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Today I Choose to Reject the Idol of Problems

14 Sep

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

 

 

Wow! As I began my morning devotions with Jesus Always, the very first sentence blew my socks off.

“A long-term problem can become an idol.”

How can this be? According to the author, an ongoing difficulty can occupy my thoughts until it reaches idolatrous proportions.

Have I found my mind obsessing on problems? Yes!  But 1 Peter 5:6-7 offers the solution.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time. Cast ALL your anxiety on him because he cares for YOU. “(emphasis mine.

 

PS: My friends and fellow bloggers are having lunch together today. I can’t wait!  We only get together once or twice a year.

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

Back in Florida

6 Sep

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Fall is in the air. Mornings on our porch in the North Carolina mountains have been a delight, softly cool with entertainment provided by battling hummingbirds, and hungry cardinals and finches. Then the time arrived to return to Florida to spend time with family and friends. We usually return to Florida later in September but Mercy Me was performing at EPCOT on September 4th as part of the Food and Wine Festival, and we wanted to attend.

On Tuesday we drove from our home on the coast, to Orlando. Let me tell you, fall has not arrived in Florida!  Fortunately there was a breeze which made the temperature less oppressive.

 

 

I can’t remember the last time that we were at EPCOT during the Food and Wine Festival. It must have been quite a while as the different food booths showcasing  international cuisine were once small structures. Now they are charmingly decorated buildings about the size of a Tiny house.

 

 

I enjoy the landscaping at Disney and often get ideas for mixing different flowering plants. I was impressed this year with their widespread use of coleus. They tend to wilt in extreme heat and theirs were perky as if they had been fresher watered. It may be that Disney uses coleus every year, but I avoid theme parks during the warm months.

 

 

The Food and Wine Festival offers free (after you pay for admission, of course) concerts each night of the festival in an outdoor theatre. We had great seats and since I don’t attend concerts often, I was fascinated with all the colored lights.

 

The music was fantastic and we enjoyed every minute of it. Mercy Me’s songs speak to the heart. The performance was energetic and humorous While the band was setting up for the next song, the lead singer, Bart Millard came forward and sang Because He LIves, acapulco, then gave a big grin and said “I wanted to be able to say I sang that at EPCOT.

After the concert we met up with a friend for supper and spent a pleasant hour catching up and trying to talk him into visiting us in the mountains. Even with the less than cool temperatures, we had a wonderful time sharing my favorite 3 Fs- Fun, Food and Fellowship. I will have to wait for my final favorite F until we return to the mountains-Fall

 

A full listing of the groups playing this year can be found HERE

The Isaiah 53 Project blog shared an interesting post about one of Mercy Me’s  hit songs,  I Can Only Imagine. You may have seen the movie.

If you enjoyed it, you could vote for it in the E People’s Choice Award by clicking HERE

https://thei535project.wordpress.com/2018/09/05/shock-jocks-play-christian-song-as-a-joke-then-something-unexpected-happens/comment-page-1/#comment-34504

 

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

Today I Choose to Hope and Wait

4 Sep

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

 

 

Did you notice the word yet? It caught my attention for sure.

 

 

Conquering Perception

30 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Stepping on the weight scales can be daunting. I can identify with the anxiety some feel after avoiding the dreaded scales for weeks on end. We step on and inwardly shudder whether it is a one pound gain or 5. How could this happen?

 

Source India Times Health Tips

 

Lately I have been on the downside of the scales and I have noticed something odd. A year ago, the digital numbers would have made me cringe in despair but since I am losing, I step off the scales with a smile of satisfaction. Mind you, it is the same weight that sent me into a faint a year ago.  But now, my clothes fit looser and I can imagine myself moving down a size.

I have decided the key to this oddity is my perception of how my clothes fit. You see, we have been in counseling and learning about how perception affects our mental narrative.  When my weight is going up, clothes remind me every day of my failure. BUT when my weight is going down, the loose fitting clothes confirm my success. My solution? In the future I will buy clothes at least one size larger. It’s all about perception!

 

Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash

 

 

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

Change

28 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

From The Butterfly School “Butterflies and moths go through a life cycle known as complete metamorphosis.”

Just as butterflies must experience metamorphosis to achieve their beautiful, best self, so must we be willing to experience our own metamorphosis to achieve our beautiful and best self.

 

 

If only “change me, Lord were my first heart’s cry, I believe I would see others with a clearer, more loving eye.

Busy Days With Family

24 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

This sure has been a busy and fun week. Our daughter, Rebekah, flew up from Florida to spend the week with us and she was joined by my aunt and cousin from the Raleigh area.  Our friends from South Carolina joined us and we all had tickets to attend a performance by comedienne Jeanne Robertson at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday. The show was wonderful, we laughed a LOT and was followed by cake and ice cream at home. Low carb for the husband and I. We had a regular house party going on.  If you have never viewed any of Jeanne’s videos, take a look at my favorite on You Tube. Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store. 

 

My South Carolina friend won the prize pack!

 

On Monday, we took a drive up to one of our favorite places, Wayah Bald.  The mountain was severely burned during the 2016 wildfires and we wanted to see how the forest was recovering. Although most of the woods along the road leading to the top seemed to be flourishing, the trees at the top are simply blackened branches and on this cloudy day, they were a harsh reminder of the damage fire does to a forest.  The walkway, once lined with wild Flame azaleas, is now lined with wild flowers and grasses.

 

 

At the fire tower, we were pleased to see that the burned roof of the structure had been replaced.  The forest service added a clever structure for visitors to carve their name or a message. Wayah is a part of the Appalachian Trail and hikers from across the globe can leave their mark there.

 

 

Rebekah and I walked about 50 steps on the Appalachian Trail to take a picture of her soon to be released new novel, Destiny’s Call.

 

 

We met two hikers coming up the trail to the tower. I don’t think they were through hikers, as their pack looked more like a day hiker’s gear. I took their picture from the top of the tower as well as the picture of my husband.

 

 

 

On Wednesday we weren’t sure what we wanted to do so we loaded up in the truck and went “exploring”. We drove down to Georgia to another favorite place, WarWoman Dell near Clayton, Georgia. On warm sunny days, it is a cool haven. On a cloudy day, like Wednesday, shadows and light made for some interesting pictures. Since it is quite shaded, moss abounds.

Rebekah loves photography

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The sun peeking down reminded me to remember where my help comes from.

 

 

Moving on, we drove 9 miles on an unpaved Forest service road in search of a waterfall. We made it to the parking area, but the short trail was too steep for my husband, We had to content ourselves with photos online.  It was a beautiful, if bumpy drive through thick forest. To our amazement we came upon an outdoor church with a cemetery that is still in use.

 

 

By the time we made it back to paved roads, it was getting late. It was a good day to put in our memory books.

 

 

I'm a winnerAfter my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books  where we frequently host the best in up and coming authors.

I Will Sing

23 Aug

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

A few weeks ago, I shared a post titled “Today I Will Choose to Sing.” When I was in a Dalton’s Christian book store today I found this tote. A perfect reminder to remember to sing, even in the toughest times.

 

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