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You Can Do This!

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“You Can Do This!” by Joan Y. Edwards

You Can Do This!

No matter the challenge!
No matter the time
You can do this!

No matter how difficult!
No matter the place!
You can do this!

No matter the yay or nay of the voices inside or out,
No matter how humiliating when you hear these voices shout,
You can do this.

What does this job need?
Power, patience, money, love.
You can do this.

Why do I say this?
I know that God will help you.
He will give you an abundance of what you need emotionally and financially. He will give you the patience and energy; the time and perseverance to do the job.

God placed this idea in your head. He will give you what you need to accomplish it. I may not have named what you think you are missing to get this job done. You name it. Ask God for it. He will send it to you by his UPS (Upper Power Supply) Delivery Service.

A delivery of encouragement is expected to arrive for you in approximately 24 hours.

Do you want it delivered on your front porch? In your mailbox? In your mind?

Will you accept this delivery from God’s UPS Delivery Service? Remember to say, “Thank you.”

If it wasn’t delivered, perhaps your belief system needs a booster prayer. Believe in you and your abilities. Believe in the God who made you.

Please leave a comment. Please share with me who in your life has helped you to believe in yourself and your abilities.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author

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Friends Are Cushions and Gifts from God

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Thank you for this image of pillow cushions Malgorzata-Smozewska and Pixabay.

“Friends Are Cushions and Gifts from God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Your circle of friends are gifts from God. They help soften and cushion your actions and reactions to your life’s journey in good times and times that are sad.

Sometimes when I talk to friends, they listen and help me cope with a situation that is bothering me.

silhoettes of men and women in part of a circle
Thank you, Joseph Redfield Nino and Pixabay for allowing me to use this image.

When I get worried about someone or something in life, I place my hand on a soft cushion and remember that God is taking care of the person or the thing that has upset me. I can let it go and rest.

Please leave a comment. Let me know how you handle the things you worry about.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author

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Firebird Book Award Winner Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox?
Joan’s Elder Care Guide
Practical ways to help you and your elder survive.
Gospel-Based Crossword & Wordsearch Puzzle E-Books (pdf)
Fun for Children’s Liturgy, Children’s Church, Sunday School, Homeschool, Home Bible Study, Senior Centers, and Nursing Homes.

Copyright © 2009-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

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What to Do When You Run Out of Patience?

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“What to Do When You Run Out of Patience?” by Joan Y. Edwards

June Baker, a long time subscriber, asked me to write an article on patience. If you’re like me, patience is something you lack once in a while.

1. So you’re on your way to an appointment. You left a little later than you planned. Traffic is piled up more than usual. You caught every red light. They were doing road construction. The little man with the red stop sign kept you hostage for 5 minutes. If you open your window, you are afraid that your patience will fly right out the window. Is there enough patience to get you through all this?

2. Your spouse’s paycheck is cut 50% this month because of a foul up in the computer system. They plan to fix it but it will be a week before the extra money comes in. You have a mortgage payment and a car payment that are due. The school called and your youngest child has thrown up and is running a fever.  You drive to the school and pick your child up and you have a flat tire on the way home. Is there enough patience to get you through all this?

3. Your child has a math problem you are clueless how to solve. Another child waited until the night before to tell you that she needs a costume for a play at school the next day. Your older child calls from the gym and has broken his leg. Is there enough patience to get your through all this?

4. One more scenario. You are cooking supper for a special friend. You put the meat in the oven. You get distracted and don’t set the timer. When you get back in the kitchen to check on the meat, it is burnt beyond the possibility of eating it. You still have a great salad. Is there enough patience to get your through all this?

Do you spend all evening beating yourself up?
Do you laugh and relax because you know everyone makes mistakes some worse than yours? Do you realize that no one is perfect? No one can master handling every problem with finesse and patience.

Here’s the secret to patience.

Take a deep breath. Breathe in patience. Breathe out anxiety. Breathe in patience. Breathe out self-doubt. Breathe in love. Breathe out judgment. Breathe in patience.

Relinquish the want or need to control. Accept that situations may be as you hoped and expected. But, also accept that situations may not turn out as you hoped or expected. You are not in control of all situations. You can monitor and control your reactions.

Relinquish the idea that you should be perfect. I know from personal experience that is not humanly possible. But realize that you come pretty close most of the time. Some days, give you a little trouble, but not all days.

Doing the following things will help you have patience:

  1. Eat well.

  2. Get plenty of sleep.

  3. Do  ten minutes of exercise each day.

  4. Encourage someone in person, on the phone, or by email.

  5. Ask God to help you.

Repeat one of these affirmations for 21 days. Put the one you choose on a 3×5 index card. Tape it to your computer or bathroom mirror.

