Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stress and Anxiety!

Hi folks,

How's your week going?  I hope it's not too bad for you.  I remember when I was younger, still working, raising children and was involved in other activities, how stress and anxiety would creep their heads into my life.  Actually, they still, from time to time.  I suppose that's true for all of us, no matter how old you are, or what your circumstances are at the present time.  Stress and anxieties are just a part of living!  I wish they weren't.

What do you do to try to control them?  As for me, I turn to God.  But, I will admit the anxieties return very fast.  There are many things about ourselves that we can control, but anxiety is not one of them.  I wish it was and I'm sure you do also.  I put my faith in God because He is the only one who can truly help me. 

Unfortunately, unless another person is in the exact same circumstances as you, no one else can understand what you're going through.  That is sad because many times what we need is to share with someone we love how we feel and we can't.  That's why I turn to God.  He's the only one who will listen to me and try to help me.  Fear is another feeling that we can't really control.  Perhaps you suffer from the fear of something.  Whether it's a legitimate fear or not, it exists for you and many times, no one else can understand that.  Many times, fear occurs for legitimate reasons that others can't understand.  They may think it's foolish, but it isn't to the person who suffers the fear.  It's very real.

I hope that if you are suffering from either of the above, that you have someone in your life who will be there for you and I also hope that you will turn to God for His help.  Don't be ashamed or embarrassed about being stressed, having anxieties and being afraid of something.  They are real feelings and are not just something fabricated. 

I know that with the Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasons approaching, many people experience one or more of the above.  You are not alone, even if others don't understand you!  These things are real to you. 

Have a good week and always turn to God for stability. 
Susan

Friday, November 10, 2017

It's Here!

Hi, folks,

I'm sure you know what I'm referring to in my title:  The weekend!   I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but here in South Central Pennsylvania, it's cold and windy.  With the wind chills, we are to drop down below freezing over night.  I guess that means that our heat will be on for quite a while now. 

I remember when we actually had a spring and fall, when during the spring we could turn off the central air and open the windows.  Then in the fall, we could turn off the heat and just be comfortable.  We don't have that happening much anymore.  I truly miss that!  How about you?

I can't believe that Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, and you all know, that once we pass Thanksgiving, Christmas is almost upon us.  I have to say that I truly enjoy both of these seasons, especially the Christmas Season. 

Christmas is a very special time of year for me.  When I was a youngster, we lived on a small farm, and my parents didn't have much money, but they always made the Christmas season very special for me and my siblings.  Dad always put up a platform, which was painted white on the top, and Mom hooked rolls of paper, that were made to look like red bricks, around the two exposed sides of the platform. 

Nest, Dad would set the Christmas tree on the one end of the platform.  Then, we'd decorate the tree with some beautiful ornaments, which were very special to my folks.  We had plastic ice sickles which had a little hook on the top of them, for hanging them on the tree.  Of course, Mom always put tinsel on the tree, also.  She'd also put Angel Hair on our tree.  (If you've never heard of that, it's spun glass that feels like silk.  Mom would spread it all over our tree and when the lights were on, they cast shadows all through the angel hair.  It was a bit messy, but it was beautiful when the lights were turned on.)  FYI:  My husband and I still hang many of those same ornaments on our tree, as well as, some of the ice sickles.)

After the tree was all decorated, Dad would set up the train, which ran around the entire perimeter of the platform.  Then, Mom would set up the village and lastly, she'd spread green flakes that looked like grass and brown flakes for roads.  On top of that, she'd spread the artificial snow everywhere.  They even had small lights inserted into the houses making it look very realistic.  Us kids loved everything about Christmas at our home. 

You see, it wasn't so much about the gifts we got, it was about the birth of Jesus and the peace the season brought to us.  Mom always played Christmas music right after Thanksgiving, which we loved.  I suppose it's no surprise that I have always loved the Christmas Season, seeing how special my parents made the season for me and my siblings.  Of course, on Christmas morning, the three of us couldn't wait to go downstairs to see what Santa had left for us.  Compared to what a lot of kids get today, what we got was sparse, but we didn't truly care. 

I brought my three daughters up with those same Christmas traditions.  We, also, couldn't afford to spend much money on Christmas gifts, but that never seemed to spoil anything. 

