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Thursday, April 9, 2020

13 Lessons I Have Learned from Covid-19, 2020

The Coronavirus is not the first pandemic that the world has experienced. It is ugly and taking many lives. No we do not know everything we need to know about it, but we are learning more everyday.

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1. Praying

I have always known the importance of prayer. The importance of praying has become a definite reality in my life. Someone has said people were alarmed when prayer was taken out of the school. Well the school is in our homes now. Parents can have prayer with their children before their schools lessons. Parents can pray with their children anytime. Covid-19 is much bigger than you or I, but it is not too big for God. It is important to stay prayed up and to read the word of God. The word of God is alive and sharper than any two-edge sword. Hebrews 4:12.

2. Purpose

I recall my previous job was working with computers and various computer systems. I did not like computers. I kept asking God, “Why me?” Then he showed me, “Why not me.” I came to work one morning and my coworkers met me at the door. One coworker stated, “Betty you must not have prayed, our system is down.” My reply, “God did not say we would not have problems and I did pray.” Then after we were up and running I observed one coworker saying, “Thank You Jesus.” I then realized God had me at the right place. My coworkers had been watching me. “Thank You Jesus,” is something that I said around them often. So regardless of our circumstances, even with Covid-19,  it is important how we respond to the circumstance. Remember you do have a purpose. You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139.14 I praise you because I am fearful and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

As I observed my friend and previous coworker Sandy she loss her husband and her son to Covid-19. Even though she had this huge loss, she still was praising God through it all. Now she is one of the greatest examples for me.


3. Creativeness

God gives us creativeness in our spirit. We are daily finding ways to help and save others during this pandemic. People are making their own masks during the shortage.

4. Cooking

I am ramping up my cooking skills and cooking more than I have in a long time. Cooking real meals.


5. Social Media and Communication

There have been those that have said they do not like social media and will not be on it. I thank God for social media in that we are still able to communicate with loved ones and others that are living far away. We are still able to connect with others which is so important. We can text and even Facetime. Even though church buildings are on shutdown, because the people are the church, they are able to communicate, fellowship, and connect with each other. Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. We can prayer any time. 24/7. God has a hot-line that is always opened.


6. House Cleaning

I am definitely getting a lot more house cleaning done.

7. Keeping Busy

Even though we are on shutdown, I learned the importance of having a routine and keeping busy. I have learned not to sit around all day watching television or even watching about the Covid-19. I have learned to take a break form all of that.

8. Exercise

Even though I am not exercising in the mall I can exercise in the house or in my backyard.

9. Gratitude

I have learned that during this trying time this is a good time to show and express gratitude. It could be worse.




10. Camaraderie

I have observed the camaraderie of people. We are not alone and are pulling together to help our neighbors. We are uplifting and edifying others. This is so important. Even though there are those that are defiant and openly disobedient others continue to help others.  You may leave God, but God never leaves you.  Hebrew 13:5  For he hath said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.

11. Believe*Faith*Hope

No I do not know when this Pandemic will end, but I do believe that this Pandemic shall pass.

12. Respect

I know that this Covid-19 has no respect of age, race, religion, or gender. It is just ugly.

13. History

I have learned that we can take a lesson from past history. Although we have not stopped the spread of Covid-19 yet nor found a sure cure yet, in this pandemic and past pandemics there has been a strong emphasis on distancing ourselves from each other. Distancing was also used in the past pandemics and it does work. This virus needs a host; a body to live and spread. So that is why it is so important to stay home and stay safe.

Remember this too shall pass. We are not alone.



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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Benefits of Writing

I discovered that there are benefits in writing. I have always loved to write starting at an early age. Have you tried writing your feelings or thoughts down? It is never too late. As we go through this crisis writing can be beneficial to our health.

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                                                ***Thankful***


1. Time

Now that many of us have been ordered by the state to stay home we have a lot of time to write. I started writing at a blog in 2008. I discovered that I love to write. When I started to write I did not know my niche, but I did know I loved writing about children, health, and family. I loved sharing things that I learned through life.


2. Therapeutic

Writing can be therapeutic. Psychcentral.com talks about writing a letter to a love one. They further add that telling the truth is natural medicine to us. I recall my Pastor suggesting to us to write a letter to 8 people letting them know how they have helped or influenced us in our life. See if we never tell another what they have done for us, they may never know.  We can't just assume. 



3. Thoughts on Paper

One great reason to put your thoughts on paper is to get them out of your head. Someone has once said the mind can only retain 1 thought at a time. I cannot count the number of times I thought of something and forgot to write it down. I seemed to remember the things that I write down. When it is on paper or in your tablet you can review it, edit it, or even change it.



4. Bible Journaling

Bible journaling is awesome. You can write your favorite verses and write how they make you feel. If you are not spiritual you can still write in your own personal journal. Journal writing can be used when you are fighting a disease, losing weight, or going though a particular trial in your life.

