08 March, 2021

FAITH :: Still thinking about things...

 It is now MARCH !!! 

I didn't post much last month.  I was thinking about GOD and all the things attached to a life where He is the one we follow.  I was praying to Him for help, for guidance, for some kind of provisions for the work He has put in my heart and life to do, and trying to find the way through all these questions.  I am still praying and looking for His directions.

Today was a busy day going through my things because I bought ten more storage containers, small gasket boxes I like am slowly collecting.  Right now they are packing my books and my crafting supplies.  When I get to a permanent place, they will become my selling boxes and inventory storage.  That's part of the plan.  I want to do TWO crafting fairs at Christmas when I can reach that level of commitment... time, health, money, and local options.  Today, though, I am trying to make more easy-access options for my supplies.

Motivation seems to be a mountain to climb.

I am working on it.

Space to work is still a problem, and shipping... and photos.  I am beginning to find answers, so things will get better I hope.  My goal for this year is to increase my income... I would like to reach $5K a month and see what that is like.  :-)

I could get the equipment I want with that much.  I think it's the same old chicken and egg situation... what comes first, the chicken or the egg?  

I'm working on my technology options... for photos and uploading to listings. 

I have a small amount of money to invest in some equipment, or whatever.  I am trying to decide what the most important thing to get first is.  :-)  You know I am pretty slow about those kind of things... trying to spend wisely.  That's why I decided to buy the gasket boxes finally.

Faith is hard when the resources are low.

I guess that is why wealthy people forget about GOD, they think they don't need Him.

I have started my Prayer Journal again... and will try to catch up on the days I missed.  Prayers are good any time.  I'm sure it is good to keep praying even if I am late with my planned schedule.  :-)

I'm back to praying for my sons daily... it just seemed like they need prayer and I want to seek GOD for their souls.  The other five spots are a mix of National and Family and Friends and Public People.

I don't know what will happpen to my writing commitments yet.  I am still trying to figure out how to make PATREON the main effort.

I guess that will be it for tonight.

Pray for me, too -- if you can.

Thanks.  Deborah Martin


STILL my favorite !!

10 February, 2021

FEB 10 :: Checking in.

 Hi, again... just checking in for now.  Been thinking about a lot of things and haven't been doing any writing, posting, sharing... much.

We start with such faith that GOD will provide for our needs.  Then we discover our idea of "needs" is not always His idea of what we need.  Somewhere in the life where seeking and finding doesn't seem to happen, we wonder where GOD is taking us.

I have been remembering so many hard times, failed efforts, prayers, seeking, trying to move forward.  At this point in life, the question is how much more time do I have... how will I continue without GOD's interventions in my needs... and who will GOD want to continue this END TIME effort.  

I can't really compare WT to anything in the past, but the history I remember and the life that I have lived, tells me it is important.  Why hasn't GOD provided for it?  I wish I knew.

At one point I thought GOD chose me as a female because the Bible tells us there will be more women than men, and that women will be in distress.  We don't know when that happens in time, but we know it happens.  (The part where many women want men - possibly any man - to marry them.  In other cultures this is critical to the survival of women.)

Then all my struggles with poverty made me see America in a different way... and the church here.  It also showed me the great NEED for a different kind of preparing.

My radio shares a constant flow of Christian programs that believe a Rapture will happen before any believers have to suffer any Tribulation events, that so many billions will not have to die by the Antichrist, which really goes against anything in the Bible.

My computer seems detached from the internet... making any efforts I make seem futile.  No comments or reactions from topics that normally bring out the "thought police" and angry activists who hate GOD and anything that exists about Him.  No Christian interactions either.  It's beyond my ability to deal with.

and more...

It's been a lot of years.

How will we survive without each other?

I don't know.

I just keep seeing the films about the Jews being moved into their own section of town and then forced into trains and then forced into prison camps or killed.  The virus shutdown has shown me how fast our lives can be destroyed. 

We just are not even thinking about how to care for all the Christians in our world.

I guess I am seeking GOD about what to do next.

It's been a long hard prayer, and I haven't found the answers yet. 

My regular life is built around surviving...  food, bills, chores, staying alive, surviving, looking for answers.  Every day, every month, every year.

We all are trying to survive. It makes preparing for a difficult future out of reach.  I think the lockdowns have shown us how fragile our finances are.  I wonder if there is a purpose behind all this struggle.  