I have an abundance of patience.
Today I have enough patience.
Tomorrow I will have an abundance of patience.
I choose to have enough patience today.

Here are things you can do to help you build patience:

  1. Pray and ask God for more patience.

  2. Work puzzles: crossword, word search, jigsaw

  3. Start out 15 minutes earlier for an appointment.

  4. Take a breather between activities.

  5. Take time to rest, breathe, and do your research before making long-term decisions.

  6. Find a different way to handle a situation so you don’t stress out about it.

  7. Go fishing.

What should you do when you have an anxiety attack when you have no patience at all. Say, “I am fine the way I am right now. I am good and worthy right now. I have enough patience for every situation I am in.”

Thank you, June Baker for suggesting this topic. I hope my ideas and those in the resources help you.

Thank you for reading my post. I wish you luck in gaining trust that you have enough patience for every situation you are in. Please write and tell me how you gain patience.  How do you accept yourself as you are?

Resources

Greg Bell. “Strategies for Increasing Patience:” https://www.gregbellspeaks.com/blog/strategies-for-increasing-patience

Melissa Eisler. “7 Strategies to Build and Improve Patience:” https://melissaeisler.com/improve-patience/

Cleveland Clinic. “7 Tips for Better Patience:”  https://health.clevelandclinic.org/7-tips-for-better-patience-yes-youll-need-to-practice/

 

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Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2009-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

Don’t Let Failure Define Who You Are

don't be down on yourself...study and try again
Thank you John Hain and Pixabay for this Depression Image.

“Don’t Let Failure Define Who You Are” by Joan Y. Edwards

It is difficult to fail. It hurts your ego. It is emotionally hard to handle. However, you can handle it. Don’t let this failure define who you are.

List all the things you are thankful you can do easily and well.

Say to yourself silently and aloud: “I can do this. I know I can do it.”

 

Keep on trying; learn more
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Thank you. Acquire more skills and try again

Study how to succeed and try again. You will do better the second time. Learn knowledge and skills. B Become better able to perform certain skills. Become better able to accomplish goals. Gain competence and experience. Attain growth in all areas.

1. Ask a friend how to do it.
2. Search the internet on how to do what you want to be proficient at doing: https://www.google.com/.
3. Read books that explain how to do it.
4. Watch Youtube.com videos of how others do it.
5. Pay a professional to teach you how to do it.

Try again. If you fail a second time, it doesn’t mean that you are a total failure. Dust yourself off. Try again. It means you only failed at one thing.  Study, pray, and try, try again.

Success is in your future. Go for it.

Resources

Joan Y. Edwards. “7 Reasons Why You Should Never Give Up:”https://www.joanyedwards.com/2020/08/09/never-give-up-youve-got-this/

Joan Y. Edwards. “Never Give Up – You’ve Got This!”  https://www.joanyedwards.com/2020/08/09/never-give-up-youve-got-this/

 

Thank you for reading this article. I am praying it fills you with hope and confidence that you can do whatever is bogging you down with a lack of confidence. Please leave a note to encourage others. Tell me what helps you try, try, again.

Never Give Up
You can do it.
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2009-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

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Annie’s Resurrection Cookies

Resurrection Cookies

Annie’s Resurrection Cookies – Source of Original Recipe Unknown

http://www.annieshomepage.com/resurrectioncookies.html

I am sure these cookies will taste good anytime, but especially close to Easter Sunday. On the webpage above it describes the Easter Story of the Resurrection of Jesus with the cookies. I found this page with this recipe many moons ago. I hope you enjoy reading about them and possibly making them.

May all your days be blessed with goodness in your heart!

 

Joan Y. Edwards

Never Give Up

Get Ready for Tomorrow: Set Out Your Clothes Tonight

Conger Design Pixabay wardrobe with shirt on hanger
Put the clothes you plan to wear tomorrow in a special place. Thank you, Pixabaay for image.

“Get Ready for Tomorrow: Set Out Your Clothes Tonight” by Joan Y. Edwards

A great way to get ready for tomorrow is to set out your clothes tonight.

Before my late husband, Carl, went to bed, he used to set his clothes out for the next day. Socks in shoes; shirt, pants, belt, hat. He got up at 4:30 every workday. He left our home at 5:45 a.m.

When I was in high school, I wore a uniform to school each day. Sometimes, early in the morning, I discovered that a clean uniform wasn’t in existence.  The skirt and blouse hadn’t been washed and ironed.

When you have a young child, you sometimes do this before going somewhere special, why not do it every day?

Morgue file little girls outfit
The night before: Set out the outfit you plan to wear tomorrow. Thank you Morguefile for the image.