5. Diaries

I recall keeping a diary in high school. I did not realize the importance of it at the time, but I was writing my thoughts and feelings down then.

6. Content

I was told over and over produce more content. The more content, the more probability for exposure when writing at a blog or website. It was difficult in the beginning producing content, but it gradually became easier and easier. I observed there were those posting 4 to 5 posts daily. I decided that was not for me. I would post the best that I can and what was best for me.



7. Evergreen Content

Should you attempt to blog, a few subjects for evergreen content may include, Jesus, blogging, health, yid projects, or possibly social media. Jesus is a subject that I am sure will never become obsolete, because there are many that hold dear to their faith in Him. Now health is something that most are always looking for ways to improve the quality of. How many of you always have some type of project going such as home improvements. Our houses only get better, if we improve them.

8. Desire

There may be those of you that desire to write, but feel that you do not speak well nor write very well. Just remember it is not how well you write. It is about putting your thoughts on paper. Doing your very best which may not be perfect and does not have to be.

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To my blog followers I cannot thank you enough for your support. You are special and unique. I learn something new from our relationship.  It is a give and take.

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                                                      ***Thankful***


I am grateful for you and during this pandemic, some of you may or may have not experienced loss. I want to express how sorry I am and that I am praying with you. Know that you are not alone.  You are appreciated.



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Bloggers Meet and Greet April, 2020 (Attitude)

Hello. At today’s Meet and Greet I will be talking about your attitude. Did you know there is power in attitude? Do you know of someone with a lousy attitude? How does it make you feel when you are around someone like that?

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How Is Your Attitude?

Have you ever had someone tell you, “I don’t like your attitude?” Did you know that gratitude is the best attitude? Possibly we all at some time during our life time have had a bad attitude. I recall being in a position of dealing with many different computer systems. I did not like computers. I kept asking God, “Why Me?” Then God revealed to me, “Why not you?” I did not realize that God was preparing me. We are living in an internet age. Computers are everywhere. I was not a programmer, but I learned so much from programmers. I have since changed my bad attitude. I am grateful that God saw what I did not see and prepared me. I am thankful.


1. Flint – Lead Poisoning

I never thought I would see a time where our Flint water was poisoned. When this occurred, there was a lot of anger that this happened to us and that there were those that attempted to cover it up. How many know that what is done in the dark will come to the light. Now we could hold on to this attitude of anger and bitterness or we can attempt to move forward doing everything that we can to improve life for ourselves and our children. Is it easy? No it is not, but then life is not always fair either. I am so thankful that Dr. Mona discovered the lead poisoning. I am thankful for those around the country that came to Flint’s aide, because we may have taken water for granted. Water is so vital for living. How is your attitude after the lead poisoning?


2. Covid-19

Now it was not enough that Flint has endured the lead poisoning, the world is now faced with the Covid-19 pandemic. This has now gone to a different level. People all over the world are dying from it. We definitely are not happy about it, but as we go through it, what is your attitude? Is your attitude that of doom and gloom? Or is your attitude you will make it through this. I do not know what the future holds, but I do know who holds my future. Proverbs 18:21, Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Those are God’s words and I believe it to be true. Regardless to what circumstances look like or feel like I have hope of a better tomorrow. How long will it be before the pandemic is over? I do not know, but I still hope for a better tomorrow and know that our nation is coming together to overcome. We will survive. How many survivors are out there?

Remember you can change your way of thinking and keep that body moving.



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Encourager VS. Complainer

Everyone likes to hear encouraging words. There are those in this world that complain about nearly everything. Do you know someone like that? How do you feel being around someone like that? Do you know someone that can find something wrong with everything, but nothing good about anything? Then there are those that encourage you daily no matter what. There are those that will have a kind word for you even though you feel you performed terribly. Which one are you; an encourager or a complainer? Think about it.


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           ***You Can Change Your Way of Thinking*** ***It Is Your Choice***



Let’s take a look at these 2 different attitudes. . .


1. Humble

The complainer might say, “You don’t do . . . . whereas the encourager might say,
I am so thankful for you

2. Looks

The complainer, “You need to lose weight”. . . the encourager, “You look very nice, I like that suit.


3. Comparing

The complainer, “Why can’t you be like. . . The encourager, “I am so proud of you.”

4. Performance

The complainer, “You should have done. . . . The encourager, “You did a very good job.”


5. Nothing Done Right

The complainer, “You can’t do anything. . . The encourager, “I like the way you.”


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What is Encouragement?

Encouragement is honest and true things you can find to say about someone. Encouragement can come in different forms. A smile can encourage someone. You can even encourage yourself.

Who Will You Encourage Today?  Will you choose to encourage someone?

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Friday, March 20, 2020

9 Things You Can Do at Home Now During the Cov-19 Pandemic

Since you are staying at home during the pandemic, there are a few things that you can be doing. Why not take advantage during this time. You know things could be worse.

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                                                         How Is Your Attitude?