I wonder what GOD is trying to tell us.

Let me know what you think all this government tyranny is about.

In Christ,

Deborah Martin


Oh, yes, on the personal list, I have also been thinking about my Bucket List lately.  One of my goals for 2021 is to make a list of places I want to go to on my way to NYEve at NYCity... and figure out how much money I will need for that... personal income, not WT income.  I am hoping for a 2023 New Year's celebration, GOD willing.

I am also still looking for 20 ART Patrons ($15/month) and 10 JEWELRY Patrons ($25/month), plus millions of General Support Patrons at $5/month.

Think about helping me reach my personal goals.  Thanks.


08 January, 2021

FAITH :: 2021 Planning

A new year is here.

It's been a challenge to make decisions about what to do for this new year... how to try to reach my RESOLUTION goal for 2021, which is to increase my income so I can start working on my Bucket List... and other things.  :-)

Then I started thinking about PATREON.  I want that to be my main income effort, so I have been working on my page and remembering my stated goal for 2021 at Patreon...

MY  2021  GOAL !!!

Right now, I want to fill my two crafting tiers.
That's 20 for ART  &  10 for JEWELRY.
That's the foundation.
FOR  EVERYONE  is the gravy.
As many as possible for that tier.

Now I am busy with planning how to make these things work.

The planned "flow" for my income is PATREON to ETSY to other selling, including social media and email outreach links.  

So my 30 Patron goal is the first step.

How to find these special 30 people... that is what I am trying to work out this month.  A PLAN.

Faith is the issue because of my current situation.

Depending on GOD.  Trying to find His path.  Looking for ways to overcome the particular problems I face.

I found an email from Thinkr  (free email inspiration... )  recently, with a great title ::

Key insights from
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
By Ryan Holiday

I have now printed one page from that writing and placed it at the front of my monthly notebook section where I deal with my goals.

This is the PDF page I decided to print... the beginning of the review... it is powerful.

1. Most people crumble in the face of adversity because they’ve never been given a blueprint for overcoming.

What if the obstacle in front of you isn’t as scary or insurmountable as you think? What if, somewhere in that obstacle was something that could enrich your life? Would you get after it with renewed vigor? If you are like most people, you probably wouldn’t do a thing.

If we’re honest with ourselves, we admit that we become paralyzed atthe mere thought of encountering obstacles. Some of our blocks are societal: soaring inflation rates, unemployment, institutions that don’t work the way they used to, a rapidly evolving technological landscape that leaves us in a constant state of flux and bewilderment. Then there are individual blocks: too small, too poor, too busy, not enough support, not enough confidence, not enough years left. We are experts at listing the things that keep us from moving forward.

Somewhere within ourselves we know this is true, and that there is apart of us that feels much more comfortable with those excuses keeping us where we are. But then there’s another part of us that is tired of the feelings of depression, anger, fear, and frustration that arise whenever we capitulate to our obstacles at the office, at school, and at home.

At the same time, we see people who not only approach obstacles with confident, deliberate strides, but seem to gain from each challenge. The very things that have us mired in life’s marshes seem to launch them to the moon. Moreover, earlier generations faced and overcame far more formidable obstacles—which is part of the reason why posterity has fewer obstacles—but somehow we still feel pushed back into a corner and are afraid to leave it.

We need a concrete strategy and field-tested worldview to help us get where we would like to go by transforming setbacks into setups for success. Maybe no one has ever taught you this, but it is never too late to begin learning.

And this is just one page. Putting it in my notebook keeps me reminded of what it says.

Then I got an email from Luke Fatooros with a line that hit me about where we put our focus most of the time... on the path to success and not on the things that keep us from our goals.  The idea was to make a plan to overcome the things that stand in your way.  That seemed like a new idea to me.  I tend to look for ways to reach the goals I want to reach.  I don't pay a lot of attention on the mountains that stand in my way.

I am thinking about how to apply all this information to my life.

Thirty people doesn't sound like a lot of people to find, especially after trying to find a million.  The issues seem to be the same, the number is just not as big.

If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them!  Add them to the comments section.  I will share what I come up with in a future post.

May we all be blessed for our desires to honor GOD in our lives, and be protected from those who hate GOD and only wish to do us harm.  Amen.

In Christ,
Deborah Martin

My Patreon page graphic... new for 2021... I love it!  :-)