My point is, it would have been good if I had laid my clothes out or put them in a special part of the closet ready for service during high school. A few days ago, I started putting my clothes out for the next day. It felt amazing. I hope you’ll try it, if you’re not already doing it.

Having a valet stand would be great, but a chair with the clothes on it and shoes and socks under it would be good. Or a table. Your creativity will find a way perfect for you! I hang mine in the bathroom.

I hang my pants over the hanger. I put the shirt over the hanger. If I need a sweater, I put that on top of the shirt.  You can put the socks in the shoes or use a clothespin to attach underpants, bra, and socks to your shirt, pants, or hanger.

What  can you do to calm yourself from today’s events and be ready and quite  spunky with energy for the next day? Setting my clothes out for the next day helps calm me down and gives me confidence I can make it.

Another way to calm yourself is to forgive yourself and anyone else who aggravated you that day. Ask God to replenish your basket of things you need.  Ask him to give you more of all the resources you used up today. Patience, money, knowledge, wisdom, understanding, courage, etc.

Say the “Lord’s Prayer.”

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Do you plan what you are going to wear the next day the night before? Please leave a comment and  tell me about it.

Resources

God’s Daily Delivery Service

Busy Budgeter: Time Saver Tip: Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before https://www.busybudgeter.com/time-saver-tip-lay-out-your-clothes-the-night-before/

 

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
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God’s Daily Delivery Service

Basket of daily abundance from God

God’s Daily Delivery Service – An Abundance of All You Need

“God’s Daily Delivery Service” by Joan Y. Edwards

“God’s Daily Delivery Service” by Joan Y. Edwards (Youtube Video)

 I hope you enjoy my Lenten Reflection for March 10, 2022 for St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Did you know that God provides a daily delivery service? God himself drops a basket of gifts to you every morning and places it in the cupboard of your heart. God says to you, “Be at peace. Here is everything you need to survive today in abundance: faith, hope, love.”

When you try to change the past and control the future, you run out of love, wisdom, and compassion. The grip of anger, sadness, and grief puts you in a very deep hole of hopelessness. Fear blinds you from seeing solutions to your problems. Wanting control of the future keeps you from hearing God’s voice. You feel empty.

Be of good cheer. God is faithful to you. He delivers a basket of mercies to you every day of your life (Lamentations 3:21-23). He never holds back his love for you. God gives you all you need. He fills you up. Breathe in peace. Exhale fear. Breathe in faith. Exhale distrust. Breathe in hope. Exhale despair. Breathe in love. Exhale hate.

Talk with God. He is a good listener. Explain everything that keeps you from believing that you have enough. Tell him your problems. Ask him your questions. Tell him what scares you. Tell him what makes you happy or sad.

God loves you. Love yourself as you are right now. Picture the positive. Walk where nature can nourish you and replenish calmness. Visit a place where you feel close to God. Make something. Listen to your favorite music. Be kind. Smile. Be thankful. God will be there for you every day of your life. You can count on it. God’s love for you is everlasting!

I was going through a rough time in January and February 2022 when Jim Alvarez from my church, St. Matthew in Charlotte asked me to do a Lenten reflection. I was so excited when I figured out that I was thinking I didn’t have enough…I was sad. There were so many people in my life who were sick and some nearing death. It seemed like everything was caving in on me. Then I remembered God gives us an abundance of all we need. I looked for scriptures and I found in the New Century Version of the Bible:

21 But I have hope
    when I think of this:

22 The Lord’s love never ends;
    his mercies never stop.
23 They are new every morning;
    Lord, your loyalty is great.

I hope you enjoyed this devotional/reflection of God’s Love for You. Please leave a comment and let me know if you would like for me to do more of these video reflections.

Here are two other video reflections with text that I did.

Joan Y. Edwards. “Take a Step Towards the Lord” https://joanyedwards.com/2020/03/14/take-a-step-towards-the-lord/

Joan Y. Edwards. “Do You Need the Forgiveness Tunnel:’ https://joanyedwards.com/2018/05/24/do-you-need-the-forgiveness-tunnel/

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St. Claire of Assisi

picture of St. Clare of Assisi
St. Claire of Assisi, image credit to Simone Martini,

