“10 Songs to Lift Your Spirits” by Joan Y. Edwards
When I’m feeling a down, sometimes I search the internet for spiritually uplifting songs on YouTube or other sites. Here are ten of my favorites that I believe will lift your spirits and change your focus to happier thoughts.
I wrote these books to help you believe in you. Never Give Up 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 practical solutions
Many times in your life, you know exactly where you want to go. But, you might have trouble proving that this is your destination when people see you in a different place or different surroundings.
If you plan to ride a camel in Egypt, would you need to practice first?
Practicing would be good.
If you want to learn about a famous city, figure out the best transportation to get you there.
Is it easier to find a parking place for a motorcycle than for a car?
Do they have bike lanes?
Will you need a truck to carry what you learn?
Are you speeding away from a problem?
Do you need rest from the fast pace or the usual routine?
Do you need to get away from it all and fly to a new part of the world and land in a new situation?
I hope these pictures and words move you to enjoy where you are or to plan a trip down the street or to another world with your writing and illustrating! Whatever you do and wherever you go, enjoy being you! You’ll get there. God will empower you with answers to your questions and deliver you safely in the face of the reality of your dreams!
I am honored by all who buy and read my books. Thank you for your support and encouragement! Flip Flap Floodle, Will this little duck’s song save him from Mr. Fox? Joan’s Elder Care GuideA guide to help caregivers and elders never give up
During National Brain Week in March 12-16, I listened to John Assaraf’s Brainathon. He and the others who shared their videos that week enlightened me in many ways. Here’s a link to download John Assaraf’s Blueprint for achieving his goals. Don’t use his Blueprint word for word. Make it meaningful to you. Personalize it to help you meet your goals.
I learned years ago that you should write down or print out your goals and dreams and put them in a frame on a wall. This will help you achieve them. This has definitely worked on many of my goals. However, there are a few dreams of mine that have been elusive. I haven’t achieved them yet. If you are like me and haven’t met all of your goals yet, revisit the wording of your goals and make sure you still want to achieve them.
There were three points that Assaraf suggested that I believe will help you reach all of your goals, especially those difficult ones that elude your grasp. I believe these ideas will help you reach your goals:
Read over your goals. Meditate on them everymorning. Pray to God and thank him for helping you achieve your goals.
Take action toward one of your goals every morning after you read them.
At night before going to sleep, give thanks to God for all the experiences of your day.
Set goals to meet all of your needs. If all of the needs are crying out to you. Choose 3 to focus on at first. Then when you calm down, after a few days. Add one more goal if you feel comfortable.
Stubborn goals that you may not completely believe may have to be coaxed a little. The way to persuade your subconscious mind is to repeat your goals out loud and state these beliefs for 21 days It may take longer. However, your subconscious mind will stop fighting it and it will finally say, “Okay. All right. Okay. So you can really do this.”
Then it will find a way to make this goal happen for you.
Mental – Be sure to include an educational goal, something that stretches your mind a little.
Fun – What is fun for you might meet more than an emotional need. It can be a combination benefit – serve to meet two or more needs at one time.
Thank you for reading my blog. I’d love to hear from you. If you need help wording your goals, I’ll be glad to help you with one.
Come to Arts on the Ridge to see me on Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Ridgeway, SC.
I hope my books bring you joy and encouragement. I would be honored if you would review them on Amazon! 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 never give up
“Sometimes Surprise Makes You Laugh” by Joan Y. Edwards
A Canadian couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon twenty years earlier.
Because of hectic schedules, the husband left on Thursday, and his wife was going to join him on Friday. When the husband checked into the hotel on Thursday, he sent an email to his wife. However, he left out a letter in her email address.
So when a widow came home after her husband’s funeral in Houston and checked her latest email, she screamed and fainted. Her son rushed into the room. He found his mother on the floor, and saw this note on her computer screen:
To: My Loving Wife Subject: I’ve Arrived
I’ve just arrived and checked in. Everything is ready for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then!
P.S. Sure is hot down here!
I hope this story surprised you and made you laugh!
My friend, Jim Connell, used to tell me jokes when his wife, Betty and I met at a local restaurant to eat. Before Mother died, she joined us. Each time we met, I asked Jim to tell me this joke. I wrote this post in his memory. I know Jim is telling God and his angels stories to make them laugh up there in heaven. Thanks, Jim Connell for sharing the gift of laughter with my Mother and me.
