I am trying to post a little bit earlier this week. I think about what to share as i go about my activities all day. Faith is a BIG topic, and I like to add personal details of my life along the way... like a Journal. I am working to improve my content (posts) so all things may change over time... 2022 is on my planning list these days... for here, for Patreon, for my selling sites and hopes for more income.
My Patron post has become DEBS JOURNAL. This is working out great. You have to be one of my supporters to read this post at my Patreon page, but you can always access the Public posts, now called WHATS HAPPENING.
It has been a great week with the new posting schedule. I really had a great week. I think this might work out great. When I have topic specific details to share with my Patron tiers, I can post just to them. After I get this schedule going I want to start adding posts to my other blog sites (WT & Crafts).
I went through all my planned Shoebox gifts today -- to see what I had and what I want to try to add to them. This year has mostly been a Dollar Tree sourcing project because of their pricing and because I always buy some things for gifting there. I am going to see what else I can get there first, then I will look for the other items at other stores. COLLECTION WEEK starts the 15th I think... it's always right before Thanksgiving... Monday to Monday. (samaritanspurse.org)
Working Together is my Christian Ministry effort. (1987 to present) Been praying about it again, for this year's Membership Drive in December. Because I am just one person with no money, I have to be careful about what I do on the Internet. Any efforts have to pay for themselves.
I wanted to share a quote I want to make into a post graphic soon... I am not a political fan of the Democrats, or Jimmy Carter, but I received a fundraising mailing from him (don't know shy!!!). One part of the letter stayed with me so I cut it out and saved it to share.
By the coding I have on the paper, it may have been from an August 2021 mailing. I don't really remember. I just saved the quote.
- Our dreams are big --
- our hopes high --
- our goals long-term --
- and the path is difficult.
- But the only failure is not to try.
- Jimmy Carter
Sorry, had to format it that way... on this site.
I love the whole statement, which is a generic call in many spaces, but I kept it for the failure link. I do love the statement. :-) It is something to share on social media, like I do a lot of my graphics.
So, the only real failure is to stop trying.
I saw a short video clip about Elon Musk this week where he was being interviewed by a news person about one of the failures of his spaceships. I was impressed with his statement that he never quits. :-) Then the video went on to show the succession of his efforts to create a spaceship that would carry people into space. Very impressive.
I think, in reality, if we quit there will always be someone who comes behind us to take up the task and keep trying... until success is found. I think Science has this process when the goal is very big, like fighting diseases.
Every year I review my efforts for Working Together and try to find a better way forward. I have tried a lot of different things along the way. I would try even more if I had a decent budget to work with. I finally gave it to GOD to provide for what is needed. I just keep trying, waiting for GOD to act on my behalf.
This year I am trying to decide how to structure the fees for Membership. Whatever happens, they have to cover the whole year's expenses. What benefits to offer for the fee that is charges is the other part of the offer. I am hoping to re-do my webpage before December first this year.
I wanted to share another statement in this post, one about faith and choosing eternity. I don't know the official source, and I don't know if my version is the exact statement, but it is about the results of our choices and our experiences in this world and eternity.
- This life is the only sorrow a saved person will ever know.
- This life is the only joy a lost person will every know.
When I first heard this, I thought about all the pain that comes with a life that is struggling through this world without GOD, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, peace, love, and more. This is their "joy." It isn't real joy, but it is all that they know.
My personal experience with what the lost find as fun and meaning is their addictions, money values, crimes and prisons, families that are filled with suffering, friends that betray them, etc.
A lot of these things exist in saved lives as well. They are sufferings. GOD changes the way they exist in a life that is saved.
There is a part of the lost world where people are decent and good and caring and loving, but they are not saved. I guess this group exists in both the lost and the appear-to-be-saved worlds. For myself, I was thinking about people who don't want to know about GOD or Jesus, and think they are good enough.
We hear about this in pastors who discover they really don't know the Lord personally. It's a scary thought. Good people who do lots of good things, but they aren't truly saved. This life would be the only joy they know.
I was really impacted by studying Revelations and seeing the people under the altar were martyrs, souls who suffered so much more than I have (and hope not to have to suffer!). They become the priests of GOD. They are separated from all the other believers because they became martyrs. It means something. I don't think we have given this passage the deeper meaning it has.
This life, what we suffer because we are believers, is painful, sorrowful, hurtful, and more. We hear about the JOY of the Lord in our spiritual places, we see smiles on the popular leaders and teachers faces and want to have that in our lives, and we wonder why our lives are not what we hear they are suppose to be as Christians. I don't know what exists in the hearts and lives of others, I only know the struggles I have to work through. I keep seeking GOD to understand what happens in my life so I can understand how GOD works in our world.
We have reached a place in time where there are people who don't have any idea there is a Bible or Jesus or salvation... we think everyone knows about our spiritual foundations, but they don't. The world is getting darker and darker and darker, now the battles are getting more open. What is my place in the evolving world of spiritual choices? I don't know. I am trying to figure that out.
I hope to have more answers by the time WT's 2021 Membership Drive gets here. (http://work2gather.us)
CHRISTMAS is near. I am still working on how to sell online and make more income for me and my goals.
I discovered the EBAY app and how to research prices on EBAY for your listings. I hope to sell a lot of my downsizing items there. (ebay.com/usr/work2gather)
Working on my crafting for ETSY listings. (etsy.com/shop/work2gather)
Let me know your thoughts about Bible issues I bring up...
In Christ, Deborah Martin