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Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God

“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, you can’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.


Joan’s Children’s Liturgy Gospel Related items for Third Sunday in Advent – December 17, 2017. Adults will enjoy them, too.

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10 Steps to Triumph in 2016

10 Steps to Triumph in 2016

Believe in you and your goals. 10 Steps to Triumph in 2016

“10 Steps to Triumph in 2016” by Joan Y. Edwards

2016 is a year to continue striving for goals that you didn’t achieve in an earlier year. Don’t sit on your dreams. Don’t live with I wish I had or I regret that I didn’t. Move toward your goals in 2016.

  • Can you measure it? You don’t want a vague goal like “I will write more.”
  • Write your goal in the present tense beginning with:

I am….
I have…
I take time to…
I learn to…

I put all my goals on a sheet of paper for the present year. At the top, I put little icons to represent three of my goals. I title it:  Joan’s Goals for 2016

  • Is your goal attainable? Could anyone like you accomplish this goal? What are the advantages and disadvantages of reaching your goal?
  • Do you really want to do it?
  • Face your fears. Find someone who’s done what you want to do.
  • When you achieve a goal, celebrate and then set a new goal.

1. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom. Have faith in yourself. 

When you get your belief system straight, you realize that all events lead you to your goals. They may be interesting detours, but if you reset your beliefs and restate your goals, you’ll get there. Why do I say that? Because inside your mind, you have an automatic success mechanism. Maxwell Maltz explains this in the Psycho-Cybernetics book. Like airplanes with automatic piloting systems, when you set your goals and believe you can do it, your automatic success mechanism goes to work and takes you to your goal.  If you stop believing, it takes you in the direction of failure. Believe in you and your goals. Believe in you.

Believe in yourself. Your belief will take you to your goal. When you stop believing in your ability to get there, something happens. You crumble. In order to meet your goal, you have to stabilize your belief system so that it gets you where you want to go.The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen...Frank Lloyd Wright

Don’t feed your mind with negative thoughts. If you do, you will come to believe them...Catherine Pulsifer

2.Be ever thankful.

Be thankful for what you have. Make a long list of people, experiences, things and ideas for which you are thankful. Thank God for your skills and knowledge. If you want something different than what you have, be grateful for what you have now. Thank others when they do even the smallest thing for you.

Yogi Bhajan said, “Gratitude is the open door to abundance.”

Albert Schweitzer said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

3. Put on a positive mindset every morning and night.

Start your day being thankful and expecting great things during the day. Lay down at night with a positive thankfulness. Think that you have an abundance of all that you need. Look for the good in yourself and others. Let go of grudges and unhappiness because of something you or someone else did or didn’t do. Having negative thoughts is human. Try to accept them and move your thoughts to something more loving and positive. Limit the time you subject yourself to the negatives. The time we live in now throws terror, fear, and sickness on television and the movies 24 hours a day. Let it go. Focus on what you want and who you want in your life. Choose love and acceptance.

4. Relinquish control. Accept it as it is.

It’s amazing how much human beings want control of things. When you don’t know how it’s going to turn out, you are afraid to venture into the “unknown.” If you know it’s going to turn out okay, then you’re willing to take a chance. It’s very powerful and healing when you say: I Accept it. It is what it is. Accept yourself and the situation you’re in now. Many times you may use a lot of energy complaining. You’re unhappy with things as they are. You want something else. Stop spending energy resisting the way things are. When you accept the situation, you take back your energy, it creates a better path for your new and improved life to enter.

5. Meet your needs.

Make plans to improve the situation in which you live. Take action to meet your needs and improve your physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial well-being. Exercise your body and your mind. Relax. Interact meaningfully with others in person and online.

6. Celebrate something every day!

Celebrate each step you take. Celebrate each new thing you learn. Celebrate when you have a plan to keep unpleasant things from happening again. Celebrate when you have a plan that works to keep you rejuvenated and full of life. Help others celebrate, too. Fill yourself with as much joy as you possibly can. There’s one thing about joy, it is contagious. It spreads from you to another person. Sit at a window and rejoice that you are comfortable.