“Set Your Goals – You Can Do It” by Joan Y. Edwards
This is the time to review your past goals and set your goals for the current year. Any time is a good time to look at and focus on recommitting yourself to your goals. If they are no longer meaningful to you, it is time to revise them to make the goals in your mind and on paper ones that you really want to reach.
When I was in sixth grade, my teacher had these little encouragement signs all over the room. One of my favorites was: “Make a Wish Upon a Star, take a seat and there you are.” This showed me that if you set your eye on a goal, you can reach it.
Day 1 Title the page with your name and goals for the current year. Brainstorm possible goals. Set time to reach the goals for December 31, 2018 or 12 months after you’ve made your list. List them all on a piece of paper or in a file on your computer. Let them sit overnight in your mind. Save file as Day 1 Goals for this year.
Day 2 Read them over the next day. Delete any goals that you have already reached or revise them to be goals you really want to reach. Delete goals that you wouldn’t care if you reached it or not at the end of the year. You want your goals to be items you feel a strong yearning to reach. Save this file as Day 2 Goals for this year.
Day 3 Read the goals again. Make sure you agree with them. Make sure you believe you can accomplish them. Revise any to make them so they not too hard and not too easy. Goldilocks goals…just right. Believable and Achievable.
Add 1-3 Images at the top of your goals to inspire you.
Print out your goals. Post in a picture frame on the wall or on a file cabinet where you can see them every day. Revise when necessary to keep your mind positive and motivated to meet your goals and live and conquer your fears.
There are many ways to reach your goals. You know yourself better than anyone else. Choose the method that works for you. Many people make goals in their heads and are successful at keeping them. Others write down their goals. Still others share their goals with a close friend that keeps them accountable for their goals.
As for me, I like writing the goals down so that I can look at them every once in a while to see how I am doing.
If you check your goals every 6 months, you’ll be amazed when you see how many of your goals you have reached and how close you are to others. There may even be one or two you want to change and set a different goal.
Here is a link about a Harvard Business School study of goal setting that says that it’s a good idea to not only write down your goals but also write down the steps to achieve them. Even if you don’t write down the steps, you can achieve your goal.
Good luck! Never Give Up Joan Y. Edwards
Thanks, Mary Lash for sharing your story with me before it was published!
All Bernadette “Bernie” O’Brien, an underachieving, overweight 14-year-old, who happens to be blind, wants is an average share of happiness. Instead, her life is on a runaway roller coaster that can only plummet down. Failed by those she idealizes, despising her own weaknesses, Bernie plunges into the desert of her own hopelessness. A Roller Coaster Down is a luminous, gently humorous story of failure and redemption, of the universal hunt for love and self-respect.
Giveaway Prize Awarded on January 10, 2018.
Thank you very much for the many people who read this blog and the five people who left a comment on this post between January 2 and midnight, January 9, 2018:
Linda M. Andersen
Carol Federlin Baldwin
Lisa Anne Cullen
Random.org chose number 4 as the winner. So Congratulations, Lisa Anne Cullen. You won a free paperback copy of “A Roller Coaster Down” by Mary Lash and Vasant Garcia. Please send me your snail mail address and I will mail it to you.
Every year Christians celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to rejoice. God sent His only Son to earth so that you would have an image of him in your mind. God loves you. He wanted to have an improved relationship with man. He wanted us to be able to get to know him better. He wanted to have a meaningful relationship with us. He wanted to put himself in a form that we could know and understand. That is why He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son to earth to spend time with us. He sent Jesus to clean the slate of our sins for us. Remember that we are forgiven. God forgives you. All you have to do is ask him.
When you are baptized, you clean the slate of wrongs. When you go to confession as a Catholic, you clean the slate of wrongs. When you forgive others, you clean the slate of wrongs that you hold against someone else.
It’s amazing how healing it is to forgive someone. It takes a burden off your shoulders. Anger and resentment send out negative feelings that turn around like a boomerang and hit you instead. What goes around, comes around! What you sow, you shall reap!
I believe that many children and adults get mixed up and think that all mistakes are sins. Not all mistakes are sins. Any words, actions, or non-actions that are against the ten commandments would be sins.
Breaking a dish by accident is not a sin. However, if you break a dish on purpose to make someone angry, that would be a sin. It all depends upon your reason for doing it. God is interested in your intention. Why did you do it?