As I am getting older, I am realizing, more and more, how much thanks I owe to my beloved Mom and Dad, for raising us the way they did.  Tradition has, and always will be, very important to me.  I was just thinking yesterday, how much I owe my Mom for sharing all her many, many creative abilities with me.  I am truly so thankful to her because with my life being what it is today, because of my chronic Congestive Heart Fairlure, if I couldn't create things for other people and especially children, I would surely be in a deep depression.  But, I stay busy, even if it is while I'm on the sofa with my feet up.  I truly have to give back for all the many, many blessings I've been given by God.

I hope your weekend is a good one.  Be safe and have some fun.  May God bless each of you and keep you safe, always.
Susan

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Sunday's News

Happy Sunday everyone,

I just found out about the shooting in Texas at a Baptist Church.  Twenty people were killed.  I have to ask this question every time something like this happens:  "What is happening in our world today?"  It seems that hatred and violence is taking over in, not just this country, but everywhere throughout the world. 

I have no idea how we stop these senseless killings from happening.  All I can do is to pray, asking God to help us all to start living according to His Divine plan. 

I will pray for all those families who lost loved ones today in Texas. 

Please take a few minutes to ask God to have Divine Mercy on every family who was involved in today's senseless killing. 

Well, it's back to work for most of you tomorrow, since it's Monday once again.  I hope your Monday goes well for you and everyone who works with you.  When you arrive at work in the morning, go in with a smile on your face and love in your heart, giving thanks to God that you have a job to go to every day.  Many folks can't find a job and therefore have no money coming in to feed their families.  So, if you have a job, thank God for your blessings. even though it's another Monday!

I hope your week is a good one with many blessings coming your way.
Susan

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Hi everyone,

How are you all doing this evening?  I hope you're all doing okay.  I'm doing all right and I give thanks for every day I am still living.  You know, I've been seeing the commercial on television lately, about Congestive Heart Failure.  They say, "If you have congestive heart failure, tomorrow's not promised!" 

I can tell you that is a truthful statement.  If you have chronic CHF, you can go into failure so quickly, without even realizing it.  I cherish every day that God sees fit to let me have another day on this earth.  I take care of myself and I always put my hearth first.  That means before anyone else.  You may think that's selfish, but if I don't I may not be here for another day!  I've learned to live my life giving thanks to God for each day I wake up. 

I start my day with prayers to God, giving thanks for the gift of another day and asking for mercy for my husband, family, extended families and friends.  I end each day, once again, thanking God for the many blessings He's given to me, and for prayers for all those I love and care about. 

I have so much faith in God and I am so thankful for His many blessings throughout my life.  I live every day giving gratitude and acceptance to Our Lord and Savior.  I also try every day to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet, around the three o'clock hour.  It's become so important to me to pray the Chaplet every day.  If you don't know what it is, search it out on line.  It just may change the way you look at your life.

Well, Halloween is almost upon us.  Of course, next month, November, we celebrate Thanksgiving.  What will you be thankful for?  We truly have so much to thank God for, much more than we choose to think about. 

After Thanksgiving, Christmas will be just around the corner.  I just love the Christmas Season.  It makes me feel hopeful, happy, loving, thankful and full of God's love.  It's not about presents, it's about being with those you love and letting them know how much they mean to you.  How quickly those we love can be taken away from us.  So, when you think about the Christmas Season  coming up, don't concentrate on the money you'll be spending, all the shopping you'll have to do, how busy you'll be, etc.  Those things are choices you make!  I Christmas shop all year round.  I prepare things ahead of time.  I manage my money throughout the year that way.  It's all about choices we make. 
You only get as much joy out of something, as the amount of joy you put into it.  January is the time for you to start working on Christmas for the end of that year.  Again, it's all about the choices we make.  Others don't make those choices for us!

Have a good rest of the week and may God bless each of you.
Susan


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Who do you turn to for help?

Hi folks,

I hope your week is going well, but if it isn't, today is Hump Day, so we're now on the down side of this week.  So cheer up!  Tomorrow will be a better day!

I'd like to tell you all about something that has helped me to change my life, for the better!  It's been about seven years since I first heard about St. Faustina and Divine Mercy.  She was from a poor family and her name was, Maria Faustina Kowalski.  From a very young age, she wanted to become a nun.  She kept going to the Convent asking if she could join, but they kept turning her away, because she was just a young child.  Finally, when she was some older, they accepted her into the convent, so she could study to become a nun. 

After studying and officially becoming a nun, Jesus appeared to her instructing her to write down everything that He says to her.  So she did.  This was in the early nineteen thirties.  She took paper and every time Jesus appeared before her, she wrote down what He said.  He wanted her to help Him to save souls from perishing in hell. 

