 First coat of primer paint on backside of headboard and foot board.
Put the second primer coat on the outside part of the metal rails.

 

Day 9 Second coat of primer paint on the backside of the headboard and foot board.
Sanded and put another coat of primer on areas of the metal rails where the paint had made raised up dried puddles of paint.

 

 

Day 10 First coat of beige paint on the outside part of the metal rails.
First coat of glossy white paint on the bottom of the headboard and foot board. (February 27, 2010)

Day 11 First coat of beige paint on the outside part and the sides of the metal rails.
First coat of glossy white paint on the backsides, top and sides of the headboard and foot board.

Day 12 Second coat of beige paint on the sides and outside part of the metal rails.
Second coat of glossy white paint on the bottom and sides of the headboard and foot board.

 

Day 13 First coat of gold paint on the headboard and footboard.
First coat of beige paint on the inside part of the metal rails.
Sanded and repainted the places where the paint and ran and formed raised areas on the headboard, foot board, and rails.

 

Day 14 Second coat of gold paint on the headboard and foot board.
Painted inside part of the metal rails with second coat of beige paint.

 

Day 15 Touched up the places where it needed more here and there in places I had missed. One place I smeared the gold paint about an inch in diameter. I don’t know how I did it, but it must have been very easy. It was only a second or so and I looked over and I had a smeared gold spot on the white part of the headboard. I tried wiping it with a paper towel. The gold paint isn’t like the white or beige paint. It won’t hardly rub off. Yikes. I took a piece of sandpaper and sanded it. Then I put one coat of glossy white paint on it today. I decided that I would purchase more expensive brushes that the bristles wouldn’t come off so badly.

 

Day 16 Put a second coat of paint to touch up that spot where the gold had smeared. Repainted the parts I noticed on the metal and on the wooden part that I had missed. Then I said, “Voila.” I am finished. The pictures of the supplies. Some are listed in the earlier days. I believe I repeated a few to make sure you saw them.
Simply put I used:
For painting – White primer paint for wood and metal, glossy white enamel for the wood (no mixing), glossy beige paint mixed for the shade I chose.
For painting – Very thin brushes to put on gold trim, medium width brush for painting the rest
For painting – roller and roller tray – only used it once – it dripped and left puddles of paint that I had to sand and repaint with a brush. Don’t recommend it. It might be good for a wall, but for my bed project, it didn’t work well at all.
For opening and closing paint cans – a screwdriver to open the can, hammer to close it
For sanding – sandpaper weight 32 and 41 and holder, also a sanding block – like a hard sponge
For cleaning parts – washcloths and cleaner
To protect carpet and tables from paint – towels, plastic tablecloths
To hold parts while I painted – plastic chairs, metal table, pedestal table, transfer seat
For cutting the sandpaper – sharp scissors
For removing gold trim paint – nail polish remover

Day 17 I was so excited to see the bed all dry. All parts not perfect, but as good as I could do them. My heart was dancing and singing. I put the bed together. I was afraid that I had put too much paint on the metal parts that connect with the wooden bed. However, they finally went in. I’m not sure how easy they will be to get out. That’ll be interesting. I may try taking it out before I put the mattress in place. Just to make sure. I decided to purchase a new mattress. After the painting and refinishing. 

 

Day 18 A month later they delivered my Serta Ravenswood Mattress  and Guardsman mattress cover. I bought a colorful flowered sheets and bedspread set from Target. It looks pretty. Now I consider this project finished. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and the account of how I did it.

New Mattress and Box Springs
New sheets on French Provincial Bed after painting.
Matching Quilt and Pillows on French Provincial Bed after painting.

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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Flip Flap Floodle Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide A guide to help caregivers and elders find solutions.

Submit Your Manuscript. No Excuse.

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“Submit Your Manuscript. No Excuse”  by Joan Y. Edwards

If you want your manuscript to be a book, submit your manuscript. When? This month is a great month to submit your manuscript. Knock out your excuses. Put your best foot forward. Publishers can’t publish your work if they don’t know about it. That’s where you have to do the work to introduce your work to the right publisher.

Submit your manuscript in honor of God. God put it on your heart to write or create. If you want it published, ask him to help you. God has faith in you. I have faith in you. Display faith in yourself. Submit your work this month.

