Archive for category Gifts
I have not posted in a while, but that does not mean I am not working. I am doing things on Facebook almost every day. I wanted to share these few things and show I have not forgotten my blog entirely. Much has been happening and I do not always feel like fighting with this interface. It eats my artwork, for no good reason. I don’t post anything not my own, so it makes me quite upset.
I hope you will enjoy these entries. I am doing some videos now too. If you want to see them you do not have to be my friend on Facebook to find them. Just look up my profile JoAnn J. A. Jordan and they are public so you can view them.
I am grateful:
- It appears Mom will be able to come home from Rehab soon.
- I found music calms me being here alone.
- I can still write.
- The dogs are here to give me animal support.
- I made a friend who actually is not many miles away.
If you would like to work creatively, think of something that appears to be a monster in your life. Make a representation of that thing, either by writing about it or creating art or photography that visualizes it.
Please follow my blog to get alerts of my posts. I am not as regular with them as I once was, but sometimes I have things to communicate.
Thank you for reading. I hope God most generously blesses you in all you attempt and do. Remember you are precious and very important. You have a purpose and you deserve respect.
Posted by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan in Blessings, Creativity, Dog, Dreams, Encouragement, Family, Friendship, Gifts, Gratitude, Journal Writings, List, Love, Mother, My Dog, My Mom, My Personal News, My Son, Odd Ramblings, Original Prose, Photographs, Poem, Poetry, Prompt, Technology, Words, Writing on December 6, 2016
I wrote this while most were sleeping. It was one of those times when sleep eluded me. Perhaps having a new pen had something to do with it too. I hope you can read my scribblings.
Worth More Than The Stars
You may not realize
How very important you are
In the eyes of those
Who love you completely,
And God who created you
To be His own chosen child;
No matter your mistakes, sins,
You are treasured beyond your imagining,
You are counted among the precious,
Priceless people who are never forgotten.
You are worth more than the stars.
This photograph has nothing to do with the subject recounted above, but I thought it grand.
My doggy, Hope, who is my close companion now because it is raining and she is afraid of rain.
I am grateful:
- I have my Mom for whom to care.
- My dog is a very loving animal who helps me deal with problems.
- There are beautiful ink pens in the world.
- I am reasonably good at writing.
- My new keyboard and mouse arrived on Monday.
- We have central heat and air to keep us comfortable.
- There is plenty of food in the house.
- I have very recently secured a part-time job as Copy Editor for local publications.
- My friends have encouraged me when I could not believe in myself.
- My son will soon come off recruiting duty which is his wish.
If you have the time, write a short list of things for which you are thankful. I find detailing my blessings improves my mood and makes what I lack seem less important. You might find it beneficial as well.
If you need a prompt, consider doing as the handwritten part of this entry suggests and handwrite something. If you send someone a letter or card, I guarantee it will brighten their day.
Creativity is your natural state. Open yourself to the inspiration around you, put your mind and hands to work adding something beautiful to the world. We need what you have to share. Someone might be looking for exactly what you have to say. So get busy and create a work of art in whatever form you choose.
If you have enjoyed this blog, I invite you to explore more pages, follow it, so you get email updates, and come back to visit often.
Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
I created this today and thought some of you might find it useful. If you like it and want to, print it for your own use.
I have to work a bit more on the small calendar in the lower right-hand corner, but otherwise, I like it well enough.
Often we do not see what is happening around and within us until after the time has passed. Our awareness is not tuned into the present. Much of the time we are ruminating over the past or fantasizing about the future. This is not an ideal way to live. Throughout time many of our most respected leaders have recommended we become more in touch with the now.
If we wish to contribute to our times in ways that are important, we must engage in every moment. Creativity is not something for which we can delve into our past to enact, nor project into the far future. The reality is now is where creation occurs. We work with the materials and details of today. We take a scene we see, a conversation overheard, an article or book read, and we turn them into something that influences others. Our ability as creators is attached to the present. We may reach people in the future, but our work does not originate there.
We must commit ourselves to paying attention, being mindful, becoming involved in each moment of every day we live. Time is a precious commodity, and we should never waste it in a daze of careless inattention. We invent our lives and thereby touch others. This is a task we should take up with determination. We cannot change the world in the past because there is no way to return there. We cannot make a difference by stepping into the future because it is not here yet. Only now, only today, in this present can we impact events. We are instruments uniquely equipped to use our creativity to contribute positively to our lives and those of others with whom we interact.
When we face life with a positive attitude, sharing our smiles and encouragement, we can do lasting good. No matter what may have happened in our past, today we can give the world something that will help make it a better place. Every human being has talents, gifts, creative energy to share.
I urge you to become more intimately involved in your life. Notice what is around you, pay attention to your thoughts, ideas, emotions, begin to employ your gifts, talents, abilities more effectively. You are unique, an individual with the power to assist others in becoming the best version of themselves, as you also achieve this yourself.
I suggest you take a few moments to examine and detail the things for which you are grateful. Gratitude has a way of improving mood and bringing happiness. Here is a short list of mine.
I am grateful:
I learned how to use a new app that will improve my work.
Magazines are available electronically from the library.
Conversation with my Mom is a gift I still enjoy.
Reading on my tablet is fun.
My current computer arrangement is excellent.
In this house of peace
I will have no argument,
It is quiet, no one crying,
Tenderness is spoken here.
Engage your creativity with the following prompt: Express some ways or reasons why you and others can or should engage yourself in the present.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you found it edifying. If you enjoyed the time you spent here, please come again. You may also subscribe to receive updates by email.
There are many unhappy things in our world. My wish for you is happiness, prosperity, and a multitude of blessings. Be at peace and do well.
Posted by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan in Anger, Bible, Blessings, Current Events, Disappointment, Dreams, Encouragement, Family, Fear, Gifts, God, Gratitude, Love, News, News and politics, Original Poetry, Photographs, Poem, Poetry, Problems, Protest, Society, Tragedy, United States, Words, Writing on July 8, 2016
This poem, I dedicate to every person who has ever died because of jealousy, hate, unreasoning rage, or war; from Abel to the latest homicide or terror victim to the defenders of our lives. This poem, I also dedicate to every person who attempts to love in spite of all the unfairness of our world; from the lover cuddling the beloved to the missionary ministering in a hostile land to the parent kissing a child.
Prayer For Love
We cry for love.
Out to us,
Whoever we are,
We are offspring
Of love’s existence,
From the dawn
Until this day.
Love is our
In love we are
And shall remain.
We crave freedom,
Friends, each life matters,
All products of love.
Love is thankful,
Forgiving, treasures life,
Love is a gift.
We create futures
Built around the gift
Of love which makes
Every one of us special,
Lives devoted to love.
Above all is love
The only solution
To our souls’ desolation,
Dare I say it, yes,
I believe, God is LOVE!
We cry for love.
© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Friday, July 8, 2016
Why? Why kill? Why?
People, all people,
Here and everywhere,
Is precious, priceless.
Human beings are
Faith, and hope.
When one of us
A bit of light,
Of glory departs
The world forever;
My heart aches,
Salty tears flow from
My burning eyes,
Over pale cheeks!
Is there no love
Left among us?
Why? I cry! Why?
© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Posted by Jo Ann J. A. Jordan in Bible, Blessings, Church, Current Events, Encouragement, Fear, Gifts, God, Gratitude, Journal Writings, Love, News, News and politics, Odd Ramblings, Original Prose, Photographs, Problems, Protest, Religion, Society, Tragedy, United States, Words, Writing on July 6, 2016