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The Gift of His Grace

busThe Gift of His Grace

 

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NASB)

Today has been a test and I did not totally fail, but I could have shown much more grace,

I was in a rush and missed two busses. The ones I did catch stopped at every stop – a snail’s pace.

I tried to buy a paratransit pass, the lady did not understand, I just showed her my upset face.

I did not show the woman grace, frustration, not a smile, was in its place.

The man at the DSHS office deserved it too, I did not yell out loud, but I was in my head space.

2 weeks I waited for his call, but not a word did I hear about my case.

Preschoolers came on there and back singing The Wheels on the Bus…& perked up the place

Trying to contain their joy, off to the fire station they wished to race.

God, help my heart overflow with your grace and not get off base.

 

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God’s Paint Brush – Be Better Stewards

God’s Paint Brush

Nature is my beat,

God’s beauty is my party,

Renews my tired mind.

Photo of Whatcom Falls Park - Bellingham, WA, United States. Whatcom Falls at Whatcom Falls Park - October 28, 2016

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #198 Beat&Party

Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, WA

As we understand that, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” (Psalm 24:1) we can see that we are merely temporary possessors (or stewards) of things that He owns.

May we become better stewards of our temporary home, God bless!

Little Women Tribute

Play and Guess
The object of this poetry challenge is to come up synonyms for the given 2 words
https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/01/16/colleens-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-67-play-guess-synonymsonly/

Thank you Pat Fitspatrick for giving me this book long ago. It became one of my favorites!

Little Women is a novel, movie and a stage drama
About four little girls and their worried mama
‘Cause Papa is away fighting in the Civil War,
Since he never returns & comes through the door,
I assume he died, & they never again see the man they adore.

 

 

Little Women

Haiku Horror & Nightmare

nativity

His Love Wins

To Mary’s horror,

 Jesus born in a manger was

King Herod’s nightmare.

 

Jesus, no earthly King,

Herod murdered infants, his sins

But Jesus’ Love Wins!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #181 Nightmare&Horror

 

 

An Update Concerning My Life’s Journey

Before I get started on this update, may I take a moment to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed holiday season for those who celebrate Hanukah or have some other wonderful tradition!

Part of the reason that I started this blog is share my experiences as a woman with disabilities. For those who do not know, I graduated last year with a degree with a BA degree in Human Services with a major emphasis on Gerontology, older people, and people with disabilities.  I have Cerebral Palsy.  in my case, means that I am confined to a power chair. My thought/plan was that I would go to work as a social worker in a skilled nursing facility – a nursing home. I did not know that almost all human service jobs require both a driver’s license and the ability to perform CPR and other first aid. Although I have requested accommodation for these, it has not resulted in a long-term job.  I have had 2 very short-term jobs, one at an adult family home and another as a fingerprinting clerk. Neither job gave me much of a chance to succeed at it. I worked with the older ladies for four shifts. They were more happy watching T.V., than having me there. However, the youngest client was 87 years young; they felt as though I was bugging them. As for the fingerprinting job, the powers that be felt that I was not fast enough to keep up. These experiences caused me to re-think my plans. I am now enrolled in a Master’s program for Marriage & Family Therapy. So far, I have maintained an “A” average for my Master’s classes. In February, I will begin classes through NAMI, The National Alliance of Mental Illness for peer to peer support.

This program allows people who have successfully dealt with mental illness e.g. depression, anxiety etc. to help someone that is new to the behavioral/mental health system. I will act as mentor to them. Ten weeks of training will be required, but I am looking forward to this opportunity very much. I have always wanted a job/career that I would be able help people improve the quality of life of others. It is a great feeling to know that I made lives better in these difficult times.

As you see, there is still much work to do before people with disabilities get the employment opportunities as others. I think of it like the Olympics, we must be outstanding at the job to get the same opportunity to work. Yes, there are anti-discrimination laws in place, BUT, there is something called “At Will Employment.” Simply put, this means that a boss in 49 out of 50 states has the right to terminate anyone with or without cause, something that I have learned because of my years in school.Getting ready for graduation 2016