It is great to celebrate any time and every possible moment in your life. Oprah Winfrey said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

7. Love yourself and others.

Be loving to yourself. Reach out to others in kindness.  Help someone do something they can’t do for themselves. Teach someone a new skill so they can do it for themselves next time.

8. Take a small risk outside of your comfort zone.

Try new things, travel new places, learn new skills, improve rusty skills, rekindle forgotten goals.

9. Invite your family and friends to join you in an activity.

It can be an activity you loved doing as a child, one you enjoy now, or a new one you’d like to try.

10. See situations with different eyes. Get a different perspective.

Look at a situation from the other person’s point of view. Pretend you’re on a star and look down. Pretend you’re an ant and look up. If you’re older, imagine what it would be if you were younger. If you’re younger, think about what it would be like if you were older. If you have loving parents, think about what it would be like for an orphan. Look at your goal like you’ve already achieved it.


  1. Brainy Quotes.  “Believe in Yourself:”http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/believe_in_yourself.html#8WmP1bXCydDPA7xX.99
  2. Christina Diaz. “Thankful Quotes:” http://www.the-benefits-of-positive-thinking.com/thankful-quotes.html
  3. Cynthia Farsadi. “Do the Thing and You’ll Get the Energy to Do the Thing:http://ezinearticles.com/?Do-the-Thing,-and-Youll-Get-the-Energy-to-Do-the-Thing&id=3090607
  4. Diane Wallace, aka GrannySage. “It Is What It Is:” http://www.squidoo.com/it-is-what-it-is
  5. App Advice. “Habit Building Apps:” http://appadvice.com/appguides/show/habit-building-apps
  6. Kavit Haria. “5 Things You Can Do Each Morning to Have More Energy:” http://www.wellness-junction.com/health-wellness/5-things-you-can-do-each-morning-to-have-more-energy
  7. Linda Andersen. “A Writers Playground” gives many reasons and ideas to celebrate:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/
  8. Marelisa Fabrega. “Celebrating Life:” http://www.squidoo.com/celebrating-life

Other posts on my blog to help you set your goals:

  1. 8 Ways to Smooth the Road to Publication
  2. 22 Goals for This Month That Will Lead You to Publication
  3. Pub Subbing Leads the Way to Publication!
  4. Submit Your Manuscript – Pub Sub Goals for 2012
  5. What Are Your Goals for This Month? (Pub Subber)
  6. What Are Your Writing Goals for 2013?

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10 Ways to Put a Positive Spin on Your Emotions and Thoughts

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“10 Ways to Put a Positive Spin on Your Emotions and Thoughts” by Joan Y. Edwards

“Thoughts Become Things… Choose The Good Ones!”
― Mike Dooley

Your thoughts control your emotions. Your emotions control your attention. Your attention Interprets the experiences you have every day of your life on a path as negative or positive.

Many times you base your present situation in view of what happened to you in the past. You close the door to new interpretations and may miss many good things in life because of it.

You base your present situation against your goals as either being success or failure. Not as a possibility of being on the path to success not yet achieved.

You give interpretations of things as being bad, when they are not inherently bad. Only in your mind are they bad. Hating the rain and saying it is bad is an example of that.

There is more than one interpretation of most things that happen to you and of words that people say. You interpret the situation according to the emotions and thoughts you’ve been having all day long or from the past.

A.  The doctor gives you a bad report on your health

How do you interpret that?

  1. You knew it was going to be a bad report.
  2. You’re going to die in 3 months like they said.
  3. There’s no way you’re going to get better.
  4. You don’t like to take medications.
  5. You’ll exercise and your health will improve.
  6. ???

B. Your husband brings you flowers when he comes home.

How do you interpret that?