So you say, your manuscript is not ready. What will it take to get it ready?

Here are excuses.

Excuse 1 – I haven’t finished it yet.

My Advice: Finish it.

Excuse 2. My critique group read it and gave me errors they found. I’ve corrected all the errors.

My Advice:  Conquer your fear. Submit it.

Here are five books that helped me with my writing skills. Checking out a book from your local library is free.
If you want your own copy, usually you can buy used ones from a local used book store or on Amazon for $5.00 or less plus $3.99 shipping.

Noah Lukeman: The First Five Pages.
Margaret Lucke: Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Short Stories
Blake Snyder: Save the Cat
Jessica Brody: Save the Cat Writes a Novel

Excuse 3. I’ve had 50 rejections on this manuscript. It’s no use to send it out again. It’s hopeless.

My Advice: Never Give Up. Read it over again. Add a twist to help you feel this time is different.

Change the title.

Add a twist of both points of view going through your main character’s mind.

Write your response for the following what if statements. Write 5 of your own.

What if your story took place in another setting. Would make it more difficult for the main character to reach her goal?

What if your main character had a flaw that frightened other characters so much that they gasped for air? Would it help or hinder the main character from reaching his goal?

What if things got three times worse than your main character ever believed it would. Would he die or would he find some unknown way to wiggle out of the bad situation?

What if authority figures doubt that your main character can achieve his goals. Will this stop him temporarily? What three trial and error experiences does he have that leaves him victorious at the end?

Excuse 4. I can’t find a publisher who will accept unsolicited manuscripts.

My Advice: Never Give Up. Say: “I can find a publisher who accepts unsolicited manuscripts.”

50 Publishers Who Accept Unsolicited Manuscripts

You have to check to see whether they publish books like what you’ve written. But here are publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts. Check their websites for the latest guidelines to make certain they have not changed.

I hope I have encouraged you and given you a little more hope to fill your day. Accept yourself where you are. Be proud of who you are and all that you’ve done in your life.

Get yourself ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of this month or a day of your choice within 30 days. Submit your article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, song, or movie. Be like the little duck in my book, Flip Flap Floodle. Say, “I won’t give up.”

Get your creative work ready to send off. Go For It.

Automotive and assembly line industrialist Henry Ford said “Whether You Think You Can or think you can’t, You are Right.”

Start today to say you can. Let me hear you shout, “Yes, yes. I CAN DO IT. I CAN REALLY DO IT.”

You Have the Essentials for Submitting: Go for it. 

Step 1 Get work critiqued, revised, printed, and proofed.

Step 2 Choose the publisher, editor, agent, or contest for this writing project.

Step 3 Write the pitch, query letter, cover letter, resume, bio, and/or proposal as required by the guidelines of the editor, agent, or contest you chose for submission this time.

Step 4 Proof and Send your pitch, query letter, cover letter, resume, bio, and/or proposal as required by the guidelines of the editor, agent, or contest you chose for submission this time.

Have I knocked out a few of your excuses. Have I motivated you to submit? I hope so.

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Joan Y. Edwards
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Updated September 19, 2019.

Readers Need an Emotional Tug-of-War

Stephanie-Chadourne-PIXABAY-tug-of-war-2665148″Readers Need an Emotional Tug-of-War” by Joan Y. Edwards

Tug on the heart strings of your reader. Have him latch hold of the rope and yank the character. Have him want the character to win as desperately as the character himself.

Pull your reader this way and that way with your character’s emotions. Don’t stay stuck on the same emotion. Don’t always have the character win. Sometimes the rope of life pulls each one of us so strongly, that we tumble and fall.

Your reader must be mesmerized with wondering what is going to happen to the main character. There has to be an emotional pull with your reader to get them to stay for the whole story. The reader has to relate to the characters in your story. If a reader doesn’t feel  curious about what happens to your characters, the book is closed.

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Perhaps you wrote a story, but it hasn’t turned out to be the best seller you thought it would be. What ran through your mind didn’t come out on the page. Why not? What’s missing?

The reader has to have a reason to like the character and care what happens.

You know in your mind what the characters are feeling. The problem may be you haven’t described it in your story so that readers know  without a doubt what your characters’ emotions are.