Follow the big commandment, “Love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re not showing love and respect for God, yourself, or your neighbor, think again before doing it.
If it’s something you wouldn’t want someone to see you doing on television, Facebook, YouTube, or in person, think twice before doing it. Could the police arrest you if you were caught doing this? If God, the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit appeared before you while you were doing this, would you stop? Or would you continue because you knew it was what God wanted you to do in this situation?
It’s a lot easier to forgive someone else when you’ve forgiven yourself for your wrongs. Guilt freezes you. Forgiveness frees you. Forgive yourself for your weaknesses. What makes you weak in one area, tends to lead you to build strengths in another area.
Any time of year is a good time of year to clean the slate from your past. Let go of all the emotional pulls and ploys. Look for the good in yourself and those that you meet. God is all around you. God is within you. God is behind you. God is in front of you.
When you don’t understand where a person is coming from, pray for them.
When you’re tempted to throw pots and pans at someone, pray for them and yourself and cook them something good to eat instead.
When the news you hear unsettles your peace, pray for a solution to the problem. Don’t focus on whether you are right or wrong. Don’t focus on whether the other person is right or wrong. Focus on figuring out a solution. Ask God for a solution. Prayers help.
When you tried your best to be on time, but you were late for the humpteenth time, love yourself. Focus and see yourself on time the next time. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. It helps in all situations.
“Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God” by Joan Y. Edwards
Many times during the holidays, you may forget about God. You may be so busy getting ready for special celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends that you leave God out of it. He wants to be there with you. He wants to be a part of your ritual and routine. He wants you to talk with him each morning. He wants you to talk with him during the day. He wants you to talk with him before you go to sleep.
God wants to help you achieve your dreams. He wants to heal you of your ailments. He wants to increase the money you earn and save.
You might say, “I don’t know how to talk with God. He is so big and powerful. He won’t talk to someone as unimportant as I am.”
This is not true. God made you in his image. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to know the things that bother you. He wants to have a relationship with you.
If you need a reminder, put an index card on your dresser. Put an index card on your pillow. Put one on the remote control for the TV. Put a screensaver on your phone that says, “Talk to God.”
Talk to God in the morning. Talk to God at noon. Talk to God at night.
He’s always listening. He’s never too busy. If you call him on the phone and it seems he isn’t answering, think again. Check your ears to make sure they are open to new words from him. Check your eyes to see if they have on sunglasses that are so dark, youcan’t see anything. Check your stomach to make sure you’re not eating foods that you know are not good for you. Check your feet to make sure you’re not walking into places you know are not good for you.
Ask God to forgive you for your mistakes and erring ways. Ask him to help you. Believe he will help you. He will be there for you. God’s got you covered. God loves you very much. Love yourself and love others, too. Proclaim that you are a child of the most high God.
Thank you for reading my blog. I posted this on another blog of mine. I’ve decided to combine them. I hope you enjoyed this. Good luck in all your endeavors.
In 2012, after I received an email with Lil Phoenix poem entitled “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:” I decided to put a different spin to it. God already knows the answers. I posted this on a different blog of mine in 2012. I thought you might enjoy it here.
“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards
God knows what kind of car you drive. He loves it when you drive people whodon’t have transportation.
God knows how big your house is. Joy fills his heart when you welcome others into your home.
God knows how many clothes are in your closet. He rewards you when you help put clothes on others.
God knows how much money you make. He increases it when you share it with others.
God knows your job title. He helps you rise higher when you do your job to the best of your ability.
God knows how many friends you have. He smiles each time you act friendly toward other people, even if they don’t act friendly toward you.
God knows the neighborhood where you live. He is proud of all that you do your part to keep it safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
God knows the color of your skin. He is happy when you treat others with respect, regardless of their skin color.
God knows your strengths and weaknesses. He celebrates when you accept yourself and others as you are and choose to follow in His footsteps.
God knows how many people you meet on His path. He rejoices when you take time to encourage others on their trails He loves you very much.
“Spivey’s Web, a Christmas Story: Interview with Author, Sandra Warren” by Joan Y. Edwards
Today, it is an honor to interview Sandra Warren, author of Spivey’s Web. Thanks for coming today, Sandra. I want to hear all about SPIVEY’S WEB, a picture book that’s out now that you had in your head for 15+ years!
I’m so glad to be here.
1.Tell us about Spivey’s Web.