  1. He was being loving and thoughtful.
  2. He was just being nice to cover up something bad he did.
  3. ???

C.  A driver starts to come over in your lane.

How do you interpret that?

  1. The driver is drunk.
  2. The driver is talking on the cell phone.
  3. The driver didn’t see you in his side-view mirror.
  4. The driver has it in for you.
  5. All drivers on the road are bad.
  6. ???

How do you change the emotions and thoughts to a more positive joyful things?

  1. Pray. Talk with God. Tell him your fears. Tell him your dreams. Ask and you shall receive. Believe and it will be given unto you. Ask God to help you look at it in a different more positive way. Look for the good, you will find it.
  2. Love and accept yourself as you are right this moment.

  3. Count your blessings, one by one. Make a list as long as you can make it of all things for which you are thankful. I am thankful for the following:

  • God who made you
  • My family to love you in spite of your flaws
  • An abundance of friends to support and cheer you on
  • An abundance of money
  • An abundance of good health
  • An abundance of food to eat.
  • A warm house in winter; a cool house in summer.
  • A comfortable bed
  • A washer and dryer to keep your clothes clean.
  • Flowers to make your yard pretty.
  • A good, dependable car to get you from place to place
  1. Read aloud affirmations for ten minutes every day:
  • I am calm.
  • I am healthy, wealthy, and wise.
  • I am happy.
  • I have an abundance of money.
  1. Listen to soothing music.
  1. Exercise to music.
  1. Take a long walk

  2. Talk to a friend or family member who will be compassionate about your concerns

  3. Write a letter to yourself about your concerns. Write out options of positive steps you can take.

  4. Watch an inspirational or funny movie.

Start over

  1. Pray. Talk with God. Tell him your fears. Tell him your dreams. Ask and you shall receive. Believe and it will be given unto you.

Read Positive Minded Quotes on the Web

If you happen to be a little down, skim the following sites for quotes to uplift your soul. Just skimming them may lead you to a thought that takes you up the elevator to a higher, more positive attitude about your life.
1. Quote Garden
2. Guideposts
3. Success Consciousness: Quotes on Positive Thinking
4. Forgiveness Diaries
5. Brainy Quote: Joel Osteen
6. Goodreads: Creflo Dollar
7. World of Quotes: Robert H. Schuller
You can copy and paste the ones that start your engine or rev it up to a happy tune. I have copied words that inspired me on 3×5 inch cards or 4×6 cards. I’ve also printed the words out really big on a piece of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
Memorize the quotes that mean a lot to you.
Hopefully you’ve clicked on a few of the ones above and are now feeling much better than you felt when you started reading my blog. I hope you have decided to try again. That you are not going to give up on your goals. I hope your emotions have turned to the positive side.
If not, pray the Our Father. God will help you. He will take care of your needs and wants. Just ask him.
Do something good for yourself. Pray for those you meet. Spread your joy to others.
Please write and let me know your favorite quote that gets you going.


Focus an Hour

If you’re having trouble focusing on your goals, or thinking about anything except doom and gloom, set your timer for an hour. Watch a funny movie. Do 10 little cleaning up or organizing things around the house. Accomplishing little things makes your feel like you are on a roll. You’ll feel better.

Here are ten ordinary things most anyone can do around their house:

1. Sweep the kitchen.

2. Take out the recyle container.

3. Take out the trash.

4. Put one thing away from on top of the counter.

5. Sort through the mail and recycle the junk mail.

6. Rinse out the bathroom sink.

7. Use windex and clean the mirror(s) in the bathroom.

8. Water a plant or dust it.

9. Wash a load of clothes.

10. Brush your teeth.

Now you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot. You’ve changed your focus. Hurray for you.

Now decide what is your most important goal. List 10 steps that are necessary to get to your goal.

Then work on the first one. Spend at least an hour working on it. You’ll probably be so energized you’ll keep on for two or three hours. The point is you’ve got to energize yourself by changing your focus and becoming active.