Explain what’s going on so that readers can relate to them. They can have compassion for them. Be angry with them. Cheer them on through their next problem until they reach their goal.  Q=Whwn you’ve hooked a reader, he wants to hear more and more about that people in your story as if he knew them personally.

Donald Maass in a workshop at the Pike’s Peak Writer’s Conference said you must have tension in your story. The dialogue and the descriptions have to show both sides of the picture. Show how the characters are pulled toward believing they can get the job or their goal and on the other hand and doubting they can get any job or can’t reach their goal because of the way they fouled it up last time.

Inside our heads every day we have these opposite points of view. We have at least 50,000 thoughts a day. So do the characters in your story. Show they’re human. Share their thoughts. Their thoughts depict their emotions.

Give your character one big strength and one big weakness, or give them one small strength and show its growth through your story. Our humanity is what we have in common with other people. Each of us has strengths and weaknesses.

When I tell people my story, it seems to have the emotion in it. However, when they read it, the flavor that draws a hungry reader isn’t present. I’m still working on this. I’m hoping that these resources help you find a way to pull readers into your story.

Articles
“Backstory’s Emotional Weight” by Darcy Pattison
http://www.darcypattison.com/revision/backstorys-emotional-weight

“Creating Emotional Conflict and Tension in a Romance Novel” by Dummies.comhttp://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/creating-emotional-conflict-and-tension-in-a-roman.html

“Creative Writing: Crafting Characters with Emotional Appeal in Mind” by Lenin Nair http://cutewriting.blogspot.com/2008/09/creative-writing-crafting-characters.html

Books
1. The Fire in Fiction: Passion, Purpose and Techniques to Make Your Novel Great by Donald Maass.
http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Fiction-Passion-Purpose-Techniques/dp/158297506X

2. Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time (Paperback) Jordan Rosenfeld http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582974799/ref=oss_product

3. Writer’s Guide to Character Traits (Paperback) by Dr. Linda Edelstein:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1582973903/ref=oss_product

4. Writing for Emotional Impact (Paperback) by Karl Iglesias:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1595940286/ref=oss_product

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Joan Y. Edwards
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Revised September 19, 2019

 

Revising Improves Writing

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“Revising Improves Writing” by Joan Y. Edwards

Revising improves your writing.

1. Each time you revise your manuscript, say to yourself, “I am getting better and better.” Get a special hat or shirt to wear when writing.

2. Write something. Rewrite it. Let it rest for 7 days in an incubation tray. Then get it out and read it over again. You’ll be amazed at the ideas that come to you. It’ll seem like you’ve never read it previously.

3. Read your story out loud. You may hear the mistakes you don’t see. Record it on tape and listen to it. Make notes of what you want to change. If you make a pdf file of your manuscript, it has a way for the computer to read it to you.

4. Form a writing group with 2 or 3 other people. It can be an online or an in-person group. Listen to what others say. Ask them to tell you things they don’t understand in your story. Make notes. You want your meaning to be clear. Clear communication is essential to learning and peace among people.

If you are feeling very sensitive about a story, save that story for another day or ask your writing group if they will just listen to your story without commenting on it.

Do not ask people what they think of your story if you are not able to handle a YES or a NO. You have to honor their answer when you ask them for their opinion. Try not to take it personally. Just because people do not like your story, it does not mean they do not like you.

5. When revising, choose to change only those items you think will add to the story. If someone tells you, if I was writing the story I would…you don’t have to do it. You are the writer of your story. Ultimately, the choice of words in your story is up to you. Only change what you believe in 100%.

6. Use the computer to revise, if you have one. That way you can save a copy of what it was first. How you changed it second. And the third revision…before publication. Save each version on the computer with the date. Some people write their first drafts better with pencil or pen. Honor the way you work best.

7. Even authors who have had books published find things they want to change in their stories. Be pleased with how you have improved from the beginning. Be kind to yourself.

8. Reward yourself for each step you take. For each time you revise a story, put a penny in a jar, enjoy your favorite game, or serve popcorn as you read it to others. Don’t wait for someonelse to reward you. Reward yourself.

9. Believe in yourself. Say, “I am a writer. I am an author. I am a published author. I am a paid published author. I am an author of a book on the New York Best Sellers list.”