“St. Clare of Assisi” by Joan Y. Edwards

St. Clare’s feast day is April 11. She was born July 16, 1194  and died on August 11, 1253.
St. Clare’s father wanted her to get married at the age of 15. She asked to wait until she was 18. When she was 18,  she heard and became intrigued with St. Francis of Assisi and his manner of giving up much for God. St. Francis cut her hair and gave her a robe for her habit. She got her sister, St. Agnes, to join her.  They called themselves Poor Sisters.
After her death, Pope changed the named the order of nuns after her…the St. Clares. Her order of nuns did not move around the countryside. They lived in place together spending time doing manual labor and praying. They lived without money. Like St. Francis, Clare believed it was joyous to live in poverty in imitation of Christ.
There are two stories that are interesting to me about St. Clare.
  1. She was quite ill. When rough soldiers of Frederick II were coming to raid her convent, she had the blessed sacrament placed at the gates where they could see it. She knelt there inside the walls and asked God to protect the sisters in her care.  The soldiers became very frightened and left quickly without harming St. Clare and her companions.
  2. Pope Pius XII designated her as the patron saint of television in 1958 because when Clare was too sick to attend Mass, it was said that she was able to see and hear it on the wall of her room. Isn’t it interesting that Mother Angelica, who is a Poor Clare Nun, founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)?

Resources:
Catholic.org http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=215
Wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clare_of_Assisi

Devotional: Remember that praying always makes things better. The Lord’s Prayer is my favorite. “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive our trespassers. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.”
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Do something good to show that you love God today!
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2012-2022 Joan Y. Edwards

Lost and Found

Sunrise at Tybee Island Beach, September 26, 2021
Photo taken by Joan Y. Edwards, Tybee Island Beach, GA September 26, 2021

Lost and Found by Joan Y. Edwards, Copyright © 2021

Hello. It’s good to see you.
I hope you’re doing well.
I hope you’re safe and free from harm.
I hope your smile is big.

I don’t know where to turn.
I don’t know where to go.
I can’t find the familiar
Of long, long ago.

I want to live a long time.
I want to do God’s will.
I seem to be lost in the world
Just standing still.

My spunk has disappeared.
My drive is hidden.
My life seems to be on hold.
The valley got deeper.

What am I waiting for?
Why aren’t I going?
Where is my map?
Where am I going?

God is my source.
He usually sends me word.
His words are lost
Behind this shield of my humanity.

I must have a purpose.
I am still here on earth.
Are you lost, too?
I see lost people on my path.

Ah, yes. That’s where I met you.
On my earthly path.
You asked me, “Where am I going?
What is God’s plan for me?”

I answer boldly, “Let’s find out together.
Will you come with me?
We will turn this way and that.
We will climb up hills and slide down.

We will make it through this life
Because of the love
That we’ve shared with each other
During fun times and sad times on this earth.”

What??? You’ll come with me.
That makes me very happy.
My path is clear now.
Like a sunrise, it is bright and shining the way for you and me.

We were lost but now have been found.
Each day we will face the fun times and sad times together.
It is easier when we do things together.
At the end of the day, God will be happy with us.

happiness at the end of the day
Thank you, Pixabay. At the End of the Day God  is happy with us!

I hope you enjoyed my poem.
I wrote this a while back.
I’m feeling better now since I know you’re here with me and I’m not alone.

Perhaps you’re like me and have felt this way.

Have you ever felt lost?  Like you were heading to a goal, but then something happened to stop you. You begin to disbelieve everything your strengths were founded on.  You seem to be floundering around in the water.

I hope that you found what you were looking for. I hope you discovered that God will show you what he wants you to do.  Sometimes he wants us to lean on him a little. he wants us to recognize what we are already doing for him. He whispers in your ear, thank you.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards, Author
Copyright © 2009-2021 Joan Y. Edwards

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Get Rid of Negative Beliefs

God Called You by Name

 

“A Friend to Lean on” Author Unknown

A Friend to Lean On
Thank you Amanda McConnell from Pixabay for this photo

“A Friend to Lean On” Author Unknown

Life takes some crazy directions sometimes,
Causing changes we can’t hope to anticipate. Even though we try to cope as best we can,
Some things are beyond our control.
We can only accept them
And try to move forward as best we can.
We may have to
Lean on someone else’s shoulder for awhile
But that’s what friends are for.
With a friend, you can make it through anything!

I found this poem a couple of months ago. It is especially meaningful to me since Carl died August 31, 2020. You have let me lean on you. Thank you. Thank all of you for being there for me by sending me emails every day, or calling me, meeting me for lunch, inviting me over for a meal, inviting me to visit, or praying for me. Even though I don’t know you are praying for me,  I can feel your love. I appreciate your love and compassion. Your thoughtfulness and cheerfulness. Thank  you for letting me lean on you. I hope and pray that God will bless each of you in a special way so that you know how much He loves you and how much I love you.

 

Other blog posts you might like:

Don’t Tell God How Big Your Problem Is; Tell Your Problem How Big Your God Is – Author Unknown

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