The greatest plans in the world can look really great or sound really great, but unless you take action towards that goal, you may not reach it.

Write them down.

Visualize yourself reaching them.

Then take action towards your goal.

If you don’t have time for a whole hour, do 30 minutes. If you don’t have 30 minutes, do 10 minutes. If you can’t do 10 minutes, do one minute.

Sometimes I have a little argument going on in my brain, one side says, you can’t do that and the other side says, “OH, yes I can. One side gives me 20 reasons why it’s not possible. With God’s help the other side says, “Oh, yes you can.”

If it seems like you’re hearing more three no’s to one yes, take time to pray. Tell God you need his help. You know this is something he would like for you to accomplish, but it just seems impossible with all the obstacles you see  in your way.

Stop and call to encourage a friend who may be having trouble with something.  Pray for them before you call them. Spend 10-15 minutes. Pray for them while you are listening to them.  Pray for them after you hang up. Many times through helping another person, you’ll feel energized to continue on your own project.

You may see a story in the newspaper, on the internet, in church, or from a friend that tells of how someone overcame the most formidable of circumstances, like Ray Charles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Charles. Even though he was blind, the didn’t say, I can’t enjoy music. If he did say it at first, somehow he changed his thinking.

That’s what each of us has got to do. We’ve got to overcome that negative thinking.

Jesus asked his disciples to spend an hour with him in prayer.  An hour would be good but, if you don’t have an hour. Give God what you can give him. Then see if you can add ten minutes. Ten for each step toward your goal you need to get. Ten times ten would be 100 minutes which would almost be two hours. Thank God for every single thing he’s done for you. Ask him to bless all the people who have helped you.

Smile and laugh. Laugh and smile. Smile, smile, smile.  Laugh, laugh, laugh.

Figure out how you can have fun accomplishing your goal.

Build in celebrations at each step.

Ask someone else to join in your celebration.

If your step didn’t get you where you wanted to be, try try again in a different manner. Never give up. Focus  on the possibilities for an hour, it’ll help you enjoy your day. Please comment below.

I hope the words above help you focus on the good things and good possibilities in your life.  Do something good for yourself today.



Griping by Joan Y. Edwards

James was stuck in the mood of critics. Nothing was right. Nothing was good. Nothing could get him out of this mood.  He griped to the left. He griped to the right. He griped so much he wanted to fight.  He griped in a crowd, he griped all alone. He even griped in the no-griping zone. He griped at the cats. He griped at the dogs. He griped at the alligators with the giant jaws.

At last his griping days were over. He was in the grave with daisies  growing over. When people visited his grave, they griped,  too.  Griping spread out among the people in the town. They set aside a griping corner – the best place to gripe in town. Everyone was allowed 15 minutes to gripe each day and then they had to be on their way.

“Get over it,” said the mayor.

“Get on with your life,” said the commissioner of new business.

“Forgive those who hurt you,” said the minister.

“Look at the bright side,” said the children.

“Be thankf ul for what you’ve got,” said the old woman.

“You can still reach your goals,” said the old man.

“Just ask God for help,” said the minister.

The people in the town took heed of this advice. They prayed to the left and prayed to the right.  Their prayers filled them with hope and love so they didn’t want to fight. They prayed in a crowd, they prayed all alone. They even prayed silently in the no-praying zone. They prayed for the babies. They prayed for the teens. They prayed for the people who were older than jeans.

When at last the townspeople’s days were over. They were in their graves with daisies growing over.  When people visited these townspeople’s graves. They were thankful. Their hearts filled with hope and love.  Before long they had added another corner in their town. It was a thankful corner.  When people went to the thankful corner first, they found they didn’t need to go to the griping corner at all. What a great day it was for the town. They decided to set aside 6:00 p.m. as a special hour each day to celebrate their thankfulness.  It grew to be the largest and the most successful town in the world.

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