I am very excited that Spivey’s Web is out now since it has a Christian twist at the end. It’s about a spider who wants to spin a web of her own design, not the expected web for a barn spider. After being ridiculed for her efforts, she moves to a window high in the loft and when the Star of David shines through, it sprinkles stars, like a disco ball, around a manger and calms a very special baby. Although the baby is not named, you can tell by the illustration that it’s the baby Jesus. I love the last line….My web didn’t catch flies. It caught the light!
Spivey’s web is more than a Christmas story, however. It’s also about having the courage to follow your heart and do what makes you happy even when everyone around says it can’t be done or it’s never been done like that. From Spivey we learn to never give up.
Writers take heed. When agents and editors say, no, no, sorry no, we have to keep at it and never give up because if we do, we’ll never know how close we came and we’ll never know what amazing things might come from our creative, imaginative minds. We all need Spivey’s courage to spin a web of our own design.
2. Did you submit Spivey’s Web to traditional publishers? Christian markets?
Sandra: I tried for years to get Spivey’s Web traditionally published, but it was too secular for the Christian market and too Christian for the secular market. A major agent loved it until she got to the end and realized it was a holiday/Christian theme. She said she doesn’t do holiday books. Although I was still holding out for a traditional publisher, everything changed when I met an amazing artist.
3. Marvelous illustrations. Who is the illustrator?
Sandra: SusanFitzgerald, one of our part-time neighbors at Hidden Lake is a FINE artist who approached me asking if I’d LET her illustrate a manuscript of mine. I was floored because she’s an amazing artist who exhibits full-time in a gallery in Jacksonville. Her concept of Spivey and all her illustrations are fabulous in my opinion.
4. Did you encounter any problems with the formatting of the book?
Sandra: Oh my, yes!One problem we had that took us almost a day to figure out was that we were trying to put a landscape/horizontal illustration into a square template. A landscape picture book template was not offered by the company we chose. We also had trouble balancing the required minimum 300 dpi of each illustration for printing. It’s tricky to send illustrations through email without losing dpi. Now we know how to do it. Our original vision was to have a horizontal format with illustrations that bled off the page–flowed to the very edges. But because of issues with the horizontal formatting of the original artwork, we had to compensate by reducing the size of each illustration allowing for a border or frame around each.
Here are suggestions if you’re self-publishing a book:
Make sure you download the publisher’s PDF Specification Guide from CreateSpace or other publisher and read it before beginning to make sure they print books in the size and format you want.
Don’t be afraid to contact Support if you have any questions. The folks at CreateSpace are very helpful!
Thanks for being a guest on my blog, Sandra. Thank you for offering a giveaway, too.
Winners of the Giveaway:
Between December 10th and midnight yesterday, December 21, 2017, the following six people left a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a free autographed copy of “Spivey’s Web:” 1. Sarah Maury Swan 2. Gretchen Griffith 3. Dr. Bob Rich 4. Linda Andersen Gutheil 5. Lisa Anne Cullen 6. Barbara Bockman
Thank you to all those who left a comment! You make my blog sparkle with excitement. Random.org chose number 4 and number 1 for the two winners: Therefore, Sarah Maury Swan and Linda Andersen are the winners. I will send you Sandra Warren’s email address so you can email her your snail mail address so she can send your prize – an autographed copy of the beautiful picture book, “Spivey’sWeb.” Congratulations! Yippee!
Thank you for reading my blog and for commenting on my blog posts. It is a wonderful experience to share information with you. It makes me feel good to know that you and I enjoy learning about the same topics. My aim is to encourage and inspire you to continue on your journey in life.
I pray that God bless you with an abundance of everything you need, wisdom to make good choices, and courage to honor and respect yourself, your family, your country, and the whole world. May you reach your goals and feel great satisfaction for what you accomplish every day of your life.
Focus on solutions. Save our environment. Love being who we are. Put trust and integrity into our world. A good day that begins with one word of encouragement for one person can multiply if you pass it on to another person you meet that day. One word can be small for you but big in the heart of the receiver.
For instance, holding the door open for someone carrying boxes or pushing a wheelchair is a small thing for you, but a great relief and help for the person for whom you held the door.
When math is easy for you, helping someone with math is a little thing. When math is difficult for someone, when they receive help it is a big thing.
I love our world and am glad to be here with you. Thank you for sharing your world with me.
Believe in You God blessed our world with you. God blessed me when we met online or in person. Thank you. Joan Y. Edwards