10. Set your goals. “Hitch your wagon to a star. Take a seat and there you are.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Focus. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from your goal. If people say that you can’t do it, show them you can. Use your talents to reach your goal. Never give up, no matter what. You are the only one who can stop you from reaching your goal.

Thank you, Pixabay!

I’d love to hear from you. Has revising helped you become a better writer? If you have any questions or things to share, please leave a comment.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.
Updated September 19, 2019

Art Relaxes and Inspires

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“Art Relaxes and Inspires” by Joan Y. Edwards

It’s amazing how a painting can fill you with awe. When I see the works of great artists like Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, my heart fills with wonder. How did they do it?

Painting a picture can fill you with calm. I think it’s just handling the paint. Perhaps realizing that you are making an impression on the world. Children make marks in different places. They learn that they can leave a lasting mark.
Of course, you can throw your painting away. It depends upon the reason for your painting.

Is it to cheer you up? To relax and calm? To just see if you can do it?
There are different mediums you can use: Crayons, colored pencils, tempera paint, acrylic paint, oil paint, magic markers, and chalk. They also have computer programs that you can use to draw and paint.
You can create things with paper, wood, clay, plastic, metal, nylon, polyester, cotton, wool, cloth, sand, wax, and different parts of plants.

You can sew, embroider, cross-stitch, quilt, knit, and crochet.

You can cook, bake, broil, fry, toast, and boil. This creating something that wasn’t there before, will help you feel like you’re doing something needed.

You can draw free hand, or you can use templates to trace. For circles, you can trace around jar lids.

Make paper airplanes or fold paper in intriguing designs…origami books can teach you more.

Creating something even if it’s a drawing of a smiley face, will bring satisfaction in a lot of areas. Arts and crafts stores and hardware stores have programs where they teach children and adults to make things. Community Colleges have courses that teach different arts and crafts. They have places where you can learn to make pottery. They also have places where you can paint pieces of pottery that have already been made.

You can paint furniture, rooms, and other things.

My granddaughters and I love to paint pottery. It’s interesting to see how they turn out. The glaze colors are very different before firing in the kiln and afterwards.

At restaurants they have pictures to color and other activities – they realize that coloring can have a calming influence on people. I’ve even asked for a coloring sheet and crayons when the coloring sheets are to my liking.

If you’re stressed, get out a piece of paper and doodle, draw, or color. It may help you feel better.

Here are 5 steps to help you:
1. Decide what you’ll do.
2. Get the most inexpensive items to do it – use what you have on hand now.
3. Spend 15 minutes on it…chances are you’ll like it so much you keep doing it longer.
4. Sing while you’re doing it – twice as much healing and fun.
5. Post your art creation on the refrigerator or on the dining room table. Take a picture of it.

I hope this has helped you see a fun way to relax and be inspired to keep on going.

Flip Flap Floodle says “I Won’t Give Up!”

Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards
https://www.joanyedwards.com

Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

Songs Cheer and Heal

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“Songs Cheer and Heal” by Joan Y. Edwards

Singing songs can cheer you. Songs can change your mood. More than likely the songs you hear have the sounds that heal you.

My sister, Judith, (God bless her soul) studied with Native Americans  who believe that each of us has a sound that when we hear it, it heals us spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

When you were a baby, perhaps your Mother and/or Father sang lullabies to help you relax and go to sleep.

When you were just learning to walk, you heard certain sounds that made you want to dance.

When you were a teenager some music made you feel in love or swoon over the person who sang it. You imagined they were singing that particular song just for you.

If you were married, you chose songs to be played at your wedding. Chances are you didn’t choose Wagner’s Operatic music for your wedding.

If you’re feeling bad and sad and want to linger this mood and feel sorry for yourself, there are songs that will also help prolong that mood.

A song I have sung from the time I was five years old that gives me life is Flip Flap Floodle. Each time I tell the story and sing the song, I feel invigorated. I feel like I can keep on going. It’s a catchy tune. It has the same effect on the children and adults who hear it.

Flip Flap Floodle‘s Song. You keep singing it over and over again. It’s fun. It’s healing. I tried for many years to get the story published. I self-published it in 2004. It gave me a great deal of joy to accomplish this. You can buy it or only $10.00  on Amazon.com:  Flip Flap Floodle.

