Happy Mother’s Day to Me!!!

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I know this has nothing to do with art, paint or DIY. But my business is more then just a product. Its people and lives that make a great products for you and their lives surrounding every label applied. We are a MomMom and Poppie business. Maybe right in your neighborhood and we all have stories right?
 
Well, I have been on Weight Watchers and love it. I lost 15 pounds in the last 11 weeks and I am thrilled. I dont go to meetings and am an online member, but there is a support system called Connect and its like a facebook for WW. Well we have this thing called NSV (non scale victory).
 
I flew home yesterday from Seattle to Orlando after visiting my little grand daughter for a week. I have many times dreaded getting up to go use the Lav because I didn’t want my big butt hitting somebody in the head or at least the arm. Well I have a NSV to report! I walked down several rows of the aisle yesterday and didnt take anybody down or have to apologize all along the way!!! Its an accomplishment worth sharing and celebrating!!!
 
Happy Mother’s Day to Me!

Building Your Personal Sanctuary

Is there a place a sacred place where God meets you? Is there a place that you are most vulnerable and ready to receive what he wants you to hear, a place where you have to let your worldly defenses and guards down? A place you are most vulnerable? A place where you can receive what you need to move on to become the best you that you know He wants you to be?

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Are you running from this place, or maybe you just don’t know where it is yet. Are you letting the things of this world keep you from this place? Where is it my friend and why aren’t you going there regularly? Why are you keeping God from moving you past your present circumstance and moving into his Grace and Glory by denying your self the pleasure of his company and receiving His Mercy and Grace that so freely reign on us?

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Maybe you have to push through to go there, maybe there is physical pain, emotional pain, you may be tired and exhausted, but I believe there is a special place on this earth where you can connect with Him at a deep spiritual and soulyoular™ level. A place He wants to walk and run with you a place where he will shower you with His love, reveal his plans for your life, your day your every waking moment. A place where you can go to learn to forgive, heal, laugh and cry.

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When I step my foot on my Nordic track in the early morning my first thought is “Oh Jesus Walk with me” and he meets me there every time. “In his presence there is peace and rain, there is life that never ends. In his presence there is joy, there is life that never ends. How I need him”. He is the reason I come alive each and everyday!! He is my source of strength and joy!!!

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There is nothing in this world that can replace the glory of spending time in His presence. If you are searching and don’t have a sacred place to spend time with him alone, ask him to show you what you need to do to find that secret place. While I know He is with me constantly, some of the places I have met God over the years for personal time with Him, have been while walking in the woods, running at the beach, my hour long commute to work, presently on my Nordic track on my back porch, but it has rarely been inside my home. I have to disconnect from my physical house because I am so easily distracted, but you may be different you may have a little area somewhere in your home you can sit and get in His presence. My friend again, what ever you have to do, just do it! Your life will never be the same!

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Broken isn’t Just a Metaphor for Mosaic

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I know I talk about the splender of taking broken things and turning them into something beautiful all the time. It’s what I do, It’s what I’ve always done whether it was as a nurse through healing, through loving peoples souls back to to wholeness or as an artist in the reheirlooming process. However, today I though I would address the brokeness we all experience and acknowledge that I know it exists. It isn’t just a metaphor for mosaic, but it is real and it is painful and we all have some in our lives in one way or another, even if we don’t publicly admit it. Sometimes the pain that goes along with being broken is unbearable, we think it will never go away. Or an old pain decides to poke it’s nasty head up for no apparent reason and try to strangle you all over again with it’s nasty grip. Maybe you walked into a room and found the only piece of your late mother’s china laying crashed on the floor, the love of your life walks out on you, you lose your job, or it could be something much simpler that causes you pain, to be shattered, fall apart and come unglued. These are all things that can cause us to be broken.

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 But remember “that it doesn’t matter how broken you are, what really matters is how you put the pieces back together.

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Mosaic has a way of mending our souls in a way that is almost indescribable. It is healing and nuturing. Join me for the Mosaic Memory Bunny Girl Retreat on March 14-16 to experience how broken can be turned to beautiful.

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Love, Nancy

Who Says You Have to Stay Positive?

I know many of you are reading a lot of posts these days about staying positive or being positive and the only type of stuff going through your head is stuff like; How can I stay positive I feel like crap or how can I stay positive I am flat broke. You get the idea; you recognize your own speech in these phrases.

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Well my friend, I have to tell you that you don’t have to stay positive, but if you want something to change in your life then you have to change something you’re doing and the words you speak are a good place to start. The words we speak are life giving words or life taking words. The world was formed by the spoken word. Now talk about the power to achieve by speaking.

Now I know a bunch of you are now saying, but how do I speak positive words when I feel so depressed or like crap? Well I learned a little phrase from my Pastor that I think could change your life as it has mine that I am going to share with you.

When you get a thought and are ready to speak it ask yourself if you could attach to the end of the phrase “because that’s how I want it” or “that’s the way I want it”. So if you are going to say “my kids are monsters” to your girlfriend think in your head before you speak “my kids are monsters and that’s the way I want it” before you speak. Now is that what you really want? If it isn’t then you could just not say it or check yourself by attaching the phrase. Can you see where you can apply this to everything you speak?

So I know your next question is going to be “ well then what in the world do I say, because they really are monsters”? Well short of giving you my whole parenting course that we will have save for another time, the answer is simple. Take the time to reframe your thoughts, then your words. You may say to your friend, “gees these kids really were acting like monsters the whole holiday break, but I am confident that they are becoming better and better behaved each and everyday”. Can you see where this will make a difference?

If we change our words we have the power to change our world.

In Defense of Human Thoughts

IN DEFENSE OF HUMAN TOUGHTS

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My good freind posted this morning about how she has been upset and down for a couple days because so many of her friends have cancer and are so young. And how dare she be consumed with such mondane things as her diet when the are dying. Well I can also relate to her questioning. because I have recently experienced the same thing. I ran into a friend of a friend in the store and we chatted briefly. We started talking about how long the holiday season was and I started wrestling in my brain about getting back to work because it has been so long and I stopped myself. This Gal I was chatting with has terminal cancer also and it smacked in me in the face, How dare you even think of doing anything different then being with your precious family for every second you have the opportunity to. Di may not even see another Christmas and New Year. I know that I have to consciously always be aware of what’s important because my thoughts and imaginations will try to take over what I know is right. Self centeredness is never right for me. The word of GOD gives us the authority in the name of JESUS to cast these things down. Every moment we have with those we love is so important, because we have no idea when their time is up. However in defense of our humaness, we are spirits living in a human body in a world that is occupied by works and deeds of the human race. Our natural instinct is to think about ourselves. It is only when we work and study and pray that our thinking gets more aligned with our Christs. We have to remember not to crucify our selves for our human behavior because Christ was already crucified for it and when these things happen just run to the Cross and seek the LORD when we feel our thoughts and actions aren’t in alignment with Christ like thoughts and behaviors.