I have just returned from a private day party where my children, SonD, GalVal, grand girlP and great grandgirl KEB and I sent balloons into the air as we celebrated the Date of Birth of my daughter Leslie. I remember not going last year when it had only been 12 days but seeing that my sonD had gone and placed a balloon and took pictures. We decided this would be an annual reflection and memories event It as amazing to see my family smile and remember her. I wanted to put this birth day in pictures and prose as we remembered.
One year ago we stood at your grave to say good-bye. I could not have imagined the loneliness of not having you present always. I have worked to stay joyful and move forward with my reading, writing and speaking. I remember things that have been hidden for many years and I cry or smile depending on my mood for the day. Today we celebrate labor day and I know you would have already called to see what I would be doing. I just look into the skies and seek your beautiful face in the clouds to lift away the loneliness.
We had just completed our B/P monitoring. We also discussed how we are in a stressful environment. We looked at how we could better serve and use our gifts. We discussed ways to be better at self-care and getting our selves in a healthier zone. We finished and I had taken my own B/P and found it was high. I left thinking I really needed to get better control. My friend came by, touched me and said, “I think about you and love you. I am praying for you.” I honor Brenda for the blessing on the church parking lot.
I have been invited to participate in Mt Vernon Church Annual Missionary Conference in two weeks. I am preparing for the presentation with a head and heart full of memories of our event last year. I am a member of the organized missionaries and as I consider where my passion and compassion for wellness has brought me, I think of our Ruth Circle Leader, Sister Dorothy Ford.
I really thought I would not be participating in this year’s conference, “Missionaries Empowered Through Compassion and Love to serve God’s People” because I would not be getting the call from Dorothy saying, “What do you want to present?’ But I did get the call asking me to present a session, so I sit here working on the presentation, “The Joyful Mission of Wellness. When you read this, I hope you will reply with what you would bring to a table of wellness if you got an invitation?
My contribution to the Wellness table is the Fruit of The Spirit.
Yesterday has come and gone. I am awake knowing that I need to leave early to care for my GirlMic. There are no words to describe having to make choices when you are caring for two people who need you at the same time. I know that many people do this and so I just wanted to write a prayer for those who care. This is my (WysWaysofWellness) technique to sit in the presence of the Lord and His calmness as I write/sing 100 words of Praise to conquer overwhelmed
I want to thank Charlana Kelly for giving me the fire of inspiration to host my own show with Kayla Padgett on Finding my Way. Thursday May 28, 2015, I will host my 9th Show with my guest Marlene Foster. I have had the opportunity to interview Church Health Center Faith Outreach Coordinator Katrina Kimble, Authors Emma Pearson, Michael Holtz, Dawn Marie Westmoreland, Mary Patton, Megan Mottley, Dell Self, TV and Radio Media Personality Patrenna Singletary and today will be Entrepreneur and Safety Advocate Marlene Foster. This happened because I went to support my WY Light Kayla at the Loretta McNary event. This is my #WysWaysofWellness memory on this last day that I will be in the Age Change 69 and the scripture that I chose as my #SurvivorWOW inspiration is: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law – Galatians 5:22-23
This week I was inspired to write by attending the Foundations and Futures “Joining the Song” of Faith Community Nursing Practice at the Westberg Symposium 2015. This year it was held at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis Tennessee. I met new friends and found some of my FCN friends from many years before. I am so inspired to share the many nuggets from these encounters, experiences and events. I am amazed at how we learn so much from our elevator rides and bathroom breaks so I will be sharing in some of the future blogs. #II am in gratitude to ACS.
I found my favorite spot to send up a smoke signal for help this morning. I spent most of my day using my inside voice of restoration on Sunday. I was not surprised when I woke up at 02:00 and did not feel like I would be returning to a sleep session soon. I am writing because I should take this time to pray for the prevention of procrastination; Obviously this is not what is happening. I will see if doing a #Photo101 and #Blogging101 interaction will be enough intervention to stop this scene..
I just opened one of my many devotionals, “Speak to Your Life” by Lady Shaunte Garret whch I won from the Donnie McClurkin show on March 23, 2010 so this is my Mantra for today’s work:
I think Love, Joy Peace will find Kindness,Goodness and Patience while letting the favor of Faithfulness and Gentleness be the center for Self=Control. #WysWaysofWellness
I had one of those Mondays that make Advocates smile as they remember the certain events and experiences. I saw fellow advocates that I have worked with for three year and I also met new people. I am sharing a TV shot of a very determined and dedicated group of this cancer community as my #Inspire Me Monday #Blogging101 and Photo101.