Beginning in 1985, I cared for my Mother, Ethel D. Meyer for 14 years. During that time I noticed the power that music played in her moods and emotions. From my bedroom one day in 2000, I heard her shout, “WHOO EEE! WHOO EEE!”

I wondered what was going on that had her so excited. It must be good. I went to her room to see why she was so happy. When I entered her room she was sitting up watching television. I looked on the television screen and I saw a man singing. It was one of those programs where they earn money for Public Television stations. Across the bottom of the screen, it flashed his name: Daniel O’Donnell. He was from Ireland. Mother was mesmerized by him. You can see why by listening to him sing “You Raise Me Up.”

Mother looked at me and said, “He shakes my corpuscles.” She used to say Daddy shook her corpuscles. He died in 1978.

I thought if this man, Daniel O’Donnell brings her so much joy, I’ll buy a video tape so she can watch him whenever she wants. They were asking $100.00 for a video. I found his videos cheaper on the internet. I believe this was the end of November 2000. I purchased one for Christmas and the next one would come for Mother’s birthday in January. I also paid for Mother to join the Daniel O’Donnell.

When Mother got the video at Christmas, she held it close to her heart and said, “MY MAN.”

Sometimes she would go around singing, “Meet me in St. Louis, Louie. Meet me at the Fair.” So I found videos of many great musicals that may have been popular when she younger. She loved watching them. She didn’t mind seeing them over and over again.

When Mother’s left hip broke and she fell earlier that year, I sang songs from my childhood and hymns that I liked. I was so frightened. The songs I sang had to be ones I knew the words to, or the melody to sing or hum. Singing these songs gave me strength to know that I’d be able to make it. They also seemed to calm Mother down. Her facial expression showed it calmed her to sing along with me or just to listen.

When Mother was in the hospital in 2009 before she died, I started singing these songs and hymns again. My sister, Janet and I sang her favorite songs and ours over and over again. Although it was her time to go have her special meeting with God in heaven, it still brought peace to her body and mind. She wasn’t able to sing this time, but you could tell by her body language that it relaxed her.

Mother died on March 18, 2009. She was 92 years young. She taught me so much about a positive attitude and about how music healed her and gave her life.

My husband, Carl, loves the music of the fifties. He can be down and out. If he hears music from the 50’s, he’s immediately upbeat and ready to face the world.

At the memorial service, funeral mass and graveside service for my Mother, we sang these hymns, folks songs, Daniel O’Donnell songs to celebrate her life.

I discovered that music was the way for healing for my Mother, my sister, my husband, my family and friends, and me, I thought I would share this information with you, in hopes that it will help you love living.

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Enjoy being your sweet self.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2010 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.
Updated September 20, 2019

God’s Emergency Phone List

“God’s Emergency Phone Number List” 

Since you have such a busy schedule this month, below are some emergency numbers you might need in the upcoming days. Keep this list posted where you can access it if necessary!

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS: (Author Unknown)
When in sorrow….. Call John 14
When men fail you….. Call Psalm 27
When you have sinned….. Call Psalm 51
When you worry….. Call Matthew 6:19-34
When you are in danger….. Call Psalm 91
When God seems far away….. Call Psalm 139
When your faith needs stirring….. Call Hebrews 11
When you are lonely and fearful….. Call Psalm 23
When you grow bitter and critical….. Call I Corinthians 13
For Paul’s secret to happiness…… call Colossians 3:12-17
When you feel down and out….. Call Romans 8:31
When you want peace and rest….. Call Matthew 11:25-30
When the world seems bigger than God….. Call Psalm 90
When you want Christian assurance….. Call Romans 8:1-30
When you leave home for labor or travel….. Call Psalm 121
When your prayers grow narrow or selfish….. Call Psalm 67
When you want courage for a task….. Call Joshua 1
For how to get along with fellow men…..Call Romans 12
When you think of investments and returns….. Call Mark 10
If you are depressed….. Call Psalm 27
If your wallet is empty….. Call Psalm 37
If you are losing confidence in people…..Call I Corinthians 13
If people seem unkind….. Call John 15
If discouraged about your work…..Call Psalm 126

The “Good Book” has the answer to all our problems, if we take the time to look. Are you really familiar with its contents? If not, perhaps this telephone directory will be of great assistance. It’s worthy a try! What are you going to lose? A little time?

