Easter Angels

I ran across these wonderful vintage Easter angel cards this weekend. I do love Victorian artwork, so I thought I’d share them with you in case you love vintage Victorian art as well. Or maybe you need an Easter angel this week. I know I do. And a regular guardian angel every other day as well!

 

Vintage Easter angel being showered with violets ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Vintage Easter angel being showered with violets ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I must admit. This morning I was having one of those days when things hit you hard. I woke up with yet another headache and didn’t think I’d make it to church for the third time in a row. But, I took some ibuprofen, got out of bed and managed to get out the door and down the road to church. They had free donuts when I got there. Score!

 

Four Easter Angels ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Four Easter Angels ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

Worship started. I love the singing part. I think we should just forget about the talking part and just sing our way through the service. Ha. But seriously. We started singing, there was a big cross on the stage, and I started thinking about my mom’s cancer. This month marks the 18 month mark since her ‘D’ day was given to her. She’s supposed to either not be here right now, or have one foot in the grave. But instead, she’s alive and doing well. I get to go have Easter dinner over at my parents house today.

 

Two angels on a cross ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Two angels on a cross ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I’m not sure why this hits so hard on certain days, but for one, it’s a holiday. For two, it’s another landmark time that the doctor’s told her she had left to live. Now we’re into the time where they said at the most she’d have 18 months to two years to live. And when you get to these landmark moments, they just hit you like a rock in the gut.

My mom is still here. Take that satan! By the grace of God, she is still here, so I take that rock in the gut and throw a big gigantic boulder right back at ya, you stinky, slimy toad straight from the pits of hell!

 

Victorian Easter angel card with gold accents ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Victorian Easter angel card with gold accents ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I’m not sure if it’s all the prayers, the new trial drug, the CBD oil that we always feel like we shouldn’t mention she’s taking despite it’s many medicinal qualities. Maybe it’s the baking soda and water she takes a bit of on the side. Or maybe it’s the groats of oats. (Steel cut oats) I woke up one morning last year, with the phrase ‘groats of oats’ repeating itself in my head three times. I started laughing. I didn’t think there was such a thing as groats of oats. I felt very strongly that I needed to look it up, but shrugged it off as something silly. A few days later I got a Facebook message from a friend with a video clip in it talking about different things that were good for fighting cancer. And one of them was groats of oats, which I totally thought was a made up phrase playing through my head. A few weeks later I finally told my mom about the weird incident. Now she makes up big pots of groats of oats or actually steel cut oats which are the same thing cut down in three pieces so they are easier to cook. Whatever the case, we’re really not sure what’s doing it, but we’ll take whatever is kicking the cancer’s butt at the moment.

 

Vintage Easter angel card with purple flowers and church bell ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

Vintage Easter angel card with purple flowers and church bell ~ Image courtesy of vintageholidaycrafts.com

 

I’ve been busy doing background acting work these past two weeks. Everything that was filming around town has ended for now. But, I was thinking about all of my extras friends while the pastor was preaching his sermon. (He was talking about the prodigal son, in case you think I missed the whole sermon.) Some new, some old. And how you sometimes get paired up with someone or in a group of people and those people are your set buddies for the day. I was thinking I should do something similar at church. I go to such a big church, you don’t really connect with people very well, but, there are the people around you. They could be your ‘church buddies’.

So, when the lady in front of me raised her hand when they asked if people wanted to rededicate themselves to the Lord, or make an commitment to the Lord for the first time. I really wanted to give her a hug. But they asked them all to come up front. So she did with the rest of the new believers. When she came back, I went up to her and gave her a big hug and told her I was glad she was there and I thought she was a beautiful lady. She just held on to me and cried while they were singing a song up front. We talked a bit and I actually gave her a kiss on the cheek before I sat down. ~ Like where is Maureen, and what alien abducted her this morning, right? ~ I don’t normally do the cheek kissing thing unless the other person initiates it. Weird. So yeah. I just hugged on and loved on a new comer to East HIll Church today and welcomed her into the fold all because I thought, why not have a church buddy just like you have set buddies? And really, why not? In smaller churches you have relationships with the people in the church, but I’m used to being in a big church where you just get lost in the crowd. So, if you go to a big church like me, why not adopt a church buddy? Or take a new comer under your wing? I do it on background acting jobs, so why not do it out in the real world as well?

 

I asked Jesus "How much do you love me?"

I asked Jesus “How much do you love me?”

 

So, this week, I challenge you. If you’re on a set, find a set buddy. If you’re at church, find a church buddy. At work, where ever you’re spending a good chunk of time. Why not find someone and make their day brighter by welcoming them into your life? And who knows, maybe you’ll be like an angel coming along to encourage, accept and love on them, just when they need it. If you feel like you’re not qualified, just remember, God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

 

God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called.

 

Have a wonderful, blessed week!

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How to become the master of your own destiny

Becoming a master of your own destiny isn’t always as easy as it sounds, but there are step you can take to get you charting a course in the right direction. Some of it is up to you, the rest is up to fate.

 

Red rose bud

Identify steps you can take to go in the direction you want to go in. I.e. Classes you need to get the training you will need to succeed in the path you’ve chosen, or things you may need to do first to get your ‘ducks all lined up in a row’, so to speak.

 

Pink rose, budding

Next, identify the obstacles in your way: illness, injury, financial, lack of knowledge or training. There are always going to be things you can change and things totally out of your control. Some of these may come up after you’ve started in the right direction. Your goal is to set your sails in the direction you want to go in, but there are always going to be storms in life, rip tides or currents pulling you off your course. Sometimes you need to ride out those times when you’re off course until you can get through them and set your sails in the right direction again.

 

Orange rose

 

Figure out how to get through the storms in life. Once you’ve gotten side-tracked by one of life’s storms, look around, figure out a new plan of action to get you out of that time in your life. If you, like me have an injury, you may just need to be doing everything you can to get healed up so you can continue on the path you’ve set before yourself. If you have a terminal illness like cancer, like my mom does, you do everything you can do to fight it. My mom not only goes to chemo and takes her trial drug, she also made diet changes and drinks mineral or spring water because it has more alkalinity in it than regular water. Cancer can’t survive in a  body that is at the right level of alkalinity. In addition to all this she also takes a small amount of baking soda mixed with water to help get the acidic levels in her body down and her alkaline levels back up. Since it is also equally bad to have an too much alkaline in your body, she found some ph strips at the Natural Grocer’s store and uses them to keep track of where she is at. Sometimes, there is only so much you can do to fight the place you are in in your life. Just do what you can.

 

Hydrangeas

 

Don’t be afraid to try new things. Trying new things can be daunting. Usually we aren’t very good at doing something new for the first time and feel uncomfortable being put on the spot not knowing how to do things. Do it anyway. Everyone is a beginner once. Now it’s your turn. Don’t let fear stop you from trying something new. Know that you may fall down over and over again while trying to go in a new direction. Go anyway.

 

Dahlias

 

Don’t quit because it’s tough. Keep getting up.Once you are through one of life’s storms, figure out how to get back on track and start heading where you want to go again. Set goals to get going back in the direction you were headed before you went totally off course. Unless, of course, you decide to set your sails for a whole new direction. Then be brave and chart a new course!

 

Purple hydrangeas

 

In any case, happy sails to you! And remember to work as if everything depends upon you, because it does; act as if everything depends upon God, because it does.

 

Work as if everything depends on you; pray as if everything depends on God.

 

And there’s always the wisdom of the serenity prayer!

 

The serenity prayer

 

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