She became very ill and even though she suffered greatly, Jesus kept appearing to her and instructing her to write down everything He said.  Unfortunately, she died in her early thirties from her illness.  Her writings were saved and published in a book called, The Diary of St. Faustina."

Here's an excerpt from it:  "I desire that you know more profoundly, the love that burns in my heart for souls, You will understand this when you meditate upon my passion.  Call upon my mercy on behalf of sinners; I desire their salvation." 

He later instructed her to have a painting down just as He was appearing to her at that time.  He also told her that across the bottom should be written:  Jesus, have mercy on us.  She did just as Jesus instructed her to do.  This image is called the, "Divine Mercy Image." 

Jesus instructed Maria Faustina to let everyone know about The Divine Mercy Chaplet."  It carries so many blessings, especially if said, or sung, during the three o'clock hour, which was the approximate time when Jesus died on the cross on Calvary.  He grants so many blessings and so much mercy to all those who say the chaplet daily. 

I say the Chaplet just about every day.  If it's not always convenient at three o'clock, I say it as close to that time as I am able.  I'm sure that starting from the time Jesus was turned over to the people, was scourged at the pillar, the walk and many falls trying to carry His cross to Calvary and then until His death, took much longer than one hour. 

What I will tell you, is that since I found out about St. Faustina and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, my spiritual life and the way I look at things, has changed drastically.  I have put everything into God's hands, including my illness. 

I am so thankful that God chose to give me life over eleven and one half years ago, instead of taking me home to be with Him.  I know He has a plan for me and I try to do whatever He'd like me to do.  Creating something for someone else, be it adults or children, makes me feel very close to Jesus.  I know that He is always with me and I am so thankful for that.  Without Him, I am nothing!


This is a photo of the Divine Mercy Image.  I'm sorry it's not a very good photo, but you can get the idea from it.   The red represents the blood, and the blue represents the water, which poured out of the heart of Jesus while hanging on the cross.  He did this to give us eternal life.

Have a good evening and be safe.
Susan

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

Hi folks,
How's your week going for you?  I hope your answer is "okay" but if it isn't, just remember that you are now on the down slide of this week.  At least that's something to cheer you up!

What do you think about all the destruction that's happening lately throughout the world?  I'm speaking about the weather and the wild fires that are going on in California.  It seems to me that every year the weather becomes more savage.  So many have lost their lives because of it and so very many have lost everything that they own, including their homes. 

I truly believe that God is telling us that we, and I mean everyone, has to change the way we act and how we look at things.  I believe that the first thing we need to do is to put God first in our lives once again. 

I was struck at how everyone came together to help the folks in Texas after that first destructive  hurricane hammered them, destroying so much and killing so many people.  No one truly cared is you were white or black, what religion you practiced, what nationality you were, whether you were straight or gay, or whether you had money or were poor.  We all just worked together.  Those who could go to Texas, went and helped.  The rest of us donated money to help in any way we could. 

That help has continued throughout the continued storms causing destruction in other places.  And after that deranged man in Los Vegas, killed and wounded so many innocent people, so many of those present, who weren't hurt, stopped running and tried to help those who were hit by the gun fire. 

It has been proven, time and time again, that there are so very many good, kind, loving and caring folks here, in the United States.  Why can't it always be like that?  Can you just imagine how different this country would be, and every country throughout the world, if we practiced love and acceptance, instead of hate and judgement all the time.  Wouldn't that be wonderful? 

I know that no matter what country you may live in, these same things are happening there also.  Please pray for everyone, throughout the world, for peace and love to take over this world.

I hope the rest of your week goes well.  Be safe and may God bless each of you.
Susan 

We all need God's Divine Mercy, always.

Monday, October 2, 2017

I'm excited!

Hi everyone,

My newest manuscript is now finished at the printers and will be delivered tomorrow.  I can't wait.  I always get excited to see one of my new novels in an actual book.  It's called,  Life, Love and Lies, and it's the story of a young woman who has to make choices, which could land her in big trouble in future years.  She decides to do what is best for herself and an infant. 

I will be selling the actual book and I will also be putting it on Amazon.com for electronic reading.  I'll let you all know when it is available on Amazon.

This novel is for adult reading and not for children.  If you're interested in purchasing an actual copy of the book, let me know and I'll give you the details.

Have a great week and may God stay with each of you.  Please pray for all those who lost their lives or were injured in Los Vegas today.
Susan