ALTERNATE NUMBERS I found in other sources:
If self pride/greatness takes hold.. Call Psalm 19
If you want to be fruitful.. Call John 15
For understanding of Christianity.. Call II Corinthians 5:15-19
For a great invention/opportunity.. Call Isaiah 55
For dealing with fear.. Call Psalm 347
For security.. Call Psalm 121:3
For assurance.. Call Mark 8:35
For reassurance.. Call Psalm 145:18

PLEASE NOTE:

Emergency numbers may be dialed direct. No operator assistance is necessary. All lines to Heaven are open 24 hours a day!
Feed your FAITH, and DOUBT will starve to death! Pass it on and on!
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If you’re feeling down, do something good for others. I don’t know who wrote this originally, but it was sent to my Mother, Ethel D. Meyer in a bulletin in 2000 from Armenia Christian Church in Kinston, N.C. The men and women of this church sent Mother the bulletins every month from 1995 until she died last year…for 14 years. They also sent her “Get Well” cards and “Thinking of You” cards every month, too. One year they sent Mother a big, beautiful poinsettia for Christmas. This was the church that Mother went to when she lived in Kinston. All the cards and notes were sent while she was living with me…226 miles. If you’d like to learn more about Armenia Christian Church and their wonderful ministries you can contact  them at

Armenia Christian Church
1817 US HIGHWAY 70 EAST
Kinston, NC 28501 US
252-527-6287

I found a listing similar to the one Armenia Christian Church sent in 2000 at the following link:
http://sites.silaspartners.com/partner/Article_Display_Page/0,,PTID34418_CHID207185_CIID443248,00.html

These same emergency numbers with links to the readings in the Bible can be found at https://www.encouragingbiblequotes.com/?s=verses and http://kingdavid.wordpress.com/2009/04/15/gods-emergency-contact-numbers/

Never Give Up

Joan Y. Edwards

Read the Publisher’s Guidelines

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“Read the Publisher’s Guidelines” by Joan Y. Edwards

If you submitted in last month, hurray for you. If you didn’t submit your work last month, it’s okay. You can do it this month. Perhaps you’re in better shape to do it now.

Perhaps you did more research for your article. You have photos and information from an interview to add to it. Maybe you rewrote the second chapter of your novel because it needed better dialogue. Accept yourself where you are. Be proud of who you are and all that you’ve done in your life.

Get yourself ready to submit a manuscript to a publisher on the third Friday of this month. It can be an article, poem, puzzle, devotion, illustration, short story, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, adult novel, play, movie. In other words, the sky is the limit as to what you can submit. Don’t give up. Get your creative work ready to send off. Go For It. Let me hear you shout, “YEE HAW! I CAN DO IT. I CAN DO IT. I CAN DO IT.”

Pub Sub

Week One

  1. Make a list of three possible publishers for this particular creative work of yours.
  2. Read all three publishers’ guidelines.
  3. Select the publisher you will use this month.
  4. Print out a copy and save a copy of the publisher’s guidelines.
  5. Fine tune your manuscript – have your writing group or other professional writer critique it.

Good luck! Do something good for yourself today! Laugh out loud!

What motivates you to submit a manuscript or article? Leave a comment. Ask a question. I’d love to hear from you.

Copyright © 2010-2019 Joan Y. Edwards. All rights reserved.

Learn Something New

 

“Learn Something New” by Joan Y. Edwards

Start now. Today is a great day to learn something new.  Something new could help you reach one of your goals. Something new could give you a new prospective on an old problem. Learning something new could help you face the future.

When you get overwhelmed by sickness or other crisis situations, you have to take time out to do something fun for you. Something relaxing, yes, but definitely something that makes you laugh.

You may want to stop and pray. Take time to do something for yourself. Praying is a great activity to ground you and calm you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. Then you can focus again on your goal.

Is your goal serving the Lord? Or is it a personal goal that you believe God wants you to accomplish?

When I started caring for my Mother, at first I said to myself, “Oh no. I’ll never be able to get my book published now.” Then I read an article where a lady said she had started taking care of her Mother and was still able to achieve her goal. So I thought God would allow me to reach my goal of getting “Flip Flap Floodle” published and take care of my Mother, too.  And I did just that. In 2004 I self-published it. God helped me accomplish my dream.