Besides distancing, disinfecting, and staying home, pandemic protection can be provided in other ways as well.

 1. Attitude

How is your attitude? Do you have a bad attitude? You have a choice to change your way of thinking. Attitude is everything. No we are not living in the best situations, but we can keep a positive attitude. Don’t worry; be happy. Worrying is not productive.   


2. Laughter

I have written several articles regarding the importance of laughter. Did you know that laughter is the best medicine? Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Have you had a good laugh today? Ha, Ha, Ha. Laughter makes you feel good. Forget about yourself for a moment. Laughter lightens the mood. The one thing I like about my older sister even though she is the first lady at her church, she always makes me laugh. She is just so funny.


3. Call or Skype Friends

We are living in an internet age. So why not take the time now that you have it to call, Skype, or face time friends and family. Several of my children live out out town, but even before the pandemic we have never failed to text each other daily, especially my oldest daughter.




4. Walk

Take a walk around your block. Walking is so beneficial to the body. Keep that body moving. The good thing about walking is that you can walk at your own pace and when you want to.

5. Goals

Review and set new goals. This is a good time to reflect over your life. You now have the time to do that. You do not have any excuses.

6. Break Time

Take a break from the news. Even though some of it is factual, it can be depressing. Set the devices aside and have real conversation with family members. So what if you are not good at it. This is an awesome time to start.



7. Disinfecting

Check resources and learn all the ways to disinfect and clean. Be sure to clean the doorknobs, light switches, wash the windows, and wipe your favorite ink pens. Find ways to clean that possibly you have not thought of thus far.

8. Board Games

Pull out those board games and have some family fun. Possibly Skype or Face time with friends or family and play games with each other online such as Family Feud and other games.

9. Relax

Take time to relax and meditate. The body needs down time. The body cannot just go, go, go, continually. I love to do deep breathing; Taking 10 deep breaths at a time. Why don’t you try it?

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Friday, March 13, 2020

We Live In a World of Germs

Germs are everywhere. Hand sanitizers are helpful. Do you know what to do to protect yourself from the many germs that surround us? We have not eliminated germs, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.


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                                                      ***Good News***



Even though we are living in a pandemic it could be worse. Have hope that it will get better.

Personally I use clorox wipes to wipe surfaces down. I find it to be very effective. I also carry hand sanitizer with me at all times.



According to nytimes.com there may be a possibility that this coronavirus was predicted in 1981. They further add that the the novel "The Eyes of Darkeness," speaks about the Chinese city where COVID-19 originated and suggests it was the perfect military weapon to wipe out a city or country. It is said this novel was fictional, but the similarities as to what is happening today are so close.  

Although the United States is presently dealing with the Coronavirus the last pandemic disease that emerged in the United States was in 1911 according to En.Wikipedia.org., the Cholera occurred in New York City. They further add it was called the blue death because a person’s skin would turn blueish-gray because of extreme loss of fluids.






According to cnbc.com the Coronavirus is spread when someone with the virus coughs or exhales, there is a release of droplets of infected fluid that can land on nearby surfaces like desk, tablets, or telephones, thus causing possible infection with another person who may come in contact.

I am sure that the official below was not aware at the time that as she warned others to keep their hands away from their mouth, she was doing just the opposite as she turned the pages. It is possibly something she normally does when turning pages of paper.


What Can You Do?

1. Pray

Pray first of all. Do not wait until you think you might have a cold, flu, or virus. According to Huffington.com prayer and meditation can influence our state of mind, which then have an effect on our state of body, and over time can change the brain activity. I agree. I am a living witness to the number of times that I have prayed when I thought there was no way out and God made a way for me.  Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord they God, it is he that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 

2. Wash hands

According to conehealthmedicalgroup.com you should wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. That is something I remembered when my twin grandchildren were born. They were kept in the neon-natal unit. It was stressed to parents and grandparents to wash and lather hands at least 20 seconds before entering to see the babies.  Also, recently I watched Dr. Oz on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Dr. Oz. Gave a demonstration how he as a surgeon scrubs his hands before surgery. I learned a lot.


3. Cover the Cough

There has been much emphasis on television to cover that sneeze or cough with your elbow.

4. Stop Shaking Hands

There has been much emphasis to not shake hands, but rather do fist bumps. I have not only stopped shaking hands, but also stopped during fist bumps. My words can be just as effective. That touch is not always necessary.



5. Sanitize

Sanitize your surroundings. Although there are numerous school and business closings, when you find yourself at a table sanitize it. When in the doctors office use sanitizer. In fact bring your own with you. Carry sanitizer with you. I just recently went to the polls to vote. I used my own pen. When I am grocery shoppings if my signature is needed at checkout I use my own pen.

6. Do not touch eyes, hand, and mouth

This is easier said than done. So you need to be vigilant and be aware and in the moment of what you are doing. This is something that should not be taking for granted.



7. Stay Home

Finally, above all if you feel sick please stay home.


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