Welcome to 2020!

Well now, a full year has gone by since I intended to "break the silence" last year.  The Themed Writing Prompt series I began has four books in it now, and I've continued to be busy looking for better forms of employment or at least a steady household income stream.  

 

Update on all Paperbacks Available on Amazon!

Four new Themed Writing Prompt journals are now available on Amazon, along with last year's three new notebooks.  All of these are available from my author page accessible from Smile Amazon.  The past 5 years have been productive even when it looked like they weren't at times.

Thank you to all who have purchased them over the past several years, whether for yourselves or for others, including the one book missing from this photo, "30 Days of Advent Colouring Journal" (gotta fix that soon!)

February 24th Start to Next Online Class for "The Poor Man's Budget: a 5 Week Course - Learning to Live Within Your Means"

 

Click here to use the handy form to send me your sign-up details.  Feel free to share this course sign-up with others you know who may be on tight budgets, single parents, fixed-incomes, etc.  I'd love it if the beta class is formed this week!  If you want to share this with benevolence ministries in your area, I have a special option just for them that they are more than welcome to contact me about.  

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Wrap-up

As you'll see in the blog post summaries below, I am wanting to transition my day job out of tech support and into something less stressful.  Teaching the above budgeting course can easily become that day job, or it can allow me to save up to take my NHP, mentioned in some of my blog posts since August.  

2020 is already proving to be a year of challenge.  Sometimes those challenges involving changing mindsets, perspectives, outlooks, expectations, attitudes, etc.  They say confession is good for the soul, so I am here today saying that I need to put myself through some attitude and perspective changes as it relates to the broader community of those who think they are helping the poor when in reality, their efforts are actually causing more trouble.  The challenge here is that many of those organizations don't see the hurt they are doing, only what they perceive to be the help they are offering.  God has spoken to me about my perspectives, my goals, and my focus.  For those who may not be aware, God speaks to me about focus fairly frequently, but this year in particular.  Some people start out a year with one word they will hone in on. . . it appears that for me it is three words.  

In the world of optometry, 20/20 vision is the ideal vision for both eyes to have for optimum vision.  We often say hindsight is 20/20 because we tend to see things more clearly after we've moved past them.  But I and many others feel that God is calling us to sharpen our vision now, not when we look back, but now.  Some say the idea is very cliche, but who am I to deny that sometimes, what seems so cliche is in fact incredibly, even painfully true?

 How we interpret the world around us and those in it shapes how we respond to, react to, and interact with that world.  We can view it as a threat, we can view it as abusive, we can view it as helpful, we can view it as benevolent, we can see hope, we can see despair, we can see change, we can see stagnation. . . 

We shouldn't go around with blindfolds pretending the world's problems aren't there, or that certain people are more helpful than others.  We need to be realists, but we can be positive realists or negative realists.  We both look at the same glass of water and we both note the level.  We can be cynical and negative by noting that half the water is gone, or we can be positive and cheerful and pray that whoever drank half the water is feeling better for it.  We can go beyond that even and take it upon ourselves to fill the glass up again in whatever way God has blessed us with, so that another person can benefit from drinking that water.  Obtaining that water can be fraught with challenges, but we know the Giver of that Water, Jesus Christ.  Yes the world may try to slosh it out of us before we can reach the one who needs it, yes there are rocks to trip over and we need to top up again before we can head out a second time, yes traps are laid and others stick out a foot to trip us up, but even the water that sloshes out can give another person life when they least expect it.  We need to maintain our focus on the goal God has set before us.  

As you go further into the year 2020, what goal has God placed in front of you?  What is He asking you to focus on this year?  If it has anything to do with getting on top of your financial picture this year, be sure to sign up for my online course.  do note all times are in PST.

I can't promise regular newsletters these days, but hoping this one catches you well and whole.  God bless.

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