I learned that sugar free candy is not carbohydrate free. If 3 pieces of sugar free candy is 15 grams of carbohydrates, it is scary to think about how many carbs a regular piece of candy is.

I learned that all of us need to monitor our carbohydrate intake, especially those with more than 10 grams of sugar per serving.

I remember that when I was little, we only had desserts on Sundays or when company came. I learned that having fruit can be a dessert or having a glass of milk can be a dessert.

I wish that more products were made with less sugar than with the artificial sweeteners that may be inducing more harm than good to the dieting public or diabetics.

What did you learn today? Please share it with me.

May God bless you and fill you with hope!
May this month and those that follow bring you good health!

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright 2010-2019

Updated September 20, 2019

God Will Show You How by Mary L. Kupferle public domain

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GOD WILL SHOW YOU HOW! Written by Mary L. Kupferle

Whatever you need to know or understand or do in this moment, dear friend, God will show you how. God will show you how to have more faith, patience, courage, wisdom, and strength. God will show you how to pray more effectively for yourself and for those you love. God will show you how to have greater control over your thoughts, words, emotions, and life.

Is there something you seek to accomplish that demands greater wisdom, than you feel you possess? God will show you how to handle any difficulty, surmount any challenge, and find any answers or solutions you have felt were beyond your grasp. Accept reassurance right now by declaring in faith, “God is showing me how!”

You need not listen for your Creator to shout divine directions in a commanding voice or blow a trumpet’s blast to catch your attention. Divine guidance most often comes in gentle movements as a still small voice within your mind, as a gentle nudge within your heart. Divine guidance may at times seem inconspicuous amid the noisy clamor of demanding situations confronting you, yet God will make His presence known. God will get a message through to you. God will show you how to listen, how to understand, and how to find your way.

Affirm repeatedly, God is showing me how. Build and rebuild this idea strongly within your thinking. Take it with you into the busiest day and follow-as obediently as you can – the smallest inner leading, the quietest inner bidding of love and wisdom. Especially when you least understand yourself, your moods, your reactions, or what is happening in your life, make a habit of telling yourself, “God is showing me how! Thank You, God, for showing me how!”

Your Father’s love for you, His offspring, is greater than any happening that has caused you to believe yourself not cared for or unworthy of His attention, guidance, and encouragement. Stand firmly upon the foundation saying, “God is showing me how!”

In the face of any persistent anxiety, rebellion, fear, disbelief, or unhappiness decree insistently, “God is showing me how!” With each declaration of this affirmative thought, you will find your confidence increasing. Learning, moment by moment, to listen within for the Father’s direction, you will hear more and more clearly the assurance for which you have longed.

A friend, past retirement age and in need of employment, shared recently how God had shown her how to receive the help she urgently needed. Holding fast to the faith that God’s love would guide her, she was led through a series of events to “a wonderful job, just what I wanted and more. Besides having all expenses paid, I receive a good salary every week. Only God could have worked things out so perfectly!”

Another friend said that God had shown him how to meet the disappointment over a delay in travel plans – a trip that he and his wife had looked forward to for over two years-and an unexpected financial loss. He wrote:

“From this experience came a firm commitment to: let go and let God and to know that God’s plans for us are even better than we can humanly picture. As a result, my wife and I were shown how to handle every detail with wisdom. The financial loss was recovered, and exciting new travel plans were set. We know God will be with us every moment, assuring a delightful experience!”

God is always showing you how to find the good in any challenge of life. He will continually show you how to grasp the best thoughts to think, the right prayer to pray, the most helpful attitude to assume, and the wisest oath to travel. The loving Father does not expect you to go through any experience of life without His help and support. He wants you to know that you did not come into this life alone, and to remember that you do not go through it alone. God is always with you, helping you surmount every challenge.

Jesus Christ gave to His followers clear and specific examples of the unlimited ways in which divine help comes. These examples, which are recorded in the Bible, are given to you, also. Today, He urges you to rely upon Him as a “good shepherd,” always at hand to protect and comfort His flock. He asks you to think of Him as a “door” that is always open to anyone willing to walk through into His ever-enfolding love. He is saying, in effect, “The Father and I will show you, always, how to find, accept, and experience every good you seek!”

