Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Short Study on Faith - Volume 1

What is Faith?

Hebrews 11:1 states "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Dictionary.com defines it as "confidence or trust in a person or thing" and as a "belief that is not based on proof".

According to Hebrews 11:1, my putting my faith in God makes Him of substance to me.  Not that He doesn't exist if I don't believe in Him, but that He is more real and tangible to me because of my faith.  I have confidence that He exists because of my faith.  I trust Him to be there for me (and others) because of my faith.

I have no tangible proof of God's existence.  The Bible says in John 1:18 "No man has seen God at any time..."  I've never seen God face to face.  I have felt the presence of God through the Holy Spirit, but that's for another study.  I can also hear God's voice through studying the Bible and through the Holy Spirit speaking to me.  That again is another topic for study.

Dictionary.com states that faith is a "belief that is not based on proof".  In other words, I don't have to see or touch the object of my faith to believe that it is there.  Any maybe that's a good point about faith in God---that it can continue and grow even if we don't see the proof of our faith.

But through this short study, I'm going to try and explain to you:
-What faith is
-Why we should have faith, especially in God
-How we can grow our faith using faith building tools
-What the final reward of faith in God is (a discussion of Jesus and salvation)
-Hope versus Faith
-Demonstrating our faith and testing God's word
-How our faith affects others (a look at prayer and witnessing)

Note:  All Bible verses are from the New King James version

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Long Time No Post

It's been a long time since I posted anything.  I've been very busy.  Had one episode where I didn't refill my prescription for Venlafaxine on time.  I'm a week past that now and doing fine.  I've cut myself back on my pain pills and have much more energy now.

I'm doing parties and activities for Del Coronado (where I live).  I've got a coloring club going on Saturday mornings with about 13 to 15 people coming.  I've got Wii bowling going on Friday afternoons with about 6 or 7 people coming.  I've rejoined the Valley Quilters Guild and I'm going to the monthly meeting, going to Sewciety on Monday mornings, taking pictures at the meetings, being trained to take over the newsletter and website soon, and I'm my mom's apprentice as she's teaching me how to quilt.  I also am supposed to eventually learn her genealogy program too.  I'm also working two to three times a week in 3-hour shifts doing online transcription.  My calendar is very busy as I work with Mom two to three days a week.

 I probably will not be posting anything until I get back into Zentangling.  I've just been coloring now for several months and not getting into the more difficult drawing.  I need to get back into it because I have a goal to produce Zentangle quilts some day.

I'm going to church every other week when they come to Del Coronado and I'm attending Bible study every Wednesday afternoon.  I'm a dry right now in my own personal devotions.  I still pray quite a bit, but I haven't been reading my Bible like I should be.  That needs to change quickly!

I hope this post finds you doing well and getting ready for Christmas.  Have a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!  God Bless You!

Suzy

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Catching UP

I've just had another down episode.  This one wasn't as bad as the last, but I did stay in my pajamas all day Sunday and Monday.  Got some extra sleep on my excellent bed I'm still paying for.  Zorro (my cat) loved it because he got extra time in my lap and got to nap with me too.  I've picked up more work hours for the coming month starting this week so I can get some things paid for without scraping by.  I'm going up to check our Del Coronado library now.  It's been left alone for 2 weeks--there might be some mess to clean up.

Oh yeah, I lost 2 pounds this week!  I was so surprised when I weighed in this morning!  I'll take that!

This week I'll be doing only a protein shake for breakfast.  We'll see how that works out on the scale.

I noticed on my last lab results that B1 is the vitamin that I'm very low on.  I looked on my B complex label and don't see B1?  Wonder what the deal is with that.  I'll have to buy a separate B1 supplement.

I'm doing much better with work now.  I got a review the other day of 4 out of 5.  That's awesome.  Hopefully, I can keep my quality up and see my rating stay there or go up.  Here's hoping...