By His own personal life example, His works and teachings, Jesus Christ continually shows you how to think as a child of God can think, how to live as a beloved child of God can live. He is reassuring you that the Father will show you how to do wisely and well anything required of you in this life. He is showing you, as the Father showed Him, how to move forward at the right time, how to quietly trust, how to constantly rely upon the Father’s love and direction.

If you feel critical of your ability to hear and understand God’s guidance, take heart, for some of the greatest leaders of all time felt the same. Moses questioned how he, feeling so incapable, could lead the Israelites to freedom. Yet, as he continued to pray, to listen, and to move forward, he found God was showing him how. Joshua doubted that he was wise enough to follow in Moses’ footsteps, yet he, too, was shown how, as he daily listened and did his consistent pest to “be strong and of good courage” (Deut. 31:6).

It is not always easy to persist in listening, in speaking positively, in praying with absolute conviction of your oneness with God when life’s challenges keep clamoring for attention. Pain is distracting, and so is anxiety about those you love. Because of such distractions, it is especially important to have a strong idea to affirm and reaffirm until your faith begins to speak louder than your misgivings. The words “God will show me how!” will serve this purpose and keep you centered, focused in the direction of healing, ready to receive your guidance, help, and other blessings.

If you find yourself becoming impatient because there seems to be no outward evidence of change, no indication of immediate improvement to your human eye, remember that every prayer is productive. Release all judgment regarding your efforts. Focus your attention upon knowing again and again. God is showing me how! You will find that whatever is best for your personal help and progress will be shown, and that good will result.

As an example of this, a friend wrote: “Things had finally come to a point of crisis; my life seemed to be totally out of control. I couldn’t eat, think, or pray, and finally decided to stop struggling. I didn’t try to meditate or pray about specifics. I just held onto the words ‘God is healing everything now.’ Miracles began coming through in less than twelve hours. It was as if everything quietly and peacefully fell into place! I am so very grateful to God for this astounding experience, for His showing me how to do my part so He could do His the better!”

Jesus Christ indicated clearly by His own words and actions that there were many different ways of communicating with the Father. Jesus often prayed by listening quietly within. As other times He spoke aloud, powerfully, the words that were needed to catch the attention of those who were held in a habit of disbelief. Again, He was often gentle and patient in helping His followers learn how to accept their healing, supply, or security. He was constantly showing how to communicate, express, and receive responses from the Father.

In using the idea God is showing me how! I have found that needs were met quickly. These words have brought a greater feeling of release regarding con¬cern over those dear to me, and have been a simple tool to use in any urgent need for guidance and courage.

“Thank you, God, for showing me how!” has also helped me to understand that so-called dry or unproductive periods are but forerunners of the greatest and best fulfillment. When I thought human hesitancy and feelings of inade¬quacy were hindering or delaying my good, I found the Father was in reality helping me during that time into greater strength, faith, and understanding. God is, indeed, always showing us how!

Remembering this will deepen and quicken your own faith, dear friend, and awaken you to a new awareness of your true oneness with the Father. It will help you to realize that you are a spiritual child of the Most High, with the same potentials as expressed by the One who proved that every “Gethsemane” is but a door to new life, to resurrection of the divinity within.

Take hold now, my friend, of this simple way of attuning yourself to your Father’s plan of good for you. Let His wisdom show you how to accept it. His love will enfold you in a manner you cannot humanly imagine. His peace will manifest itself within your heart without any need to understand how it can be so. God will reveal His processes of healing, even now, as you quietly turn to Him with the words, Thank You, Father, for showing me how!

The clouds will lift. Your feelings of aloneness will fade, and you will be warmed and comforted anew. Your fears of change and your apprehensions over demands, loss, or the future will give way to courage and assurance. You will find that nothing can prevent the Father from showing you how to accept your good.

Let go and let His love enfold you. Your Father cares for you and is showing you how!

This was written by Mary L. Kupferle

Titles of Books Written by Mary L. Kupferle

  1. “God Will See You Through”
  2. “God Never Fails”
  3. “Your Help Is at Hand”
  4. “Trust in the Goodness of God”

 

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Never Give Up
Live with Enthusiasm
Celebrate Each Step You Take

Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

by Joan Y. Edwards

Updated June 22, 2021