To all you out there struggling with depression--today is not your final day.  Things can change in a heartbeat.  Be kind to yourself, nurture yourself, and try again tomorrow.  And prayer never hurts a situation either!

Mom signed me up as a vendor in November for silent auctions of my Zentangle stuff.  Now I need to make some new stuff!  That'll give me something interesting to do.  So it's good.

Got a call from the Amazon affiliate program yesterday offering me a job and I turned it down.  Don't want to be anything near a CSR.  Told them I'm happy in transcription, and I am.

Gotta go now--hope to remember to write more frequently.  And again, I hope this helps somebody out.

Suzy

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wed 9/14/16 Bible Study and first Personal Blog Post

This is the first of my blog posts that are my personal journal online.  It's going to be totally honest and open.  I'm 51, divorced, had gastric bypass, and I'm bipolar.  You may find that I'm struggling with the same things you're struggling with.  If so, I hope that this blog gives you insight and hope.

We had our first Bible study today on angels.  We've learned that they were created by God, that 1/3 of them rebelled against God led by Satan/Lucifer, we've learned that the good angels are God's messengers, and that they are in heaven praising God all the time.

I'm kind of sleepy today, but I still got my small nap in after lunch.  Whenever I take my meds I always get sleepy and it helps my stomach to take a rest after eating lunch too.  I was able to do my transcription work for 3 hours this morning--that should help out with my dwindling bank account.  I'm going to keep working more 3-hour shifts and see how that goes.  When I try to work longer than that I get too tired.

Tomorrow morning I go over to Safeway across the street to get the chips for the pizza party on Friday.  I'm still not sure why I volunteered myself to do this party, but it's going to happen whether I'm happy about or not.  Hopefully, everybody will have fun at the party and that'll be all that mattered.

I'm back on track with my medications this past week after having a memory loss episode and forgetting my pills I think twice the week before.  It takes a long time for my system to get back on track when I forget my pills like that.  I seem to be better memory-wise this week so that's good!  I'm always worrying about my memory getting worse and it seems to come and go, usually it's worse after I've been on my manic side for a couple of days.

I need to check on the Del Coronado library tomorrow morning.  My friend Jeannie who acts as librarian is out of state visiting with her brother and sister-in-law.  I haven't really thought that much about the library lately, but I guess people are still using it so I'll make sure it's tidy tomorrow morning.

I'm still thinking about getting that metabolic panel from DHL laboratories, but I need to save back the $430 that they ask for for the panel and a specialist review over the phone.  I really think it would get me started in a good way onto nutrient therapies for bipolar.

That's all I can think of for now.  Like I said, it'll be honest and I hope somebody out there gets help from it.  Praise God for another day!

Suzy

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

What's Happening?

I've taken an extended vacation from working, but now I'm feeling the pinch of not having that extra money.  I've been searching for another online job so that I can get away from the depressing documents that I transcribe for SpeakWrite.  I'm not sure it's going to work out so I might just need to change my attitude toward the documents.  A little changed thinking might get them from depressing to encouraging.  I have started drawing again, but not full force.  My Mom & I are going to start drawing Zentangle together on Saturdays--that'll help me boost my creativity.  Increasing my drawing time should also help me get out of the depression that I'm currently in.  Hopefully, I'll have some drawings to post soon!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Busy Busy Busy

My life has become very busy lately!  I've become a business partner with Melissa Black who is selling her cross stitching art online.  I am the business mind behind her artistic mind.  Hopefully though, I'll be able to supply designs for her to stitch that are Zentangle-based.  Looking forward to seeing how the business grows!  Check out her art at http://mbcrossstitcher.blogspot.com/ or on Facebook under MB Cross Stitcher Handmade Gifts.  Leave us some comments or like our Facebook page.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

No Challenges

I have decided that I took on too much when I started the two challenges on my blog.  I haven't been drawing enough and my blog has become stale.  Instead of starting a new challenge, I will instead start drawing more and participating in other challenges again as I go.  It has been fun seeing all the entries to my challenges and I hope that you've had fun too!